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How to Care for Your Leather and Faux Leather

A woman wears a leather jacket. Text reads: Leather

Leather is luxury

Leather and its ethical sibling, faux leather, are reigning supreme on runways and streets this year. 

Celebrities and fashion icons have eagerly embraced the trend. Style icon and international model Bella Hadid was spotted in 2022 rocking a black leather moto jacket with black leather pants and black leather boots. And earlier this year, actor Zendaya was spotted in a head-to-toe leather look as well.

Maybe the celebs can conspicuously layer their leather, but for regular people like you and me, it's usually one leather item per outfit — or two at the most.

Luckily, leather is incredibly durable and long-lasting. Because they’ll likely be in your wardrobe for as long as you continue to enjoy them, actively caring for leather investment pieces is a must. 

Caring for your leather

  • After wearing, hang your leather garment in a well-ventilated area for a few hours
  • Spot clean dust and dirt by gently wiping with a soft, damp cloth
  • Air dry after wiping, then use leather conditioner
  • Never fold your leather apparel. Instead, store it on a strong, padded hanger
  • Avoid exposing leather to direct sunlight or moisture by storing in a fabric bag
  • For heavily soiled items, use a damp, soapy cloth or a baby wipe
  • Air dry after wiping, then use leather conditioner

A woman wears a white faux leather moto jacket

Faux Leather's Easy-Care Charm

In recent years, designers and consumers who are sustainably minded have explored alternative materials like faux leather, which is usually made from polyurethane or polyvinyl chloride.

Eco-fashion-forward actor Emma Watson has talked about her love of faux leather and helped propel the trend by being seen in key faux pieces by Stella McCartney over the years. 

The quality of faux leather clothing has improved in recent years, making it an increasingly attractive alternative to real leather. Modern faux leather has achieved a remarkable resemblance to genuine leather in terms of look and feel. It’s now more affordable, durable and sustainable than ever before.

Caring for your faux leather

  • Follow the directions on the tag inside your faux leather garment
  • Unless the tag says otherwise, avoid machine washing and dry cleaning
  • Gently wipe surface stains with a damp cloth and mild soap, then air dry
  • Avoid exposing faux leather to high heat, as it may cause cracks or peeling
  • Store your faux leather pieces in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight
  • Avoid folding your faux leather. Instead, hang your garments on a padded hanger 




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