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Leather Jackets: Post Pictures of the Best You've Seen/Owned?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by RatherAnOddball, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. nicelynice

    nicelynice Senior member

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    Ahh, been waiting for some stuff to finally show up from this brand! I've seen a lot jewelry and bags, but not clothes
    Would love to go see that jacket in person, I wish Atrum wasn't in Utsunomiya!!

    Here's a short bio:
    http://www.realisent.jp/shopbrand/037/O/
     
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  2. markambrose73

    markambrose73 New Member

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    Avialae is a new brand by people from The Viridi-Anne. Yes they have a couple of leather jackets coming out next season. They've done clothes in the past 2 seasons and will continue to do some - jeans, collarless blazer, shirts, etc. also leather derbies. For AW14/15, you will be able to find them at IF and H.Lorenzo stateside, and there's also several international stockists (3.14, Chegini, Harvey's, Podium, SUUS, etc.)

    btw, M.A+ does not always use Guidi - they sometimes use Montebello. same with Devoa, who has used not only Guidi, but also Montebello and Carlo Badalassi.
     
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  3. Synthese

    Synthese Darth Millennial Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    I messaged @nicelynice a month or two ago asking him to tell me more, after trying on a pair of incredibly kick-ass pants at Patron of the New - only to learn that @pickpackpockpuck had had a similar experience only days prior. Very interested, especially because as size 4 (!!!) in the bottoms seemed to fit me perfectly.
     
  4. fwwilkes

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    This is a very nice setup
     
  5. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    Curious to know what people's experiences are with cleaning a leather jacket. I recently stained a lambskin jacket with some oil, and sent it to a cleaner for repair. I was told


    • Leather is incredibly hard to clean; much harder than wool, cotton, linen, and other materials.
    • In order of difficulty, suede and calf are harder than lambskin and goat.
    • With oil stains, there are some topical treatments one can use, but the only way to really get something out is to dry clean it. However, leathers can sometimes react to dry cleaning in unpredictable ways (croaking, cracking, etc). Even if it goes well, it can dull the finish, which is why it's better for jackets that have been worn for a while, rather than new jackets off the showroom floor.
    • It's very difficult, if not impossible, to ever restore a jacket back to showroom like conditions.
    • Darker colors are easier to work with, because you can more easily recolor and hide any damage. Jackets with multiple colors will be expensive to clean.
    • Preventive measures -- like applying some kind of stain repellant -- can cause more harm than good, as the stuff you're apply can be sprayed on unevenly and leave blotches. It's better to apply a stain repellant as part of the dry cleaning process, when the jacket can be immersed in some liquid, but of course, then we get back to that process sometimes dulling the leather.

    I searched Fedora Lounge for cleaning advice, but much of what they deal with are heavy cowhide jackets, not designer lambskin pieces. Haven't looked at PurseForum yet, but the people there might be useful for leather care, I imagine.

    Curious on anyone's experience? I'd specifically like to know if the above is more or less correct. If so, I'm thinking


    • It sounds like it's better to purchase jackets you can beat up a bit. Ones that look better with damage, than ones that look worse.
    • Calfskin sounds like it's harder to clean, but it also seems like a leather that can potentially age better than lamb (since it often looks better beat up.
    • Suede and light skin jackets can be risky bets.
    • If possible, it's better to purchase leather jackets with some kind of coating already applied (I'm assuming).
    • If possible, it's good to store leather jackets in garment bags, so they don't get stained while in storage. (Mine came in contact with some waxed cotton jackets).


    Thoughts?
     
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  6. Raindrop

    Raindrop Senior member

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    Leather is like skin..it just looks more wrinkly and worn in as it ages. Can never look as smooth as when it was new.

    Most importantly IMO, is the shape molds to your body..I wouldn't worry about anything else, just get a quality leather that looks better as it gets beat up. As for stains, I think drew recommended wet naps.
     
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  7. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    Not sure we're talking about the same thing. I'm talking about stains, and not ones you can wipe with wet naps.
     
