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It All Begins With The Fabric

“The creation process begins when I take a piece of fabric in my hand. When I touch it, it tells me about what I can or cannot do. Then I start to draw,” says Albert Kriemler. “It all begins with the fabric.”

So how can you make sure to treat each different type of Akris fabric in the best possible way? 

Horsehair Fabric

The Akris accessories will become softer and supple with use. As with all colorings of natural products, lighter and pastel colors are more sensitive than darker shades. If small hairs protrude from the fabric, they can simply be removed with an electric razor by gently gliding the razor over the affected surface in a circular motion. The leather sections must not be touched in the process. We recommend that you have this treatment carried out by our trained employees in the Akris boutiques as needed.

Printed Fabric

Akris signature prints are created with screen printing techniques using specific printing colors on pretreated fabric. To protect the printed fabric, we recommend the same care treatments as for techno fabric.

Techno Fabric

Our technical material is produced with a 3D embossing technique. A three-dimensional design is pressed into shape with custom-built embossing plates using pressure and heat. The product is finished with a water-resistant coating. If needed, a brush can be used to remove staining. We recommend not to use any liquids or other substances for cleaning.

Satin Fabric

Satin fabrics are characterized by a smooth surface and a significant luxurious sheen, with silk satin being the highest quality. If needed, a very soft brush can be used to remove staining. We recommend not to use any liquids or other substances for cleaning.

Canvas Fabric

This material is woven in a classical sailcloth structure. The yarns generate a velvety surface which is finished with a water-resistant coating. To protect the canvas fabric we recommend the same care treatments as for techno fabric.

Plexi Foil

As a high fashion material, this technical foil is part of the accessories collection. It is soft and flexible and has a shiny transparent look. The material should be protected against heat and scratching surfaces, dirt and moisture can be wiped off with a soft cloth.

Calfskin

The calfskin leathers need to be protected from wet-ness and moisture. If rain droplets are not wiped off quickly, spots may form on the surface that cannot be removed. To protect the leather against moisture, it should be professionally treated for weather resistance on a regular basis. This is best left to the Akris boutiques or a specialist in leather care and should not be attempted otherwise. Unsuitable substances and techniques may damage the material.

Printed Calfskin

With its natural finish, the delicate calfskin is refined in a silk-screen printing process. Its design is applied with specifically suitable colors directly onto the calf-skin and sealed with a transparent protective lacquer. To protect the printed leather, we recommend the same treatment methods as for the unicolored calf-skin. To remove superficial impureness a soft brush can be used.

Nubuck

Nubuck is defined as leather which has been buffed on the grain or outer side. This treatment gives the smooth outer side a velvety appearance and its sought-after dry grip.
 
A protective lacquer is applied during the production process; nevertheless, a buffing residue still attached to the leather can come off, if it is subjected to strain in combination with high humidity, body sweat or other liquids, thus leaving traces of color on the hands or clothing. These color traces are not the result of defective material or faulty production methods, but rather a natural property of the surface-treated leather. We recommend the same protective treatment methods for Nubuck leather as for calfskin. A soft brush can be used to remove superficial dirt from the surface.

Lamé Leather

The precious material is created through a surface refinement of nubuck leather. A polished foil is there-fore partially applied onto the finishing, creating the characteristic shimmering look of lamé.

Crocodile Leather

This distinguished, exotic leather has limited availability. All crocodile leather used in the Akris line is pre-treated with a finishing or with wax. With continuous use, products made of high-gloss crocodile leather take on a beautiful, silky patina.
 
The material must be protected from moisture and dampness. If drops of water are not immediately wiped off, the material can develop small bubbles or dull spots. We advise against using any liquids or other substances.

Lizard

This precious leather gets accentuated with an agate stone. Due to this technique, its unique glossy sheen is obtained. The material must be protected from moisture and dampness. If drops of water are not immediately wiped off, the material can develop small bubbles or dull spots. We advise against using any liquids or other substances for cleaning or treating the material. If needed, lizard leather can be gently polished using a soft, dry cotton cloth without applying pressure.

Python

Python leather is a sought-after material for hand-bags. The skins used for Akris bags are treated with a finishing that softens the surface. This ensures the scales remain flat and smooth. With continuous use, the products take on a beautiful, silky patina. We recommend the same protective treatment methods for python as for crocodile leather.

Python Nubuck Leather

The surface of python leather can be treated like calfskin leather to receive a smooth and velvety nubuck finish. The characteristic scales remain soft and visible. For python nubuck leather we recommend the same care treatments as for nubuck leather.

Ostrich Leather

This South African leather is refined with a “diamond finish”: The two-tone effect is derived from polishing the material with rotating horsehair brushes, which lend a silky sheen to the skin while producing a darker color on the knobs. This leather is characterized by its remarkable stability. Frequent use enhances its silky sheen. We recommend the same protective treatment methods for ostrich leather as for calfskin. Some small stains can be removed with a very soft eraser.

Hammered Leather

The high-quality and reflective leather is created in an elaborate finishing process based on calfskin leather. The metallic surface is embossed to resemble a hammered steel surface. To protect the leather and uphold the reflective effect it should be polished regularly. For any treatment, the leather is best handed to an expert at an Akris boutique or retailer.

Metal Components

Every single metal component is handmade by Italian craftsmen. The raw form from brass is handcrafted in parts and cast by hand. Much like the mechanical construction of clocks, the craftsmen work to join fine pieces from individual components. Thus, any repairs necessary should be done by the original craftsmen which can be arranged through Akris boutiques and Akris points of distribution.

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