All leather items can last for a lifetime if they are regularly maintained and treated well. You need to clean and nourish your leather to help retain its durability and texture. Leather should be polished and conditioned monthly if worn frequently. Never use laundry detergents, instead use a good quality leather cleaner, and a soft damp cloth to remove dirt and debris, followed by a leather conditioner. Once dry, a waterproofer such as ‘Waproo Waterproofer’ seals and acts as a repellent for the leather.
With scratches and other imperfections, condition with a cream formula, lighter than the actual colour of the leather. Do not expose leather to sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Never store leather in plastic. All leathers are intended to age and soften with wear. Slight variations in colour, grain and texture are all part of the unique characteristics of leather.
Please treat all suede products with a protective spray or finish as it will help to repel moisture, water and prevent stains. Due to the delicate and fine nature of suede, Kitty Kat recommends taking your suede items to a professional shoe repairer who has the expertise to care, protect and repair your suede shoes and bags. Keep suede away from light as it will fade and bleach the color. Do not store suede in damp conditions, as it may encourage growth of mold and mildew. If suede bag or shoes get wet, soak up excess moisture with a clean cloth. Then allow the suede to dry naturally. Do not use a heater or dryer to speed up the process. After the item has dried, you can restore the nap (the raised fibers of suede) with a suede brush. Alternatively please take your suede to a professional shoe repair man.Ponyskin and Cowhide
Ponyskin and Cowhide, must be cared for and protected from materials and elements that can harm it. Ponyskin is commonly cow hair, but it is not real pony. Basically it is the hair side of the animal and is considered a "pelt", the same as fur. Ponyskin is more expensive than the average leather as the cost is in the finish of the hair, as it has been treated by a chrome tanning process that gives the hair that super shiny finish and is dyed, and a lot harder to work with during manufacturing. The care for ponyskin and cowhide is very simple. Basically, it can be cleaned with a dry cloth. If your item becomes extremely dirty, use a slight damp cloth to wipe it down in the direction of hair growth and immediately dry with a clean dry cloth. It can be sprayed with a silicone suede spray, but Do NOT use Scotch Guard. Ever. Avoid storing in plastic bags and do not place heavy items upon your pony and cow skins as it can flatten and damage the hair. Also do not use a brush or comb. If cared for well, your cowhides will bring you much enjoyment for a very long time.
Snake & Python Skin
All snake skins are treated with different dyes to obtain different effects & colours. With some finishes the dye will not be sealed with a ‘shiny film’, instead treatment of the skin will result in a more natural, raw or muted look. The best care for treated snake skin, is to wipe any surface dirt using a damp cloth in direction of the scales. Brush off any embedded dirt with a very soft bristled brush, careful not to lift the scales. Condition your snake skin with an exotic leather conditioner that is specifically safe for snake skin. It is best to use a Lanolin-based exotic leather conditioner. Apply a thin coat with a soft lint free cloth, in grain of scales. Protect your shoes with an application of silicone water repellent. This helps to maintain their original look and prevents drying out. We however advise not wearing snake skin in extreme wet and muddy locations.Animal Fur
The first step in caring for any type of fur product is storage. Storage is extremely important. Improper storage can damage any fur and hair. Store your fur in a place that is not over exposed to excessive heat or light as these elements can fade your fur. Store your fur in a breathable location. Do not store in tightly cramped closets. Hang your fur clothing on a padded hanger so indentations are not imprinted after a period of storage. Fur needs air and circulation. Placing any fur in a garment bag or any other storage option that restricts air flow will dry you fur out and cause damage and shedding. If your fur gets wet from snow or rain shake the moisture out immediately. Put the fur in a well-ventilated area for drying. After the drying is complete shake the fur and smooth with your hand. Remove any stain immediately by blotting the excess off with a clean dry cloth. Don't not rub or press the stain in the fur. You can apply a few drops of clear shampoo to a wet cloth and gently lift the stain from the fur. Rinse the area with a damp cloth and water. Allow the fur to dry completely. Keep your fur protected from strong odors like perfumes and smoke. These smells may become permanently embedded. Have your fur professionally cleaned annually at a fur cleaner. Make sure the place is a fur cleaner and not regular dry cleaner.Vintage Banjara Fabrics
Our vintage fabrics and materials are sourced from the roaming gypsy tribes of Northern India. The materials consist of hand embroidered cotton, silk and viscose, featuring tiny mirrors, sequins, beads and old coins. Therefore small flaws, marks and wear and tear is very normal and not deemed as a fault.Natural Fibres in Scarfs
Linen, Cotton, Modal, Silk
Scarfs need to be treated with care. They are comprised of natural fibres and have undergone hand treatments. Slight variations should not be considered faults, instead they characterise the unique beauty of the hand techniques such as weaving and hand finishing’s. Please take extra care when wearing watches and jewellery as delicate fibres can catch. We recommend dry cleaning only. This will prevent shrinkage and colour bleeds. Please ensure you use a reputable dry cleaner.
If you need help establishing what size you are at Kitty Kat please refer to our sizing chart. Please note that sizes may vary between styles and as such Kitty Kat cannot guarantee the fit of shoes.