What Is Saffiano Leather and How Do I Protect It?

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It’s a question we hear all the time! As more and more bags made from ‘Saffiano’ are appearing in our designer label stores, we felt it important to do some digging and find out exactly what Saffiano Leather is and are we really getting what we pay for?


About Saffiano

Saffiano leather was first made in one of Italy’s most famous tanneries and was a signature and patent of established design house Prada. Saffiano leather was originally made from the highest quality calf leather. The name Saffiano comes from the cross hatch print that was pressed into the wax that coated the leather. It is supposed to be water-resistant, if not waterproof and on a vegetable tanned base.

Today this iconic print is used on a wide range of leathers and PU coated splits. There, there are many factories using the cross-hatch pattern and calling the end product Saffiano. In the same way that Russian, Moroccan and Cordovan leather once had clear geographical and technical definitions, Saffiano leather is now made in many countries and in different ways.

So although what we see is the same Saffiano print across all the current designer brands, what is actually underneath the surface could be no better than your cheap split leather with a surface coating simply printed with the cross hatch design ‘Saffiano Leather’.


Care and Maintenance for Saffiano Leather

Want to protect and prolong the life of your Saffiano leather from the comfort of your home? Use The Handbag Spa’s exclusive Dermo Protect product to prevent problems such as dye transfer and day to day staining.

Dermo Protect is a water based handbag protector spray, which protect’s finished and un-finished leathers from day to day staining, liquids, dye transfer, ink, oil, sun light damage and more.

CAN BE USED ON: Finished & Unfinished Leather, Full Grain, Aniline Leather, Lambskin, Calfskin, Exotic, Ostrich, Saffiano, Epi and Vachetta Leather.




– 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!

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


Saffiano Leather Before & After

Saffiano handbag & purses are one of our many specialities here at The Handbag Spa. We offer a variety of cleaning and restoration services for this type of leather, including dye transfer removal and colour touch ups for scuffed corners.

The below Michael Kors handbag was a brand new purchase by Sadja Shah, when her daughter decided to practice her handwriting all over it (as featured in this Daily Mail article)! Thankfully, she came to The Handbag Spa, where it undertook a Full Clean and Colour Touch Up. Now there is no trace of the incident…

This Saffiano Prada Double Zip tote was in dire need of stain removal when it came to The Handbag Spa. Thanks to a Full Clean and Stain Removal treatment carried out by the experts, you would now have no idea of it’s dirty past.


Contact The Handbag Spa

Have you got a Saffiano handbag at the bottom of your wardrobe? Once loved now forgotten? Why not see what we can do for your bag and request an estimate today!

Contact The Handbag Spa directly:

Telephone: +44 1423 888 709

Email: info@thehandbagspa.comSaveSave

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