Caring for Your Leather Jacket

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A good leather jacket is a must-have piece of clothing that can give your wardrobe a luxurious enhancement. And the leather jackets don’t come cheap, so if you want your investment to last long, you’ll have to take good care of it!

Caring for your leather jacket starts with knowing the type of leather you have purchased. There are several leather types and finishes, each of which requires being cared for differently. Don’t let this worry you; leather jackets sold in stores usually come with care tags so you won’t have a tough time deciding what’s best for your prized possession.

If your jacket doesn’t have a care tag or if you’re looking for general cleaning and storage tips, you’ve come to the right place. Here is some information you could use.

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Cleaning

Whether your leather jacket sees a regular use or is kept confined in your closet for most of the year, you need to clean it regularly. Start by dusting it lightly all over. Use a cotton cloth, a camel hair brush, or a nubuck cloth to prevent scuffing. Once you get rid of the dust, clean the jacket with a slightly damp cloth.

Check the jacket for stains; if you find any, spot treat them right away. Dab at dirt and food or drink stains using a damp cloth. Tougher stains will require the use of a leather cleaner. Be sure to test the cleaning product on a small area before treating the stain.

To remove mold and mildew, mix equal parts of rubbing alcohol and water. Clean the jacket using a clean cloth dipped in this solution. Oil and grease stains can be removed by sprinkling baking soda or ground blackboard chalk onto the stain. Leave the soda or chalk on for a day and then brush away gently. Repeat if needed.

Be sure to clean the jacket lining too. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and eliminate odors. Examine the lining closely for stains and treat as mentioned. Fill a bucket with water and add a little mild laundry detergent and half a cup of vinegar to it. Use a sponge to clean the jacket lining with this solution. Repeat with plain water to rinse the liner. Remove excess water using a dry sponge or cloth.

If you have a suede jacket, hang it in a steamy bathroom for a while and then use a suede brush to get rid of dirt. For stubborn stains, use an art gum eraser (artist’s eraser). Note that this is different from a kneaded eraser; the former crumbles apart when used while the latter does not.

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Drying

It is important to dry your leather jacket once you clean it or in the event you get caught in the rain when wearing it. Don’t put your jacket away without drying it out or you risk inviting mold and mildew. This doesn’t mean you hang it out in the sun to dry though; your leather jacket needs to be air-dried at room temperature so that it stays in good shape.

Never wring your leather jacket as doing so can cause irreversible damage. Simply hang the jacket in a well-ventilated area to air-dry. Invest in a couple of wooden coat hangers as they are not only sturdy but will help retain the shape of your leather jacket.

Conditioning

Just as you need to keep your skin moisturized, it’s important to condition your leather jacket. Leather conditioners keep leather soft and supple, and prevent it from drying or cracking. Irrespective of the type of leather you own, it will need conditioning. Just be sure to pick a conditioner that is appropriate for your jacket.

Stay away from leather conditioners that contain petroleum or mineral oils as these can damage your jacket over time. Also avoid conditioners that leave behind a greasy residue; instead, opt for ones that penetrate the leather.

Remember to condition your leather jacket every time you clean it and at least once a year. Use conditioner sparingly; you only need a thin coat over the jacket. Use a soft, dry cloth to help you apply the conditioner easily.

Protecting

Prevention is better than cure, so you’ll be better off if you can prevent stains and damages in the first place. Leather protectors can do just that- these are colorless, odorless sprays that protect leather from oil, dirt, and water stains. Buy a leather protector that suits your leather jacket and use it once a year.

Further, to keep your leather jacket looking its best, you’ll need to ensure that you’re wearing it the right way. Prevent body oil and perspiration stains by always having a layer of clothing between your skin and the leather. Wearing a scarf will prevent the neckline from staining!

Also, remember to keep your jacket away from hair sprays and perfumes.

Storing

Again, to maintain the shape of your jacket, use a sturdy hanger to store it. Store your jacket in a dark, dry, and well-ventilated area. Use a cloth garment bag or simply cover the jacket with a cotton sheet. Refrain from wrapping your jacket in plastic as doing so can trap moisture and encourage mold growth.

