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Are You Storing Your Leather or Suede Jackets in a Plastic Garment Bag?

Posted on January 21, 2016 by Maria Kazzi

Leather and suede jackets on rail

Leather and suede jackets are a fashion staple.   

Whether you have a leather moto jacket or a 3/4 length coat - or any style in between - these pieces are timeless, durable, and they complement numerous outfits making them a modern addition to any wardrobe.  

 

It makes sense that you would want to preserve and protect the longevity of your leather and suede pieces, right?

That is why it is important to ensure that the type of garment bag you are storing your jackets in could mean the difference of 1 year to 20+ years of wearability.  

Here's why.

 

Avoid Plastic Bags and Non-Woven Fabric Garment Bags

Plastic-garment-bags

Plastic and non-woven bags are the most common types of garment bags. They're a quick fix storage option that has detrimental effects, particularly when it comes to storing natural materials including leather, suede, wool, cotton and silk garments. Sure these types of bags protect your jackets from dirt and dust but they are only useful for short term purposes.

Our garments need to breathe and these bags don't allow air to circulate through your garments' to nourish the fabric fibres. Nor do they wholesomely protect your cherished pieces against mould, mildew or moisture build-up.

In fact, they have the opposite effect.

In addition to these consequences, non-woven and plastic garment bags can cause discolouration and fade to your leather and suede jackets. Be mindful that during the warmer months of the year, heat and humidity will dry out the leather and can cause it to become brittle and crack and lose its shape. Especially if you have forgotten about them and left them in the crevices of your wardrobe for years - rendering them damaged and unwearable. 

Simply stated, these bags do more harm than good when it comes to storing and protecting your leather and suede jackets and coats. 


Different types of garment bags

 

Non-woven green grocery bagNon-Woven Garment Bags are common. You'll know the non-woven fabric as it is similar to the green fabric found in supermarket bags, storage bags, clothing, wound dressings, bandages and other uses.

When used long term, these "protector bags" will crumble into a thousand fragments and leave your garments' exposed to the elements. 

 

Mould on jacket

This happened to my black leather jacket when I had it stored in a non-woven garment bag for less than 2.5 years. Mould spores had developed, as no air could comfortably circulate in and around my leather jacket and dry out any moisture beads in my wardrobe. 

Not only did mould spores develop in that short time, but the non-woven fabric had crumbled into a thousand pieces all over my wardrobe floor. If it gets this far  - depending on how soon you spot the damage - it is one of the most annoying, time-consuming exercises to clean it up (I know because this happened to me!). These fragments get into every crevice, every space and you're still finding them weeks later!

As I discovered (too late), the non-woven garment bag served absolutely no purpose in protecting my leather jacket both in the short term nor the long term and it resulted in a lengthy and costly process to have the mould professionally removed. 

 

 

 

The repair bill to remove mould can range between AUD$65 - $250+ depending on the severity of the mould damage caused. It cost me just over $75 to have the mould professionally removed from my jacket. No one wants that! 

These cheap and nasty garment covers are proven to have no long term benefit in protecting the longevity of your beloved attire.

 

TIP: Every 6 - 12 months take out your garments, coats and jackets and air them out in the fresh air for 1 to 2 days - especially if you don't wear them all that often. It's a good idea just to check on them. They will love you for it! It will help prolong the integrity of the fabric and the fibres so you can enjoy wearing them for years to come.

 

PEVA and PVC Garment Bags are cheap and are generally manufactured from plastic, PEVA (polyethylene vinyl acetate) or PVC (polyvinyl chloride). PEVA is a non-chlorinated vinyl and is commonly used in shower curtains and as a substitute for PVC - which is a type of chlorinated vinyl.

PVC is commonly used in household furnishings and is a known carcinogen and should generally be avoided where possible for garment storage and health purposes. 

These bags have the same detrimental effects on your leathers and suedes as non-woven bags. 

 

Plastic dry cleaning bag

Plastic Dry Cleaning Bags. Sure we have our cherished and everyday garments dry cleaned, but did you know that these plastic dry cleaning bags should NEVER be used to store your wears?

The only purpose of these bags is to transport your freshly dry cleaned clothes from the shop to your home safely.

 

Discolouration can also be caused by BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), an anti-oxidant found in these plastic bags. Long term use of these bags is not advised as any leather or suede jacket or coat (or any natural fabric) being stored in these bags has the same damaging effects as non-woven, plastic PEVA and PVC garment bags.   

 

 

More specifically, note that these inferior non-woven, PEVA, PVC and plastic garment bags will also diminish the leathers' integrity and shape over time. Jacket repairs are costly and unnecessary so it is best to avoid these useless bags altogether, particularly if you are storing your leather and suede pieces for extended periods or there is little to no air circulation in your wardrobe or space.

 

TIP: For extra care, when storing your leather or suede garments - do not fold - as it will cause creases and further damage the delicate material. Only fold your jackets and coats when travelling, and only if necessary. 

 

Avoid Storing Your Leather or Suede in Sunlight
Black leather jacket

If your leathers are stored in sunlight (direct or indirect), or in humid or moisture-filled wardrobes (particularly if your wardrobe backs onto a wet area such as your ensuite or bathroom) and with little to no air circulation, this can also fast track and create mould spots, discolouration, fade, crumble, crack and further damage to your leather and suede pieces. 

