1When you buy your jacket, find out the type of leather it is. The type of animal it came from is not important, but you need to know if it is pigmented, semi-aniline or aniline leather. This will affect how you care for it and more importantly how well you need to look after it in the first place.
2Before wearing your leather jacket, treat it with a suede and leather guard, like a scotch guard for leather furniture. This is usually a spray on application and will help prevent the ingress of water, stains or grime.
3When you take your jacket off, hang it on a well shaped hanger as often as possible. You know from leather footwear that leather will stretch so try to avoid hanging on clothes pegs where the stress on the leather is very localised.
4If you get your leather jacket wet, don't worry but try not to allow it to become saturated. When it does get wet, hang it on a well shaped hanger and allow it to dry at room temperature and away from any direct heat sources such as radiators or airing cupboards.
5If rain spots appear, you should be able to remove them with a dry cloth. If your jacket is semi-aniline or pigmented, you can use a damp cloth or some leather conditioner.
6If your jacket is semi-aniline or pigmented, the most important thing to do with your leather jacket is feed it. For this, you need a good quality leather cleaner and conditioner.