The care of your leather jacket, suede jacket, shearling coat or sheepskin flying jacket General hints
Higgs Leathers recommend that you should never cover your leather, suede, shearling coat or sheepskin jacket with a plastic bag.
It should be kept hanging, uncrushed in a well-ventilated wardrobe and may be covered with tissue or a lightweight cotton sheet.
Never treat your real leather jacket or coat as a raincoat.
Heavy soaking can make the skin stiff and appear creased and may cause colour loss.
If you should get caught in the rain or snow, put your leather jacket on a well-shaped hanger and let it dry at normal room temperature, NEVER near a fire or direct source off heat.
When wearing a full length leather coat, always undo the lower fastenings before sitting down, to avoid tearing the garment or pulling off the fastening.
Leather jackets and leather-finished lamb or sheepskin jackets
Light surface marks can usually be removed from your leather jacket with a slightly damp cloth or use of a proprietary cleaner such as Leather Groom.
However, in every case please test the inside facing of the garment first.
Wearing of handbags over shoulders or arms can eventually wear away the surface on any leather jacket.
Many leather jackets and coats nowadays are dyed with new processes to let the natural markings of the skins show through. This is most noticeable with ANILINE, NUBUCK and DISTRESSED leathers.
This is not a fault, but allows the natural beauty of the skin to show through (comparable to the natural grain or knots in wood). They are more absorbent than other leathers and we recommend spraying them with 'Suedeguard', 'Scotchguard' or 'Cherry Blossom' protector sprays to avoid spotting or staining.
A process known as 'Stone-washing' is often used to produce the distressed finish.
This involves revolving the skins in a drum with small pebbles to give
a 'worn effect' similar to the old World War flying jackets, i.e. an uneven colouring with small blemishes in the skin.
This process is also designed to continue 'ageing' with wear
Waxy skipper and waxy nubuck leather jackets and hats
The waxy surface of these leather leather jackets gives them an extra durable, semi-waterproof finish.
However, the wax will slowly rub off and it is not advisable to wear them over, or store them in contact with other light colour clothing.
Synthetic leather jackets, synthetic suede or synthetic sheepskin jackets
These man-made fibres are much lower in price than real leather jackets, but not as hard wearing.
The surface can sometimes crack or peel away, especially around the neck or wrists, or if allowed to get too wet.
Suede jackets and sueded sheepskin jackets and coats
To help avoid bad marks or spotting from the rain, we at Higgs Leathers recommend spraying with 'Suedeguard', 'Scotchguard' or 'Cherry Blossom' protector sprays.
This also makes it easier to remove marks when the suede or sheepskin jacket is eventually cleaned.
When new, suede often sheds fine particles of 'nap' or 'dust'. This becomes less noticeable with wear, but for this reason it is advisable to wear it with similar colours that will not notice.
You should also avoid the type of cloth car seat that 'clings' and may 'pull' fibres from the suede jacket. We suggest that you put a woollen travel rug or cotton sheet over the car seat.