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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.