Handbag Storage Guide: Securing your Personal Treasure
Properly storing your designer handbags when they are not in use will help preserve and lengthen their lifespan, so you (or someone else) can enjoy them for many years to come! Read our luxury handbag storage guide for our top tips!
Downsize: Remove Accessories
Certain handbags will include accessories; these should be removed and placed on the inside of the bag (or box if applicable). This will ensure that everything remains with the bag intact. Accessories will vary depending on designer and style. They may also include their own storage containers (boxes, or dust bags). Examples and how to care for them may include:
A Clochette is essentially a leather fob that includes a lock and keys. It should be put in the appropriate dust bag or properly secured in Bubble Wrap or Tissue Paper and placed in the interior pocket or main compartment.
Removable Key Chains or Charms should be put in the appropriate dust bag or properly wrapped in Bubble Wrap or Tissue Paper and placed in the interior pocket or main compartment.
Removable Chains or Straps
Removable chains or straps should be put in the appropriate dust bag or properly wrapped in Bubble Wrap or Tissue Paper and placed in the interior pocket or the main compartment.
Stuff It: Keeping the Shape
Stuffing your bag will help it retain its original shape while not in use. Over time bags can become misshapen, especially those constructed in heavy leathers or with slouchy silhouettes. There are a few different remedies for this:
Clean/Fresh Bubble Wrap can be folded or rolled and placed in the main compartment of the handbag, especially vintage handbags.
It’s best to use plain, acid-free tissue paper, to avoid any chance of bleeding. This can be folded or rolled in a shape best-fitted for the bag.
There are specific handbag-shaped “pillows” or “shapers” that are available to use as Stuffing. These are ideal for single-compartment handbags, or those that have been precisely measured.
What to Avoid: Stuff with caution
Over-stuffing can stretch the material, potentially damage the closures or interior, and alter the overall shape of the bag.
Protecting the Goods: Chains, Straps, and Hardware
Chains or straps that can’t be removed can still be protected and properly secured; leaving them vulnerable can cause damage to the exterior of the bag. Felt Protectors that often come with bags aim to guard against clasp and plaque damage.
Wrap in Bubble Wrap or Tissue Paper to protect from rubbing against the exterior which can leave indentations and tarnish the bag.
Short or Structured handles can be left outside of the bag (either upright or down) depending on the style of the bag.
Longer straps or handles can be tucked inside the bag to keep them protected. Securing them with Bubble Wrap or Tissue Paper is recommended.
Certain bags include Felt Protectors, which can be placed across the front of bags to help protect clasps and plaques.