The Care & Keeping of Your SteamLine Case: A Guide to Our Exquisite Leather
Our vegan-leather Navy Entrepreneur Carryon and Stowaway shot in Kenya

Unparalleled Craftsmanship Requires Unparalleled Materials

SteamLine Luggage creates pieces of substance with a variety of leathers and fabrics. Leather care for your SteamLine case is easier than you might expect. More than just a pretty case, our luggage—whether the leather luggage or fabric-based designs—is designed with form and function in mind. In the execution of each SteamLine design, our engineers work to balance maximum durability with minimum weight by using innovative materials that sustain the demands of modern travel while enabling you to travel light. To create the high-performance travel companions, we use a variety of luxurious and long-lasting materials, including full-grain leather, vegan and vegetarian leather, linen, and more.

The SteamLine Materials

SteamLine Luggage currently uses five styles of materials in creating the glamorous, old-world inspired cases and objets d’art you know and love. Each material gives a different look and may require specific care instructions.

Full-Grain Leather

Creating the most natural look, full-grain leather is leather that has been neither sanded nor buffed, so it retains all natural marks and imperfections. This creates an evocative authenticity, truly reminiscent of the old-world. The natural grain is especially durable, and will develop a beautiful patina over time. Leather care for full-grain leather is rather simple, as the natural revolution of the case is part of its charm. Full-grain leather wears beautifully and will evolve with use and time.


Our all-leather Pioneer, not currently in line

Top-Grain Leather

Exclusively used for our corners, handles, and straps, top-grain leather is a split layer where the imperfections have been sanded away. This solid leather is more workable and lighter for travel. This particular leather features a stunning finish that gives the case a smooth feel and look, while also preventing stains from setting. You’ll see top-grain leather incorporated into our cases through the rich, substantial straps and durable corner pieces.

Our bonded-leather Orange Anthropologist and Cream Diplomat

Bonded Leather

Beneath the top-grain leather straps and corner pieces, you’ll find our beautiful bonded leather. You’ll find this material on many of SteamLine’s beautiful leather luggage. Bonded leather covers the larger surface area of our cases. It is lightweight and durable, making it ideal for modern travel. This particular style of leather is a low-waste option, created by bonding smaller pieces of leather together before stretching them over a fiber sheet.


Our vegan-leather Alchemist and Navy Entrepreneur

Vegan or Vegetarian Leather

Vegan leather—sometimes referred to as vegetarian leather—is a cruelty-free leather alternative. Made with sustainable materials, this vegan-friendly leather is made to imitate leather. However, besides being animal friendly, the price point of vegan leather is also attractive. Lightweight and durable, this leather alternative is a beautiful option for leather luggage if you’re looking for an animal-friendly option.


Our linen-and-leather Editor in Black and Teal. Hatbox photo by @whitneyleighmorris.

Flax or Linen

Turning now towards SteamLine’s fabric materials, flax or linen materials are renowned for their beauty and durability. Linen is made from flax and is one of the oldest textiles in the world, making it the perfect material for SteamLine’s old-world glamour. The linen used on our cases is a thicker variety of that used for clothing, making it even stronger and more durable. Though it is designed to resist tarnishes, it is also easy to clean with a mild foam cleanser as necessary.

Our best-selling Sweetheart and Pink Botanist with bodies of Pasco fiberboard. Photo of the Botanist is by @princessbermuda.

Pasco Fiberboard

With Pasco fiberboard, a versatile Japanese fiberboard, SteamLine has crafted a wide variety of colorful cases. Made with wood pulp and recycled paper, Pasco fiberboard is a water resistant and environmentally sustainable material. It is uniquely able to take vibrant color, creating a modern look that combines the old world with the new. The Pasco fiberboard material is coupled with SteamLine’s beautiful top-grain leather straps to make for a gorgeously cohesive mixed-media look.

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