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What to Do With Your Vintage Fur Coats


July 18, 2018

If you are a Denver gal who as have been lucky enough to be the recipient of one or more vintage fur coats, you probably feel a mix of excitement and confusion. After all, the word vintage also implies that the fur coat may well be out of date. Even if the fur brings back memories because it belonged to a beloved family member, your inner stylish self probably doesn’t want to be seen in a coat that isn’t fashionable—regardless of the memories it evokes.
The good news is that you don’t have to relinquish this vintage beauty to a permanent spot in your closet (although when you do store, don’t miss this blog post on how to store it correctly: Tips for Storing Your Fur Coat from Denver’s Fur Coat Store). Give us a call and we can restyle your vintage coat into something that you will be proud to wear today. Here are just some of the ways we can transform your fur.

Make Fur Accessories

Just because a fur started out as a coat doesn’t mean it has to stay as a coat. We can turn a vintage fur into several different pieces, such as a hat, scarf, or handbag.

Shorten the Coat

If your vintage fur is long, sometimes just shortening it can bring it up to date. (You can also use the portion of the coat that is removed to create some of the accessories we just mentioned!)

Take Off the Sleeves

Remove the sleeves from vintage fur coat and you have a brand-new trendy vest. Another idea is to turn the coat into a shawl.

Think About Sheering

Most fur coats can be cut back to give the fur an entirely new look. Removing the long fur and leaving only the soft under layer can create a much more appealing look; the new piece will also be a lighter garment, so you can get more use out of it during cool weather rather than just frigid days.

Take Apart the Entire Coat

Depending on the style and size of your vintage fur, it might be possible to take it apart completely and create an entire new piece from the pieces of fur. You can create an entirely new piece for your wardrobe this way.
Regardless of how you end up remaking your vintage fur, make sure you know how to take care of it. Here’s an article that tells you exactly that: How to Care for Natural Fur Coats.

Do you have a vintage fur you would like to transform? Jonval Leathers and Furs can help! We can provide the care and detail you are looking for to create a new piece from an old one. When you are ready to repurpose your fur, let us help. We also have a large selection of leathers, furs, shearlings, and accessories for you to incorporate into your day-to-day wardrobe. We are located at 6880 E. Evans Ave. in Denver. We look forward to seeing you!
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Ways to Mix Up Your Style Including Custom Leather Ideas


July 11, 2018

If you feel like your closet is a little stale, you can make a few changes using some of the things you already have to mix things up! Whether you are looking to try some of the latest trends, or liven up your style, there’s plenty you can do. From using or buying versatile pieces and color coordination, to layering and custom leather pieces—use some of these tips and techniques to breathe new life into your closet. 
 

Find Versatile Pieces

One way to save money is to have a few go-to, versatile pieces of clothing that you can mix and match. These will be the staples that you can wear during an afternoon shopping along the 16th Street Mall, or for a romantic dinner date at the Bistro Vendome. Don’t underestimate the power of the following pieces:
 
● Black or brown leather jacket: Sleek and timeless, the leather jacket can be worn with a pair of blue, skinny jeans and sneakers, or as an accent with a dress and heels.
● White tank top: A great white tee is a perfect undershirt (…possibly under that black leather jacket or bright-colored blazer), or great on its own with a statement necklace.
● Striped shirt: A plain, black and white (or any color combination of your preference) will literally go with anything. Use it under a jacket, stand alone in black pants and heels, or with a casual, flowy skirt!

 
Color Coordinating and Schemes

Don’t feel like you aren’t the best at matching colors? Use this simple trick: use colors that are the opposite of each other on the color wheel.  For instance, mix blue and orange, purple and yellow, or red and green.

 
Layering Basics

Another important way to mix up your style is through layering. This isn’t the same as layering before going on a hike in the winter. This is layering that strategically uses different pieces to create a look. Start your layer with a base, such as a solid color tee. Keep your color scheme in mind for the layers you will put on top. Add your next layer and do not be afraid to mix up the fabric. Use jewelry that will accent your pieces. Don’t forget how important it can be to rock a great belt. In some situations, especially with a dress, you can pair a plain, flowy dress with an eccentric belt and statement necklace.
 

