Eventually the spring days grow too warm for a shearling coat or jacket and the time comes to put it into storage (with some reluctance) until autumn comes around again. Treat it to its annual dry cleaning at an establishment that specializes in leather and suede (please see our recommended dry cleaners listed by city in our Cities guide). When you get your shearling home, bear in mind that it will need to breathe in the closet. Plastic garment bags are not appropriate – a breathable cloth garment bag is a much better idea. Use a broad coat hanger and don’t press it tightly between other garments – a little space will help it retain its shape. Keep it away from direct sunlight and heating vents.
Although its outer finish is suede, a shearling coat or jacket can handle snow or light drizzle. If it gets very wet, pat it dry with a towel and hang it up to dry naturally. Restore the nap of the suede with a suede brush and use a comb to fluff up the inside fleece. Once it’s dry, a quick spray with a suede protector will help deter stains and watermarks.