Sunday, November 19, 2017

Leather Care Project: How do we take care of our bags?

Official cover photo of Leather Care Project
I buy a bag when there is something major to celebrate, which usually brings out the feeling of empowerment. In terms of frequency, I buy once a year only, so I do not end up with a lot of bags that I would not be able to use after a while.  I love bags.  They bring me joy, but owning too many bags at once is borderline clutter. 

I make an inventory of my bags twice a year.  This was also the time I would bring a bag to a bag spa for deep cleaning - one bag after the other.  After several years, I opened my own bag spa business - Leather Care Project. I never thought that my love for bags could become the start of an entrepreneurial journey - but this is one story all together.  

Again, bags.  I don't baby my bags.  I use them, and I use them well.  They are exposed to elements, including harmful germs.  Keep it a habit to clean and disinfect your bags the right way - this prolongs the useful life of your bags.  You and the people around you (especially at home) benefit from the practice of keeping harmful germs away from your precious bags.  

For bag collectors, or people who oftentimes receive bags as gift, bag rotation can be a challenge. The longer you keep the bags in storage, the more vulnerable they are to the unpleasant effects of humidity; molds and mildew included.  We live in a tropical country where humidity is almost always high. If the bags are stored, to the point they are not readily visible to you, you tend to forget about them until the next spring cleaning.  Post-spring cleaning, you just hope the defects you discovered can be fixed at a reasonable fee.  Here is a big realization for a bag hag like me: there comes a time when I need to let go of a bag.  Letting go means handing it over to my niece, or selling it in the pre-loved handbag market.  It is like giving the bag a second chance to become a source of joy, or you giving joy to another bag lover. When you let go of a bag or two, it also means making space for a new one.  Our choice of bag styles also changes over time. 

In simple terms, how do we take care of our bags?  

1.  Use your bags.  Use them well.  They will age well. 

2.  Air your bags regularly, but do not expose it to direct sunlight.  This is ideally done once a week, but our busy lives could probably allow once a month.    Good ventilation is healthy for your handbag.  

3.  Wipe your handbag clean with a soft cotton cloth.  An old cotton t-shirt can do the trick.  For suede, use a suede brush or soft-bristled toothbrush.   For fabric, a soft-bristled toothbrush or horse hairbrush can prevent dust from settling into the fibers.  
Leather Care Project uses all-natural horse hairbrush from Germany.
4.  Make sure that your bag is dry before you keep it in a dust bag.  This is to avoid (excessive) moisture build up while in storage.  Excessive moisture is a breeding place for molds or mildew.  Brush the lining using a soft brush to shake off dirt or dust.  

From Leather Care Project's file:  A fabric bag with (unwanted) mildew.  Mildew can be prevented.  Once mildew starts to spread on your bag, consult a handbag cleaning and restoration expert. 
From Leather Care Project's file:  The clean and disinfected version.  No more mildew and stains after deep cleaning. 
5.  Store your bag in a dust bag.  One bag is to one dust bag.  No dust bag, no problem.  A soft pillow case can work as an alternative. Avoid storing leather bags in plastic.  Leather is skin.  Skin must be able to breathe. 
Storage tip for hardware:  Wrap detachable hardware separately.  In case the hardware tarnishes overtime, its dark color will not transfer to the adjacent fabric or leather. 
6.  To maintain the shape of your bag, use a stuffer when storing.  DIY stuffer:  bundle clean, white bond papers; wrap in white Japanese paper. Tape the ends to hold the paper bundle in place.

7.  Avoid spilling solvent on your bag.  Solvent may cause the bag's color to bleed. 

8.  When leather becomes sticky, refer to Tip #2, and then store your bag in a cooler room.  Do not place it right next to other bags to avoid color transfer.  Observe. If stickiness persists, consult a handbag cleaning expert.  

9.  If you must purchase a cleaning or polishing product, it has to be intended for the type of materials of your bag (example:  smooth leather / patent (shiny layer) / suede or nubuck / fabric).  Read the label before purchasing.  

10.  If you must apply any product to your bag, do a spot test in a hidden section of the bag.  Check the material's reaction to the product before applying it to the entire bag. 

For more information about handbag cleaning and restoration, visit our Leather Care Project page in Facebook and Instagram (@leathercareproject).  


Leather Care Project offers professional cleaning and restoration services for your handbags and shoes.  We have thriving online presence through Facebook and Instagram, and our studio is located south of Manila.    We provide free online assessment through our Facebook page.  Handbag pick-up and delivery processes are done through 3rd party courier, or scheduled appointment in Makati, BGC, and MOA central business districts.  

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Splendido Sunset Run 2017 - Leave No Man Behind

Splendido Sunset Run is back!  Mark your calendar, register, and bring the whole bunch to a fun Saturday at Splendido on December 16.  They sure know how to treat everyone with an excellent view of the sunset along the ridges of Tagaytay / Nasugbu.  There is a 5 km category for kids and kids at heart (I just realized that 5 km is my new 21 km).  The 12 km category is tagged as a TRIO for runners and their BFFs.  If you are into testing the limits of your legs on an elevated terrain, then there is a 21 km category for you.  

