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A quick guide to understanding leather grades from your Denver leather store


November 23, 2021

A quick guide to understanding leather grades from your Denver leather store
If you have ever wondered what type of leather to buy, the folks at Jonval are here to help! From top-grain to genuine leather, we are ready to give you some expert tips on how to recognize leather qualities or grades. Whether this is your first leather purchase or twentieth, understanding the key traits of the common leather grades can help you shop with confidence. Review our guide below and become a leather pro!

Full grain and top grain

While full and top grain leathers are both typically made from the best part of the cow hide, however there are a few differences. Although all leather is created by tanning a cow hide, full grain leather is the least processed. This leaves the hide mostly intact, allowing its natural imperfections and markings to remain. This quality leather is also extremely durable, but only somewhat water resistant. Full grain jackets also develop a thin layer of protection over time, called a patina. This protective layer helps guard your leather jacket from wear and tear, but also adds a beautiful luster to the material.

Although full grain is considered by some to be the highest-end of leather grades, top grain may be the most popular. While both leather grades are made from the top layer of the cowhide, top grain is created through a process called splitting. This means that the hide’s outer layer and hair is removed. The material is then sanded and smoothed, which removes many of its larger imperfections. This makes top-grain leather slightly thinner and more flexible than full grain, while also providing a more durable and stain resistant leather.

Split grain and suede

This common leather grade is often considered to be at the lower end of quality. While these leather varieties are often more affordable than their full and top grain counterparts, they do not contain any of the hide’s original markings. Typically made from the bottom of the cowhide, this type of leather is frequently softer and more pliable. Suede, the most common form of split-grain leather, is a great option for those seeking a cost-effective leather good. Although it is important to note that split-grain varieties may offer less durability than other leather grades.

Genuine leather

Also made from the bottom on the cowhide, this leather grade is even more processed than split-grain. Frequently the least expensive leather available, genuine leather products tend to be more fragile and less luxurious than higher quality grades.

Have questions about leather grades or purchasing a Denver leather jacket? Our experts at Jonval Leather and Fur are ready to help! With a wide variety of leather (and fur) jackets at your disposal, we can find, or design, the jacket that is perfect for you and matches your style. Visit our showroom to view our incredible inventory of fur and leather or give our team a call at 720-377-1555. You can also stop by to have your fur or leather pieces repaired, cleaned, or stored. Call us today to learn more!
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Taking your Denver leather jacket on the go


November 18, 2021

Taking your Denver leather jacket on the go

As travel bans are beginning to lift, you might be ready to jet off to a faraway destination...or maybe just down the road! As you are packing your bags, don’t forget to grab your favorite wardrobe staple - your Denver leather jacket. However, traveling with your favorite piece of leather can cause a few problems. Depending on the duration of your stay, it is important to be cognizant of your belongings to keep them safe. Plus, with a little extra effort, you can arrive at your destination with your clothes in great condition, without wrinkles—saving you time from having to iron or steam them. Use these tips the next time you travel!

Bringing a leather jacket along for a trip is a great way to stay warm. Leather is a very breathable fabric, that helps retain heat but will not make you warmer when you move indoors. When packing light, bringing your leather jacket is great since it can be worn in a variety of styles. When packing your leather jacket, fold it properly to avoid ruining it. First, fold the shoulders together while extending the collar. Next, take both sleeves and make sure they are lined up together then lay the jacket flat, where the jacket and sleeves are lined up. Fold both arms over the jacket when lying flat, keeping it in a vertical position. Fold the jacket in half, keeping the collar and all elements in place. You can fold one more time to make it smaller. Once arriving at your destination, unpack it immediately and hang it in a closet with low humidity and little direct sunlight.

For your cloth items, you can make room for your leather by rolling the rest. This is a great way to save space and allow for more room in your suitcase. Simply take your shirts or pants, fold them in half, then roll them up. Set it in your suitcase and move on to the next. Save a space near the top of your suitcase for your leather, allowing you to pull it out immediately when you arrive. If you will be staying somewhere for days, you can unpack all of your clothes to keep them from wrinkling. Be sure to learn the best way to pack a suitcase as you prepare for your travels. 

