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Can Sun Exposure Damage Your Leather Jacket?

Can Sun Exposure Damage Your Leather Jacket?
Colorado is well-known for its many sunny days each year. And while that sun can be great for getting outside, it’s not ideal for leather jackets. With repeat and frequent exposure, the sun’s UV rays can make your jacket look less pristine. But is that damage really as serious as it seems? Here’s what your Denver leather and fur experts want you to know.

Sun Can Cause Leather to Dry and Crack
The sun’s UV rays are especially strong at higher altitudes where the atmosphere is thinner, and clouds are often sparse. And just as those rays can burn your skin when you spend too much time outside, they can damage your leather jacket

With frequent and repeat exposure to direct sunlight, the leather can start to dry out and crack. The sun effectively pulls out the leather’s natural oils, causing your jacket to look dull and stiff. And if you’re not careful or don’t take care to adequately moisturize the leather after it’s been damaged, regular wear could cause the leather to crack. 

How You Can Keep Your Leather Jacket Looking Great
Though sun damage is serious and can be difficult to repair, there are things you can do to better protect the material and keep your jacket looking like new for longer. These are a few tips to help:

Store your jacket in your closet: If you can, hang your jacket in your closet or in a space away from direct sunlight. This will reduce the leather’s exposure to UV rays when you’re not actively wearing your jacket. 
Follow the care instructions on the label: High-quality leather jackets will typically come with clear care instructions to help keep the leather supple for years to come. Follow those instructions and stay on top of routine maintenance each year.
Clean the leather: Leather will need to be cleaned every once in a while if you want to keep it looking its best. Use a dedicated leather cleaner to gently lift up stains and remove dirt and contaminants that could further damage the look and feel of your jacket.

Keep in mind that tears and other types of damage should always be repaired by an experienced professional. At Jonval, our team can help you keep your jacket looking great with ease.

What to Do If Your Jacket Is Already Damaged
Though preventing damage is always best, it’s not always possible. Here’s what you can do if your jacket is already damaged:
  • Get it repaired: Some damage may be repairable. Work with an experienced leather specialist and let them handle all repairs.
  • Patch rips and tears: Patching small tears and rips in your jacket can restore its look and prevent future damage. Get those rips patched as soon as you notice them.
  • Condition the leather: You may be able to restore the leather’s flexibility and texture by conditioning it with an approved oil or leather lotion. 

Replace That Worn-Out and Damaged Leather Jacket Today
If your current leather jacket leaves you feeling embarrassed to wear it, treat yourself to an upgrade from Jonval Leather and Furs. Our jackets are unique, beautiful, and offer a timeless style that you can rock for decades. Contact us today to learn more about our current collection.

Jonval Leathers and Furs New Year, New Closet, Part II

Jonval Leathers and Furs New Year, New Closet, Part II
Happy New Year! If you are anything like me, the new year brings a new hope, a new beginning. I love the feeling of starting anew. I love a clean slate and the opportunity to reinvent myself. And what better way to do that, than with a closet update and organization. Jonval Leathers and Furs is here to help you to get that fresh start that the new year brings.

In these next few blogs, we will give you all sorts of tips and tricks for updating, organizing, and cleaning out your closet. In the last blog, we showed you our super handy tip of placing all of your hangers in the same direction. As you use and wear your clothes, be sure to reverse the hanger when you hang it back up.

In this way, you will have a lovely visual of what you wear, and more importantly, what you do not wear. Then the difficult task of deciding what to do with what you now know you should get rid of begins. We discussed in our last blog that if you are waiting to fit into something, it is time to stop waiting, get rid of that clothing that is just taking up space, and make room for all the fun new clothing you actually want and will wear. 

Throw Out, Donate, or Give Away

If this is the case, that the clothing no longer fits you for whatever reason, yet is still in good to excellent condition, then it is time to either donate the clothing or give it away. I happen to have a friend who is smaller than me and it is to her that most of my clothing that no longer fits me goes.

If she decides she doesn’t want it (which is not usually the case because my taste in clothing rocks!) then it is time to put it in the donate bit. I actually keep a bin in one of my three closets (do not judge, I live alone in a three bedroom, why wouldn’t I use all three closets?).

This bin comes in very handy throughout the year. It makes it easier to make the decision to get rid of something because the bin is right there and I have to do nothing more but take that clothing off of the hanger and fold it and place it in the bin.

I also really love this because it is a bit of a mind trick as well. By keeping that bin all year (or at least until it is full and I am ready to make a trip to my local thrift story), I can trick myself into believing I could easily take it back out of the bin, should I lose the weight I have not managed to do for the past five years. But remember, we are living in the now, now. 

We still have so many tips and tricks for your New Year closet clean out and update. Jonval Leathers and Furs cannot wait to share them all with you.

Jonval Leathers and Furs New Year, New Closet

Jonval Leathers and Furs New Year, New Closet
The new year is here and with it, hope. It is hard to believe we are already halfway through the first month of the new year. With every new year, I feel a sense of renewal and new beginnings. With that, Jonval Leathers and Furs is here to help you with one of my recurring resolutions each new year—updating and organizing my closet. 

Why Update Your Closet

New Year, New You

The start of the new year is the perfect time to take stock of what you already have. In this way, you can then make room for everything new that you want. Jonval Leathers and Furs has a great trick to help you keep careful track of the clothing that you wear that hangs in your closet.

We suggest first making sure that all of the hangers that hang in your closet fact the same way- either toward you or away from you. Then, as you wear your clothing through the start of the new year, be sure to hang it back up with the hanger facing the opposite way.

In this way, you have a great visual of the clothing you wear, and more importantly, the clothing you do not wear. After a couple of months of doing this, you will have a very good idea of what you wear often and what you do not wear at all.

