This is probably the most frequently asked question by us. Leather is a unique and wonderful type of fabric. This can be difficult to maintain considering that it was once part of a living being. However, with a little care and maintenance, it can last for decades. There is one very important fact to keep in mind when thinking about skin care; the skin is porous. This means that whatever it touches, it wants to absorb. Be it water, motor oil, human oil, paint, whatever. The best thing you can do to care for your jacket (other than to clean it) is to condition it. Most leather jackets do not require air conditioning as often as, say, shoes or other items that, for example, a bag, can withstand a lot of abuse. But if you want you can buy it on Amazon with good reviews just make sure it doesn't stain your skin by applying it to a small part of the interior first. We recommend every two years. We also recommend buying the so-called "Saddle soap". It is a specially formulated soap that will not spoil the natural oils of the skin or dry it out like almost any other soap on the market.
The steps you should take to condition your jacket will vary based on which saddle soap you use, and which conditioner but basically we recommend these steps:
Wipe down your jacket with a wet, clean rag. Get rid of all the obvious dirt and any contaminants on the surface.
Dry the jacket.
Use the saddle soap’s instructions to clean your jacket. Often this involves finding a damp clean rag and rubbing the soap into it, then rubbing the rag all over the jacket.
Let the jacket dry(or whatever the instructions say on the saddle soap).
Use your preferred leather conditioner on the jacket, make sure to spot test it first so you know what effect it will have on your leather’s color.
Enjoy! Repeat once every 2 years on average. We don’t recommend overdoing it however, this can saturate the jacket and make it flimsy and prone to scratching.
It’s fairly important to store your leather jacket in a safe manner. The reason for this is because leather creases and however you store it, it will want to retain that shape. However if it comes down to it and you have to fold it to travel or otherwise, it won’t damage the leather, it just may take a few days to a week for the creases to work their way out.
We always recommend using a coat hanger every time you hang up your jacket. This will keep it’s silhouette mostly intact and allow creases to be smoothed by gravity over time. If you use a normal thin wire hanger, it will crease in odd places and when you go to wear it, those creases will be fairly obvious to anyone looking at it.
Some people ask us why we don’t use cedar hangers or recommend them. While cedar has great bug-repellent properties, and it smells great, we aren’t so sure that everyone wants their leather jacket to smell like a cedar closet! Leather is slightly permeable and this smell can linger for days. Use our hanger. If you’ve lost one of our hangers, send us $30 and we’ll ship it out to you as soon as possible. Or go buy any jacket hanger from a store, they’ll be much cheaper! Just make sure it’s a nice thick jacket version.
When storing a jacket for any lengthy period of time, be sensible. Don’t put it in your basement where humidity and bugs can get to it. Leather is organic and as a result will decay over time given the right conditions. Mold can even grow on leather’s porous surface given enough humidity! Store it in a closet with relatively low humidity and room temperature on a nice hanger, or fold it very carefully (find a guide on youtube for proper folding etiquette to reduce weird creases).
If you love your jacket, you’ll wear it. Getting it dirty is a natural consequence of life. Don’t worry too much about it. Dirt, food stains etc. can come out very easily. Things such as oil and paint that can be absorbed may need a professional touch to not damage the leather itself when you have to use more stringent cleaners. But for most daily problems, follow our guide:
To clean, just grab a slightly damp cloth with water and gently wipe it down for minor dirt. Then dry quickly with a paper towel. If you have more serious dirt or oil or food stains buy some saddle soap(special soap designed for leather) and follow the directions. Usually after saddle soap it recommends using conditioner as the soap can slightly dry out the leather.
It’s EXTREMELY important that you do not use regular soap on your leather jacket. Regular soap will wick away all of the natural oils and protective chemicals that are used in the tanning process. This will leave the jacket dry, brittle, and prone to cracking.
