A couple of years ago I found the best black leather jacket ever, and I diligently applied some sort of waterproofing/leather protectant spray every few months for the first year. It's been pretty well-loved since then, and is starting to show slight signs of wear--nothing major, but enough so that I don't want it to get worse. How can I restore it to its former glory and keep it protected so I don't have to think about buying another one for many years? [more inside]
All my life I've bought cheap-ass vaguely-leather-ish belts (like, the $20 ones from that rack next to the cash register at the el-cheapo big box shoe store) and they've always started to warp within three months and started falling to pieces within six. I don't think I'm unusually hard on my belts. I think the ones I'm buying just suck balls and I should bite the bullet and buy nicer ones. So: How much more would I have to spend to get one that didn't suck? What would it cost me to get a leather belt that would last two years without warping or splitting? Five years? Ten? Infinity?
Help my girlfriend find the perfect pair of high quality, full-grain leather boots! Looking for stores in the San Francisco Bay area, as well as online retailers. [more inside]
Help me rescue and soften a leather purse! [more inside]
Beautiful leather or wood binder-type notebook, available for purchase immediately in Toronto? [more inside]
We found a terrific high quality tufted leather coffee table leather ottoman bench thingie on consignment- this particular one runs around $500 retail. The leather is the soft non scratch kind in dark brown/ black. It looks brand new. We love the idea of it because we have a little human coming and it minimizes the worry about him getting hurt if he hits his head on it. It suits our need for a play table, changing table, foot rest and general decor item. The price it $140. Here is the rub: we have 3 cats. [more inside]
Help me clean my jean-stained leather bag in Japan (and help me prevent this from happening again)! [more inside]
Pretty much looking for the Winchester's 3-ring supple leather journal from the show "Supernatural". [more inside]
How can I train myself to have an appreciation and eye for the quality of higher-end clothing and accessories?
How do I judge the quality of luxury clothing and accessories? [more inside]
Where should I go shopping for boots, belts, and funky clothing generally in Italy (Florence or Rome)? [more inside]
I bought these leather nubuck/suede boots (in brown) last year and wore them throughout the fall and winter. Due to my ineffective attempt at waterproofing them and lackluster cleaning, they have some lighter spots and dark stains. Some of this is just wear on the leather, I know, but is there a way to get the rest of that off? [more inside]
Help me find a bag suitable for an Ankh-Morpork Postmaster General! [more inside]
My favorite pair of shoes in the entire world, this pair that there only seems to be one of in existence, are just a smidge too narrow. They're 11D, and feet would fit best in an 11E. That smidge is giving me one mean callous, but more importantly the widest part of my foot, tipped with that callous, has already worn through the leather lining and might have burst through the calfskin outer if I hadn't caught it in time. What can I do to not ruin these beautiful, expensive shoes any further? [more inside]
Looking for a Ghurka-quality travel pack. [more inside]
I would like to start learning how to make leather journals. I really don't know where to start. More inside. [more inside]
How did leather, latex, and vinyl get to be the most popular and celebrated materials in the kink/BDSM world - as opposed to say velvet, silk, organza, lace, muslin? [more inside]
I'm looking for an excellent shoe repair place in Dallas. [more inside]
Brown leather, wide-calf boots with minimal bells and whistles and a comfortable foot for under $200. Is this the impossible dream? [more inside]
Help me replace my Danskos with shoes that won't make me fall over. [more inside]
Lots of leather, lots of products. Are leather care products interchangeable? [more inside]
A new cordovan-leather wallet has a number of small pock-marks on the finished surface. They are a bit grayish on the brown leather and look like they appeared after tanning. The vendor says it's a normal part of the cordovan tanning process. Is that true? Will they go away as the leather ages? [more inside]
LA to DC Crafting - Fabric and Leather supply stores? [more inside]
Can you put books with soft leather bindings on the bookshelf like other books? [more inside]
Help me find a jacket as exactly like this as possible, of any material, as cheap as possible. [more inside]
Help me keep my white leather chair looking awesome! [more inside]
Trip to Italy - where is the best location to buy a really nice man's briefcase? [more inside]
OK to use brown cream shoe polish on black shoes? [more inside]
I've just bought some dubbin to condition my boots and it occurred to me that I'm just about to move from the tropics to much cooler, drizzlier climes. Should I also condition my leather jacket with dubbin, and if so, how often?
My wife has this leather painting/art kind of thing which was made by taking a hide of leather and cutting out patterns in it. I think it was then painted a bit. It was made in Thailand originally. The problem is that it got stored somewhere damp and the bottom bit has shrunk, so now it is not rectangular but more rhombussy shaped. (Not a lot, but noticeably). Is this repairable? I mean, leather stretches right? If so, where would you go to get it fixed? I don't even know what sort of craftsman to ask.
Where can I find a pair of leather gladiator sandals? Requirements inside. [more inside]
What adhesive should I use for a leather insole and a Sorbothane heel pad? [more inside]
Calling all artists: which paint should I use for vintage-style lettering on leather and treated canvas?
Calling all artists: which paint should I use for vintage-style lettering on leather and treated canvas? [more inside]
Left my leather handbag on the ground during a sporting event and now it's soaked through with beer. Now what? [more inside]
I'm looking for a dark, well made, quality leather wrist cuff/bracelet that's about an inch thick with a snap closure. The internet seems flooded with crappy cuffs with lots of junk stuck on them. Can you recommend a shop/person? I lean more towards something that looks vintage/distressed rather than new, stiff, and polished. This is for a man, but think more unisex.
Can you identify this façade-embossed red leather purse (seen in Aspen around NYE)?
I want to make a set of armor out of leather. Where on earth do I start? [more inside]
how to get dish soap out of a leather backpack. also, :( [more inside]
What is the best way to care for my favorite leather boots? [more inside]
Have I ruined my boots with leather conditioner, or is this how properly-conditioned boots are supposed to feel?
Have I ruined my boots by using Lexol conditioner on them? Is this how they're supposed to look/feel? Or have I done something wrong? [more inside]
Wondering how to save a leather couch that my cat had a party on... [more inside]
Where can I buy a good quality set of leather bondage restraints? [more inside]
I'm 19, and I want to buy a leather jacket to last me the rest of my life. Any suggestions as to brands, styles, or where to get one? Ideally I could wear it all my life, wear it in like a good pair of boots, and possibly hand it down to my son, or at least my 10-year-younger brother when it became his time.
Is there any way to make money off an old leather couch -- or at least put the leather to good use? [more inside]
Allergic to chrome-tanned leather: suggestions for brands of non-chrome-tanned leather products, or non-leather alternatives! [more inside]
How much should new leather show use? [more inside]
Is wearing fur actually any worse than wearing leather? There's a much stronger taboo against wearing fur, but I can't think of any reasons why it's worse than leather.