Originally Posted by LA Guy
I think that you just have to learn to live with it. You can get the stains out by using an alcohol to soak them out, and then retreating, if it is a heavier leather, but if it is light colored, or suede, this generally just won't work. As you know, I personally dislike those super light and light colored leathers that a lot of designer and #menswear brands make. That said, you've seen my Margiela, and that thing has had oil splashed onto it. I use diluted alcohol to get the stains out, and then just retreated with leather oil. It will be darker, or course. I think that you need to think of leather more like denim, than like fine suiting. It will bear the signs of wear, one way or the other, so imo, I much prefer leather than looks good beat up and worn down.
Yea, that jacket you have looks great.
I guess my point is that some jackets seem like they'd be OK with a stain, while some don't. Anything from RLPL, Tom Ford, or any of those lux-Italian brands, for example, wouldn't look too hot with a stain, while a stain here or there on a piece from RRL or Buzz Rickson would be fine. I can imagine they'd be fine on many of the Rick Owens pieces discussed in this thread as well.
I recently bought this SLP (please don't hate me
), and am now kind of worried about ruining it. The combo of the design, material, and color seems like it can be easily ruined. And, as I understand at this point, stains are either permanent on leather jackets, or they come with trade offs (dulling the finish, etc).Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
As for that diluted alcohol trick -- I assume that only works on aniline leathers? Some leathers, as you know, are actually just painted with a top coat, and I can imagine alcohol taking the color off.