Longevity is always what we are looking for here. We want that beautiful leather jacket to last as long as possible. The care and maintenance of your jacket is an important part of making that happen.
Caring for your jacket -Every leather jacket comes with instructions on the best way to care for it, but there are some practices that work well across the board.
Storing your jacket -When it comes to storing your jacket, the first step is to make sure you are hanging it up on a wide hanger. Hangers that are too narrow will lead to the eventual droop of your jacket. Make sure the hanger is wide enough to support the shoulders of the jacket. You should also use wooden hangers - never wire. Wire hangers are too thin to support the weight of the jacket. Certain woods, such as cedar, can absorb light odors that may be inside your jacket, but any wide, wooden hanger is the hanger of choice.
Whatever you do, do not fold your jacket to store it. Folding causes creases in the leather that you might not be able to get out in the future.
If you do need to put your jacket in storage, there are a few guidelines to follow. First, make sure that the place you are storing your jacket is relatively climate controlled. Too much heat or direct sunlight is not good for leather - it can expand, dry out, or crack. Direct sunlight can also cause the jacket to fade. Too much moisture, on the other hand, will seep into your jacket and could cause it to shrink. The place you are storing your jacket should be cool and dry.
Similarly to hangers, a wooden trunk or suitcase is best for storage. Plastic storage containers, while commonly sued, will not work here. Your leather jacket won’t be able to breathe and it will cut down on its lifetime. If you are storing your jacket, be sure to lay it flat in the storage container and do not fold it - remember those creases we mentioned earlier. Be sure to leave a gap between the lid and the base of the trunk to let air flow in. If you are using a suitcase, leave part of it unzipped for that purpose. Be sure to take the jacket out of storage for a few hours every few weeks to air out. And don’t store it near other clothing. The dyes there can easily get soaked by your jacket.
Long term storage care is important for your leather jacket, but so is daily care. Build ups on leather are undesirable. To avoid this, wipe down any dust, oils, and dirt on your jacket with a leather cleaner. Regular wiping is a great preventative measure for pore contamination.
When it comes to taking care of your jacket on a daily basis, products such as leather conditioner are your friend. Make sure to get one that is meant for your leather jacket! As always, read the care instructions that come with it. Generally speaking, you should condition your jacket every few months. This keeps the leather supple. Similar to moisturizer for humans to avoid dry skin, we want to moisturize our leather to avoid drying cracks.