How to Care for a Souvenir Jacket or Japanese Sukajanスカジャン Skajum Yokosuka Jumper Jacket

Firstly our best advice is for you to have it done by professional dry
cleaners in your area. It is always best and safe to have professional
cleaning folks to do their magic tricks.

However, if you want to do it by yourself, here are some of our tips:

*Read: This is subject to differences in the actual approach and the results
may vary, please follow and use this guide accordingly at your own risks.

1.) Most sukajan jackets are either made of rayon silk, polyester, and some
are nylon fabrics. Since they are not cotton, the dirt and stains might be a
little bit hard to wash off but to be sure, please check the tags regarding
the maker’s advice regarding washing them. Most jackets are theoretically
washable however, it should be done with utmost care to avoid discoloration
or fading.

2.) If you ever want to use the washing machine, it is imperative that you
put it in a laundry net to avoid the centripetal force stretch your fabric
and jacket and loosen afterwards. It is best if you use luke-warm water as
well and use a normal detergent. DON’T USE THE DRIER built in the washing
machine, it might shrink! After washing, just hang it loose for natural
drying. This should do most of the job.

Please use this guide regarding washing and care if there is a tag in your
jacket inside the pockets regarding the handling of it.

3.) If still, the stains won’t go off, either you go to a professional
dry-cleaner but if you wish to challenge cleaning it again by yourself, this
is our personal advice from our own experience. For the purpose of sharing,
we are just writing it here so please use it only as a guide ok. : )

You can soak the jacket in a warm water if the tag says it is ok (you can
observe if the color has fading signs, then it might have some discoloration
so please use mild warm water in that case then), then apply dishwashing
fluid with citrus, sometimes a little bit of lemon juice might help in
brushing off the particular stained areas. Please use an old toothbrush to
gently brush off the part while immersed in the water. Then repeat it a
couple of times and observe. If there are still some hardheaded stains, you
might want to try baking soda to rub off stubborn stains, remember to use
gentle amounts on the toothbrush and dont over brush the area to avoid tarnishing or textile fatigue.

4) If after doing all of this, you still notice some stains left, then probably,
it is better to consult a professional cleaner then.

As a word of advice, most jackets are great being worn with the vintage
feel, with their age-old fading, some stains, and imperfections, thus the
charm of vintage clothing and specially sukajan souvenir jackets. They are
loved and appreciated over generations and the passing of their use which
makes them more adorable and lovable as they are. They are treated as vintage
art objects and plainly as works of art.

Hope this helps then and we look forward to your OOTDs!

Tag us on your photos using
#amekajijapan #japonista