  8. sinnedk

    sinnedk Senior member

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    • Leather is incredibly hard to clean; much harder than wool, cotton, linen, and other materials.
      It is to a degree
    • In order of difficulty, suede and calf are harder than lambskin and goat.
      Suede probably and then calf/lamb/goat is the same
    • With oil stains, there are some topical treatments one can use, but the only way to really get something out is to dry clean it. However, leathers can sometimes react to dry cleaning in unpredictable ways (croaking, cracking, etc). Even if it goes well, it can dull the finish, which is why it's better for jackets that have been worn for a while, rather than new jackets off the showroom floor.
      Oil will probably absorb and not come out. Lots of leathers are oil dyed. IDK if i'd dry clean, it depends on the stain, why don't you post some pics?
    • It's very difficult, if not impossible, to ever restore a jacket back to showroom like conditions.
      Most likely it will never look the same
    • Darker colors are easier to work with, because you can more easily recolor and hide any damage. Jackets with multiple colors will be expensive to clean.
      i guess, you can even redye if its one solid color
    • Preventive measures -- like applying some kind of stain repellant -- can cause more harm than good, as the stuff you're apply can be sprayed on unevenly and leave blotches. It's better to apply a stain repellant as part of the dry cleaning process, when the jacket can be immersed in some liquid, but of course, then we get back to that process sometimes dulling the leather.
      depends...

    I searched Fedora Lounge for cleaning advice, but much of what they deal with are heavy cowhide jackets, not designer lambskin pieces. Haven't looked at PurseForum yet, but the people there might be useful for leather care, I imagine.

    Curious on anyone's experience? I'd specifically like to know if the above is more or less correct. If so, I'm thinking


    • It sounds like it's better to purchase jackets you can beat up a bit. Ones that look better with damage, than ones that look worse.
      Not sure what you mean. A new full grain leather jacket will age well and so will a distressed one.
    • Calfskin sounds like it's harder to clean, but it also seems like a leather that can potentially age better than lamb (since it often looks better beat up.
      calf is stronger than lamb but clean wise probably the same.
    • Suede and light skin jackets can be risky bets.
      stainwise probably
    • If possible, it's better to purchase leather jackets with some kind of coating already applied (I'm assuming).
      yes possible, better not necessarily
    • If possible, it's good to store leather jackets in garment bags, so they don't get stained while in storage. (Mine came in contact with some waxed cotton jackets).
      yea it can avoid unnecessary scratches when moving clothing

    I think you are worrying a bit too much. Just get a good quality leather and wear it. It will age and it won't ever look the same. You may be able to clean off some stains and some you won't. You asked so many questions that are situational so most of them are hard to answer. As long as you don't buy a multi-colored jacket then you can always re-dye which will get you a cleaner look if jacket is in bad condition.

    Suede is another topic. I personally am not a fan of suede for jackets but they look cool occasionally.
     
  9. LA Guy

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    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.
     
  10. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    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).


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    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.
     
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  11. LA Guy

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    Yes, only for airline leathers. Works best with a heavily oiled leather, for obvious reasons. That jacket... geez. Wear only indoors while taking pictures for the internet?
     
  12. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    I was thinking about spraying it down with a suede protectant, but the cleaners told me that those can actually stain a jacket as well, if the protectant isn't applied evenly.

    Thing is, I've applied protectants on a ton of suede shoes, and have never ruined a pair. Don't now why it could be different for a jacket.

    Kind of tempted to do it, just in case this one gets stained as well.
     
  13. sinnedk

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    it will darken the jacket thats about it...
     
  14. LA Guy

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    It works, but you have to be more careful. A whole lot more surface area plus nooks and crannies means a more difficult job to apply evenly. I've applied leather oil. A full jacket is a couple of hours and a nearly a whole bottle of oil.
     
  15. 0JSIMPS0N

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    dont know about cleaning/protection but that SLP jacket is fucking beautiful
     
  16. MickeyPunch

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    I'm waiting for a TOJ blue suede jacket and I have to say that stains do concern me a lot...
     
  17. Fuuma

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    I never do any treatments on leather jackets but I keep thinking I should just use saphir rénovateur once a year and be done with it.
     
  18. sinnedk

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    Saphir would rejuvenate the leather a bit and make the jacket quite shiny. Essentially it would have a newer look. But it would take a shitload of saphir which isn't cost efficient.
     
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    We wanted to put a photo of Aero's CXL Cordovan Steerhide up here...it's quite nice...good grain too!
     
  20. sinnedk

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    That is nice. Is this surface dyed?
     

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