Leather jacket repair/restoration

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Physicist, May 29, 2013.

  1. Physicist

    Physicist New in Town

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    I'd like to get a list of people and businesses who repair/restore leather jackets. Zipper replacements, liner repair/replacement, patching, stitching, etc.

    I've see Insurrection mentioned in this forum. But they are currently not doing outside repairs. And they referred me to http://www.taylorleatherrepair.com in California.

    A quick search on google turned up the following:

    http://www.withoutatrace.com/leather-jacket-repair.html
    http://www.uswings.com/repair.asp
    http://www.tulsaleathercare.com/Leather jacket repair/leather jacket.htm
    http://www.greatleather.com/services.htm

    Any others that you all recommend?
     
  2. nevadapd

    nevadapd Familiar Face

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    I'm actually exploring repair options with a vintage police jacket I recently acquired. The leather is in fine shape but the liner and pockets need repair and/or replacement. I'm probably going to go with Great Leather, but my jacket was made by Passaic Leather and they're still in business. They have a repair service too:

    http://www.passaicleather.com/services.html

    If anyone has had any experience with them, I'm curious to know how it all turned out.
     
  3. Fletch

    Fletch I'll Lock Up

    This may be tricky. It's often said there are no good deals when it comes to craft repair - you pay top dollar or you wish you had. Do let us know what you find out and good luck.
     
    Last edited: May 29, 2013
  4. Physicist

    Physicist New in Town

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    Here's a jacket I just bought. Needs a zipper. And some liner work. It's a Cooper "Fonz".

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  5. johnnyjohnny

    johnnyjohnny Practically Family

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    here in lalaland i have personal experience with the best, and if you view their yelp you will see i'm not alone with a huge number of those who have had major repairs done on leather jackets or other stuff for what turns out to be a fair price, tho you'll agree price is not the real issue with saving a fine jacket...they are barini leather on ventura blvd in studio city calif...they are so nice and experience in making things look manufacturer new or better on the finest brands...
     
  6. ButteMT61

    ButteMT61

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    I just had a patch put on my Aero Bronco A-2 by Mr. B. Can't say enough about him and his work. Old school at it's finest!
     
  7. crimsonofsam

    crimsonofsam One of the Regulars

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    There's a Taylors Leather located in Tullahoma Tn that does repairs and alterations.
     
  8. armscye

    armscye One of the Regulars

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    Great Leather

    I can endorse Dena at Great Leather without reservation. Excellent work by a true craftswoman and a very nice lady.
     
  9. Physicist

    Physicist New in Town

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    Sent three jackets to Dena at Greatleather, thanks to your endorsement.
     
  10. kaosharper1

    kaosharper1 One Too Many

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    I second Barini Leather. I haven't seen their repairs, but alterations are top notch.
     
  11. Physicist

    Physicist New in Town

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    Sent my jacket to Dena and GreatLeather. She replaced the zipper, knit cuffs and wasteband, fixed the liner, and cleaned the paint off it. Here is the final result:

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  12. Physicist

    Physicist New in Town

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    I obtained a couple more jackets from an eBay auction. A DSCP Cockpit A2, and a DSCP Excelled G1.

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    Tell me, please, how can I remove those velcro tags on the A2? Do they simply peel off? Should I heat it with a hair dryer first?

    Any advice would be appreciated.
     

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