 

Why 100% Cotton Garment Bags Are Your Best Option For Storing Your Leather And Suede Jackets 

Cotton balls in handsIt is refreshing to know that cotton is a natural fibre and has many attributes when it comes to safely storing and protecting your leathers and suede for any period of time.

Kazzi Kovers LOVES Cotton.

Cotton is...

  • Eco-Friendly
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Acid-Free
  • Hygenic
  • Durable and Strong
  • Low Maintenance Fabric
  • Easy To Wash
  • Quick to Dry
  • And all-around AWESOME!

Kazzi Kovers Premium 100% Cotton Garment Bags are stylishly designed and purposed to safeguard your leather and suede jackets and prolong their longevity in all storage conditions. 

Each cream-coloured garment bag provides the ultimate protection against dust, insects (especially moths), mould, moisture and mildew due to the breathable cotton fabric, which is perfect for storing your leather and suede jackets, coats and pants.

Each bag is also equipped with a full length, self-healing side-zipper for easy storage and access. If you're travelling with your leather jacket, we've also included a sturdy 100% cotton hook at the bottom to fold the bag over for travel or carry purposes. It's so easy. 

See Kazzi Kovers Garment Bag Packages or all options are displayed below for your convenience. 

 

CARING FOR YOUR LEATHER AND SUEDE

Clean Your Leather and Suede Jackets Periodically

Firstly, there are many different types of leathers. Always read and follow the manufactures care instructions – they know best.

Depending on how frequently you use your leather or suede jacket, remember to take it to a credible and specialised dry cleaner for extra TLC (tender, love and care). They have the necessary equipment, professional tools and conditioners required to keep the leather supple, flexible and glowing all year round.

Whether you live in the city, the country or in dry or humid areas, you can source the appropriate conditioners and apply as necessary per instructions. Please FOLLOW the instructions carefully to avoid risking your valuable leather pieces.

If you live in wet areas, make sure you find suitable products designed for waterproofing and conditioning your leather or suedes. Doing this will extend the life of your pieces so that you can enjoy strutting your stuff in them for many years.

 

Quick Tips

Follow these simple tips, and you’ll get the most out of your leather and suede jackets and coats for many seasons to come. Enjoy!

  • Store your leather pants or jackets in the freezer overnight, it works! Wrap in a plastic bag first. It doesn’t kill any bacteria or remove any stains or odours, but it does refresh them
  • Spot clean your leathers with a white cotton cloth
  • Never rub your leathers as it could cause colour fade
  • Test a small area of your jacket first with a conditioner or a waterproof cream or oil, before applying in full
  • If the leather is wet, let it dry out naturally or place a dry towel underneath to absorb the moisture
  • Avoid direct heat, sunlight, humidity, moisture where possible
  • Ensure airflow and ventilation is sufficient to avoid mould and mildew
  • Keep your garments' in a 100% Cotton Garment Bags.

 

Invest In A Quality Wooden Jacket or Coat Hanger

Kazzi Kovers natural wood hanger for leather jacket Your leather and suede jackets, coats and pants should always be hung on a well-constructed quality wooden hanger.

Kazzi Kovers offers beautifully crafted FSC® Certified European German Beech Wood Hangers - considered the ultimate wood for hangers - and garment storage longevity.

 

 

Walnut wood hanger with red leather jacket

Our leather and suede jacket wood hangers offer a contoured frame, are incredibly dense (weighing over half a kilo) and durable and they're stylishly fabulous (even if you do say so ourselves!).  

Each wood hanger is purposed and designed to ensure that the shoulder and the arch of your leather jackets and heavier coats are fully supported while maintaining their shape, structure and fabric integrity for the long term.

These are all important hallmarks for premium leather jacket and coat storage.

 

 Avoid Wire Hangers

Wire and plastic hangersNEVER store your garments on a wired hanger as it lacks the necessary support your jackets and coats need. Know that the wire material can sometimes tarnish the garment when stored in humid areas and for extended periods. It can leave a nasty permanent stain and imprint, which may be difficult to remove.

 

 

Kazzi Kovers | European German Beech Wood Hangers 

 

Kazzi Kovers Garment Bags | Ideal For
  • Storage and or Travel | For all types of fabrics and garments including suits, coats, gowns, dresses, jackets, embellished and delicate pieces
  • Business Travel | For suits, dresses, coats, jackets, ties
  • Bride/Groom | Wedding dress, bridesmaid dress, groom, mens suits
  • Destination Wedding | Travel with your wedding dress on the big day. Ideal for bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dress, Mother-of-the-Bride. (After your big day, you can store your dress in the Kazzi Kovers Garment Bag to preserve its longevity/heirloom.) 
  • Delicate and Embellished Garments | Dresses, costumes, heirlooms, one-off pieces, kaftans, saris.
  • Fashion Events | For designers, models and garment protection
  • Dance | Dance costumes, sequined dresses, leotards, outfits
  • Vintage Clothes | Protect your priceless vintage pieces, including dresses, coats, jackets, fabrics.
  • Equestrian Jackets | for events to and from. Also, home and storage purposes
  • Cruises and Black Tie Events - Pack and protect your gowns or suits when travelling
  • and much more.

 

I hope this comprehensive guide helps and encourages you to take better care of your leather and suede jackets so you can enjoy wearing them for years to come. 

Thanks for reading.  

Remember if you ‘Love it, Cover it!®’  

Maria Kazzi | Kazzi Kovers

Updated 27.11.19

Maria Kazzi | Kazzi Kovers 

 

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