Hello and welcome to the extended Tusting family – we’re thrilled that you have joined the growing group of people who own a Tusting product, and especially one from our joyful collaboration with India Hicks.
My family has been in the leather business since 1875, beginning as leather tanners when my great-great-grandfather set up his tannery to supply the growing Northampton shoemaking trade. Since then, we’ve accumulated five generations of knowledge and expertise, and over the years, making leather itself has given way to handcrafting fine leather goods. We are able to lovingly reinvest all those years of experience in every piece that is carefully created by our highly skilled team and we are delighted to share that with you in the shape of your new bag.
The Story of the Collection
It’s been a truly happy collaboration between Tusting and India Hicks to bring you this little collection which very much found the synergies between India’s natural design eye and our own heritage and skills.
The result is three beautiful, yet ultra-functional styles crafted from some of our favourite, high-quality materials, to give bags with our core, Tusting values paired to globe-trotting, super-stylish practicality. Ultra-discreet branding ensures a certain curiosity and as each bag is individually stamped with unique numerals made from India’s own handwriting, every single item is a special edition.
Rest assured that you have bought a strong bag that will joyfully stand up to some long and faithful service. The amount of care you give your bag is really up to you, according to just how lived in you like your bag to look. Life, in general, will contribute to the ageing of both the leather and fabric, forming a rich patina on the leather (especially the handles) and softening the fabric a little, all of which makes your item uniquely yours.
When not in use it is best to store our bags in the cotton outer bag provided – this helps to keep dust and dirt off the leather and fabric and protects it from directional light damage which may cause uneven discolouration. When in use, as in all aspects of life, ‘stuff happens’ and your bag may get soiled or marked in the normal way of things. If you do find you need to give your bag some love and attention, each of the three key material components will benefit from a little knowledge on how to best care for it.
The Cotton Drill
The beautiful Cotton Drill which provides the main fabric for the bags is double-bonded for stand and strength and this also provides good water resistance as water is repelled by the bonding layer. Expertly made in Northern Ireland, whilst it may be pale as the Irish mist, this fabric is protected with a dirt- and water-repellant coating – it brushes clean well and is fully wipeable with a damp sponge to get any marks off that resist a good brushing. If dirt remains after a wipe, spot cleaning is fine – our favourite way to take grime and stains on our fabric bags is to spot-clean with carpet foam which achieves a good result with minimum wetting.
The leather on these bags is our much-loved Chocolate Montanasoft. This is created in a tannery in Germany which has received the highest (gold) rating from the Leather Working Group which has set stringent guidelines for environmentally safe leather production, and to which we insist all our partner tanneries adhere. Strong, soft and extremely durable, Montanasoft provides the perfect partner to these outstanding fabrics.
This leather will require very little care, but if it gets soiled, simply wipe clean with a damp sponge, always trying not to wet it too much, or overlapping onto the fabric with your sponge. Should it ever begin to feel a little dry, it will appreciate some of our Hide Cream carefully applied (avoiding the fabric) to rehydrate it.
The Flame-Red lining fabric is made in Scotland by one of our favourite fabric suppliers. It carries a completely dry, waxed and air-tumbled finish for a water-repellent soft-touch feel. In a garment, this fabric is completely washable, and therefore in this setting will be very happy to be wiped clean. Should you find yourself carrying anything damp in your bag, be sure to let it dry well in good ventilation afterwards.
With these bags, our promise to our customers is exactly the same as with all of our creations – that we’ll be here to help care for your bag for as long as you need us to be. You’ll enjoy our dedicated, personal customer service whenever you need it.
We are confident that our bags are made to the highest standard, but if a fault occurs as a result of a defect in manufacture, we will repair (or replace) it free of charge. More likely, the general wear and tear of life may mean that your bag might need some restoration at some point. We will always be happy to undertake repairs where possible and will quote according to the work required – if your bag needs a little help, please just Get In Touch.