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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

Throughout the years you've made a significant investment in your winter wardrobe and perhaps one-off pieces such as that sassy red leather jacket or that classic royal blue suede jacket.

So it makes sense that you would want to safely protect and store your favourite leather and suede jackets and coats, Right?

If you are storing your garments in plastic, PEVA or non-woven garments bags, have you ever stopped to think about the damage that could be caused to your leather or suede jackets and coats, or what irreparable damage can eventuate when using these less than favourable garment bags?


 

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN STORING YOUR LEATHER OR SUEDE PIECES...

 

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Due to their delicate fibres; leathers and suedes need extra protection against the elements such as dirt, dust particles, sunlight, mould and moisture build-up - especially in areas where humidity and moisture is a problem.

Most importantly the type of garment bag you choose to store your leather and suede pieces in, can be the difference of 1 year to 20+ years of wearability. 

 

Here's Why.. 

Plastic Bags and Non-Woven Fabrics Are an Absolute No-Go!

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Plastic-garment-coverWe Repeat: Say NO to plastic and non-woven bags! Generally, these are the most common types of garment bags and they’re cheap and manufactured from plastic (PEVA – commonly used in shower curtains). Do not store your leather jackets or coats in any type of plastic garment bag, because the leather or suede fabric will potentially dry out and diminish the leathers' integrity and shape over time (No one wants that!.)

Non-woven garment bags (similar to the green fabric found in supermarket bags) have a green-non-woven-supermarket-bagsimilar affect as plastic garment bags. It is important that you completely avoid both of these types of garment bags as they can cause serious, irreversible damage; such as discolouration (yellowing), fading, and deterioration of your leathers and suede garments. 

 

 

Avoid Storing Your Leather or Suede in Sunlight 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct sunlightIf your garments are stored in sunlight (direct or indirect), or humid or moisture-filled wardrobes with little to no air circulation, this can also fast track and create mould spots on your leather and suede garments due to the excess humidity and the lack of air circulation in your wardrobe or stored space. 


In fact, these unfavourable plastic and non-woven type garment bags are adversely suffocating the natural fibres of your leathers and suedes causing the potential deterioration of your stored jackets or coats, when stored long term. 

They also increase the probability of irreparable damage caused to your leather and suede garments as non-woven and plastic garment bags have a tendency to crumble and falter over time. 




If it gets this far, removing the crumbled fragments of the non-woven or plastic Non-woven bagsbag from your wardrobe floor - depending on how soon you spot the damage - can be one of the most annoying, time consuming exercises to clean it up (I know because this happened to me!.) It gets into every crevice, every space and you're still finding fragments months later!.)

Plastic melts. You also want to hope the fragments don't melt, imprint or disfigure the leather in hot, humid conditions due to the plastic material base used in these types of garment bags.   

 

 

Mould on jacket"This actually happened to my black leather jacket when it was stored in a non-woven garment bag for less than 2.5 years. Not only did mould spores develop, the fragments of the plastic garment bag were strewn all over the floor of my wardrobe as the non-woven bag served absolutely no purpose in protecting my leather jacket both in the short and long term.

The mould spores had developed, as no air could comfortably circulate in and around my leather jacket, which resulted in a lengthy and costly process to have professionally removed." 

These cheap non woven and plastic garment covers are of no benefit in protecting and prolonging the longevity of your beloved garments. The repair bill to remove mould can range between AUD$65 - $250+ depending on the severity of the mould damage caused.

 

 


  

Dry Cleaning Plastic Bags  

Dry-cleaning-plastic-bagSure 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 be caused by BHT (butylated hydroxyltolune) an anti-oxidant found in these plastic bags.

If you are storing your leather or suede pieces in these plastic bags, they do not allow air to circulate through nor does it allow the leather to breathe. This can lead to further mould build-up and mould spots, or they will eventually cause your leather or discolour or fade when stored for long periods of time. 

Kazzi Kovers 100% Cotton Garment Bags 


Garment Bags Combo PacksInstead, by storing your garments in a natural fibre such as 100% cotton garment covers, it is guaranteed to safeguard your garments and maintain fabric integrity. Cotton also has many fabulous attributes that preserves the longevity of your garments' for the short and particularly long term storage. 

 

TIP: Every 6-12 months take out your garments, coats and jackets and simply air them out in the fresh air for 1 to 2 days - especially if you don't wear them all that often. They will love you for it! And it will prolong the integrity of the leather and suede fibres and promote garment longevity.

