PRODUCT CARE & RESIZING BELTS


ABOUT OUR LEATHER

Our leathers are primarily full and top grain calf leather, tanned with soluble dyes. These hides retain the natural surface with visible pores, scars, and grains of the original animal skin structure. The saffiano and grained leather products are made from calf leather which undergo a pattern print process that presses a wax coating onto the surface. The process give leather a more uniform surface, reducing the appearance of the natural leather grain, scars, and any visible pores. Our products will develop a patina and deeper grain lines over time.

The following details steps you may take to care for your product to lengthen the product lifespan or reparation you may consider for a product that is worn out over time. 

If you product has been damaged within 6 months of usage, please send us a message here and we will assist in replacing or repairing the product at no charge. A refund may also be considered if we are unable to replace or repair the product. For more details please visit our terms on exchange and refunds .

CARING FOR AND REPAIRING LEATHER GOODS 

What is full grain leather?

The strongest and most durable part of the hide of an animal is the topmost layer. The grain pattern in this part of the hide is tight, and the leather made from here is called "full-grain" leather. Full-grain leather is the strongest and most durable leather. Additionally, since the grain is tight, it resists moisture well. Over time, full-grain leather will look nicer and develop a patina from being handled.

What is top-grain leather?

The next best—and second strongest—leather is called "top-grain" leather. Top grain leather is similar to full-grain leather, except that the top couple millimeters have been sanded and buffed to take away imperfections. 

Why do I see marks and deep crease line on a leather product?

Even the highest quality leather will have small irregularities: from healed scrapes where the animal brushed against objects in their natural terrain; to insect bites; to brands done by the rancher; to fatty areas and neck wrinkles; even vein marks. These slight irregularities are incorporated into our products to showcase each product's natural individuality and handcrafted nature. These marks may become less distinctive when product becomes seasoned with usage

A word on imperfection vs defective

All 72 Smalldive products are handmade by European leather craftsmen. Handmade products often carry some characteristics of our human nature. A fine example are our the soles of our shoes, where the left and the right sole do not wear off identically. What might seem as an “imperfection” observed from your product is in fact an inherent characteristic of our craftsmen’s skills; this is also known as manodòpera in Italy. Owning a 72 Smalldive product also means inheriting the handmade & heartfelt attributes from our artisans. We hope that this may confer a meaningful experience for our artisans & customers using the products.

Does 72 Smalldive leather products peel?

Peeling usually occurs with split leather and bonded leather products. Split and bonded leather are processed leather with synthetic surface finishing. The finishing wears off over time or when wet. 72 Smalldive uses only full grain and top grain leather for our bags and wallets, and belts, even the suede belts are not coated with synthetic surfaces. Thus peeling is an unlikely to occur with 72 Smalldive products

What is the lifespan of a 72 Smalldive product? 

Typically our wallets and bags may function well even after 5 years of usage. Depending on how often a belt a used, our belts remain presentable and functional for over 3 years if worn daily. For style and product care purposes, we do not recommend wearing the same belt daily.

What are the possible damages I may encounter with 72 Smalldive product?

Products do not last forever, and even if they do, a majority of consumers may grow out of the products over time. Nonetheless, it is our aspiration that our products accompany the life journeys of our customers thus here are some wear and tear possibilities of a 72 Smalldive products and steps you may take to pro-long the lifespan of our products.

Caught in a heavy downpour

If your product has been caught in a downpour, the best way to dry a leather product is to sponge off the water and leave product to dry in a airy room. DO NOT fast dry product over a hair dryer, a radiator, any heated source. Fast drying shrinks the leather and is the most certain way of causing your leather to show crack lines.

Cracked leather surface

Genuine leather products that are used regularly have tend to have shinier and smoother surfaces. Crackling, if not due to fast drying, may occur due to lack of use for over a long period of time. We recommend using the product for consecutive days. If surface remains dry, we suggest bring the product to a leather repair shop for a quick polish with a nuetral colored leather cream

Stains

Light grease and dust specks are more visible in light colored leather products. A quick way to remove them is to give the affected surface a gentle rub with Sam Fong Hoi Tong Powder 三风海棠粉 (available in Baidu / AliBaba )Sam Fong Hoi Tong Powder is a cosmetic powder press which contains trace elements of calcium carbonate, which is often used in removing tarnish of silver museum exhibits. The powder is just as useful in removing light leather stains as well. Ink stains, however, will remain stubbornly intact on leather, keep pens and leaky pens at a distant from all leather products! 

