To care for or not to care for your jacket ?

Brettafett

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Besides that, I follow much of the above... I don't treat any of my jackets. Wear them in rain, snow, Sun etc then at home, if possible, dab the surface water off with a dry cloth.
(this is often a good opportunity to 'work' some parts of the jacket if you want, naturally. Mould the collar shape for example, scrunch it up, or put some natural creases in, wearing it around till it dries).
Or simply let dry at room temperature.
Try give them room to breathe in cupboards also.
One thing I do tend to take 'care' of, or be aware of, is the cuffs. I try not to stretch them out, try not to get them too wet when out, store them inside out etc... just to give them a bit more life.
Have had no issues with BK and Platon's jacket this far. ELC's go out quite quick in comp, Larry's replacement knit have also loosened up a bit. MASH so far so good.
 

robrinay

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The leather on that jacket looks like it’s aged prematurely. I’ve seen that effect on fifty year old jackets when the fibres become dry dusty and no longer adhere to each other.
 

Smithy

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Besides that, I follow much of the above... I don't treat any of my jackets.
Spot on Brett and you actually shouldn't have to unless you live somewhere and routinely subject the jacket to huge amounts of temperature fluctuations, and for that I mean 30+ in summer, -5 and below in winter. Even then it shouldn't need conditioning for some time. If you live somewhere temperate you shouldn't have to for decades.

The pictures above actually look like the beginnings of red rot although to be honest you shouldn't and wouldn't expect to see that in something 10 years old. Unless there was an underlying problem at the start with that leather it does actually look like it's experienced very high humidity and then been dried out excessively quickly, and perhaps had this process happen several times over, and that it is the start of rot.

Sadly no potions and lotions will repair that. If it is the beginning of rot, Klucel G won't repair it - nothing will - but it will stabilise it and stop it spreading.
 

Micawber

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Spot on Brett and you actually shouldn't have to unless you live somewhere and routinely subject the jacket to huge amounts of temperature fluctuations, and for that I mean 30+ in summer, -5 and below in winter. Even then it shouldn't need conditioning for some time. If you live somewhere temperate you shouldn't have to for decades.

The pictures above actually look like the beginnings of red rot although to be honest you shouldn't and wouldn't expect to see that in something 10 years old. Unless there was an underlying problem at the start with that leather it does actually look like it's experienced very high humidity and then been dried out excessively quickly, and perhaps had this process happen several times over, and that it is the start of rot.

Sadly no potions and lotions will repair that. If it is the beginning of rot, Klucel G won't repair it - nothing will - but it will stabilise it and stop it spreading.
What Tim says^^^. Contact John Chapman and send him the photos. He will probably want to know what, if anything has been applied to the hide and will make a judgement accordingly. John is a reasonable man and should be your first port of call over this issue.
 

Smithy

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The way it's breaking down and cracking, flaking looks to be perfect symptoms of the beginning of rot. Be interesting to know whether this is veg tanned because as a leather it's far more susceptible to red rot and other problems with excessive humidity and moisture, and temperature fluctuations.
 

Smithy

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Does everyday wear perspiration, heat and sweat keep the jacket ‘hydrated’...?
No Cabbie, the salt in sweat will eventually degrade the leather but we're talking decades and decades for significant damage. Just wear your A-2s and don't worry about a bit of sweat. The collar will discolour/darken from this and the oils from your skin over time but that's perfectly normal. Don't overthink it - it's just a jacket, not a diamond so it's not going to last forever. Just wear it and enjoy it.
 

MikeyB-17

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I always try to pull the leather and not the knits when I take off a jacket with wool cuffs.
My B-3 does get a bit dry after a while, I find a drop of the much-maligned leather treatment of the Devil, Pecard’s, sparingly applied, does the job very nicely. Been doing it for as long as I’ve had it (barring the ten-odd years that I didn’t own it and it sat in Rich’s drawer), and it’s showing no ill effects so far.
 

Mybad

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Hi all I have a jacket that has been hanging in a wardrobe for yrs, and looking at it it has got some mould patches here and there and the leather seems to be toughening up, what would be the best approach to this problem.
 

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