 

Why 100% Cotton Garment Bags are an ABSOLUTE!

Leather jacket garment bagIt is refreshing to know that cotton is a natural fibre and has many attributes when it comes to safely storing and protecting your garments for the short and long term.

It is a lightweight fabric, breathable, acid-free, hygienic and incredibly durable and strong. It is also a low maintenance fabric which makes it easy to wash and it is reasonably quick to dry.

Kazzi Kovers Premium 100% cotton garment covers are purposed and designed to safeguard your leather, suede, and wool coats and jackets for both short and long term purposes. 

Each cream-coloured garment bag fits up to 3 items and provides the ultimate protection against dust, insects, mould, moisture and seasonal conditions.

Kazzi Kovers breathable cotton garment bags are equipped with a full length, self-healing side-zipper and a sturdy 100% cotton hook at the bottom to fold the bag over for travel or carry purposes.

More options for uses are listed below. Regular, Large and Combo packs are available. 


 



 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIP: For extra care when storing your leather or suede garments - do not fold - as it will cause unnecessary creases and further damage the delicate material. Only fold your jackets and coats when travelling or for short-term storage purposes. 

 

 

Clean Your Leather and Suede Jackets Periodically

Firstly, always read and follow the manufactures care instructions – they know best. Depending on how frequently you use your leather or suede jacket, every now and again remember to take it to a specialised dry cleaner. They have the necessary equipment, professional tools and conditioners required to keep the leather flexible and glowing all year around.

In the interim, if you live in a dry or humid area, source the appropriate conditioners and apply as necessary per instructions. 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 leathers and suedes so that you can enjoy them for many more years to come.

 

Quick Tips:

  • 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 cotton white 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 our 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

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

 

Invest In A Quality Wooden Coat Hanger

Kazzi-Kovers-European-Beech-Wood-HangersYour garments should always be hung on a well-constructed quality wooden hanger. Kazzi Kovers offers beautifully crafted from FSC® Certified European Beech Wood, Coat Hangers which are incredibly durable, robust and stylish.

They are purposed and designed to ensure that the shoulder and the arch of your heavier coats are fully supported, whilst maintaining their shape, structure and fabric integrity for the long term. (See Garment Bag and Coat Packages.)

Also, never store your garments on the wired coat hanger as it lacks support and can sometimes tarnish the garment if left in a humid area with little air flow for extended periods of time.

Your leathers and suede garments are best stored in a space where air flow is sufficient and can circulate comfortably - this is imperative for both short and long term purposes and garment longevity.  

 

Kazzi Kovers Garment Bags Are 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 | Provide protection for your priceless vintage pieces; 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 ..

 

SHOP NOW || Garment Bags | Individual and Combo Packs Available

 

1xRegular-Garment-BagINDIVIDUAL - REGULAR: Ideal for Suits, Jackets, Coats, Dresses, Cocktail / Formal Dresses, Embellished and Beaded Garments, Delicate and Natural Fibres (leather, wool, silk, suede, fur, velvet), Seasonal Garments, Saris, Kaftans, All Types of Costumes, Vintage Clothing, Uniforms, Heirlooms and more.

 

 

 


1xLarge-Garment-BagINDIVIDUAL - LARGE: Ideal for Wedding Dress, Formal and Cocktail Dresses, Gowns, Embellished and Beaded Garments, Delicate and Natural Fibres (leather, wool, silk, suede, furs, faux-furs, velvet), Long Coats, Seasonal Garments, Saris, Kaftans, All Types of Costumes, Vintage Clothing, Uniforms, Heirlooms and more.

 

 

Kazzi Kovers COMBO Garment Bag PACKS: 

These combo packs offer great value and include a Regular and or Large Garment Bag combinations. Perfect for when you need more than just one!

For example: 1 x Regular + 1 x Large Garment Bag Combo (displayed in photo). 

You can choose from 6 Garment Bag Combo Options:

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PACKAGE OFFER | Save $2.95 - $4.95

Kazzi Kovers all-in-one packages are ideal for your occasional, seasonal and one-off pieces such as your suits, dresses, formal wear, wedding dress, coats, jackets, costumes, sporting attire and more. 

The package includes a FSC® Certified European German Beech Wood Hanger (choose your size and colour) and 1 x 100% Cotton Garment Bag (choose your size - Regular or Large.)

See Packages.

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

Maria Kazzi | Kazzi Kovers

Updated 14.10.18

 

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