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RIP angora goatskin: death by cracking.

What's going wrong with my 10-year old sheepskin? ok, actually it's an angora goat skin, but it's the same concept. The main body of it is okay, but the sueded leather is really stiff and fragile at the edges/corners/legs, and pieces keep cracking and falling off, though not yet to the point of crumbling. What's causing this? Can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander on Mar 21, 2011 - 7 answers

leather restoration in the Twin Cities?

TwinCities Filter: Do you know a good company/person that knows how to restore leather couches in the Twin Cities area? [more inside]
posted by nanhey on Mar 5, 2011 - 1 answer

A Good Bag Is Hard to Find and Prevent from Ruining All Your Other Stuff

I've got a new red leather handbag. Please help me figure out how to protect my light-colored clothing from getting red color transfer (perhaps by applying some kind of product to the bag?) -- or tell me this isn't possible. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough on Mar 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Looking for recommendations for leather shoes in London, UK.

UK Filter: I want to buy a nice pair of leather shoes, budget about £250 - recommendations? [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS on Feb 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Looking to buy a chair.

Unique chair from TV series. [more inside]
posted by JohnE on Feb 24, 2011 - 11 answers

What to wear to a kink con?

I'm attending a weekend-long alt-sex/kink convention. What clothing should I pack? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2011 - 10 answers

In what Los Angeles stores can I shop for plush leather desk chairs?

In what Los Angeles stores can I shop for plush leather desk chairs? I'd like to visit well established stores (ones that have been around for a decade or so) and try out various desk chairs before I make a purchase. I'm willing to drop some bucks for the right chair. I want it to be down-stuffed, soft leather, plush, swivel, tiltable back, adjustable height. I'm not really concerned so much about ergonomics...I don't have back problems. I just want a sense of plushiness when I sit at my desk. I'm willing to drive to any part of town.
posted by zagyzebra on Jan 30, 2011 - 4 answers

Dyeing Leather

I would like to dye this brown leather bag black. Tips? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Jan 21, 2011 - 8 answers

The ironic part is these probably avoid pains in the neck, but shopping for them is giving me one.

Where can I buy a couch neck rest and how much are they supposed to cost? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jan 3, 2011 - 2 answers

Mount a small object in front cover of hardback book? Please/

How can I insert a small mirror or peephole into the front cover of a handmade hardcover book? What kind of material is appropriate for the cover? Will cardboard/cloth do? What about leather? Is there a tutorial anywhere to show how this is done? [more inside]
posted by waxbanks on Dec 9, 2010 - 4 answers

Shoe shopping makes me angry.

Men have Allen Edmonds, Aldens, etc. But where should I turn for classy women's dress shoes that I can walk miles & miles that will last 5 years or more? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Dec 7, 2010 - 25 answers

Winterproofing Blunnies

How should I prepare my Blundstones for winter in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by mendel on Dec 6, 2010 - 6 answers

How do I sew leather trim?

Where might I find a sewing site (or a book) that shows how to sew leather edging (or binding or piping) on to fabric? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Nov 10, 2010 - 5 answers

This is why you can't have nice things...

I spilled an entire bottle of (clear) cough syrup into the bottom of my leather bag. How can I limit/ fix the damage? [more inside]
posted by CharlieSue on Nov 3, 2010 - 1 answer

The (Leather Steering) Wheel that Grips

What would remedy a leather-covered steering wheel that's worn in spots? Depending on the weather, it gets gummy-feeling and gross.
posted by SillyShepherd on Oct 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Or grow my hands?

Is there a safe way to shrink a pair of leather gloves? [more inside]
posted by hayvac on Oct 19, 2010 - 3 answers

Basic boring black shoe?

Suggest a basic black leather men's shoe to wear with jeans? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Oct 13, 2010 - 25 answers

Dyeing leather white

I've got some vegetable tanned leather which I want to turn into my own made to measure sports bag. I want the bag to be white. Is there such a thing as white penetrating leather dye? [more inside]
posted by Sourisnoire on Oct 6, 2010 - 2 answers

Can you help me identify the jacket in this picture?

Can you help me identify the black jacket in this picture? [more inside]
posted by Evernix on Sep 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Help a fashion novice get a handle on her new handbag.

I recently bought a Fendi Classico No. 4 as a self-reward for an accomplishment and because it's just perfect for me. But I don't own a lot of designer items or keep up with all the trends, so I'm a little clueless as to how to treat it! A few specific questions are below, but my general question is - what should I know about owning a really nice handbag like this? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on Sep 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me find a leather version of the cheap handbag that got me through law school!

Help me find a leather version of the cheap handbag that got me through law school! I'm convinced the lady lawyers at work are snickering at me behind their backs for carrying my tattered PVC bag. [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic on Aug 31, 2010 - 24 answers

help me buy a bag

Is it worth it to get a more expensive, leather bag over a cheap faux-leather bag? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Aug 29, 2010 - 32 answers

What's best for maintaining wood and leather furniture?

For the first time in my life, I have real furniture! Can you help me keep it nice? [more inside]
posted by browse on Aug 18, 2010 - 11 answers

Will the boot fit?

I bought myself a pair of Real Cowboy Boots the other day, and I can't quite figure out if they fit me right. Should I return them and find another pair? [more inside]
posted by aaronbeekay on Aug 17, 2010 - 15 answers

Is this a leather apron?