After any sort of cleaning, use a conditioner designed for leather jackets. It’s always important to spot test your jacket’s leather with the conditioner first, and allow it to dry, to see the full effect of the conditioner. Some conditioners can lighten/darken your leather or leave it greasy. Find a spot on your jacket (such as a strip of leather on the inside) that no one will see, and rub in a little to see it’s effects. If it looks fine, follow the instructions on the bottle for the areas you cleaned.
We get asked all the time if it’s OK for leather jackets to get wet. I’ve worn my jackets for years with absolutely no negative consequences from getting wet. With that in mind, don’t over do it. Mild rain is perfectly OK. Just try to wipe it off quickly afterwards. If it does get wet it will soften a little, but should return to normal quickly once it’s dry. During this soft period it can be damaged more easily so be careful.
We’ve seen some crazy ideas out there, such as people putting their jackets in the washer, or soaking them in a bathtub. Please, don’t do anything like this. Any attempt to shorten the amount of time it takes to wear in your jacket is going to end with an inferior result. This is like taking a dremel to a pair of jeans to give it ‘that worn in look’. Just don’t do it.
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Other leather jacket companies also bring high-quality, custom-made products to market, but at two to three times the price of our jackets. These companies typically use much thicker leather. These materials are often sourced from, and the jackets produced in, the company’s home country. All of this adds a lot to the cost of their products. We source our leather and manufacturing services from the leather capital of North America, Leon Mexico. We don’t use filler materials or extra thick layers of leather. This allows our jackets to be fitted, lightweight, fashionable, and, most importantly for the consumer, low-cost.
We have asked our customers to create review threads on popular fashion forums such as SuperFuture, StyleForum, and Reddit’s r/MaleFashionAdvice. You can also find a few YouTube videos about us.
As an independent operation, we have shaped our business to save money for our customers. In most of the fashion industry, a brand will buy a jacket from a factory and then sell it at 2x the cost to a retailer. The retailer will then mark up that price by another 2.5x. We don’t use middle-men: no retailers take a cut and no online stores take a commission. We don't currently have a marketing budget, which sometimes can drive a product's price up by 20-30%. We source our leather and manufacturing services from carefully and personally vetted tanneries and factories in Leon, Mexico. All of this reduces the cost to the consumer without sacrificing the quality of our product. I know for a fact that certain high fashion retailers sell jackets at around $1200, that cost them the exact same amount at the factory as our jackets.
Ask us! We have helped many newcomers to buy a leather jacket. Often times, we recommend choosing the style you want first and then sticking to the basics. Too many extra features and deviations from the traditional style can make a jacket bossy; After a few months, you may get bored of the hyper-uniform look, which is the last thing we want. In fashion, as with many other things, simplicity is always better.
Measuring is a very straightforward and easy process. We will ask for standard things like height and weight. We email out our 3-minute measurement form after purchase. We’ll work with you personally via e-mail to ensure that you will be completely satisfied with the fit when you receive your jacket.
For each jacket, the entire process takes about a month and a half. Upon receipt of payment, we will receive your measurements and contact you to find out what is best for you. Once we are sure you are satisfied with the fit, we will send instructions, designs and dimensions to our store manager. After this time, it may take approximately 610 weeks for the jacket to be made. After finished production, it will take us 23 days to do a quality audit and pack it to make sure you get exactly what you ordered. Please note that this is a rough estimate and may take more or less depending on delays and queues. Once we are sure the item fits your individual order, it will take approximately one week to ship anywhere in the world.
We do not recommend anyone wearing our leather jackets for any reason, including riding a motorcycle or other vehicle. Our jackets are primarily designed for fashionable wear, which means they are comfortable, flexible and light. However, these same features make them not ideal for protection against accidents or damage. While our leather is grained and certainly durable for everyday activities, you won't want to drive 60mph on the tarmac in one of these. Find a company that produces specially protected motorcycle gear, usually with built-in armor or synthetic materials and thick, tough leather.