Friday, 31 October 2008

Scarier than Halloween

Blogs all around the fashion blogosphere have recently been inundated with Halloween posts; it really is the perfect formula if you think about it. Fashion bloggers love to dress up. Halloween is the festival for dressing up. What could be more perfect?

However I haven't dressed up for Halloween since I was a witch at the age of 10 (with some pretty awesome black lipstick and gothic necklaces) but anyway... it's just not my thing. In fact, as Halloween has come round this year, I've been frightened by far more scary thoughts than zombies, witches and even gory movies.

It was around the beginning of October that I fell in love with, and bought my very most favourite leather jacket. It was in a concession called Numph in Fenwicks and as soon as I tried it on, I knew that it would have to be mine despite it costing more than £100. This may not sound like much for a leather jacket, and indeed it really isn't. But for someone living on babysitting money it's pretty much as expensive as clothing gets. But I never regretted this purchase, as I have regretted many almost-as-expensive purchases. It has a beautiful lining (it's in the top picture) it's in my most favourite colour and wear it very frequently.

Doesn't looking at it just make you feel happy?

Me and my jacket on the Eiffel Tower

I, maybe foolishly, imagined that this would be the kind of item which would last me many years. So when it started showing some signs of wear and tear, I was very distressed. The zip is a little creaky, but more worryingly the leather is fading at the seams, and is quite flaky. I don't know if this is just what I should expect from a jacket. Or was its relatively low price to blame - so should I just resign myself to the fact that it is slowly dying? Or can I do something to revive it, like buying some protector spray or cream. Google, normally my saviour, isn't throwing up anything other than information on how to protect shoes, or bags. Doesn't google care about my jacket???

So, I leave you with this. I hope that you can spare a moment from your frightening Halloween celebrations and help me in my scarier situation. Thank you.


  1. Oh dear. Flakiness in leather, as far as I know, isn't something that can be healed. But take it to your local shoe repair person and ask ... maybe there's a magic substance that will slow the aging process.

  2. I was going to say the same thing as Sal. Take your jacket to a cleaner who specializes in leather or to a good shoe repair guy. Something can be done. Your jacket doesn't have to go, yet.

  3. Thank you both of you. I'll try to get that done this weekend. :)

  4. I've been wrestling with leather coat lust so I completely understand going for it--even if hte price doesn't sound high for leather, for me anyways, it's still tremendously high compared to what I usually pay.

  5. Oh, too bad about your jacket.
    I quite agree that Halloween and fashion bloggers are a perfect combination. I think a fashion blogger Halloween party would be the best ever!

  6. I think the flakiness is directly related to the quality of the leather, so there's not a whole lot you can do about it. But you can try conditioning the leather. Your local shoe-repair will probably sell something you can use. I've used Lexol in the past, and it's pretty good. That or just plain glycerine saddle soap. Or, just ask the shoe-repair guy what he thinks.

    I'm sorry your jacket is starting to give up; that's sad.