A good-quality Lusia leather jacket/handbag is an expensive item of apparel out of which everyone wants to get years of wear. In order to keep a stylish leather jacket/handbag looking great and feeling comfortable, it is imperative to understand how to take proper care of it, no matter which type of leather it is. Weather conditions, natural body oils, perspiration, creams, lotions, or makeup can cause permanent damage to a leather jacket. Using a leather protector, storing the jacket correctly, and correct cleaning and conditioning of the leather all helps to ensure the leather jacket remains in optimum condition, and keeps one looking good and feeling comfortable all year round.

Leather jacket/handbag and leather care products can be purchased from most department stores, various clothing stores, and even some shoe stores. For specialty leather jacket/handbag and leather care products that usually come in the form of a cream, spray, or polish, buyers are advised to visit a specialist leather goods store. Alternatively, buyers can choose to search online for their desired leather products. eBay has a wide selection of products for sale from sellers all over the world.

Identify the Type of Leather

Before doing anything with a new leather jacket, handbag new owners should carefully remove all purchase tags and immediately read the manufacturer's wash care label. Any good-quality leather jacket features label directions explaining how to care for the leather jacket properly. This care label is usually located on the inside lining of the jacket at the bottom of one of the side seams.

This care label tells the owner exactly which type of leather the jacket is made from, as well as which type of finish it is. There are several different types and finishes of leather, and each requires different care methods. The following table provides a list of the various finishes of leather available and a description of each.

 

Leather Finishes

Description

Aniline

Uses full grain leather that has been treated with the chemical, Aniline, which keeps the hide's natural grain and tones; commonly used to make brown or tan leather jackets

Nappa

Very soft, supple, and durable leather; uses full grain sheep or lamb hide; very high grade, expensive leather

Suede

Uses the softer, underside of the split grain hide; similar to Nappa, but not as durable; easily stained, so needs proper protectant applied

Nubuck

Uses top, or full grain cattle hide, finely sanded and buffed; produces soft, velvety leather finish, similar to suede; top quality leather that is very expensive; susceptible to water stains, needs proper protector


Different types and finishes of leather are commonly used to make leather jackets, handbags, and leather accessories. They can vary greatly in price and do require different methods of care. The different types of leather available also vary in their comfort, breathability, and durability.

Apply a Leather Protector

Before wearing a leather jacket/handbag for the first time, it is important to treat it with a leather protector, similar to a Scotchgard used on leather furniture. These protectors are odorless and colorless, and usually feature a spray-on application. They protect the leather material from water, oil, and dirt stains. Leather protectors are especially useful for suede leather, which can stain easily. It may be necessary to re-apply leather protector once a year to get the ultimate look out of your jacket.


Correct Storing of the Leather Jacket & Handbag

Correctly store your leather jacket/handbag when not in use to keep the jacket/handbag in top condition. After taking the jacket/handbag off, be sure to hang it up on a large shoulder-shaped hanger with handbag you store it in Lusia dust bag. It is important to use a wide shouldered coat hanger so as not to put dent marks in the shoulders. Jacket/handbag should be stored by hanging/handbag on shelf (not place anything on top of your handbag) in a dry, cool wardrobe, away from direct sunlight or any other heat source. Jackets that are stored away during a summer season should use a breathable clothes storage bag. This keeps it dry, clean, and dust-free. Never store a jacket/handbag away while it is still wet or damp. The jacket/handbag should be completely dry before hanging up in the wardrobe. Mildew can cause irreparable damage to leather materials, so a jacket/handbag should always be stored in a dry wardrobe away from moisture, such as steam from a bathroom.


Cleaning the Leather Jacket & Handbag

Keeping a leather jacket/handbag clean involves properly cleaning, conditioning, and drying the leather. There are various types of leather cleaners and leather conditioners available. You can buy a kit that includes the cream or polish and a brush for proper care.

Cleaning a Leather Jacket & Handbag

Cleaning a leather jacket involves the use of specialized leather cleaning products. Wipe the surface of a dry jacket/handbag a soft damp cloth, then use leather cleaner and apply sparingly with a damp sponge. Wipe again to remove any residue, and leave to dry. Aniline leather jacket/handbag are easy to clean with leather cleaner. Care must be taken when cleaning a suede leather jacket or nubuck leather jacket/handbag, as these tend to be more delicate and prone to staining. Gently rubbing these types of leather with a terry cloth or brushing with a suede cleaning brush are the best ways to clean these more delicate leather materials. After cleaning a leather jacket/handbag, it is important to follow with a conditioning treatment and protector.


Conditioning a Leather Jacket & Handbag

Conditioning a leather jacket/handbag is a very important aspect of proper jacket/handbag care. There are a wide range of leather conditioners designed specifically for leather jackets and leather clothing items. Mink oil is one popularly used leather conditioner. Leather conditioner keeps the leather supple, and prevents it from drying or cracking. Conditioning a leather jacket/handbag is very important, especially if the jacket/handbag gets damp or wet at all. A jacket/handbag should only be conditioned after it has been carefully cleaned and dried. The conditioning product should be used sparingly, using only enough to provide a very thin, even coat over the leather surface that acts as a sort of repellent. Apply conditioner with a soft dry cloth. A leather jacket/handbag should be regularly conditioned at least once per year.

Drying a Leather Jacket & Handbag

Drying a leather jacket/handbag, whether after being cleaned or being out in the rain should be done at room temperature. The jacket/handbag should be hung (handbag shelved) on a wide-shouldered hanger, and left to air dry at room temperature. A wet or damp jacket/handbag should never be stored or hung away with other clothes if it is still damp. Mildew loves leather, and trying to remove mildew from leather is very difficult. Before hanging a wet leather jacket/handbag up to dry, any excess water and water spots should be wiped away with a soft dry cloth. If a jacket has been wet, once it is completely dry, a coat of leather conditioner should be reapplied to keep the material soft and supple. Make sure you store the jacket in a dry place when not being worn.

Conclusion

A leather jacket/handbag is a great item of clothing any woman and men wants to have in her/his wardrobe. It is stylish, classic, comfortable, and warm. Leather jackets come in a wide range of jacket styles in various types of leather finish, that apply to handbags as well. The most common leather used in jackets is aniline, top-quality leather that retains the natural leather pattern of the hide. Some leather materials are more expensive than others. Nappa and nubuck leather jackets are soft, supple, and tend to be very expensive. Any leather jacket/handbag is likely to be expensive, no matter which sort of leather finish it has, and one wants to ensure the maximum wearable life from such a purchase.

In order to keep that new leather jacket/handbag looking like it did the day it came home from the our store, it is important to know how to properly care for it. Leather jacket/handbag need protection, cleaning, and conditioning. They also need to be dried properly, as well as stored properly. Buyers want to ensure they purchase good-quality leather cleaning and conditioning products and accessories when they buy their new jacket. No matter which type of leather jacket/handbag or leather jacket/handbag accessories a buyer is looking for.