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How to "break in" your Denver leather jacket


April 9, 2020

One of the best parts about leather jackets is that they get softer, and more comfortable over time. Leather is made to adjust to your body, and with proper care it will over time. But let’s be honest... who wants to wait for their jacket to be soft and comfortable? We have compiled some of our favorite tips to help you break in your Denver leather jacket sooner - so that you can experience the true comfort of leather faster! 

Like a distressed look? You’ll notice that those who have older jackets have a more “worn” and classic look. If there are some states that you are in love with, make sure to take note of what that looks like. You can distress your jacket, but whatever you do cannot be undone...so be careful! It is usually the collar, pockets, and under the sleeves that get the most wear from friction and rubbing. Leather will naturally get softer and broken-in over time, so be sure not to be too precise and be sure not to overdo it.

Never, ever, no matter how badly you want to...put your leather jacket in the washer or dryer. Not only can this cause serious damage, but it can cause serious shrinking and you’ve invested in your leather jacket. It’s important to make sure you can wear it!  Water will soften up the leather, however, and allow you to stretch and crease it at specific points on your body. In order to avoid shrinking your jacket significantly, try wearing it through a light drizzle – until the leather is damp. Then bend your arms repeatedly, find a punching bag, or do some pushups. The idea is to allow it to dry on your body, because as it dries it will form to your shape. If you can’t wait for the weather, lightly spray the jacket with water to the same effect. Just be sure to do it carefully. Do not drench it. If you have drenched your leather jacket, seek help from a leather store immediately!

If you plan to prematurely “age” your jacket, it is important to choose strong, durable leather, because to break in a jacket, the leather must be strong enough to withstand the abuse. So it is imperative to know what type of leather the jacket is made of. Lambskin is soft and luxurious, but does not have the same tensile strength of cowhide or goatskin. And leather is not like fabric. You can’t stitch up a hole/tear, and marks and scratches are permanent. 

Whether you need help taking care of your current leather jacket, or are looking to purchase a new one be sure to contact us here at Jonval leather and fur. We are here to help. With a wide variety of leather (and fur) jackets at your disposal, we can find, or design, the jacket that’s perfect for you and matches your style. Checkout the Jonval leather and fur gallery to view items available. Be sure to stop by and see us at 6880 E. Evans Ave. in Denver between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.