Care of Leather Goods

Care of Leather Goods

Owners of cherished and wallet-friendly leather items often wonder about the best way to care for them. 

Saphir, founded in 1920, earned a Gold Medal for its products at the 1925 World Expo in Paris. Since then, the company has skillfully combined the preservation of traditional leather craftsmanship from the early 20th century with constant development and innovation in the production process, making it an undisputed global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of leather care products.

Saphir is the only manufacturer in the world that avoids using silicone-containing substances in its products, as they can negatively impact the quality of leather. The company carefully selects high-quality, entirely natural raw materials for its products, including beeswax, carnauba wax, resinous turpentine, mountain wax, vegetable oils like walnut, jojoba, shea, and almond, as well as animal fats such as mink oil, seal and salmon oil, lanolin, and hoof oil.

In 1979, the brand was acquired by the multinational conglomerate Avel, which, in 1986, relocated production to its facilities in the Charente department (Cognac province, France). Saphir exclusively produces and markets premium-grade products for the care of smooth leather, suede, nubuck, textiles, and high-tech materials (membrane fabrics). The company's offerings include cleaning, nourishing, preserving, conditioning, coloring, and re-coloring products, as well as protective solutions for any leather goods. 

Saphir's interests extend beyond footwear and leather clothing to encompass leather furniture, the interiors of prestigious cars, airplanes, and yachts, as well as bags, luggage, accessories, hardware, and even equestrian tack and rider equipment. The flagship product, UNIVERSAL CREAM POLISH®, has been an absolute bestseller for many years, serving as a multi-purpose solution for consumers.

The successful application of nanotechnology has led to the appearance of such a famous product as INVULNER® water-repellent impregnation. Almost every product of the company can be called a leader in its field.


Saphir products were awarded the Gold Medal of Quality at the World Expo in Paris in 1925. Under the Saphir Medaille D'Or ("Saphir Gold Medal") brand, the French concern Avel presents an exclusive line of products for the particularly gentle care of shoes and other products made of expensive or exotic leathers. These products result from continuous technological research in close collaboration with renowned brands in the footwear and leather goods markets. They are recommended for daily use by distinguished brands such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, John Lobb, Lanvin, Sebago, Loewe, and are even used by Hermes for the pre-sale preparation of their product! Saphir is the only manufacturer in the world that does not use petroleum-based products in its formulations, which degrade the properties of leather and reduce its durability and performance. 

The company's flagship product for many years has been LEATHER RENOVATOR®, the best-known and best-selling product among shoemakers worldwide. Saphir Medaille D'Or products are officially used by curators of the world's major museums, restorers of national libraries, and antiquarians around the world to protect and renew the leather covers of antique folios, antique leather furniture and other leather goods of historical and cultural value. The production uses materials of uncompromisingly high quality, and each item undergoes rigorous inspection. 

Exclusive production in France, modern equipment, exceptional raw materials, and qualified staff enable the company to maintain leadership in the most expensive segment of the market and meet the needs of the most discerning customers in over 50 countries on five continents.

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