Tips for Purchasing a Leather Jacket
1. Cowhide / Sheepskin
First of all, cowhide leather is well known as thick and heavy but durable, and that’s why it is largely used for men’s clothes and often for cowboy jackets. However, cowhide leather is very heavy so it is rarely used for women’s garments.
On the other hand, sheepskin leather is soft and light, compared with cowhide one. Thus, it is perfectly suitable for garments but the products are often expensive. However, because of the recent price competition and cost drop, the price of sheepskin leather has become similar to that of cowhide leather so a lot of low-priced sheepskin products are now in the market. Asian people generally prefer sheepskin products while many cowhide products are being produced in the West.
2. Natural leather / Synthetic leather
Synthetic leather has significantly improved in quality so a lot of the products are being sold in the market. Besides their processes, the biggest difference between synthetic leather and natural leather is that the former is not warm enough despite the similar appearance to the latter. Synthetic leather still has its cold characteristic in its products so they cannot be used on a bit cold or harshly windy days while natural leather products can be useful during three seasons including autumn, winter, and spring. In addition, be careful in purchasing online because synthetic products at a very cheap price may be different from what you see with your eyes.
Indeed, certain synthetic leather products have very similar appearances to those of natural leather. However, the prices are very high and not much different from those of natural leather products. Surely, the final products of synthetic leather can be cheaper than those of natural one because the process of natural leather is much more complex and difficult, and requires expensive labor than that of synthetic one. Keep in mind that very a few sellers produce good synthetic leather products because natural leather products are sold at a higher price than those made of expensive synthetic leather.
3. Producing area
The origins of natural leather jackets are considered critical. This is because, to determine the class of leather, a worker has to depend on his or her sight and touch only, and it takes about 10 years to become a quality worker. Therefore, only skilled artisans with 10 year or more experience can complete decent leather products. Currently, China and other East Asian countries are producing leather jackets but, indeed, their quality significantly varies because many of them have less than 10 years of experience. The leather jackets made in Korea are produced by high skilled artisans in general so their quality is much higher than others made in other countries. The products made in Italy are largely decent but many of them are superior brands with an extremely dear price.
Many consumers may overlook it. For some cotton products, it is easy to find the fabric and to get A/S. However, even if you purchase a leather garment after long consideration, without A/S, you have to throw it out just because of damage or a rip caught by a nail. Many who bought leather garments from companies not providing A/S complain this. The company which you first bought a leather item must have the extra leather for A/S but a lot of companies are reluctant to provide A/S due to the cost. Leather garments must be replaced with the original leather instead of damaged spots so you can get correct A/S only from the company that firstly sold you one. In particular, when it comes to leather, it can be divided into different levels from A to F depending on its condition. That’s why it is extremely difficult to figure out which leather was exactly used for an item. Leather garments are high-priced and can be enjoyed for a long time because there are only several styles. Therefore, check if A/S is provided or not when you buy one.