Custom Leather              

If you have a leather jacket that needs some attention, did you know you can visit a local leather shop to customize it? This is first a good way to make sure your jacket fits you. Up your fashion game and make sure you have a fitted jacket that complements you. Next, talk with them about ways to make it shine if it is looking dull. Add new buttons, zipper, and/or accents throughout that will bring it back to life.
 
For all of your custom fur and leather design in Denver, CO, be sure to stop in Jonval! Our team of experts will show you some of the best pieces in our showroom to add to your wardrobe. Also, we can help you customize your existing leather jacket to make it feel new. Stop by and see us today at 6880 E. Evans Ave.
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Dangers of Trying Denver Leather Repair on Your Own


July 4, 2018

Even though a leather jacket can last for decades, it does not mean it will last for decades. In order for any leather to stand the test of time, it needs to be properly cared for. You may be thinking this is ensuring it isn’t in humid environments, being kept out of direct sunlight, and many other things—but there is much more. Many leather owners try to handle their Denver leather repair on their own, often times leading to problems and issues. While some things you can handle on your own, it is important to know what you should leave to the experts.
 

Too Much Water Exposure

When you spill something onto your leather jacket, your first instinct may be to douse it in water. Submerging leather into water is detrimental. While for many other materials, water is a lubricant, for leather, it can try it out. Too much exposure to water will leave spots, as well as drying or cracking. That being said, never wash your leather jacket in the traditional washer. This will speed up the drying out process, ruining the entire jacket. Each type of leather is different, and some may have different outcomes. Avoid reading articles online that encourage tossing your jacket in the washer. Instead, invest your time in taking it to a cleaner to handle the job the right way. You can consider how to waterproof a leather jacket, and run it by your local shop to see if those products are safe for use.
 

Over Conditioning

One of the great things about leather is how little maintenance it actually requires. This includes conditioning. Conditioner is great to keep your leather looking vibrant and lustrous. It will keep your jacket from cracking and even help it to become more resistant to water. Ideally, you only need to condition your leather jacket one to two times per year. If you condition a leather jacket more than that, it can make the outer texture sticky and clog areas where air passes through.
 

Using Incorrect Products

Leather does not require fancy products to clean it or wipe away spills. Often times, when damage is done, leather owners use improper liquids to try to fix them. Many pick up detergents and other detergents that can be used on other types of clothing. If it does not say it is specifically for leather clothing, avoid it. By attempting to clean a leather item with a detergent, it can strip it of it’s necessary, natural oils. You will find not too soon after the cracking the will ensue.
 
In addition, you may find yourself needing to repair a small tear, zipper, or other faux pas with your leather jacket. When it comes to these and general cleaning needs, Jonval is your go-to place in Denver. As your place for leather-fur alterations, repairs and cleaning in Denver, Co, you can rely on us to keep your jacket looking great for decades. No matter what your needs are, we can help and ensure you are happy with your leathers. Call us today at 720-377-1555 today to see what we can do for you.
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4 Summer Fashion Ideas from Your Leather Store in Denver


June 27, 2018

Summer is almost here! For those who love new seasons and fashion styles, there is much to add to your closet for summer 2018. The great news is that you can mix and match items already in your closet and incorporate new elements (which your wallet will love). From casual daywear to night must-haves, to shoes and accessories, use these tips from your leather store in Denver to have some fun with fashion this summer.


Chic Day-Wear Musts

The keys to summer clothing are style and comfort. The great thing about today's fashion is you do not have to sacrifice comfort to have great outfits to wear in the sun! When you are looking to wear something upscale for work or a day event, boho chic is in. These include loose-fitting tops with patterns in a variety of light and bold colors as well as flowy skirts. If you have yet to try the romper, this is the perfect addition. Wear a sleek light or dark colored romper with a killer pair of heels to the office and switch out into comfy flat sandals to relax in.

