LEATHER SELECTION, TYPES AND
LEATHER TYPE EXPLANATION
Goatskin: Lower grade of leather used in coats and has a grainy look and feel.
Made popular in aviation jackets because World War II U.S. Government contracts
and specifications were for low quality materials and awarded to the lowest
bidders for coats. (The generals did not wear goatskin coats.) Most Goatskin
leather jackets are advertised as "authentic" or
"traditional", i.e., lower grade and quality. Pop's does not use low
grade Goatskin and is the finest and highest quality found in the world, tanned
and finished to very high standards.
Calfskin: Higher quality leather which is more durable, hefty and can be more fully
finished. Calfskin has a much less grainy look and is smooth when finished well.
Their full finish makes their pores resistant to dirt, oils, and water. We
always recommend Calfskin for aviation jackets. Pop's does provide grainy
Calfskin tanned to the same high specifications using a different process.
Lambskin and Sheepskin: High quality leather, but thinner and prone to tearing
when used as a utility jacket. Lambskin is used mostly in Ladies fashion
jackets. Sheepskin is used in our Mens
fashion jackets for extra durability.
Faux Horsehide: Fully finished Calfskin which had the look and feel of
What to Choose: Simply put: Calfskin coats are higher quality and will
look much nicer than Goatskin. A Pop's Leather
Goatskin coat will probably look much better than other goatskin coats.
here to see color swatches of our leathers.
LEATHER CARE TIPS
1. Keep away from chemicals,
solvents, paints, direct sunlight for long periods, and extreme heat.
2. Hang on broad wooden or plastic
coat hangers, never wire or narrow plastic hangers which leave indentations in
the shoulders. Store in a low humidity location, never in a closed plastic
3. Avoid getting the leather wet. If
it does get wet, allow to air dry on a wooden hanger and if necessary use mink
oil to soften the leather. It will probably shrink some, the mink oil will help
relax and allow you to pull it back into shape.
Leather uses a fine leather polish in the final manufacturing
process which resists dirt and stains. Annual use of mink oil will keep the
coat protected. You can apply a light coat of a commercial leather protective
spray if desired. Follow the manufacturer's instructions. Do not use regular
Scotchguard®, use Scotchguard® specifically designed for leather-READ THE
5. We've found using Fabrize® on
the inside lining and then exposing inside to sunlight works surprising well removing
inside odors and may be all you need to spruce up your coat.
6. When necessary, have your Pop's Leather product professionally cleaned and reconditioned.
Most dry cleaners do not do leather themselves, but use a central company which
specializes in leather. Be sure they guarantee the work and not to over do the
dry cleaning process. Explain to the cleaners there's a polish on the leather
designed to protect it and if this is full removed the cleaning solvents will
get into the leather. It will probably shrink and dry out if this happens. If
this does happen, the use of mink oil as explained above will help recondition
the leather and help restore the suppleness.
7. Do NOT use saddle soap for general maintenance as this dries out the
coat. If used, do so with caution and use mink oil to moisten the leather.
8. If an item on your coat needs
repair as a result of our workmanship, Pop's Leather
will repair it for free. We repair items damaged by normal wear for a nominal
fee and shipping.
LEATHER SELECTION PROCESS
Pop's Leather only uses the finest
materials in our products. From 45 years of experience and experimentation
we've learned Turkish leather is unmatched in quality and is often used by
manufacturers in other countries, though it may not say so on their tag.
The leather tanning industry in Turkey
uses the latest in high technology. Hides go through several steps where they
are cleaned, preserved, softened, rinsed, dried and then goes through a
multiple step dying and softening process to Pop's exact specifications. Our
leather is finished with a light polish which fills the skin's pores and
provides effective resistance to dirt and stains. Skipping one or more of these
steps results in lower quality leathers.
The leather is pressed and
presented to Pop's for inspection. Each hide is hand inspected and only full size
unblemished male hides are accepted (no stretch marks). Hides with blemishes
limit the size of leather pieces and lower quality coats will have multiple
pieces in the back of the coat sewn together. Pop's
Leather's jacket backs are one piece unless you request
All of our products are hand made by career craftsmen personally trained and
supervised by Pop, Mr.Yasar Acikgoz.