What Is Deerskin Leather And How Do I Look After It?

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Have you ever seen the term ‘Deerskin’ leather and wondered what it meant? In the latest of our leather guides, we explore what exactly Deerskin leather is and how to maintain it.



Deerskin Leather is a leather created from the hide of deers. Historically, Deerskin Leather was popularised by Native Americans and the American frontier culture. They generally used it for clothing and moccasins. Today Deerskin Leather is used for a wide variety of items including shoes, coats and luxury handbags.

Deerskin Leather isn’t a mass produced material, therefore it has exclusive connotations and luxury appeal. Due to this, Deerskin is  popular with fashion houses and designers including Prada. For those looking for a cheaper version of Deerskin, Cowhide leather may be a suitable alternative.

Prada Deerskin Leather Handbag

This high-quality leather has a number of benefits ranging from feeling soft, to its durability and breathability. Being a lightweight and thin leather also ensures that Deerskin has stretch. Another popular characteristic of Deerskin Leather is that even when it gets wet and dries, the soft texture still remains.

Deerskin can come as an unfinished leather which makes it very soft, but unfortunately not water or stain resistant, so we recommend using a protective product (such as Dermo Protect) to protect this leather and ensure its longevity. You can also find Deerskin Leather which is finished or micro pigmented (Dermo Protect is also suitable for use on this type of Deerskin). To maintain its condition, it is key to regularly clean Deerskin Leather with a water-based product such as Sensitive Cleanse. Please note, we do not recommend undertaking any DIY stain removal treatments on Deerskin Leather, such as using baby powder to draw out grease etc.



The experts here at The Handbag Spa have years of experience working with Deerskin leather furthermore have worked with the world’s finest leather chemists to create a range of care products. This water-based range has been designed for use on delicate handbag leather (including Deerskin).


This water-based spray, protects unfinished leathers including Deerskin leather from day to day staining, liquids, dye transfer, ink, oil, sunlight damage and more. Unlike it’s competitors, Dermo Protect protects the leather, whilst hydrating it at the same time and therefore allowing it to breath. Unlike it’s competitors (many of which contain silicon), Dermo Protect protects the leather, whilst hydrating it at the same time. This therefore allows it to breath.




– Just spray a light layer evenly onto a clean lint free cloth

– Test on an inconspicuous area such as the bottom or inside

– Wipe focusing on one panel at a time

– Leave to air dry

Use monthly to ensure maximum stain guard protection is achieved.



You can clean Deerskin leather with Sensitive Cleanse. By creating a thick solution that sits on the surface for longer than other products, Sensitive Cleanse allows you to clean off the day-to-day buildup of dirt.


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– Just spray a light layer evenly onto a clean lint free cloth.

– Test on an inconspicuous area (such as the bottom or inside).

– Wipe focusing on one panel at a time.

– Leave to air dry

Use monthly (depending on how regularly you use the bag). Ensure after cleaning with Sensitive Cleanse, you always protect the leather. We recommend using Dermo Protect for the ultimate protection against oils and dye transfer.

NOTE: None of The Handbag Spa products will alter the look, feel or finish of a leather handbag in any way!



If your Deerskin leather handbag is looking a little worse for wear, send it into The Handbag Spa for our team to asses. Here it can undergo treatments to clean and restore its appearance.

This customer discovered a can of hairspray had leaked inside her Prada handbag. The incident caused a stain and even flattened the leather’s natural grain. Unfortunately, there isn’t a treatment which can rectify a flattened grain pattern. We undertook our Full Clean, Stain Removal and Colour Restoration treatments. This combination definitely did the handbag wonders! Now it’s hard to tell that the grain pattern is flatter than the rest of the bag.


Deerskin is such a luxurious and soft leather, that you definitely want to keep it looking good! In this case, our customer had tried cleaning up the stains herself. This had led to her rubbing the leather and losing some of the grain pattern – something we don’t recommend! The technician was able to reduce the mile stain by using their specialist cleaning techniques.

After a Full Clean and Colour Restoration treatment, this Prada bag left the spa looking amazing!

Prada Stain Removal Bag Spa



Request an estimate for your Deerskin bag today and contact The Handbag Spa:

Telephone: +44 1423 888 709

Email: info@thehandbagspa.com

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