If you have recently purchased a Denver leather jacket
for this winter season (and many more to come), you may be surprised at how the leather feels at first. It is completely normal for new leather garments to feel a little stiff and snug. However, do not fret! This is only temporary. The leather feels like this because it has not been “broken in,” meaning the fibers have not been loosened and softened yet. When breaking in your leather jacket, it is extremely important to keep a few things in mind, as improperly breaking it in can cause severe damage. Take a look at our quick guide to breaking in your leather jacket and make it the most comfortable coat you own!
Wear as much as possible
The best way to break in your quality Denver leather jacket is to wear it… constantly! Taking a quick walk? Throw on your jacket. Sitting around the house? Get cozy and lounge around in your jacket. Working from home? Wear your jacket over your favorite athleisure look to achieve “coolest in the home office” status. Wearing your leather jacket as much as possible allows the fibers to loosen and conform to your body over time. However, it is extremely important to use caution during this process. Whatever is done to the leather while breaking it in cannot be undone. Oftentimes your jacket will naturally wear quickly in areas that receive a lot of bodily friction, like around the elbows, collar, and pockets. If you find an area in your leather is wearing too quickly or seems too distressed, be sure to contact a leather expert before continuing to try to distress it.
Do not wash or dry
Do not try to wash or dry your leather jacket at home (we mean it). Leather, while durable, can be extremely sensitive to water, high heat, and detergents. When breaking in your jacket, washing it will not be helpful. In fact, washing and/or drying your leather jacket at home can dry it out, shrink it, cause it to crack, or completely ruin it. If you find a stain or think your jacket needs cleaned, contact a cleaner that specializes in leather- like the cleaners at Jonval
Conditioning your Denver leather jacket is a great way to add some softness and flexibility. This is a fantastic technique for newer jackets, but can also be used for older, stiff jackets. However, be sure to check your garment’s care label and use a conditioner formulated specifically for that type of leather. If you are unsure about what type of leather conditioner to use, contact a 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.