Your Chapman bag should give you many years’ faithful service. The life of your bag will depend on the frequency and environment of its use. Daily use in the field as a fishing or work bag will inevitably take greater toll than, for instance, infrequent use on an occasional trip. We guarantee our bags against any manufacturing defect (e.g. losing a rivet) during their life, but not against fair wear and tear.

How best to maintain your bag will depend both on the materials used to make it and your own aesthetic preferences. Some customers like their bags to acquire a worn in look, others prefer to maintain them as pristine as possible.

First of all some general care instructions which apply to all our bags:

  • – Never wash your bag in a washing machine!
  • – Do not use dry cleaning chemicals
  • – Avoid leaving on hot radiators or, particularly with dark canvas colours, exposed to hot direct sunlight any more than necessary
  • – Laptops can emit considerable heat; try to store them in your bag in a sleeve
  • – Avoid storing your bag in an airtight container and ensure it gets used or aired every few months if possible
  • CANVAS
    • Step One

      Use a lightly dampened cloth or sponge with soap and water to clean off marks on the canvas, using a light circular motion.

    • Step Two

      Allow to dry naturally.

  • TWEED & WOOL
    • Step One

      Use a lightly dampened cloth or sponge with soap and water to clean off marks on the fabric, using a light circular motion.

    • Step Two

      Allow to dry naturally.

  • TECHNICAL FABRICS
    • Step One

      Use a lightly dampened cloth or sponge to clean off marks on the fabric, using a light circular motion.

    • Step Two

      Allow to dry naturally.

  • LEATHER
    • Step One

      First remove any dirt or dust from the leather with a cloth, if necessary very lightly dampened (avoid unnecessary exposure to water).

    • Step Two

      Allow to dry naturally if the cloth is damp.

    • Step Three

      Rub in a good quality leather cream and buff with a clean soft cloth

  • HARDWARE
    • Step One

      Remove any dirt or dust with a cloth.

    • Step Two

      Apply a good quality metal cream to either brass or nickel and polish but try to avoid abrasive and ammonia based cleaners for nickel plated brass as these may degrade the plating over time.