When choosing a leather messenger/shoulder bag, how do I decide between brown and black? Should I try to match to the clothes I usually wear, or just pick what I like? [more inside]
How do I know if something is an animal product, or a by-product that exists only because the animal was killed for other reasons? [more inside]
I used to have nice purses. Now I have a baby. I want a posh, probably leather, backpack to tote around for the next few years. [more inside]
Leather Wallet Care: How do I stop the breakdown of my wallet? [more inside]
Where can I get a hat like this? I'm looking for an adult-sized hat exactly like this, with the goggles and everything. Thank you!
My friends and I are going to start a low down dirty east bay motorcycle gang (we just need bikes!). Where can we get sweet jackets and where can we get them embroidered with our gang name (headless skulls!) and how much should it cost? Bonus question: where do we find kaiser helmets?
My cherished leather Coach bag somehow got disgusting, mysterious, silvery-black grease all over the handle. What can I do to clean it safely? I'm looking for people with experience with this type of thing; Google just turns up a bunch of scary results that I'm afraid will ruin my bag. [more inside]
I have a great pair of Fluevog leather boots lined with leather on the inside. The leather lining has worn through inside one heel cup and is starting to rip more and more every time I wear them. Is it possible to get this fixed at a reasonable cost? Anyone know a shoe repairer in NYC who would do a good job? I want to save my boots! Thanks!
How do I repair a leather chair with a hole and significant cracking? [more inside]
I'm looking for a custom leather tailor in Seattle. I'd like to get a custom set of driving gloves, because all the off-the-rack gloves don't fit correctly. [more inside]
My father in law is celebrating his 70th birthday this weekend. We got him a kickass present, and it deserves to be presented in a kickass box/receptacle/container. I am not finding it. Ideas please? [more inside]
How can I make my new leather jacket stop making a squeaking sound? [more inside]
Tips for keeping black "man-made leather" shoes looking sharp? [more inside]
Why are shoes made out of hard, ouchy leather? [more inside]
What is the best way that a rookie leather-worker can salvage a torn leather saddlebag? [more inside]
I just got some second hand Doc Marten boots, but the previous owner seems to have had some weird way of wearing them which was put them out of shape, how do I get the leather to behave? [more inside]
What is this kind of hat called, and what was the "look" that went with it called? Sort of a leather version of a Greek fisherman's cap, sort of reminiscent of SS uniforms. I can remember seeing them worn in the 1970s and 1980s by gay leathermen, gay and straight people at punk shows in Europe, maybe some bikers, too. [more inside]
Advice on removing a stain from my canvas bag? [more inside]
I want shoes. Specifically: women's plain, flat, black leather slides, with leather soles. I'll bend a bit, but the shoes shouldn't bend much -- I want leather soles. Who likely makes these? [more inside]
No sweat motorcycle commuting? [more inside]
Where can I buy the perfect unlined leather slippers of yester-yore? [more inside]
I have a small tear in my leather couch. It is about an inch long and on the top of a cushion. Any recommendations on fixing this myself?
What's the deal with Natuzzi sofas--is their long lead time due to poor management, or are they just overloaded with orders? And why does there seem to be no information on the internet about ordering or styles? [more inside]
Why are leather seats considered a luxury item in cars and sometimes part of first class service on trains and planes? Is it a holdover from earlier times? Just a question that popped into my mind as I recycled a floyer from Amtrak detailing the new First Class Acela service.
Where to dye leather goods in NYC? [more inside]
This is kinda (really) obscure, but what the hell. Does anyone know where they got the collar that is being worn here? [more inside]
What brand is Michelle Dessler's leather jacket from 24 - Day 3? [more inside]
I am looking for a custom leather worker to create a leather jacket. [more inside]
How can I salvage my lambskin leather gloves that have been sitting on the side of the road for a number of days in the snow/water? [more inside]
How to care for a leather jacket? [more inside]
How should I dye my beige leather purse a moss green color? Do it myself? Take it to a professional? (in NYC) [more inside]
How do I prepare animal hides for use as the skin of a hand drum such as a djembe? [more inside]
What is the best way to get a light ballpoint ink mark out of a leather jacket without discoloring or otherwise damaging the leather? It's a black pen mark on a brown jacket.
FashionFilter: Where can I buy an imitation leather men's jacket that doesn't look stupid? Do such things exist? I like leather a lot from the appearance standpoint, but while I eat meat, I don't see the consumption of leather or fur as particularly wholesome. Whenever I've tried Googling such things, the only jackets I ever find are bomber jackets, which are not my style -- I'd prefer something cleaner and more modern. Internet sites are fine, but serious bonus points for actual stores in New York City. And how much can I reasonably expect to pay for such a thing?
Where can I get a leather jacket (black car coat) cleaned? NYC, specifically (Brooklyn, better yet). [more inside]
I have had an expensive leather couch for about 7 years with removable overstuffed cushions. One of the cushions was probably not pulled tight enough when originally sewed and has a deep crease. I know I can replace the pillow/stuffing insert to plump it up, but I can not figure out how to get the deep , seemingly permanent crease out given that leather cannot be ironed. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.
How tacky is it for a man to wear an apparently woman-cut leather jacket? [more inside]
I bought some nice leather shoes a few months ago. I recently had to walk around the rainy streets of London for half an hour or so, and during this time the water soaked right up through the leather soles and into the uppers. Is this a) normal? b) preventable?
How do I get rid of an unpleasant leather smell on a bag bought in Morocco? I think the leather is either poorly tanned or newly made so it has a really strong animal smell.
What makes for a comfortable, long-lasting sofa, and where can I get hold of one (in the UK)? [more inside]
That's it. I've had it. My delicate ballerina ankles get sprained if I step on a piece of string the wrong way. I just sprained the right one again today and enough is enough. I'm going to try to put a plan into action that I thought about a couple years ago. I want to get an ankle brace, maybe even custom-made, that I can wear regularly to prevent this from happening so much. [more inside]
I'm looking for an inexpensive (less than $80 if possible), quality, brown leather messenger bag. It'd be great if it was big enough to hold my HP Compaq nc6000 (1.34 x 12.51 x 10.31 in). [more inside]
How to make leather smell, well, less leathery? [more inside]
Where can I buy good leather beltstraps? [more inside]
I have some vintage clothes with permanent accidental creases in unwanted places. I was wondering how to remove them. One on a leather jacket and one is on a denim shirt. [more inside]
Followup to this question: where can I find a sturdy, inelastic fibre with which to make the uppers for a pair of flip flop sandals? [more inside]
What will happen when our scratching cat meets our (proposed) new leather sofa? [more inside]
How do I avoid scuffing my new shiny black shoes? What do I do about scuffs that are already there? Tell me everything there is to know about scuffs and maintaining nice shoes. [more inside]
I have a pair of antique oak T-back chairs with padded leather seats. The leather is old and not quite brittle, but it is cracking ever so slowly. What can I do to help restore some suppleness and health to the leather? [more inside]
How can I shrink my sandals? [more inside]