Product Care Guide

  • INTRODUCTION

All of our products are crafted by experienced artisans using the finest materials. As the seasons pass, your EPICA will mature alongside you. To make sure your item doesn't diminish in quality as it grows in character, please prevent any contact with oil or alcohol-based substances such as cosmetics, perfumes, hand sanitisers, or disinfectants.

  • LAMBSKIN + COWHIDE LEATHER

Lambskin and Cowhide leathers are carefully selected and chosen for their refinement, suppleness and soft touch. To meet our highest quality standards, only the best hides are selected. 

Our leathers reveal natural markings and character that signifies the products’ authenticity and journey alongside the owner. They may carry natural imperfections, such as veins or wrinkles but to us, that's what makes a EPICA  product.

Cleaning - If your leather encounters water, blot immediately with a lint-free light-coloured, absorbent cloth and leave to dry in natural conditions.

Avoid -  Cleaning with any solvents or chemicals is not recommended. Home remedies to darken the leather should be avoided at all costs. Elements such as oils, make up, perfumes, creams, or sanitizers applied to the leather can compromise its natural beauty so please avoid where possible.  These chemicals can diminish the quality and integrity of the leather as it wears over time. 

To preserve the purity of the colour of your jacket, refrain from wearing in direct sunlight and bright lights. 

Rain - Try to avoid wearing your leather jacket in heavy rain or snow. In a case where this can not be avoided, hang your jacket to dry and clean it delicately with a soft cloth to remove any stains. Avoid hanging your jacket in direct heat. 

Storage - To ensure your EPICA's longevity, we recommend storing your leather jacket in a cotton garment cover in a dry and cool place. The cotton fabric is breathable and will provide your jacket with the perfect protection. Please avoid storing your jacket in a plastic cover. 

Always hang your item on a broad-shouldered coat hanger. Thin wooden or metal hangers can stretch the skin and mis-shape the shoulders of your coat. Never hang over a hook or banister as this can distort the neckline.

  • LUXURY SHEARLING

The shearling skins we source are selected for their luxurious, high quality. Each hide ages in different ways, adding to their natural character. Shearling is a natural product, so variations in texture, shade and markings are inherent, and should be considered as enhancing their natural beauty. 

We want you to enjoy wearing your EPICA piece for many years to come. so here we share our specialist knowledge and  tips on how to help you clean, care and maintain your shearling:

Cleaning - You do not need to clean your shearling often, if at all. The natural lanolin within the wool will actually self clean...saving you a job. Simply shake the jacket free of dust or dirt when you see fit. However, if you decide to clean your shearling, please always consult a Shearling and Leather specialist dry cleaner. Do not machine wash or dry clean.

Skins can react differently to different dry cleaning methods and this could create changes to the texture and surface. We recommend to only dry clean your shearling if it has had regular use and is looking very tired. 

Avoid - Shearling is best kept away from elements such as ink, grease, oil-based substances e.g makeup, body creams/ oils and perfumes. Such elements can permanently mark the suede or nappa finish of your shearling, causing irreversible damage. 

Rain - When possible, try to avoid rain as this can permanently affect the appearance and texture of the wool. If you do get caught in the rain, shake off excess water and hang up your garment on a broad-shouldered coat hanger. Remember to keep it away from direct heat and let it dry naturally. 

Please note that most skins will not be affected, but some wools are more sensitive to rain and atmospheric agents. 

Care - Occasional light brushing will help to revive the pile of the suede. You can remove light marks by gently brushing downwards with a suede brush or dry sponge. A suede block can be used for heavier marks, but always rub gently and with caution. Do not use your suede brush or block on any nappa finishes. 

You can protect the surface of nappa and suede shearling by using a leather protection spray. We advise that you test a small unseen area first to ensure the spray does not leave behind any marks. Please note; we cannot accept responsibility for any results and would advise taking to a specialist dry cleaners if unsure. 

Storage - To ensure longevity, we advise storing your shearling in a cool space with low humidity. Using a cotton garment cover to protect your shearling is recommended as this is breathable. Never store your shearling in a plastic cover. Always remember to leave enough space around your shearling, as wool can bruise when compressed. 

Always hang your item on a broad-shouldered coat hanger. Thin wooden or metal hangers can stretch the skin and mis-shape the shoulders of your jacket. Never hang over a hook or banister as this can distort the neckline.

Keep your shearling away from sunlight and bright light as this can fade and discolour the shearling. 

To avoid the risk of permanent marks or damaging accidental spills whilst out, always fold your shearling so the wool is on the outside. Wool can easily be wiped clean with a damp sponge and so spillages will not cause lasting damage. Liquid or grease can permanently damage the skin's nappa side.

Colour transfer - No skins are truly colourfast. Please avoid contact of dark or brightly coloured shearling on light fabrics. Equally, dark fabrics as they can easily transfer onto light suede and nappa finishes. 

Please be aware that colour and dyes from fabrics such as new denim, can easily rub onto light suede and nappa finishes. Please be careful if your coat is a light colour and reversible.

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