Ever wonder how to store your summer bag this coming fall? As the warm summer days fade away and the cool breeze of fall begins to fill the air, it's time to bid farewell to your beloved summer wardrobe and accessories.

The transition from summer to fall is not just about swapping out your flip-flops for ankle boots; it also involves caring for your summer bags and making room for the chic leather bags synonymous with autumn fashion. In this guide by Future Brands Group, we'll explore the art of cleaning and storing your summer bags, ensuring they stay pristine until next year, and seamlessly transitioning from wicker bags to leather bags as fall rolls in. We’ll also be including our top picks for bags this Fall 2023.

Cleaning Your Summer Bags

Before you tuck away your wicker and canvas summer bags for the season, giving them a little TLC is essential. Cleaning your bags not only keeps them looking their best but also prevents any stains or odors from setting in during the months of storage.
  • Gather Your Supplies
Start by collecting the necessary cleaning supplies. You'll need a soft brush, a mild detergent, warm water, a soft cloth, and a toothbrush for those hard-to-reach spots. Be sure to choose a detergent suitable for your bag's material.
  • Empty and Dust
Empty your summer bag completely, removing all crumbs, receipts, and forgotten treasures that may have accumulated over the season. Once empty, use a soft brush to gently dust off any loose dirt or debris from the exterior and interior of the bag.
May Tote – Future Brands Group

May Tote – Future Brands Group

  • Spot Clean
Mix a small amount of mild detergent with warm water for canvas or fabric bags to create a soapy solution. Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the mixture, wring it out, and gently scrub any stains or spots on the bag's surface. For stubborn stains, you can use a toothbrush to target specific areas. Be cautious not to oversaturate the fabric, as excessive moisture can damage it.
  • Rinse and Dry
After spot-cleaning:
  1. Rinse the bag with a clean, damp cloth to remove soapy residue.
  2. Wipe it dry with a clean cloth, and allow it to air dry completely before storing.
  3. Avoid direct sunlight or heat sources, as they can cause colors to fade or materials to warp.
  • Leather Care
The cleaning process differs slightly if you're transitioning from wicker bags to leather bags for fall. For leather bags, use a leather cleaner or conditioner designed explicitly for your bag's type of leather. Apply it sparingly with a soft cloth and gently buff the leather to restore its luster.
Ivi Mini Crossbody – Future Brands Group

Ivi Mini Crossbody – Future Brands Group

Leather should be kept from direct sunlight, so store it in a cool, dry place.

Storing Your Summer Bags

Now that your summer bags are clean and refreshed, it's time to store them properly to ensure they remain in top-notch condition for the next summer season.
  • Stuff and Shape
To maintain the shape of your wicker or straw bags, stuff them with tissue paper or bubble wrap. This will help prevent them from collapsing or developing creases while in storage. Stuff them with clean, acid-free tissue paper for canvas or fabric bags to maintain their shape.
  • Dust Covers
Consider investing in dust covers or fabric bags for each summer bag. These protective covers will shield your bags from dust and light, preserving their color and preventing potential damage. You can also use old pillowcases or cotton tote bags as budget-friendly alternatives.
  • Hang or Store Upright
Hang your wicker or straw bags in a cool, dry place, such as a closet or wardrobe, to prevent any pressure on the delicate materials. Store them upright on a shelf or in a storage bin for canvas or fabric bags to maintain their shape.
Betty Saddle Tote – Future Brands Group

Betty Saddle Tote – Future Brands Group

  • Climate Control
Avoid storing your summer bags in areas prone to extreme temperature fluctuations, humidity, or direct sunlight. These conditions can cause your bags to deteriorate over time. Instead, choose a cool, dry, and dark location.
  • Rotate and Check
While your summer bags are in hibernation, checking on them periodically is a good idea. Give them a gentle shake to ensure they maintain their shape, and inspect for any signs of mold or mildew. If you find any issues, address them promptly to prevent further damage.

Transitioning from Wicker Bags to Leather Bags

As summer ends, it's time to embrace the fashion shift that comes with fall. Wicker bags, with their airy and beachy vibes, make way for the timeless elegance of leather bags. Here's how to seamlessly transition your summer style into the cozy autumn days.
  • Assess Your Wardrobe
Before diving into the world of leather bags, take a moment to assess your fall wardrobe. Consider the colors, textures, and styles you'll wear most frequently. Leather bags come in various shades and designs, so choosing one that complements your autumn outfits is essential.
  • Classic Tote or Crossbody?
Leather bags offer versatility, and your choice depends on your lifestyle and preferences. A classic leather tote is perfect for those who need ample space for work essentials or everyday items. On the other hand, a leather crossbody bag adds a chic touch to casual and on-the-go outfits. Make your selection based on your needs and style.
Milla Tote – Future Brands Group

Milla Tote – Future Brands Group

Mary Saddle Crossbody – FutureBrandsGroup

Mary Saddle Crossbody – FutureBrandsGroup

  • Neutral or Statement Piece
Leather bags are available in various colors, from classic neutrals like black, brown, and tan to vibrant hues like deep burgundy or forest green. While neutrals are versatile and timeless, a statement leather bag instantly elevates your fall look. Consider your existing wardrobe and decide whether you want a timeless staple or a bold fashion statement.
  • Care for Your Leather
Like your summer bags, leather bags require proper care to maintain beauty. Use a leather protector or conditioner to keep the leather supple and moisture-free. Also, avoid overloading your leather bag, which can cause stretching or deformities.
Madeleine Bucket – Future Brands Group

Madeleine Bucket – Future Brands Group

  • Mix and Match
Don't feel pressured to let go of your summer bags entirely. Some wicker or straw bags can still be incorporated into your fall outfits, especially during the early autumn days when the weather is still warm. Pair a wicker bag with a lightweight cardigan and ankle boots for a stylish transitional look.


As the days grow shorter and the leaves start to turn, the fashion world transforms its own. It's almost fall, and it's time to bid farewell to your beloved summer bags while welcoming the warm embrace of leather bags for the season. With proper cleaning and storage techniques, your summer bags will remain pristine, ready to see the light of day again next year. Meanwhile, your chic leather bag will effortlessly carry you through the stylish autumn days. So, take the time to care for your accessories, and you'll be fashion-forward and ready for fall, seamlessly transitioning from wicker bags to leather bags.

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September 15, 2023 — Grace Caraan