7 Tips to Make Your Leather Jacket Last a Lifetime

7 Tips to Make Your Leather Jacket Last a Lifetime

It’s not uncommon for leather jackets to last for decades. In fact, when properly cared for, a high-quality leather jacket can last a lifetime. Some people still own and wear their original bomber jackets. While jackets made of other materials tend to degrade over time, this isn’t true for leather jackets. You can make your leather jacket last a lifetime by following these seven tips. #1) Choose a Napa Leather Jacket Napa leather jackets typically last longer than those made of other types of leather because of their superior quality. It’s an extremely fine grain for an out-of-this-world level of softness. Sold here at LeatherCult, the Pure Leather Biker Jacket #3 is made entirely of Napa leather. It’s soft yet still incredibly durable, allowing you to get countless years of use out of it. #2) Don’t Store it in Direct Sunlight Whether you choose a jacket made of cowhide or Napa sheepskin leather, you shouldn’t store it in direct sunlight. Long-term exposure to sunlight can damage most textiles, and leather is no exception. You can still wear your leather jacket outdoors on bright and sunny days. But if you store it in an area where it’s constantly exposed to direct sunlight, your leather jacket may dry out and crack, resulting in permanent damage that’s difficult to repair. Here are some other tips on how to store your leather jacket: Store in a climate-controlled environment, such as your bedroom, where you can regulate the temperature and humidity.Don’t store in a sealed, airtight container.Don’t store around plumbing pipes or sources of water.Keep it away from other garments, especially those containing dye...
What Is a Leather Bomber Jacket?

What Is a Leather Bomber Jacket?

Leather bomber jackets are among the most popular styles of outerwear. Featuring a genuine leather construction, they offer a classic appearance that’s guaranteed to weather the hands of time for countless years to come. But unless you’ve worn a leather bomber jacket in the past, you might be wondering what exactly makes them so popular. After all, there are dozens of other styles of leather jackets available for sale, so why have bomber jackets become the preferred choice among so many men and women? To better understand its benefits, you must first look at the basic construction of a leather bomber jacket. Overview of Leather Bomber Jackets Also known as a flight jacket, a leather bomber jacket is a type of leather jacket that was originally designed for Air Force pilots. Leather bomber jackets feature a genuine leather construction either with or without a fur- or quilted-lined interior for additional warmth. They feature a classic, timeless style that looks great on men and women alike. The defining characteristic of a leather bomber jackets, however, is that they were originally designed for Air Force pilots, so they feature a functional yet attractive style. History of Leather Bomber Jackets The leather bomber jacket has origins dating back over a century. During the early 1900, pilots and crewmen of airplanes wore thick leather jackets to stay warm. Back then, airplanes didn’t have pressurized cabins, so high-altitude flights exposed pilots and crewmen to exceptionally cold temperatures. A simple way to overcome the cold temperatures of high-altitude flights was to wear a leather jacket. In 1917, the U.S. Army launched its Aviation Clothing Board,...
The Dos and Don’ts of Wearing a Leather Jacket During Summer

The Dos and Don’ts of Wearing a Leather Jacket During Summer

Who says you can’t wear a leather jacket during the summer? Because of the superior warmth and insulation offered by leather, some people assume that leather jackets are only suitable for the winter. While you can certainly wear a leather jacket during the cooler months of the year, you can always wear one during the warmer months. However, you should follow these do’s and don’ts to take full advantage of your leather jacket during the summer. Do Choose a Button-Up Style Leather jackets are typically designed in one of two styles: button up or a zipper front. Of those two styles, the former offers the highest level of versatility for the summer months. A button-up leather jacket will naturally feel cooler and more comfortable to wear because of its increased airflow. Air will flow through the front of the jacket, thereby keeping you cool even during the hot summer months. Don’t Wear Too Many Undershirts or Layers If you’re planning to wear a leather jacket this summer, use caution to ensure that you don’t wear too many undershirts or other layers with it. Conventional wisdom should lead you to believe that the more layers you wear, the warmer you’ll be. Each layer acts as insulation that traps your body heat. In the hot summer weather, this can leave you feeling uncomfortable and clammy. The good news is that you can stay cool and comfortable, however, by limiting the number of undershirts and layers you wear with a leather jacket. In most cases, just a single undershirt or layer will suffice during the summer. Do Get the Right Size Remember...
10 Tips to Keep Your White Leather Jacket Bright