Dulling metal parts

Sam Fong Hoi Tong Powder 三风海棠粉

In highly humid places, our plated accessories may become dull. Give the metal parts a quick polish with a micro-fibre cloth before keeping the item in your wardrobe. For stubborn dull metal parts, give it a thorough polish with Sam Fong Hoi Tong Powder 三风海棠粉, which may be in Chinatown stores or via online marketplaces such as Baidu / AliBaba. We recommend Sam Fong Hoi Tong Powder 三风海棠粉, because it is a less abrasive product. However if unavailable, denatured cleaning alcohol or metal polishing cream for silver plated metals would do the job as well. When using a unknown product, test the product on a small area of the metal. 

Unraveling thread

As our products sewn with hand operated machine, there may be occasions the extra threading were left untrimmed or in very rare occasion, the hand knotted thread ends were broken. Do not pull the thread as this will worsen the unraveling of the thread.

Verify if it is a untrimmed thread, which usually originates from a knot. If it is, snip off the excess thread with a pair of small scissors and seal off the thread by gently lighting the thread off with a small flame from a lighter or a match stick. Snuff off flame to seal the excess thread.

If the thread is from a broken knot, seek the assistance of a leather repair shop to have the part re-knotted manually with a thread and needle, a technique also known as Punto-a-mano in Italy. 

Unraveling of handles and other assembled parts 

Overloading your bag or extreme force may cause assembled joints of your leather products to fall apart. In such instances, the parts may be re-assembled, sewn, and reknotted by a leathersmith.  It is quite unlikely non assembled part of a leather product may be torn or ribbed. 

Wear and tear of inner lining

Typically inner lining undergo fraying over time. 72 Smalldive inner lining are made with resinated cotton fabric (for bags) and synthetic silk (for wallets). The resinated fabric are less likely to fray. Lining of bags can be easily replaced with the assistance of a leathersmith. To avoid fraying of wallet lining, avoid overloading your wallet with too much content and keep wallet dry. Keeping your wallet in a jacket inner pocket, a bag, pouch, or document case instead of at the back of your trouser pocket, is the best approach in keeping wallet in pristine condition. 

Wear and tear of magnetic clasp or fastening buttons

72 Smalldive uses selt-centuring magnets which typically has a long lifespan of over 5 to 6 years. If your item has a faulty button or magnetic clasp after usage, they may be replaced with a new one. Seek your local artisan for assistance on how items may be replaced. 

General Belt Care

If space permit, always hang the belt or keep belt loosely rolled. Clean belt with micro-fibre cloth before keeping in wardrobe. Do not lean yur buckle against surfaces, as this will scratch the buckle surfaces.  

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RESIZING YOUR BELT

What is my belt size?

To find the right belt size, please click "See Size Chart" button at the product description section. The guide should enable you to determine the closest fit of your belt purchase.

How do I choose my belt size based on on waist size

A good guide is to add 2 inches (approx. 5.08 cm) to your waist length / hip length. As an illustration, 

  • Waist length is 72 cm, then the desired belt lenght is + 2 inches = 79.08 cm
On our belt sizing  - there are two numbers XX / YY

The XX =  Length from belt from initial to middle hole, excluding buckle
The YY =  Full length of the belt

If the belt is to be worn on the waist, a good fit would be Size S 80/95. This fit should give you two notches allowance. 

Tools needed to resize a belt

To resize a belt the tools needed are

  • A hole puncher for leather crafting
  • A pair of sharp textile scissor or craft scissor
  • A flat tip screw driver
  • A adhesive tape to fasten braided leather strips

How to resize 72 Smalldive Belt?

Resizing non woven belts
  • Place belt on a fabric protected surface, to prevent scratches on the buckle.
  • Turn to the underside of the buckle end and remove the rivet. 
  • Make a line marking on the underside of the leather belt, the marking should be aligned to the desired length that you wish to reduce.
  • Prior to cutting, measure belt against your waist up to the marked length
  • Once certain, cut the belt. 
  • Marked the position of the hole and punch a hole.
  • Fixed belt back into the buckle with the rivet. 
 Resizing woven belts
  • Place belt on a fabric protected surface, to prevent scratches on the buckle.
  • Turn to the underside of the buckle end and remove the rivet. 
  • Make a line marking on the underside of the leather belt, the marking should be aligned to the desired length that you wish to reduce.
  • Prior to cutting, measure belt against your waist up to the marked length
  • Once certain, bind a tape across the width of the belt right before the cut length
  • The binded tape should hold the woven strips together prior to cutting the belt
  • Failing to do the above step will render the unraveling of the belt 
  • Marked the position of the hole and punch a hole.
  • Fixed belt back into the buckle with the rivet. 

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