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Jacket Care

Committed to the longevity of your varsity jacket, our Stewart & Strauss family has compiled the need-to-know varsity jacket care instructions. With materials including genuine cowhide leather, melton wool, vinyl (faux leather), and satin, our letterman jackets can last a lifetime with diligent care.

STEWART & STRAUSS ALL WOOL JACKETS

  • We recommend brushing your varsity letterman jacket with a soft suede brush. Lint brushes work as well to clean your varsity jacket before hanging it. Brushing removes dirt, soil, and debris.
  • Hang your wool letterman jacket on a plastic or wooden hanger between uses. Hangers should be sturdy and broad to avoid stretching. Additionally, hang your varsity wool jacket in an area with good airflow. If packed too tightly, your wool letterman jacket may become crumpled. Additionally, wool hung next to dirty items may absorb some of the odor and grime.
  • In the event of spills, use water and blot the area. Use absorbent cloths or heavy paper towels without rubbing the fabric. Rubbing will push the liquid deeper into the wool. If the substance spilled contains natural or chemical pigments (wine, ink, chocolate, or coffee), consult a professional dry-cleaning company for help.
  • TWe recommend taking your wool letterman jacket to the dry cleaner at the beginning and end of the season. If your wool letterman jacket becomes exceptionally dirty, you may need to use more frequent professional cleaning services. With normal use, however, once or twice each year should be sufficient.
  • To prevent moths and other insects from infesting the wool, store your wool jacket in a breathable garment bag after the season. For additional protection, add mothballs, cedar chips, or other natural moth repellents to your jacket’s storage.
  • Wool letterman jackets need professional dry cleaning.
  • Avoid ironing your wool varsity jacket. If you cannot avoid ironing, we recommend placing the jacket on a clean surface or flat ironing board, placing a sheet or pillowcase over the letterman jacket to protect it from the iron’s surface, and using steam.

WOOL/LEATHER JACKETS STEWART & STRAUSS

  • Brush softly to remove all dirt and dust, as letterman jackets made from cowhide leather should be cleaned using a soft, dampened sponge or cloth. Remember to rub the leather letterman jacket sleeves gently in a circle until it disappears. Remember to rub the leather gently in a circle until it disappears.
  • Apply some leather lotion on the sleeves and trim using small circles. Dry your leather varsity jacket gently with a soft cloth.
  • You can use a moist baby wipe to clean your letterman jacket’s inner lining.

STEWART & STRAUSS WOOL/VINYL
(FAUX LEATHER) VEGAN JACKETS

  • To clean your wool and vinyl letterman jacket, start by filling a bowl with warm, clean water and add about 4 tablespoons of a gentle, liquid cleanser, such as dish soap. Regular tap water is fine, but distilled water is always better.
  • Dip a soft-bristled brush into your soapy solution, and then gently brush the sleeves of your vinyl letterman jacket.
  • Rinse the sleeves with a clean, wet cloth.
  • Run a soft, clean cloth over the vinyl varsity jacket’s sleeves to dry the fabric.

SATIN BOMBER JACKETS STEWART & STRAUSS

  • Satin bomber jackets can easily be washed and dried, making them very easy to care for.
  • Machine wash your satin varsity jacket using the permanent press cycle and warm water wash.
  • Dry your satin letterman jacket on a low heat setting in your dryer, or hang it on a clothesline to air dry in warmer weather.
  • Remove from the dryer promptly and hang to avoid unwanted creases.
  • Typically, our satin varsity letterman jackets do not require ironing, but if it’s necessary, turn you jacket inside out and use a warm iron.

STORING YOUR STEWART & STRAUSS JACKET

Wondering how to store a varsity letterman jacket? Our best advice is to choose a cool, dry closet or room with proper air ventilation and no direct sunlight exposure. Avoid attics and basements, as these areas tend to have moths, insects, mold, or mildew. Make sure to hang your letterman jacket, as folding can cause permanent creases and marks. If hanging is not possible, try rolling the varsity jacket from the neckline down. Cowhide leather varsity jackets can become fragile without attentive care. Follow the tips below to preserve these natural materials.

When it’s time to store your jacket again, choose a cool, dry closet or room that has proper air ventilation and is removed from direct sunlight. Attics and basements, for example, tend to be vulnerable to moths, insects, mold and mildew. Make sure to hang the jacket, as folding can cause permanent creases and unsightly marks. If hanging is not possible, try rolling the jacket, starting at the neckline.

Cowhide leather is a natural material, it can be fragile if not looked after properly. If you want to preserve your Varsity jacket as long as possible, here are a few tips:

  • Depending on how often you wear your varsity letterman jacket, clean your jacket using a leather lotion on a monthly or semi-monthly basis.
  • Do not stuff your pockets.
  • When you hang your letterman jacket after each wear, empty the pockets and zip or button it completely.
  • Allow the leather varsity jacket to breathe by storing it in a ventilated room covered in a breathable, unsealed garnet or cloth bag to prevent dust. Avoid using a plastic bag. Lastly, keep your jacket in a cool, dry place.
  • Be sure to let the leather of your varsity jacket dry naturally. Avoid using a heater to prevent cracking.
  • Do not apply chemicals, perfumes, or colognes to your letterman jacket.
  • We recommend taking your leather letterman jacket to a dry cleaning professional with experience in leather on an annual or semi-annual basis.

Do not hesitate to go to a leather dry cleaning professional who will take good care of your favorite Varsity jacket every one or two years.

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