Splendido has a condo-hotel with plenty of rooms for you and your family/friends.  Why not stay overnight and enjoy the cool December breeze of Tagaytay?  Splendido is offering discount on accommodation to Sunset Run participants, just call or send them an email through the contact details provided below before you book. 

Our friends from Splendido wish to share these fabulous slides to provide you with more information at a glance.  

Monday, October 30, 2017

[Press Release] The first ever "Hello Kitty Run" event in PH

What a success!  This is how we refer to the first ever "Hello Kitty Run" event in the country, carrying the 2017 theme "Link Love Together."

Tokyo Gets Co., Ltd., a Japan-based entertainment agency, through its local affiliate Ten:22 Business Solutions, first brought the " Hello Kitty Run Manila" on 21st October 2017 at the SM By The Bay, SM Mall of Asia.  It was a major success, with over 10,000 participants.

The first Hello Kitty fun run was held in Bangkok in February 2016.  Afterwards, it was also brought by Tokyo Gets to many other Asian countries, such as, Singapore, China, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Throughout the event, the concept " Link Love Together" was widely adopted from race kits to decorations, merchandise to food & beverage, etc.  The event attracted numerous media support both from online and offline platforms. 

Tokyo Gets and Ten:22 would like to acknowledge and appreciate the support of its main partner CHERIFER Syrup, along with other sponsors, namely, SM By the Bay, ETC, 2nd Avenue, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Otaku Asia, Golden Phoenix Hotel, Rizal Park Hotel, Hisense, Toy Kingdom, Skin White, Skechers, Pocari Sweat, Crystal Clear, Pascual Creamy Delight, Fujifilm Instax, Salonpas, ACER, Softex, Gardenia, Kinds in Mind, Banana Peel, Bert Lozada Swim School, Mogu Mogu, UBER PH, Chips Delight, and UCC Coffee.  They filled the grounds with dozens of themed activities, games, and photo corners that provided the runners a fun-filled and memorable day!

Social networking sites Facebook and Instagram unleashed their power to create the hype and euphoria for Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017.  The first week of its Facebook page showed an instant 10,000 followers, and had more than 31,000 followers during the event day itself!  Registered participants happily and proudly shared their photos and status with the hashtags #HelloKittyRunManila2017, # LinkLoveTogether, and #HKRManila2017.  

Following the success of "Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 - Link Love Together", Tokyo Gets and Ten:220 are excited and proud to present the next event in Cebu, Philippines early 2018.  

Character events draw a lot of attention in Asia and it is highly anticipated that characters-related promotion will be a continuous trend.  Tokyo Gets Co., Ltd. has branch offices in Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, and partners with Ten:22 Business Solutions in the Philippines to provide optimal licensing promotion based on the culture and trends of the country.  

We provide support services to solve complex license agreement problems from content selection, negotiation, contract making to production, etc.  For further information and inquiries, please get in tough with Mr. Lynard Longcop via email at, or Miss Yamada at  

(c) 1976, 2017 SANRIO CO., LTD  Approval No.: P170800041TG

5 Reasons Why I Enjoyed Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017

October 21, 2017 - the date marked for the first ever Hello Kitty Run in Manila.  I did not check whether it was an auspicious date, but what we had that day was a great weather and a highly energetic crowd.  SM Mall of Asia Complex offered a route that was lined with Hello Kitty props of pink and white for a perfect selfie and groufie for all participants.   

On a more personal note, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for another edition of the Hello Kitty Run in 2018.  

This year's Hello Kitty Run Manila was indeed one of the most enjoyable, family/kid-friendly run events I ever participated in.  As I'm writing this blog, a week has already passed since the event, but I still get that happy feeling whenever I view event photos circulating in social media.  It should be easier now to write about the event, and sum up my enthusiasm in five points.  

1.  I'm a cat person.  I love Hello Kitty. No explanation needed.  

2.  It was a kid-, family-friendly event.  A lot of participants showed up wearing pink tutus and other personal effects which can be easily associated with Hello Kitty.  Every one was into the scene and ready to be seen - donning costumes and some cosplay make up, selfie-ready camera phones, selfie sticks, and their favorite running buddies. 

3.  Props for photo opp, all white and pink along the route. Fans could surely visualize Hello Kitty's paw print of approval on those.  There were also boxes from which people could pick a prize, and claim it at the redemption booth after the finish line.  Instant prizes galore.  

4.  Hydration:  water and cold POCARI drink. They did not seem to run out of drinks at every kilometer mark.  I was already at the last wave, and there were more than enough drinks for every one.  Almost all used paper cups ended where they should be - in the trash bins.

