Leather and suede are among the hottest materials for fall garments. There’s a big difference in how they need to be cared for. The real thing is lovely to look at and can be a great wardrobe investment, but it needs proper handling.
If leather clothing gets wet, hang it to dry, away from heat. Putting it in a dryer or near a heating vent could cause it to shrink and lose its shape.
If you get a stain on it, don't try to remove it yourself unless a leather-cleaning professional has advised you, and you have the adequate materials to do so.
Store leather garments on padded hangers and cover with a plain bed sheet or cloth coat bag. Avoid plastic bags, as they don't allow the garment to "breathe," and can promote mould and mildew. Store in a dark, dry place. The Sunlight will cause fading.
Avoid letting a leather garment touch your skin in areas where it's likely to come in contact with oils from your body and hair. Similarly, don't let perfume or hairspray get on your leather clothing. They are hard to remove and the process of removing them can take colour out of the clothing. Wear a scarf, to protect your collar.
Clean leather regularly.
If you have a natural fur coat or any garment trimmed with animal fur, it takes special care to keep it looking its best.
Your fur coat should always be hung on sturdy padded hanger to keep the shoulders from loosing their shape. The neck of the hanger should be long enough to keep the collar of the coat away from the hanging rod. Do not hang your fur in a garment bag, especially a plastic bag that doesn't breathe. The fur needs air circulation to keep the hide from drying out and cracking. Do not leave jewellery pinned to your coat as it can mat the fur. When wearing your coat, do not use a shoulder bag consistently because it can wear away the fur and leave a bald spot. Wearing a scarf around your neck will prevent body soil and make-up from soiling your coat.
When sitting for a long period of time, your coat should be moved to avoid crushing the fur. If you can't move the coat, try to change positions often so that the fur will not be crushed in one spot over and over again. If possible, use your coat and use it more like a blanket in your lap.
If you get caught in a light rain or snow, simply shake it out and remove as much water as possible. Hang it to dry in a well-ventilated room. Do not use a hair dryer, or any direct heat on the fur. After it is dry, shake again to fluff the fur - do not comb or brush - simply smooth the fur with your hand.
Your coat should be cleaned every year by a professional fur cleaner.