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A leather jacket is more than just a piece of clothing; it’s a timeless fashion statement, and an investment in style and durability. However, the lifespan of a leather jacket can vary significantly depending on several key factors.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the factors that influence the lifespan of your leather jacket, including the quality and type of leather, style, fit, and care and maintenance it receives.

Quality of Leather

The quality of leather used in your jacket is a primary determinant of its lifespan. Leather is generally categorised into several grades, including full-grain, top-grain, and split-grain leather.

Full-grain leather is often considered to be the highest quality leather available. Made from the top layer of the hide, full-grain leather retains the natural texture and imperfections, which give it character and durability. In contrast, top-grain leather is sanded down – this may give it a more consistent appearance, but it tends to be less robust.

At Aero Leathers, we exclusively use full grain leather in our jackets, so you can be sure that our jackets will last through decades of heavy wear.

If you’re interested in reading more about the benefits of full-grain leather, check out our blog: What is full-grain leather?


Style and Fit

The style and fit of your leather jacket can also affect its lifespan. A proper fit ensures that the jacket doesn’t experience undue stress at seams or zippers, which can lead to premature wear and tear. Opting for a more relaxed fit can reduce tension on seams and potentially extend your leather jacket’s lifespan, whereas a slim fit leather jacket (or a jacket not made to suit your measurements) can become distressed over time.

(Pssst... like the distressed look? Browse our range of distressed leather jackets here!)

Care and maintenance

Perhaps the most significant factor in determining the longevity of your leather jacket is the care and maintenance it receives. Regular care is essential to preserve the leather’s suppleness and keep it looking great over the years. Here are some tips for maintaining your leather jacket

  • Conditioning: Although many of the leathers we use at Aero won’t need conditioning for a while due to the abundance of oils already present in them, leather will eventually dry out and lose its natural oils, leading to stiffness and cracks. This is particularly prevalent in drier climates. Keep a leather conditioner to keep the leather supple and hydrated especially as the jacket ages.

  • Storage: When not in use, store your jacket in a cool, dry place. Avoid hanging it in direct sunlight or damp areas. Also use a hanger that is well suited for the frame of your jacket to avoid creasing and compromising the leather in any way.

  • Repairs: Address minor issues promptly, such as loose threads, loose buttons, or small tears. These can worsen over time if left unattended.


While all of the above factors play a significant role in the lifespan of your leather jacket, one thing is certain: a well-cared-for leather jacket will always last longer than a jacket that is neglected. A high-quality, well-made leather jacket can potentially last a lifetime, when cared for correctly.

Read More: How to Clean a Leather Jacket


Here at Aero Leathers, we understand the importance of quality in leather jackets - that’s why we use full-grain leather for our products. Full-grain leather is the most durable and long-lasting type of leather, known for its exceptional resistance to wear and tear.

By using this superior leather, we ensure that our jackets not only offer timeless style, but also the longevity you desire. When you invest in full-grain leather, you’re investing in a piece that will stand the test of time, becoming a cherished part of your wardrobe for many years to come.

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