When packing for a trip, we often think about packing the clothes and spend little time caring for them after we’ve worn them. When packing, bring a laundry bag to store dirty laundry. You can roll it to conserve space. With your leather jacket, use the same folding technique as you used to pack it. Make this one of the last steps you take when packing. Once you get back home from your travels, reach out to a local leather expert to see if your leathers need to be cleaned after being on the road with you. While leather does not need to be cleaned as often as other clothing, you may have gone in environments or spilled liquids on it that need to be fixed as soon as possible. 

For all of your leather questions, both pre-and post-travel, reach out to Jonval, your local leather and fur store. You can rely on us to keep your items in pristine condition with our alterations, repairs, and cleaning services. Contact us today at 720-377-1555 to schedule your appointment. 

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Find your perfect Denver leather jacket


November 2, 2021

Find your perfect Denver leather jacket

Leather jackets have been a powerful fashion statement for decades. Your Denver leather jacket has a long history that ranges from WWI pilots to Marlon Brando to Star-Lord. The leather jacket once reserved for “tough guys” has evolved into an ever-changing fashion staple accessible to all. With a plethora of options available, you may wonder, “What Denver leather jacket is best for me?” To help you answer that question, we have highlighted a few of our favorite styles below!

Bomber

The first leather jacket, bomber, or flight jacket were created to keep WWI pilots warm in their open-air cabins. Although the original design evolved throughout the years, the modern bomber jacket is still very close to its WWI predecessor. This classic shape usually features a front zipper, tapered sleeves, waistband, and knitted cuffs. With lines that naturally taper at the waist, bomber jackets are a great option for all body types and genders. A great layering piece, this modern take on a classic can elevate any outfit.

Biker

An American classic, the traditional motorcycle jacket was released for Harley Davidson in the late 1920s. The practical style offered riders an asymmetrical front closure, zippers instead of buttons, a belted waist, and a double layer of material in the front for added protection and insulation. By the 1950s, the motorcycle jacket soared in popularity when it first appeared onscreen adorned by Marlon Brando’s character in The Wild One. The jacket soon became a statement of rebellion for actors like James Dean and Steve McQueen. As time went on, the biker jacket became a high fashion must-have for men and women. Still characterized by its asymmetrical front and multiple zippers, this jacket adds an elegant edge to any outfit. From motorcycle riders to fashionistas, the biker jacket is essential to any well-rounded wardrobe.

Café Racer

Although the Café Racer is technically a motorcycle jacket, its style and history vary a bit from the traditional. Its origins are rooted in British culture, the jacket was popularized in the 1960s when English riders would race motorbikes between pubs and cafes around the U.K. This chic style was made even more popular recently when a red, futuristic version was worn by Chris Pratt’s character Star-Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Typically more lightweight than the American biker jacket, the modern Café Racer features zipped pockets, a standing collar, and a straight zip-through closure. Perfect for men and women, this leather jacket. offers a sleek, sophisticated edge to those who wear it.

Custom

If you love the tapered waist of the bomber, the lightweight feel of the Café racer, and the asymmetry of the classic biker- consider custom! With custom leather jackets, the possibilities are endless and tailor-made to fit your body and preferences. Custom leather jackets allow you the flexibility to mix trends and make every detail your own. At Jonval Leathers & Furs, we pride ourselves on our fantastic custom leather jacket services. If you have questions about a custom leather jacket or simply want to view our incredible inventory of fur and leather, give our experts a call at 720-377-1555. You can also stop by to have your fur or leather pieces repaired, cleaned, or stored. Call us today to learn more!

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How to properly care for your Denver fur coat


October 18, 2021

How to properly care for your Denver fur coat

Whether vintage or brand new, your Denver fur coat is an investment piece that can last decades when properly cared for. Much like your Denver leather jacket, a fur coat requires maintenance to keep it looking its best for years to come. To keep your Denver fur coat looking just like new, we have compiled a few expert tips.

Clean properly  

Even if you only wear your Denver fur coat during the cold winter months, it is important to have it professionally cleaned and conditioned at least once a year. Animal fur can harbor dust, oils, and odors that only an expert furrier can tackle. Professional cleaning can also protect your fur from shedding and help maintain its natural luster.

