Selection Is Important
A leather or suede garment is a major investment, and it is important to choose it carefully and care for it wisely. In selecting a leather garment:
- Buy from a reputable store
- Look for careful matching of colors and textures between portions of the garment. Suede will never be completely uniform, but that is part of its desirability.
- Avoid a snug fit. Hides are stretched during tanning and some relaxation shrinkage can be expected in use and cleaning.
- Read and save any accompanying care information
- Choose light and pastel colors. Light and pastel colors are less likely to fade and cause dye transfer problems in cleaning.
Leather can be embossed, distressed, or intentionally wrinkled. These processes are not always permanent and the intentional designs may vary slightly from panel to panel. Distressed leathers may exhibit more variations in color and texture from scar tissue, belly wrinkles, or wear areas present on the original skins or hides.
Proper Care Begins at Home
- Wear a scarf to protect the collar area from perspiration and body oils.
- If the garments get wet, let it air dry away from heat.
- Store leather garments in a cool, ventilated area. Leather is subject to drying out if exposed to dry heat and to mildew if sacred in a hot, humid environment.
- Do not store leather in a plastic bag.
- If staining occurs, take the garment to a professional suede and leather cleaner as soon possible. Do not try remove spots at home.