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Summer care tips for your Denver leather jacket


June 10, 2021

If you are planning on wearing your quality Denver leather jacket this summer, we are here for it! In fact, pairing your favorite leather jacket is an easy (and stylish) way to elevate just about any of your go-to summer looks. And while we think leather jackets are perfect for all seasons, there are a few things you should keep in mind when donning these timeless pieces in the summer. Read below to find out how you can take expert care of your Denver leather jacket this season and beyond!

Keep out of direct sunlight

Although this can be tricky (especially on particularly warm days), keeping your quality leather jacket from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight is crucial. Because leather can fade if left in the sun, be sure to never leave it for long periods of time in a car or other area that receives lots of sun. It is also important to know that leaving your jacket in areas that are susceptible to high temperatures can dry out the leather. When this happens, cracking and other serious damages may occur. To keep your jacket from fading or drying, we suggest always leaving it an area that does not receive direct sunlight or high levels of heat. If possible, store your leather piece in a well-ventilated closet or temperature-controlled room.

Condition

Conditioning your leather during the summer months is a great protective measure. While this cannot fix a jacket that has already cracked, it can help prevent it from happening. Although we still insist you try to avoid over exposure to high heat and direct sunlight, conditioning your jacket regularly is a great way to add an additional layer of protection from these elements. This is because leather conditioner keeps your jacket moisturized and supple. If you are unsure of what conditioner is best for your leather jacket, look at the care label for guidance or call the leather experts at Jonval.

Store properly

If you are worried the summer sun and heat may be too much for your favorite leather jacket, our biggest piece of advice is to always store it properly. As discussed above, leather can become dry and brittle from prolonged exposure to light and heat. Because of this, it is imperative to store it away from direct sunlight, in a cool or temperature-controlled environment, and in an area that is not too dry or humid. Also, be mindful of how you store your leather jacket. Leaving it folded for extended periods of time can cause cracks and creases, while hanging it on wire hangers can cause unwanted bumps and lumps. Instead, we suggest using a wide wooden or padded hanger and placing it in a breathable fabric garment bag.

If you have questions about storing, cleaning, or altering your Denver leather jacket- contact our experts at (720) 377-1555. Looking to purchase a new fur coat or leather jacket? We have an amazing selection! Check out the Jonval leather and fur gallery to view items available or visit us at 6880 East Evans Avenue. 
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Four common Denver leather mistakes and how to avoid them


June 2, 2021

Your leather jacket is an investment piece that, when properly taken care of, can last decades. However, you may be ruining your leather jacket without even realizing it. This is why it is so important to learn how to properly take care of your leather pieces. So, if you are ready to keep your Denver leather jacket in pristine condition, learn how to spot and avoid these common mistakes, below!

Mistake #1- Washing or drying your leather jacket at home

One of the most common mistakes you can make with your quality Denver leather jacket is trying to wash or dry it at home. While this can be a tempting way to clean a spill or stain, it can potentially damage the leather beyond repair. This is because leather requires specific chemicals and conditions for cleaning. If you notice a stain, spill, or just feel your jacket needs cleaned- we recommend always utilizing professional leather cleaning services, like the ones at Jonval. Although it may be more expensive than attempting to clean it yourself, we promise the results will be much better (and less expensive than having to buy a new jacket).

Mistake #2- Using a wire hanger

Some may be surprised to learn that wire hangers and leather jackets do not mix. Wire hangers often cannot handle the weight of leather and have the potential to create unwanted bumps in your jacket’s shoulder and collar area. Instead of wire hangers, we recommend using a strong, wide hanger that can support the weight of the leather. One of our favorite options is a wood hanger, as this is the least likely to cause damage.  

Mistake #3- Leaving your jacket in an area with high or low humidity

Leather, although durable and long lasting, does require some maintenance. This is especially true when it comes to storing it in an area that is not too dry or too humid. This is because leather can crack or become brittle in areas that are too hot and dry. An environment with too much humidity can also be a problem, as it may promote the growth of mold and bacteria. To avoid both of these issues, always keep your jacket in a cool and dry (but not too hot) environment.

