Every few months (aka every season), I clean and protect all my leather things. Jackets, bags, shoes, etc. Whether it's real or synthetic, you need the right products to ensure that your things don't wear out too quickly. Just thought I'd make a quick post reminding you guys to do this since I just did it earlier today. ; )
For my Alexander Wang and Marc by Marc Jacobs bags, I use the Danier Renewal Lotion and then the Danier Defense Spray on top to seal in the moisture. These two products are great because it also works on my Danier leather jacket. You should not attempt to use these products on synthetic material because they are meant to care for real leather and suede.
[images via Danier; modified by me]
Squeeze some of the Renewal Lotion (#1) onto the Extra Gentle Cloth (#2) and apply it onto your leather garment or accessory. After applying the lotion all over, spray the Defense Spray (#3) over the leather to lock in the moisture. Hang your garment in a well-ventilated area for 6-8 hours.
It depends on how much you wear your jacket, in my opinion. The website suggests using the lotion monthly and the spray every 2-3 months, but I like to use them together. After I finish wearing my jacket in the fall, I apply the lotion and spray it and then put it away for the winter.
Your leather will dry out and/or change colour if you don't take care of it. All three of the above products shouldn't be more than $20 total. And you don't have to purchase their cloth. Use your own! : )
I read online that the American equivalent to these Danier protectors are the Apple Leather Care and the Apple Rain & Stain Guard.
For my suede garments and accessories, I use the Danier Defense Spray as well. I wear my Jeffrey Campbell Pixie wedges often (as you may have noticed on my blog) so I spray them monthly. Just spray it all over and allow it to settle and air out for at least 6 hours.
For my shoes that are made of synthetic leather (aka shoes from Spring & Aldo), I use the spray that they provide. It's called "NOVI Synthetic Spray & Shine" in a grey bottle, in case you're interested. : ) Spray the surface of your shoes and then wipe gently with a cloth. DO NOT USE ON GENUINE LEATHER. Any products made for SYNTHETIC materials should NOT be used on genuine materials. This product was under $10.
For my Michael Kors Rainboots, I use the Tana Fabric & Microfibre Cleaner that was recommended to me by the sales associate. It smells really strong so I always hold my breath while using this. haha I pour the liquid onto a white cloth and gently rub it all over the rainboots. This product was under $10.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies/products mentioned above. The above advice comes from an everyday consumer and should not be considered professional. Should you have any questions, please comment below and I'll try to answer you to the best of my ability.