Is this a leather apron? What is it for? [more inside]
posted by travis08 on Jun 30, 2010 - 28 answers

Removing/repairing alcohol stains on leather

Spilled alcohol on a leather recliner and now I have a couple bleached spots on the light brown leather. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by AstroGuy on Jun 28, 2010 - 1 answer

Trying to luxe up my computer desktop

My current crop of desktop wallpapers are too distracting. Crashing waves, sunsets, streaking meteors, and galactic vistas sure look nice, but they make my eyes stray from the work in front me. I want to find hi-res, high quality shots of fabric, quilted leather, wood and other materials to "upholster" my digital desktop and make it look luxe. Help! [more inside]
posted by teedee2000 on Jun 27, 2010 - 16 answers

Walking around town with a bag of gold

i want a medieval-style leather coin bag which I will fill with Sacajawea dollars every month as a way to help me keep on budget. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jun 13, 2010 - 26 answers

Who makes gray soled, gray calfskin, sneakers?

Who makes gray soled, gray calfskin, sneakers? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie on May 8, 2010 - 4 answers

How to keep leather gloves looking nice?

My lovely leather gloves need to be put away for the spring. [more inside]
posted by pickypicky on May 4, 2010 - 6 answers

Best place to get a leather jacket altered in Toronto?

Where's the best place to get a leather jacket altered in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by captaincrouton on Apr 19, 2010 - 1 answer

Good leather repair in NYC?

I have a leather bag with a couple small punctures in it, where should I take it in Manhattan for repair?
posted by sonofslim on Mar 18, 2010 - 3 answers

Make 'em short: knee-high leather boots

I have a couple of super cute knee high leather boots that are just a smidge too tall. Should I try to alter them to fit? [more inside]
posted by cranberryskies on Feb 25, 2010 - 2 answers

Flea/tick treatment that avoids leather furniture damage?

Learn from my mistake ... K9 Advantix flea and tick spot treatment does not mix well with leather furniture! Question: are there other brands of spot treatment for fleas and ticks that won't require me to cover every piece of leather furniture in the house before applying to the dogs? [more inside]
posted by Dave. on Feb 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Leather Care Products

[Leather Care Filter]: What are some specific products to clean and restore this leather chair? [more inside]
posted by at the crossroads on Jan 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Boot sizin'

How do I know if these boots are too small, or just need to stretch? [more inside]
posted by little_c on Dec 8, 2009 - 11 answers

Bringing Back the Boot

When I buy used boots, how do I best clean and restore the leather? [more inside]
posted by readery on Nov 25, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me find this jacket!

I'd like to find a leather jacket similar to this one. [more inside]
posted by PFL on Nov 10, 2009 - 7 answers

Leather in vegetarian restaurants

Is it rude to wear leather to a vegetarian restaurant? [more inside]
posted by Hoopo on Oct 29, 2009 - 21 answers

Cleaning a cat-peed leather jacket?

Cleaning a cat-peed leather jacket? [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill on Oct 26, 2009 - 10 answers

Need sites for new leather jacket

So its about time to get a new leather jacket. I'm male and looking for either a "car coat" or "walking coat" style and I need it in ~2XLT. I can't find anything good at Burlington, Zappos, or Wilsons. Anyone have a good idea where else to hunt something like this up online? I don't necessarily need to purchase it online, but at least hunt for a jacket whose look I like.
posted by Ikazuchi on Oct 19, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me find a new beloved leather coat?

I am looking to replace my beloved leather coat, which was stolen last spring. So now it's fall, and the stores are full of coats, but I've found that nothing even remotely comparable seems to be in style at the moment. Am I missing the secret source for classic, fashionable, longer-length leather coats? Do I need a fashion lesson and some nudging? [more inside]
posted by desuetude on Oct 15, 2009 - 11 answers

Are meat and leather production correlated?

What proportion of leather comes from animals whose other parts are ultimately consumed by humans for food? What proportion of leather-bearing food animals' skins are ultimately made into leather? How would i find out? [more inside]
posted by dkg on Oct 9, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I clean body oil residue from a leather couch

How do I clean body/hair product residue buildup from a leather sofa? [more inside]
posted by archimago on Sep 29, 2009 - 7 answers

girl needs her nice leather...case

Can you help a fashionable girl find a nice leather wallet-style iphone case? [more inside]
posted by kenzi23 on Sep 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Punk Leather Jacket Rehabilitation

Back in the day, I had a black leather motorcycle jacket painted up in the usual punk style: Big back patch, studs, spikes, chains, the works. I'm older now, and I'd like to keep the jacket while getting rid of the youthful excess that covers it. How do I rehabilitate my old leather jacket? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Sep 10, 2009 - 11 answers

Smelly couch, smelly couch, what are they feeding you?

How to deodorize a leather couch? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Aug 29, 2009 - 4 answers

Leather purse cleaning

I need advice for cleaning a water stain on a leather purse. [more inside]
posted by demiurge on Aug 25, 2009 - 3 answers

Leather Jacket

I bought myself a leather jacket in the biker style. The jacket length is perhaps an inch or so too long. The jacket is made from thick and still somewhat creaky leather. What can I do to alter it? Would you advise me to attempt it myself?
posted by ashaw on Aug 4, 2009 - 7 answers

When I die, will my grandchildren fight over who gets it?

I am writer in search of a messenger bag. What is your opinion of the Saddleback Leather Company, specifically its briefcase? In your opinion, is really it worth a month's rent?
posted by litterateur on Jul 29, 2009 - 23 answers

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