Mistake #4- Attempting DIY alterations

While you may be able to add fun pins or other accessories to your jacket, when it comes to leather jacket alterations and tailoring it is essential to always utilize a leather expert. Attempting to alter a leather jacket with limited knowledge and resources can cause irreparable holes and other damages. Instead of trying to do this yourself, we suggest always contacting a tailor that is well versed in leather alterations, like the ones at Jonval.

If you are in need of leather repair in Denver, contact our expert team today at (720) 377-1555. Our professionals can also assist you with alterations, cleaning, and purchasing a new leather jacket or fur coat. Be sure to check out the Jonval leather and fur gallery to view items available or visit us at 6880 East Evans Avenue. 
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Why you should professionally store your Denver leather and fur this summer


June 1, 2021

With summer quickly approaching, you may be unsure of how to care for your Denver leather and fur garments. While there are fun ways to include these treasured pieces into your warm weather wardrobe, you may also be ready to retire your leather and fur for the summer season. If that is the case, the experts at Jonval have you covered! By investing in professional leather and fur storage from Jonval, you can ensure your prized outerwear stays safe from damage. Although this may seem unnecessary, we promise it is not. Still on the fence? Check out why our experts think you should professionally store your Denver leather and fur this summer, below!

Keeps leather and fur safe from heat, humidity, and pests

Quality fabrics like leather and fur require very specific conditions for storage. This is especially true when it comes to storing these items for long periods of time, like the summer months. Although it may be tempting to take your chances on storing these at home, it is important to remember how sensitive the materials are to heat, humidity, and pests. For instance, fur subjected to elevated levels of humidity can develop mold in the fibers. While leather and fur exposed to high heat and low humidity can dry out, become brittle, and crack. Pesky insects can also be a problem. Between moths attracted to your favorite leather bomber jacket to mites burrowing into your fabulous mink coat- keeping pests out of your leather and fur goods can be difficult even in the most insect-proof of closets. By investing in professional storage services from Jonval, you can take the guesswork out of storing these pieces and keep them from incurring any unnecessary damage.

Professional storage is cheaper than replacing items

With the average cost of fur and leather garments ranging from the hundreds to thousands, investing in professional storage seems a small price to pay to keep these items safe. While it is possible to safely store your leather or fur at home, keeping conditions perfect for these items can be difficult (and costly). By storing your items in the Jonval vault, you do not have to worry about humidity levels, heat, light, or pests. Also, depending on the number of items and length of time you plan to store them, this can be much cheaper than repairing damages or replacing these garments.  
With a temperature and humidity-controlled environment, the Jonval vault is always the optimal setting for keeping your treasured piece in perfect condition. If you have questions or are interested in our professional storage services, contact our experts at (720) 377-1555. Looking to purchase a new fur coat or leather jacket? We have an amazing selection! Check out the Jonval leather and fur gallery to view items available or visit us at 6880 East Evans Avenue. You can also stop by to have your fur or leather pieces cleaned and repaired. Contact us today to learn more.
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How to store your Denver fur coat for summer


May 21, 2021

So you’ve enjoyed your Denver fur coat for the winter, and hopefully even spring, but you might be wondering what to do with your winter coat now that summer is just around the corner. Fur coats are an investment - they are expensive, luxurious, delicate, and beautiful. With proper care of your fur coat, you can actually sell them for more than they are worth! As you are getting ready to store your fur coat for the summer, we’ve compiled some of the best tips for you.

Climate 

The most important thing you can do is to keep your fur coat from laying out in hot areas and in direct sunlight. Summer heat and humidity dry out the natural oils in a fur coat, leading to brittle hairs and cracking hide that cannot be fully restored. Keep your fur coat in a dark and cool place, a closet is the perfect spot.