10 Tips to Keep Your White Leather Jacket Bright

Are you thinking about buying a white leather jacket? While most people choose leather jackets in a traditional color, such as brown or black, others prefer a more modern color, with white being a popular alternative. A white leather jacket will add a uniquely stylish touch to your appearance. And because of its bright tone, it will naturally reflect sunlight to keep you cool and comfortable during the spring and summer months. If you’re planning to purchase a white leather jacket, though, you should follow these 10 tips to keep it bright. #1) Store Indoors I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it’s still worth mentioning that you should store your white leather jacket indoors. If you leave it outside for long periods at a time, it may fade to a darker, dingier tone. Storing your white leather jacket indoors ensures that it’s protected against ultraviolet (UV) sunlight, which could otherwise cause it to fade. #2) Choose Cleaning Products Wisely Before using any new cleaning product on your white leather jacket, read the label to ensure that it’s safe for leather. Not all stain removing products are safe for leather. Even if they work with other common fabrics, including cotton and wool, they could cause permanent damage to a leather jacket. And because white leather shows stains more easily than leather in other, darker colors, you should err on the side of caution by only using leather-safe cleaning products. If a cleaning product doesn’t say “safe for leather,” don’t use it on your white leather jacket. #3) Spot Clean When Dirty While speaking about cleaning, it’s a...
Leather Jackets: The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

Leather Jackets: The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

With Father’s Day right around the corner (June 16), you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to purchase a gift for your dad. While you can always roll the dice and hope you find a gift the day before this holiday, a better idea is to start your search now. But what type of gift should you give for Father’s Day? If you’re looking to make a positive impression this Father’s Day, consider giving your dad a leather jacket. It’s a smart Father’s Day gift that’s guaranteed to draw compliments. Below are several undeniable reasons why a leather jacket makes the perfect Father’s Day gift. Timeless Style A leather jacket is the perfect Father’s Day gift because it offers a timeless style. You can find leather jackets available in dozens if not hundreds of different styles. Many of these styles, however, are the same as those released during the 1950s through the 70s. As a result, you can rest assured knowing that a leather jacket will provide a classic style that’s able to weather the hands of time for countless years to come. Long-Term Use Another reason a leather jacket makes the perfect Father’s Day gift is because it’s worn and used for a long time. Many people are guilty of giving gift cards for holidays like Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. Although it sounds like a good gift idea, gift cards can only be used once. After your dad has used the gift card, he won’t be able to use it again. With a leather jacket, however, your dad can wear it for months or even years. In...
7 Things You Should Do After Buying a Leather Jacket

7 Things You Should Do After Buying a Leather Jacket

Congratulations on your decision to buy a leather jacket. It’s a smart investment that will pay off in the form of superior comfort and style. To get the most use, as well as value, out of your leather jacket, however, there are a few things you should do after buying it. By following these seven tips, your leather jacket will last longer while offering a higher level of utility in the process. #1) Break It In It’s recommended that you wear your new leather jacket for a few days to break it in. New leather jackets are somewhat stiff, and if you don’t break it in, it won’t offer the highest level of comfort possible. So, how do you break it in a new leather jacket? The easiest way is to simply wear it around your house for a few days. Like with other garments, the more you wear a leather jacket, the softer it will become. After wearing your new leather jacket for three or four days around the house, it should be broken in. #2) Condition It Don’t forget to condition your leather jacket. When leather jackets are first produced, they typically aren’t conditioned. Why does this matter exactly? Well, conditioning refers to the process of hydrating leather with a conditioning product, the most common of which being saddle soap. In its natural state, leather is porous, so it’s capable of absorbing or releasing moisture. If your leather jacket releases too much moisture — a common problem in dry climates with a low relative humidity level — it will feel rough and may even crack open. Conditioning...