And, you guessed it, all those hangers that remain facing the way they started, are ready to go. They need to get out of your closet to make room for all the new clothing and items you want to put in it. There is no sense keeping clothing in your closet if you are not wearing it. It is just taking up valuable real estate, real estate that could be used for your new updated wardrobe.

Throw Out, Donate, or Give Away

Now that you have determined the clothing that you wear often and the clothing that you no longer wear, it is time to decide what to do with that clothing you no longer wear. The first thing you will want to do is determine why it is you no longer wear it. 

Does it no longer fit you? Is it too small or too big? Are you waiting until you fit back into it? How about a new New Year’s resolution—be comfortable with who you are right now in this moment and stop living for ‘one day.’ As in, ‘one day’ I will be able to wear this again because one day I will have lost the weight, or gained the weight, or grown three inches. 

We have not even begun to scratch the surface of your New Year closet clean out and update. There are so many tips and tricks that Jonval Leathers and Furs cannot wait to share with you. Coming up, the next few criteria to consider when deciding what to do with the clothing in your closet that you no longer wear.

Valentines Day Gifts for your loved one from Jonval Leather

Valentines Day Gifts for your loved one from Jonval Leather
It is time to start thinking about awesome gifts for Valentines day. It is a good thing Jonval Leathers and Furs has so many desirable items to give to your loved ones for the holidays. Read on to see our Valentines gift guide full of beautiful and lovely leather and fur gifts for all.

For the women in your life

Jonval Leathers and Furs has a huge selection of all sorts of jackets. You can get a classic leather jacket to help your wife or any female in your life feel young and stylish again. Some great ones to check out are the Lady’s Cafe Racer or the Lady’s Classic Lightweight leather jacket. 

Did you know that Jonval Leathers and Furs also makes accessories. Yep, all sorts. We would suggest for a nice gift for your girlfriend a lovely hat and matching scarf set. They have a big variety of these. They are made from Rex rabbit fur and feel absolutely luxurious. These come in a variety of colors and styles.

Custom Made Products
In addition to all the winter accessories, Jonval Leathers and Furs also makes custom products. 

How about going really fancy for your loved one and getting here a custom made fur purse. Now that is an accessory and she will shine in. It is also something her friends are not likely to have, so she will stand out. 

Want the ultimate luxury for your mom this holiday season? Why not get her a custom made fur pillow? Just think about how amazing this pillow will feel when relaxing in bed and reading a book. 

Ear Muffs
Finally, consider getting your partner some high fashion custom made fur ear muffs. Keep her warm during the winter and be stylish and unique at the same time. 

For the men in your life

If she gets a jacket, so can he. There is even more of a selection of men’s leather jackets. A few highlights include the Men’s Remy which has a light double collar and a ‘Peat Dakota’ color combination. 

Another great pick for any male in your life is the Schott A2 Flight leather jacket. This is a World War II era style A2 flight jacket. It is by one of the original manufacturers of the jackets.

For the dog valentiens in your life

Say what? That is right, Jonval Leathers and Furs actually has a product for the furry friend in your life. How about a beautiful fur coat for your dog? These are custom made. They are great for the little dog in your life.

It is important to note that many of these gifts are available for in store purchase only. They are only available while supplies last, so get to Jonval Leathers and Furs fast. 


Jonval Leathers and Furs Discusses Sheep Skin

Jonval Leathers and Furs Discusses  Sheep Skin
After a lengthy discussion on all the different types of leathers there are, Jonval Leathers and Furs finally transitioned onto the other side of things—furs! We have been discussion all the different animals from which quality furs are made. We spoke about beavers, and chinchillas, and rabbits and coyotes. Then we got on a string of blogs discussing all the different types of foxes from which furs come.

Jonval Leathers and Furs is finally ready to move on from discussing the many different types of foxes out there and begin a discussion on the next animal from which furs are made. We will move onto what will likely prove to be another lengthy discussion on furs. Our next animal to explore when we think of fur clothing and accessories is, sheep skin and fur, or wool.

Sheep skin
So why are we talking about sheep skin when we have moved on from discussing leathers and are now exploring furs? Well, it is complicated, but we shall attempt to explore these subtle differences. 

Not exactly leather
To begin with, sheep skin is a type of leather, however the process for making this skin ready for wear is rather different. Unlike other leathers, sheep skin, or sometimes called, lamb skin, is tanned with the fleece, or fur, intact. This makes it similar to a pelt. Cue the flashbacks to the sheep skin ‘rug’ that occupied my father’s office in our home. I do not want to begin to tell you the amount of fun friends had with that.

Wool, fleece, fur?
We have a lot of terms to clear up when it comes to this little animal, the sheep, or lamb. It gets tricky, so stick with me.

This one gets really tricky, so here goes. Fleece has two definitions and they are often the opposite of the other—oh the joys of the English language. Our first definition of fleece is to refer to the woolen coat that is obtained after the shearing process of a sheep or a ram. Thus, in some ways fleece and wool are synonymous. This shearing process is usually done once a year at the end of spring.

A sheep’s coat can also be called as fleece. This term can also be applied to a yak or goat’s coat as well.   Interestingly, the wool from just one sheep is called the fleece, while the wool from many sheep is called a clip. It is dependent of the genetics, breed, nutrition of the animal, and the amount of time between shearing how much wool or fleece is obtained. 

Ok, so I have just given you one definition of fleece. In our next blog we will move onto the other definition and finally understand all the confusion. I will give you a hint—the other definition is often how you call a certain article of clothing...thus the confusion.  We will explain it all in our next few blogs. Til then, stop by Jonval Leathers and Furs today for all your leather and fur needs.