If you’re storing the jacket in your closet, do make sure it is clean!

Conclusion

A leather jacket is an investment and if you want to get years of wear out of your jacket, you’ll need to take good care of it. Using the tips given here, you’ll be able to ensure your leather jacket looks and feels the same through the years!

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CONTEST: Win An Intrepid Stainless Steel Belt!!

Hi everyone, time again for another contest for the gents, and it’s just in time for Father’s Day! Courtesy of KORE Essentials, we’re giving away 2 black Trakline belts with stainless steel buckles!! Trakline belts use a smart, hidden track that’s sewn into the back of the leather belt so no need to fiddle with belt holes any longer!

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Entering is easy: Follow KORE on Facebook and then post your name in a comment to this post to confirm. Not bad, right? You have one week to enter everyone (contest ends on June 11th at 6:00pm EST) so have at it!

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Primer on Men’s Leather Summer Sandals

As the weather is getting warmer, it is time to shed the heavy, closed shoes and look for something a little more open and airy for the summer.  In men’s leather sandals – a very particular focus of menswear – there are at least three basic styles.

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First, are the ever-popular flip-flop or thong men’s sandals.  It is the most open type of sandals and a great choice for casual wear.  Sometimes this type of flip-flop sandal can be more of an athletic or beachy look, but there are some that can be worn with a dressier outfit.  These white leather thong sandals, for example, have a white leather upper and twisted/woven brown and blue leather that keeps the sandal interesting and less boring than the rubber type of flip-flops. Something a little different from the typical Birkenstock and Vince fare!
Mens flat leather sandals Conquest $70 Etsy handmade

Another favorite style of men’s sandals is the gladiator or strap sandals.  One, like this pair of brown leather sandals, gives you a little more support than the thong style sandal because of the straps across the toes and at the heel.  They would be a nice alternative to a walking sandal because it is a look that can be worn with both shorts and casual pants.

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The third basic style of sandal is the slide  This one is easy on and easy off and doesn’t have what might be an annoyance, if you are not partial to anyone around or between the big toe.  In this photo, they have overlapping leather uppers that have side cut-outs, which will give you a fuller coverage on the foot, as well as a more secure fit.  It is a great sandal to keep by the door because it will be a shoe that you will reach for over and over again.  The stud detail that runs down the front, is also a nice modern touch and the gives the sandal more interest.

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The Best Leather Accessories For A Lady’s Wardrobe

You might not give a lot of thought to the material that your accessories are made of, but many people will only settle for the best. When it comes to accessorizing, whether it’s a jacket or a belt, leather is one of the most desired materials, if not the most. You can guarantee that leather products have been carefully crafted and will last you a long time. If you love leather, there are lots of accessories that will never go out of date. So invest in some of these leather items and enhance your wardrobe for years to come.

 

Shoes

It’s much better value to buy a quality pair of leather shoes that will last you years. If you need to buy a new, cheap pair every few months, you could end up spending a lot more over the same time frame. Much like many other leather accessories, there are lots of styles both men and women can buy that will never go out of date. They might be practical men’s sneakers for walking or outdoor pursuits, or they could be smart Cole Haan wingtips for the office or going out. Although people often say you need to “break in” a pair of leather shoes, you should look for some that feel comfortable almost right away.

Belts

Belts will always be useful whether it’s for a practical reason or just to add something extra to your outfit. Although they were originally meant to hold up your pants, they have other uses too. Women can use them to bring in a dress or shirt at the waist when they need to give their figure more definition. Leather belts make smart accessories to wear with suits or smart casual outfits, but they’re also fantastic for everyday use too. Leather belts with big buckles are especially fun, whether you wear them with a pair of jeans or around your waist with a floaty dress.

