Care

Everything we design at ALMA is made of time telling materials, from the palm foraged from the mountains of Guerrero to the incorporation of repurposed silver from vintage jewelry in Taxco. Our products are handcrafted with the utmost care and respect by makers who are masters at their craft. They are designed to age gracefully and last for a lifetime if they are tended to just the right way.

—We believe tradition and innovation are inextricably linked

—We believe in team effort, collaboration, shared authorship and flow of intellectual property

—We believe in constant improvement and in learning from the creative process

—We believe in the power of “We”

Here we suggest a few precautions by material to maintain the original condition of your ALMA products.

Palm

Tlamacazapa, Guerrero.

All of our palm accessories are designed and produced in collaboration with the Fermín Procopio family of weavers. The palm is foraged in the nearby mountains and the majority of our dyes are sourced from food grade ingredients. Variations in color, shape and technique render each piece unique. 

If you decide to dispose of one of our palm pieces we encourage you to remove and recycle all metal wares and textile labels. The remaining palm can be treated as organic waste: compost it so its nutrients return to the biosphere.

Avoid

  • Exposure to intense sunlight as the bright tones may lighten and reveal subtle hues.
  • Exposure to oils, perfume, alcohol or cosmetics and other harsh chemicals. If any of these occurs wipe with a damp clean cloth.
  • Dry-cleaning and washing machine as they may tear the palm apart.

Consider

  • Checking the weather forecast to protect it on rainy days.
  • Using a steam iron on low heat over a clean cloth on your palm piece to press into shape.
  • Not over-filling your bag so it can conserve its original shape.
  • Storing it occasionally in its dust cover filled with crumpled paper inside to maintain its original shape.

 

Silver

Taxco, Guerrero.

We work hand-in-hand with expert silversmiths at the historic Spratling workshop to design and produce ALMA’s line of jewelry. We use a mix of certified .925 silver and repurpose silver from vintage pieces, overstock and quality control.

Avoid

  • Exposure to perfume, alcohol, lotion, cosmetics and other harsh chemicals. If any of these occurs wipe with a soft dry cloth.
  • Contact with rough surfaces or other jewelry pieces to prevent scratching, tangling or potential impact.
  • Extreme temperature changes and intense heat.

Consider

  • Using it often as skin oils prevent tarnish and maintain the silver polished.
  • Removing it before practicing any sport, going to sleep or washing your hands.
  • Cleaning it regularly with a very soft brush and soapy water, then rinse with lukewarm water and dry off with a piece of soft polishing cloth.
  • Storing it individually in a very dry place as oxygen and sulfur tarnish silver.

Follow any general precaution above for jewelry pieces embedded with stones and remember to set them gently when you remove them.


Suede

León, Guanajuato.

León is located in the Bajío region of Mexico where ranching developed through colonial times. The historic leatherworking workshops that crafted accessories for horseback riding have now become part of an artisanal shoemaking industry. It is here that we develop and produce our leather goods. 

Avoid

  • Exposure to water, oils, perfume, alcohol or cosmetics and other harsh chemicals. For dry stains, use a suede eraser or nail file to remove any loose dirt before cleaning with a suede brush or toothbrush. For water or salt stains apply a suede cleaner or dab with white vinegar using a clean damp towel. For impossible stains we recommend seeking help from your nearby dry-cleaning or leather care service.
  • Contact with dark textiles and sharp items.

Consider

  • Treating the suede with a professional suede sealant to prevent any stain and repeat from time to time.
  • Checking the weather forecast to protect it on rainy days.
  • Brushing them constantly with a suede brush in the direction of the grain to keep them clean and soft.
  • Storing it occasionally in its dust cover with crumpled paper inside to maintain its original shape. 

Leather

León, Guanajuato.

León is located in the Bajío region of Mexico where ranching developed through colonial times. The historic leatherworking workshops that crafted accessories for horseback riding have now become part of an artisanal shoemaking industry. It is here that we develop and produce our leather goods.

Avoid

  • Exposure to direct sources of light and heat as the color may alter and fade more quickly.
  • Exposure to water, oils, perfume, alcohol or cosmetics and other harsh chemicals. If it comes in contact with any of these, pat it immediately with a soft, lint-free cloth and let dry at room temperature. This will prevent the formation of stains and blisters. For impossible stains we recommend seeking help from your nearby dry-cleaning or leather care service.
  • Contact with dark textiles and sharp items.

Consider

  • Not over-filling your bag so it can conserve its original shape.
  • Applying a leather balm with a lint-free cloth and buff delicately to maintain its shine.
  • Storing it occasionally in its dust cover filled with crumpled paper inside to maintain its original shape.