How To Restore Leather

A leather jacket is an essential and classic item in any person's wardrobe. If cared for properly, leather jackets can be loved and enjoyed for life. 

Whether you've been given a hand-me-down jacket from a relative, or found a gem in your local vintage shop, there are easy steps you can take to extend the life of your leather and keep it looking fabulous for longer. You might find that after a while, your leather jacket begins to look faded, cracked, and stained - whilst this is a normal part of wear and tear - giving your jacket some TLC once a year can preserve its quality. 

1) Rehydrate

It's really important to regularly maintain your leather jacket to keep it supple, pliable, and resilient. A rehydration treatment can restore moisture, suppleness and softness, adding years to your jacket. 

Leather jacket rehydration

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Clothes Doctor's rehydration treatment uses an all-natural secret recipe, which is applied by hand to the leather and left to soak for three days. Afterwards, a natural sandalwood balm is used to bring your leather back to life. You can request a quote to order the treatment, or buy this miracle leather balm and get the mindful pleasure out of doing the treatment yourself. 

2) New lining, new life!

Changing the lining in your leather jacket is another great way to give it new life and increase the overall lifespan. You've also got the freedom to be as bold as you like with your fabric and colour choice, to really personalise your jacket. 

 Woman wearing leather jacket

When you request a leather relining from us, we meticulously cut the old lining from your item, then use it as a pattern to draw out, cut and stitch a replacement into place. Choose from a range of fabulous fabrics and colours to add a personal touch! 

 3) Re-dye

Restoring the colour of your leather jacket is a really simple way to restore some life. Whether you love your jacket but aren't sure on the colour, or would simply like a touch-up, recolouring is the perfect way to refresh an old favourite.

Leather jacket

If cared for properly, your leather jacket will last a lifetime. If you'd like to seek specialist advice about your leather jacket, please email workshop@clothes-doctor.com.

1 comment

just used the balm on my rather jaded leather sofa seat pads which were in serious danger of splitting underneath someone. I’ve only applied and buffed off one coat so far and the scuffs and splits have faded already. Thank you so much.

mary wells May 27, 2020

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