Wallets

Although some people don’t bother with wallets anymore, they’re essential to keeping all your money and cards organized. You can go without, but you’ll struggle with more than a couple of notes and a card. Your wallet goes through a lot, getting thrown about in your bag or sat on when it’s in your back pocket. That’s why leather wallets are best; they’re sturdy and will last longer than other materials. And, of course, they look smart. So you don’t have to be embarrassed when you take out your wallet at a business meeting.

Bags

It may be women who supposedly have an obsession with bags, but leather bags make fashionable accessories for men and women. Briefcases and satchels are perfect for work and other formal situations. And then you have handbags and “manbags”, which are ideal for taking anywhere you go. A couple of decent leather handbags are a much better investment than a closet full of cheap bags that don’t last a year.

Leather is definitely the material to go for if you want stylish, timeless and durable fashion accessories. It’s worth paying a little extra for excellent quality.

 

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Spotlight On JJ Suspenders

When needing something to hold up your trousers, most people automatically think of belts as being the only choice for men, but actually suspenders have made it back onto the fashion scene. A version of them has been worn for centuries, but the more modern type that we know today was invented in 1820 by a man named Albert Thurston whose idea was a solution to the higher-cut trousers of the times. Today, they have joined the belt as an item that has the dual purpose of keeping your trousers on and being a fashion accessory.

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At JJ suspenders, they have a selection of men’s suspenders that concentrate on manufacturing techniques that will provide the perfect look, feel, and fit. They make it easy to find leather suspenders that are stylish and possess the quality workmanship to last. One example of the selection of suspenders that they have at JJ Suspenders is a casual style Classic Denim Suspenders that has a denim-like fabric with brown leather detailing on the back-strap and tabs. The gold-tone clips make it easy to attach to your jeans or trousers for a stylish look. These ones are $39 and will fit up to a height of 6’2”.

chestnut java brown leather suspendersIf you like a more rugged leather look, then check out the Chestnut Java Brown Leather Suspenders which are suspenders with a classic y-back design, bold stitching, and burnished golden clip hardware, but is also offered in a button style. These suspenders have the great look of a handcrafted leather belt, with the uniqueness of the suspender style. These are also $39 and have a 15 day money back guarantee which owns.

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JJ Suspenders also makes a more formal style with the Alabaster Lite Classic White Suspenders that come in a wider material strap, sliding silver-tone adjusting hardware, and dual button attachments. This dressier, crisp white version of suspenders will run you a little more at $109, but you will get free shipping and an accessory that will blend well with your white dress shirts and more formal wear.

Want to leran more about to rock suspenders? Check out JJ’s how-to suspenders style guide.

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Loving Leather This Season

One of my favorite men’s accessories for this time of the year is a great leather watch. It not only tells time, but completes your look.

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The Tsovet 38mm Watch with Leather Band has the quality of a Swiss movement, the classic style of a round face with clean numbers, and the elegance of a saddle brown, pebbled leather band. For $200, it can be dressed up or down.

anderson's woven leather belt $175

Most men choose a belt for its function, but it also can be a stylish men’s accessory. With the added texture of the woven brown leather, the Anderson’s Woven Leather Belt is a great way to add some interest to a pair of pants. At $175 it may seem a little pricey, but the quality of the leather and Italian craftsmanship will be worth it.

jwhulme co american heritage bifold wallet $125

As far as wallets go, I like the traditional bi-fold because it is less bulky and easier to find what you need. The J.W. Hulme Co. has one that is 100% cowhide, has 6 card slots with 2 pockets, and a lined cash compartment for $125. The rich color of the leather is a nod to its American construction.

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Every business man needs a terrific briefcase. J.W. Hulme also makes the American Heritage Portfolio Briefcase for $695 that comes in the same rich leather with a wrap-around zip, a laptop sleeve, and exterior pockets. The rolled leather handles, shoulder strap, and brass hardware are the perfect accents.

marc by marc jacobs classic leather backpack $498

Lastly, is the Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Backpack for $498. It is a stylish way to carry everything that you need and still be hands-free. The black leather backpack has main, side, and zip pockets, as well as adjustable leather straps. It is the perfect accessory for city travel.

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