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How to Clean Leather

Leather 101: Everything You Need to Know About the Cool-Girl Staple

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I started living, really living, the day I bought my first leather jacket. Its streamlined silhouette juxtaposed with its perfectly worn-in finish prompted an endless supply of outfit possibilities. From that moment on, it was a supple, slippery slope into the land of leather. Fast-forward eight years, and you'll find my love for leather has not only remained constant, but also has now blossomed into a full-blown obsession. Today's textured merger — a leather skater dress and faux-leather vest — prompted questions of how to care for and store the lavish separates. You can't just toss them into the washer machine with your favorite tee and blue jeans, but having them professionally maintained can be costly and inconvenient. So what's a girl to do?

From general care to cleaning and storing, we've assembled the best tips to help keep your premium staples in tip-top shape.

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