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Leather CARE Specialists™ - SERVICES

Dear Valued Customer, Here at Leather CARE Specialists you can get your knit cuffs replaced, leather tears repaired, and have your leather redyed and restored all at once. Our owner, Dena Hamilton has been working with leather for 45 years now. We love leather, care about our customers, and enjoy the smallest details of a job well done! We hope you will find what you are looking for on our site, and if not please give us a call or email us.

Our HOW IT WORKS page will guide you through the process of sending and receiving your leather item.

A vintage motorcycle jacket - let's save it! We also lengthened the sleeves.
Ready for more years of wear!


The left arm on the G-1 flight jacket above was stiff and stuck straight out. (Fortunately it was not brittle.)I patched the large hole on arm with matching goatskin, provided by my colleague John Chapman at Good Wear Leather Coat Company. Amazingly, the family had the original squadron VAW-111 patch, so we were able to use it to cover the hole over the front pocket. Looks like Jesse Bohannon was very pleased with this meaningful restoration gift from his son! (color difference is due to camera and lighting variances. It remained the original color)

"Hi, Dena, wanted to let you know that we presented the restored flight jacket to my girlfriend's 97 year old uncle (Elliott) this past weekend. He was absolutely shocked by the incredible work you did!! He called it a "miracle". You made this World War II veteran pilot incredibly happy!! He wore it practically all the time for the three days we were with them! See photo attached. Thank you for doing such a great job on the jacket. I will definitely be recommending you to any friends and family that need work done! Thank you so much."

This is why we do what we do!!!

(see photo of Elliot in his jacket below)

We replaced the mouton collar and replaced the knit cuffs and waistband in this original G-1 flight jacket sent for leather repair and restoration. We also replaced the zipper with NOS (New Old Stock), replaced the lining and a button, repaired a hole in the leather, went over the stitching, and refurbished the leather. Looks like it was worth it! 

Our replacement knits are the highest quality, heavy, custom knit here in the USA specifically for the G-1 and A-2 jackets. (They look great on any jacket!)

We use USA YKK solid brass zippers with an antique finish for most jackets. If you want a NOS zipper (new-old stock), be advised that these zippers are quite pricey because they have to be ordered from the only company that I know of that makes them- and they are in Japan. 

This A-2 leather jacket we restored for for Patrick Murphy. While it was not restored to a wearable condition - because the leather was crumbling in places - it was made presentable for a lasting display.

We specialize in full or partial restorations of both military and civilian, vintage and newer, leather JACKETS.  (For bags, luggage, etc. please contact my colleague Jeff Moses at Shoe Biz Shoe Repair Inc. in Peoria, IL. 309-692-5414)


"I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate what you did on my A-2. The work is superb! I had the good fortune of dropping off and picking up in person, so I was able to see firsthand what a first class operation you have. It is a real testimony to you and your staff that you get leather products to clean/repair from around the world. Again Thank you. P.S. Give Joe and your dog a treat from us. Paul Kruse"

"Hi, Dena. The jacket arrived yesterday and we are absolutely stunned. You did such a beautiful job on it. The collar matches the rest of the leather so perfectly that no one will ever know it was damaged. And the redye and conditioning made the leather look like new, yet without losing the patina that makes it special. Thank you a thousand times over. I will recommend Great Leather to everyone I know. Best regards, Karen Hall"

"I was really happy that Dena was able to restore my old, beloved leather coat so nicely. I was on the verge of getting rid of it because the color had worn off so badly and the cuffs were really frayed - this thing was a rag. She re-dyed it and carefully repaired the cuffs with banding, and now I feel like I have a brand-new coat. For a tremendous amount of work it was quite affordable, and the entire transaction was very smooth and professional. I would happily recommend Great Leather to anyone ready to give up on a favorite leather jacket or coat. Sandy Malloy"

"Dena, The jacket came out as perfectly as I could have imagined it. When considering something like a World War II US Navy bomber jacket, I think you have a dilemma between leaving it as it is and placing it in a display case for posterity -- where its value may be arguably higher -- or restoring it and allowing it to be part of living history. I obviously would prefer the latter. I could tell from speaking with you about the jacket, and from the beautiful results, that yours are the best hands for this jacket to be in for it to receive the care that it deserves. The whole thing, including the knits, came out beautifully, and as I think you said yourself, the mouton collar is just perfect. I am honored every day that I wear this jacket and thank you for your special care and excellent and respectful restoration work. Best, Jonathan"

"Dena, I received my treasured leather jacket back today. I could not be more pleased with each of the individual repairs you made. The time you took to evaluate the damage and develop a plan to return it to its original condition reflected the mastery level of your craft. Your continued contact to keep me informed of progress along the way was first rate. The charges for such skill and attention to detail were very reasonable. If ever I should find myself in need of any leather services, I will not hesitate to contact you again. With deepest gratitude, Daniel Leyes"

"We recently had some leather items repaired by Great Leather. The repairs they did for us were nothing short of miraculous. We shipped the garments because we live in another state, and it was totally worth it. We could not be happier. I spoke with the owner several times over the phone and via e-mail and she is extremely knowledgeable and skilled, not to mention super nice. They are also very reasonably priced. I would recommend Great Leather highly. We are so happy that we found out about Great Leather. They not only saved our leather items but restored them. I rarely feel this way about any business, but I really do wish I could give them more than 5 stars, because their service and quality is exceptional!

"Hi Dena, I received the leather flight suit, and my husband and I are absolutely thrilled. Your hard work, expert knowledge and care is truly evident. Your restoration on the antique leather flight suit is better than I could have imagined, or even hoped for. It is truly amazing! The leather looks supple and beautiful once again. I cannot thank you enough. I am recommending you to all of my friends and even posting about you on my facebook page. I look forward to using you in the future as well. Thank you so much for your amazing work. Thank You, Christina Montgomery"

Here's an unsolicited video review from customer Matt Johnson - "Majo"  

What a feather in our hat!!! Thank you, Majo!


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