General Storage

There are plenty of things you need to consider when self-storing your fur coat. Self storage is when you decide to store your fur coat at home (in a cool dark place). While storing your coat, make sure you...
  • Do not store the fur in plastic. Plastic does not allow for air circulation and contact with the garment bag may cause the hairs to break.
  • Leave room around the fur for air circulation. In other words, don’t wedge your fur into an already tightly packed closet. Proper air circulation allows moisture from your body to dissipate before mold can grow.
  • Keep the fur dry. If it becomes damp, shake it out and hang it to dry. If it gets soaked, then take it to a Denver leather and fur repair store for restoration.
  • Cover the fur with a protective cotton cover. The cotton yields more readily to the press of the fur and allows air to circulate, while shielding the garment from dust.
  • Keep insects and other vermin from your fur. Insects and rodents will eat the hide and may nest in the fur, creating a nasty mess and forever ruining the garment. Cedar chips, mothballs, and certain other herbs packaged in a sachet (mint, rosemary, ginger, cloves, lavender, sweet woodruff, tansy, lemon rind) will repel insects.
Something else that’s good? Take your fur coat to a professional cleaner before storing for the summer. Getting your fur coat professionally cleaned once a year will ensure it remains soft, silky, and shiny. Proper cleaning and conditioning prior to storage will extend the life of your fur hats and coats. Fur coats in Denver deserve the same care as fur coats in New York, Chicago, and Minneapolis--places that understand winter just as much as Colorado residents do.

If you’d like help and advice when it comes to self storage, or would like to utilize one of our temperature controlled vaults, contact Jonval Leather & Fur. Jonval’s fur vault is temperature and humidity controlled for proper fur storage. Call (720) 377-1555 or contact us today to inquire about cleaning, conditioning, and storing your valuable leathers and furs over the hot summer months.
 
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Three easy ways to break in your leather jacket from your Denver leather store


May 13, 2021

If you have recently purchased a new Denver leather jacket, you may be surprised at how the leather feels. While new leather can be a bit stiff or snug, this is completely normal. Leather, although extremely durable and supple, needs time to adjust. Like most quality products, leather gets better with age and oftentimes needs to go through a period of being “broken in.” This process simply means the material’s fibers need time to loosen and soften. While this may seem complicated, breaking in your new favorite jacket is simpler than you think. Turn your new leather jacket into the most comfortable coat you own with our three easy tips, below!

Wear constantly

One of the best things you can do to break in your new Denver leather jacket is to wear it as much as possible! Wear it to work, on short walks around the block, to dinner, at home, or even to happy hour. Anywhere you go, try to wear your leather jacket. By wearing it as much as possible, you can ensure the fibers loosen to fit your frame perfectly. While doing this, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Break in your jacket with caution, as whatever is done during this process cannot be undone. Do not wear during strenuous activities, as this could damage the leather (potentially beyond repair). Also, keep an eye on areas that receive the most bodily friction, like the collar, pockets, and elbows. If you notice these areas becoming too distressed too quickly, be sure to contact a leather expert before trying to break it in further.

Always follow manufacturer’s instructions

While some websites and tutorials may claim that exposing your jacket to water or heat can help with the breaking in process, this may not be the case for the type of leather you purchased. In fact, many grades of leather can be damaged from extended exposure to these elements. This is why reading your jacket’s care instructions is imperative. Before and during the break-in process always be sure to follow the care label to the letter, as going against what it recommends could cause irreparable damage.

Try a quality leather conditioner

This easy and effective route is also great for those with older or brittle leather jackets. We recommend using a quality conditioner that is formulated specifically for the type of leather your jacket is made of. However, as stated above, always check the garment’s care label prior to conditioning. If you are unsure if you can condition your leather jacket or want advice on what type of leather conditioner to use, be sure to contact a Jonval leather expert for advice.

If you are ready to invest in a quality leather jacket or fur coat, we have an amazing selection! Check out the Jonval leather and fur gallery to view items available or visit us at 6880 East Evans Avenue. You can also stop by to have your fur and leather pieces cleaned, stored, and repaired. Contact our experts today at (720) 377-1555 to learn more.
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