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bringing an all saints leather jacket back from the dead

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DaisyBD Wed 29-Mar-17 14:28:26

I bought a (super expensive) all saints leather jacket a few years ago, and it's faded horribly. I don't know how as I don't leave it in the sun or anything. I got a quote to dye it back to solid black (it started out sort of vintage looking) for £180-190, which I'm sure is reasonable but more than I want to pay.

Has anyone done a diy repair/dye job on a leather jacket? I've found this and wondered if anyone had tried this and how it turned out. Also I'm confused by the finishes they offer - what's the difference between semi-matt and satin, for example?

I attach pics of what the jacket looked like on my wedding day (I'm on the left) and what it looks like now.

ShesAStar Wed 29-Mar-17 15:00:40

I'm not sure about the furniture polish because I've never used it but have you tried a tiny patch of the jacket with boot/shoe polish? If you rubbed it in very well? You might as well buy a new one rather than spend £200 on repairing the one you have. Do you think the polish might smell too strong?

pongopig Wed 29-Mar-17 15:08:09

I used Woly shoe cream on an old leather bag and it came up great. It costs about a fiver.

DaisyBD Wed 29-Mar-17 16:01:17

did the shoe cream dye the leather, pongo? I did wonder about this but I was told that shoe polish would make it stiff and crunchy. I'm a bit scared to try it...

pongopig Wed 29-Mar-17 16:36:15

Yes it did dye it but didn't make it crunchy at all - I left it on for a short while then buffed it and it is nice and soft. It's a dark brown bag and the corners had been worn and lost their colour, so it covered that up. It wasn't back to brand new condition but I was very happy with it. I was worried that it would stain my other clothes when I wore the bag but if you buff it enough it should be OK I think.I wish I had taken some before and after pics!

NewPantsforaNewYear Wed 29-Mar-17 16:40:56

Have you asked All Saints? I know it's a few years old but I wouldn't have thought it should fade that badly. Even if they can't help, they may have some advice.

NewPantsforaNewYear Wed 29-Mar-17 16:45:04

The one you've linked to sounds pretty good.
There's a whole load of dyes on eBay which I looked at for something but didn't end up using. I'll see if I can find them again. They were pretty cheap so could always get it and just try somewhere inconspicuous.

TrollTheRespawnJeremy Wed 29-Mar-17 16:49:11

I actually really like the faded out look! Try all saints first to see what they say.

(lovely wedding photos btw!)

DaisyBD Wed 29-Mar-17 17:41:09

thanks Troll smile

I will try All Saints, hadn't thought of that. And maybe try a bit of black boot polish on the inside. I quite like the faded look too, except that I accidentally left it in a pub once and when I rang up to see if they'd still got it the next day, they asked me what colour it was and I said black, and they said, oh this one's brown. I don't want a brown leather jacket!

Thanks for the ebay suggestion too NewPants, I'll check that out.

Laquila Wed 29-Mar-17 20:40:38

Your wedding photos are AMAZING!!

Is it the Cargo? I have that one and I'm already worried it's not going to age well. It's sort of pre-distressed, and looks good at the mo, but I just feel like it's a bit fragile.

DaisyBD Thu 30-Mar-17 10:52:12

Thanks Laquila grin. That photo is a bit misleading, that's not my wife but my best woman. I actually married a man (no idea where he was then, hehe]. Anyway, no idea whether it's the cargo, can't remember. I bought it six years ago. I think I'm going to go for the furniture clinic kit, maybe the satin finish. Will come back and update...

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