5. The finisher's medal is lovely.  It is a standout in my collection of run event medals.

Congratulations to the people behind the success of Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017! Hello Kitty fans appreciate your effort in bringing such a big themed event to Manila.  We're excited to here about a repeat in 2018.  πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ΊπŸ’“

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Leather Care Project: Restoration with Stitching Challenge

We are so glad to have joined the cross-stitching bandwagon back in its heyday, but we wouldn't dare announce the exact year.  Those were the days when every project was a true test of patience and perseverance...and it was, in a way therapeutic.
Now we leveled up in stitching, as it becomes an important component of some of our restoration efforts at Leather Care Project.  Stitching becomes more tedious with bags, because we have to deal with hard-to-reach areas (like corners and interior lining).  If we are to open existing stitches to make room for repairs, we need to assess the most optimal section to cut - all these steps are being performed with utmost care; with the primary goal of maintaining or reinforcing the sturdiness of the bag, while being especially mindful of its overall aesthetic value (or appearance). 
Here are two of our recent projects that mandated high quality hand stitches. 
1.  Gucci small denim bag with soft leather trim and handle - this is a 14-year old bag, and it has been a constant favorite of a client among her extensive collection of designer bags.  This is her usual out-to-lunch bag. It must be sturdy enough to hold a phone, coins and bills, keys, power bank, and some beauty must-haves. 

2.  Coach fabric bag with patent leather trim and straps - the 'before' photo says it all.  All strap edges were badly damaged due to a combination of stress (heavy load) and humidity (from storage).  Good thing our client did not give up on this bag, and brought it to us for repair.  It could have ended up in the trash bin.  We do not have to be hardcore environmentalists to at least attempt in helping our clients save their bags (from destruction).  Now we are looking forward to her OOTD photos with this arm candy.  The repair process that we followed is a green one - we did not use any electrical machine to fix the bag, it was all manual process. 

For more information, please visit (and share) our Facebook and Instagram accounts @leathercareproject.  Thank you. 

Attention: COACH Lovers

Output of our recent Coach cleaning/restoration effort
Coach produces lovely handbags, which never seem to go out of style, regardless of season and location. Through the years, Coach has put together an appealing collection of handbags, season after season, never forgetful of making utilitarian and chic exist on the same plane.  Let's also not forget to emphasize the brand's huge popularity in the Asian market.  

Since Coach bags are very useful, they are no stranger to a gamut of stains and color transfer - especially the fabric ones.  Followers of the Leather Care Project are more than convinced that there is a better way of cleaning their favorite Coach fabric bags.  Forget about dumping it all in the washing machine; a step that compromises not only the leather trims and hardware, but also impacts the overall appearance and quality of Coach bags. We are pleased to share some of the 'before versus after' pieces that we did recently.

Before:  Common issues - dirt, molds, and heavy stains (usually ink, color transfer); other issues - loose stitches, damaged leather edges

Leather Care Project Process
1.  Clean and disinfect
2.  Condition leather parts
3.  Fix loose stitches and leather edges
4.  Apply water and stain protector

After:  Coach bags that are clean as new

Extra:  Completed repair of loose leather stitches, intense leather conditioning of the handle

For more information, please visit (and share) our Facebook and Instagram accounts @leathercareproject.  Thank you. 


Monday, August 14, 2017

Hello Kitty Run Link Love Together Manila 2017

Hi there, Hello Kitty fans! Are you ready to spread love and have fun with Hello Kitty? After visiting Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, Hello Kitty is (finally) coming to the Philippines through the first ever Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 happening on October 21, 2017! Let’s have fun with family and friends with the fun run’s theme, “Link Love Together!

Our beloved Hello Kitty will inspire love and share happiness with everyone in the 5km fun run at the SM By the Bay, SM MOA Complex. To show her excitement to meet all participants, she prepared an exclusive edition Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 race kit consisting of themed race tee and race bib, with lots of special gifts from sponsors, all in a very cute exclusive Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 drawstring bag! Everyone who will cross the finish line will also receive a very cute special edition Hello Kitty Run finisher’s medal for their effort!

Hello Kitty herself will meet-and-greet friends and fans at a special stage program during the event! There will also be lots of activities and booths where you can get exclusive and limited edition souvenirs and merchandise.

Early bird tickets has been selling from July 1 until August 15; Standard tickets from August 16 to September 15; and Last minute tickets from September 16 to October 15. Register now at !

Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 is organized by Tokyo Gets Ltd and Ten:22 Business Solutions in partnership with CHERIFER Syrup, along with its official venue partner, SM By the Bay, official media partners; ETC and 2nd Avenue, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Star, Business Mirror and Otaku Asia, major partners Pocari Sweat and Crystal Clear, Toy Kingdom, Skin White, Rizal Park Hotel, Golden Phoenix Hotel, Pascual Creamy Delight, Skechers, Devant, and marketing partners Salonpas, Acer, Banana Peel, Fujifilm Instax, Softex and Healthy Innovations. This event is supported by JLOP (Japan’s Ministry of Economy and Industry, Contents Division).


Sharing some photos and a video of happy participants from the past Hello Kitty Run events.