2 years ago, we were interested in remedies on shoes. Today, I propose to do the same with leather jackets. The starting point of this topic is simply the first leather jacket-worthy of the name-that I gave myself 10 years ago. I had put the price (in € 500) but time gave me reason because he has aged very well. In this look that is now 4 years old, you could see that the leather was skated and that with time folds were formed espousing the shape of my body, making it even more unique. But the lining ended up tearing, I figured that it was seriously time to consider to get it fixed. I took the opportunity to renovate leather and sew the buttons. I tells you otherwise in this subject, possible major repairs on a leather jacket!
Renovation of leather
It may be sometimes necessary to redo some seams. A renovation of leather is then to feed the leather with a moisturizer. Using a cloth, and by making the moves in a circle, we do as as penetrating cream taking care in apply also in the hollows. To restore gloss leather, then you can take it again or shine it with a wool of sheep.
Budget: € 70
Over time, leather accumulates dirt that makes it duller. To restore the bright, you can take it again. Be careful though not to iron a poor quality leather that is likely to burn. But if it’s a quality leather as those we use, this is no problem. Such as diving lamb leather can even be ironed directly with the iron if it is done with caution (Editor’s Note: we recommend the use of a pattemouille if you do you even). Laurent Taieb, creator of the brand Ventcouvert.
A hitch on the leather repair
Much more serious than a leather to slightly dull appearance, it may be an accident from a simple tear tear. In this first case, there are techniques that allow to make disappear the hitch. In the second case, no miracle: consideration should be given to change an entire jacket. Obviously this is difficult to imagine without going through the brand having made the jacket because it must be done with an identical leather.
Budget: €50 (small hitch) €100 (a sign change)
Change of lining
With successive friction, mainly at the level of the belt, the lining wears. More or less prematurely according to its thickness, its quality and the way in which it was built. One of my jacket was likely of quality because it will be intact several years. But lately, it is clear that she had run its course and that because of it my jacket showed signs of obvious fatigue.
Budget: € 100 (body + background pockets) €100 (personalized lining)
Today marks tend want to do illusions about 3/4 seasons, taking care that the outside. But the inside is just as important when you want to provide a quality jacket. A good lining is often rayon or cotton, its thickness should be proportional to that of the leather. The fleece that allows to keep warm without for as much sweat is wool. The Assembly must leave a certain distance from the leather and create tension so that the lining does not sag. The lining makes the look! Pierre Girard (formerly Rocker Speed Shop, creator of the Motocyclettistes brand))
Unless your suit jacket is only equipped with buttons (this is the case on my leather except at the level of the wrists and pockets), it generally includes a zip. With the repetition of openings and closures, the tissue between the leather and the steel of the zip may tear or the zip can break! Fortunately we can also consider changing this part of a jacket. And if you like on my leather buttons, they can of course be sewn together if necessary. which will be a lower cost.
Budget: € 70
Change of side edges
This is not the case on my jacket but on the ends of some, can be found in sides edge finishes: a strip of stretchy fabric. In practice, the fabric can is damaging but this is still it is an element that can be considered to change. It may be a small area (neck, wrists) or all of the belt which will represent in this case, of course, more expensive.
Budget: € 30/40 (neck or wrists) €50 (belt)
Restoration of the pockets
The pockets are also one of the weaknesses in a leather jacket and the keys represent the number one enemy. By dint of friction, pockets may be hole. So unless you just enjoy having created a secret hideout in your jacket, you can consider to have it fixed also. Despite 10 years of adventure, mine survived. They seem to have been carried out in a cotton canvas thick “puncture” but all will not be able to say the same!
Budget: € 50
An interesting information if you are buying a leather jacket vintage store or if your big brother donated you his old perf’, it is possible to shorten the sleeves. And this is not an operation very costly, there will be 30 euros. If you on the other hand, enlarge the sleeves, the feasibility, however, is much more uncertain. But conceivable if you see that in the other side of the wrist there is sufficient length of leather to add 2-3 cm from neck for example. Moreover, the cost will be more important in this sense.
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