Just because a jacket is made with long sleeves, doesn’t mean that’s the way it is intended to be worn. For the longest time I was worried about creasing my wool jackets if I decided to be crazy and bunch up the sleeves. Looking cool and rolling up the hem on a pair of pants was a no go because I was concerned that the crease in the pants would fall out or the denim would crease strangely in the wash. For this look I decided to throw my cares to the wind and smash the sleeves on my leather up to prove a point. Fabric is so much more durable than we give it credit for.
A leather jacket often holds a hefty price point for a lot of reasons, for one it’s the hide of an animal and obviously that’s not free for anybody… secondly, if you take care of it, it can last… a REALLY long time. Finally, if it ever gets damaged it can be fixed. Maybe not easily, maybe not cheaply, but it CAN be fixed.
Being a natural material if treated with water repellant, moisturized and cared for, you can roll up the sleeves (or roll it into a ball for that matter) and the wrinkles will fall right out after you take it off, shake it out and hang it up.
What you should be aware of is the fact that the sleeves, along with everything else that is leather, can and will stretch out if there is tension on a given area over an extended period of time. I love the super cool and casual look of a rolled up sleeve but remember it can stretch the leather permanently if left for a few hours or if it gets wet when it’s in the stretched state.
Photos By Matthew St. James