Hanging your coat at home

Like leather jackets, fur coats need special hangers to keep their proper shape. We suggest opting for a wide, durable padded hanger with a longer neck that prevents the coat's delicate collar from pushing up against the rod. Fur is also very susceptible to dust, and unless you wear your fur coat often, it should be placed in a 100 percent cotton bag while not in use. Avoid plastic bags, as these do not allow air circulation and can cause your fur coat to dry out and potentially crack. Winter months can bring light snowstorms and showers, if your coat gets damp shake out as much moisture as possible then hang it to dry in a well-ventilated space before placing it in your cotton storage bag.

Use caution when wearing

Avoid accessories like strappy purses, heavy necklaces, and broaches that can mat your fur and create bald spots over time. If that is unavoidable, try placing the accessory under the coat on your clothing to prevent crushing and matting the fur. Avoid applying hair spray and perfume when wearing your coat. The alcohol can penetrate your fur and cause drying, while the oils from your perfume can create a rancid odor that may be impossible to remove. Body oils and makeup can also ruin your fur in the same way. To avoid this, consider adding a neck scarf to your outfit as a warm and fashionable barrier.

 Store when not wearing

Fur, although beautiful and warm, can be ruined by improper long-term storage. Our biggest piece of advice is to always utilize Jonval’s fur and leather storage services during the long summer months, or whenever you retire your coat for the season. Offering the optimal setting for fur storage, our vault is temperature and humidity controlled to ensure the best care of your treasured pieces.

If you are interested in storing your fur or leather contact our experts at (720) 377-1555. Ready to purchase your first 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 or leather pieces cleaned and repaired. Contact us today to learn more! 

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Styling your Denver leather jacket this Fall


October 4, 2021

Styling your Denver leather jacket this Fall

With cooler temperatures fast approaching, you might be assembling your autumn wardrobe. If that is the case, be sure to have your Denver leather jacket handy. A timeless piece, your leather jacket is the perfect addition to any fall outfit! If you are ready to rock your leather jacket, check out a few of our favorite fall styling tips below.  

Play with plaid

Plaid flannels and button-downs are the perfect fall wardrobe staple. What makes them even better, they look great when paired with your Denver leather jacket. This chic combination is a fantastic unisex option that can be dressed up or down, depending on your needs. Create a casual look by pairing your plaid shirt with a shorter, fitted bomber or motorcycle jacket. Leave the jacket unzipped and plaid untucked, allowing the shirt to hang effortlessly below your jacket on top of your pants or skirt. For a more polished look, use your fitted leather jacket in place of a blazer on top of your button-up plaid shirt. For this look, try leaving your jacked zipped halfway to create an edgy but elegant ensemble. You can also try wearing your favorite plaid shirt unbuttoned over a white tee, underneath your black leather jacket. This layered look offers a great pop of color, showcasing your effortless style.

Try a scarf

From long, chunky cable knit to short, soft cashmere- there is a scarf option for everyone. Scarves can add warmth and style to any outfit, especially when paired with a beautiful leather jacket. A great accessory for men and women, wearing a scarf with your leather jacket instantly adds a touch of cozy sophistication. Try an oversized infinity scarf in mustard yellow or oxblood for an elegant splash of color. For colder days, consider rocking a longer scarf in a no-fuss Parisian Knot. This look pairs perfectly under any zipped-up leather jacket while keeping your neck nice and toasty. If you prefer your scarf oversized, drape it over your fitted jacket, like a shawl, for an extra layer of warmth and style.

Go grunge

Look effortlessly cool this fall by pairing your leather jacket with a grunge-inspired outfit. To achieve the perfect 90s rocker look, simply pair your favorite graphic t-shirt, distressed jeans, and doc marten style boots with your bomber or motorcycle jacket. For an even edgier ensemble, try going monochromatic with a black t-shirt, black jeans, black studded boots, and a black leather jacket. Add even more 90s vibes to your outfit by tying a flannel around your waist and sporting a black beanie.

If you are ready to leap into this fall with a new leather jacket, look no further than Jonval Leather and Fur! Visit us today at 6880 East Evans Avenue to view our fantastic leather and fur showroom. For questions about purchasing, storing, or cleaning your leather or fur coat- contact our experts at 720-377-1555. With so many options to choose from, discover your perfect Denver leather jacket at Jonval Leather and Fur. 

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