Being Casual

When it comes to beating the heat, opt for light colors. If you'll be spending a casual Saturday afternoon on the 16th Street Mall, keep it simple. Wear a white, yellow, or light blue tank top. Dress it up and add flair with accessories. Pair it with a light pair of jeans or lace shorts. Rather wear something longer? Try a pair of wide-leg pants or capris that will help keep you cool.


Glam it Up

One of the top trends in upscale fashion this summer is pantsuits. Wear a sleeveless chic white pantsuit out on warm evenings or invest in a deep red or black suit with sleeves to keep warm on those cool summer evenings. The pieces themselves make such a statement but you can always add another element with accessories. Delving into patterns, sequins are all the rage this summer. Find a full-length gown with a small slit on one side with a paid or low or high heels for a glamorous event or night out.


The Go-To Leather Essentials

While the summer days are warm, evenings in Denver get pretty cool. This is why having a few leather staples are important. The best? A leather jacket. Nothing beats a classic black or brown leather jacket paired with a white tee and jeans. They're breathable, so if you move indoors it will not make you warm. You will maintain comfort. Need more ideas? Try one of these top three things to do with your Denver leather jackets.

Be sure you pair your new summer outfits with a great pair of shoes. Get inspiration with one of these top 18 different types of sandals. Whether you are looking for a new jacket or great leather accessory, stop in Jonval. Browse our selection of jackets, accessories, and more to find the perfect piece! Drop by and see us at 6880 E. Evans Dr.
 
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Foundation Pieces for Denver Women’s Wardrobes Should Include a Leather Jacket


June 20, 2018

Pick up any fashion magazine, and you’ll probably find tips on shopping advice for creating a great wardrobe. One of the most common is to base your wardrobe around timeless foundation pieces that will never go out of style. Denver fashionistas should include a leather jacket in their wardrobe because it’s a piece that can be worn almost all year round. Take a virtual tour of our store to get an idea of the wide selection we have!
Here are the other items you should consider if you want to build a classic, timeless wardrobe where you will be prepared for almost any occasion.

The Little Black Dress

Every woman’s closet should contain a little black dress. Choose a classic style that you can wear to work, dressed up for a date, or dressed down for the weekend. Knee-length or shorter will probably provide the most versatility. Find one that is flattering for your body type.
Classic Black Pumps
Shoe aficionados likely have plenty of shoes in their closets, but every closet should include a pair of basic black pumps. You can wear them with jeans on date night and with a skirt at the office. Invest in a good quality pair that will last for years.

Pencil Skirt

The pencil skirt is flattering on most body types and is a versatile piece that can be paired with dressy shoes or sneakers, depending on the occasion. Black is a great color option and can provide you with years of wear.

Riding Boots

Boot trends come and go, but riding boots are timeless. Get a good pair of leather riding boots that have a low heel and go up to the knee. You can wear them with dresses, skirts, leggings, and skinny jeans. The higher the price, the more likely they are quality boots. High-quality leather boots look better with time.
Button-Down White Shirt
This classic style looks great with jeans or skirts. Make sure it is well tailored—especially if your body type is on the busty side.

Trench Coat

Trench coats have been around since the late 1800s. These classic items look good on everyone and span the seasons. Whether you are wearing business clothes or jeans, your trench coat makes an excellent topper.

Dark Wash Jeans

Jeans are a staple for most women and investing in a good pair of dark wash jeans is always a good idea. Dark wash jeans can be dressed up with a sparkly top and heels for a party, or you can wear them with flats or sneakers for running errands. Whether you prefer boot cut or skinny jeans, make them dark wash!
If you want even more pieces, be sure to read this article by Elle, which recommends 30 items you should have in your wardrobe.
Are you still looking for a Denver leather jacket to add to your wardrobe? Jonval Leathers and Furs can help! Check out the ins and outs of matching and how to pair a leather jacket with the rest of your wardrobe. When you are ready to find the perfect leather jacket or accessory, let us help. We have a large selection of leathers, furs, shearlings, and accessories for you to incorporate into your day-to-day wardrobe. We are located at 6880 E. Evans Ave. in Denver. We look forward to seeing you!
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