1. CLEAN IT.
Before storing your leather jacket, be sure to clean it. You can check out our article onHow to Clean a Leather Jacket for instructions.
2. STUFF IT.
Stuff the insides of your leather jacket with acid-free paper. Insert the paper in the sleeves and pockets of your jacket, and then close all the buttons and zippers. (You can also wrap the zippers to avoid scuffing the leather.) The acid-free paper helps create a barrier for dust, dirt, and moisture. It also helps the jacket keep its shape.
3. WRAP IT.
Wrap your leather jacket in a breathable fabric. You can use a white bed sheet, cloth garment bag, or a bag made with netting to do this.Do not wrap your jacket in plastic; plastic will dry out the leather. Avoid folding your jacket when you wrap or cover it because over time, the folds will permanently crease the leather, ruining the jacket’s original shape and form.
4. HANG IT. (Maybe.)
Hang the jacket using a wide cedar or padded hanger. These types of hangers can properly support the shoulders of your leather jacket and are strong enough to support your jacket’s weight. Avoid using thin wired or plastic hangers as these are not sturdy enough to properly hold a leather jacket, especially for an extended length of time. Using the right hanger will help your jacket not droop downward while in storage.
If you don’t have space to properly hang your jacket, you can place it in a wooden (preferably cedar) trunk or even a suitcase. Just like when you are wrapping the jacket, be sure to lay it flat without folds or creases. Additionally, making sure that air can pass in and out of the container.Avoid storing leather in a plastic container; the material will not be able to breathe.
5. PROTECT IT.
Protect your leather jacket by storing it in a dry, cool area away from direct sunlight. Exposing the jacket to too much light or warmth can cause the leather to discolor, expand, dry out, or crack. Moisture is also a major cause for concern as it can cause mildew and mold to grow. This means it is extremely important that the place where you store your jacket isnot humid. Placing silica gel packets in the jacket pockets can help absorb moisture.
6. CONDITION IT.
It is wise to periodically condition your leather jacket if you plan to store it for an extended length of time. Use aleather conditioner for this purpose every 6 months or so. As part of the conditioning routine, remember to simply take the jacket out of its storage area occasionally and air it out.