May 9, 2017 – Spring Into The Leather Season

In the Midwest we have seen all types of weather but typically when you live in Chicago a common refrain is, “Spring, what Spring”?  Chicago and the surrounding area usually gets about 1 week of Spring weather and then it becomes hot and humid and then you can be sure summer arrived in the city.

This year we seem to have a protracted Spring.  It revs up a little bit and gets over 60 degrees and then plummets back down to 55.  Add the rain and some mornings are very tough.  When it gets tough, the tough get going because when the weather is confusing, too chilled, too warm or too wet nothing makes you feel right like your leather coat.

Leather & suede keeps your body warm in chilled weather and dry when the air seems like it is going to explode with rain.  It’s leather season and nothing is better suited for this weather.

Need leather repairs, cleaning or alterations?  We aim to keep you looking good in Spring of 2017.

So get ready for the great weather on the horizon by bringing in your leather garments for any repairs and cleaning.  After reconditioning, your leather will have that supple feel with a smooth movement against itself.  Leather is a warm, exciting and fashionable garment.  You look good in that leather coat, so keep it in good shape.

Button Up & Look Good Out There.
Without A Trace Staff

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Using the lost arts of French weaving, inweaving and reknitting, we return damaged clothing to its original condition. Any garment can be ruined by even the smallest of holes or tears. Patching or sewing over the damaged area has never been a subtle repair, leaving the garment ruined. Consider the only true repair alternative for your valuable clothing: reweaving.

Reweaving, also known as invisible mending, is an old-world skill of intricate hand weaving, practically becoming extinct as more businesses turn toward today’s technology. As one of only a handful of reweaving establishments in the entire United States, Without A Trace leads the reweaving field in quality and service with years of expertise.

Leather, Suede & Shearling

Without A Trace knows the proper approach for cleaning your leather, suede and shearling garments. It is not unusual for us to spend several hours per piece. Our expert tailors take great care in repairs and alterations. We can also protect your leather, suede and shearling garments with our stainguard treatment. We pride ourselves on many years of experience on the most expensive garments in the fashion industry. Just listen to what Penn Jillette has to say about our service.  We had no idea it was his leather jacket from the 70’s.


We are experts in fur cleaning and glazing, as well as repairs, alterations and restyling. Furs are cleaned delicately in powders and glazed to restore their luster. We replace linings, hooks and eyes and European hooks. Extend the life of your fur by storing it in our climate-controlled vault. We offer free pick up and delivery for fur storage in the Chicago area, or you can ship to us from anywhere in the country.

Purses & Handbags

Keep your favorite purse in service with cleaning and repair. Purses are cleaned delicately by hand to maintain finish, shape and hardware. Leather purses can be refinished to cover light wear. Replace worn lining, fix broken straps, replace zippers and repair damage to add years to your purse’s life. Consider stainguarding your new purse to protect against water spotting and stains.

Ugg Boots

Nothing takes a beating during an average winter like your favorite boots. We specialize in cleaning Ugg-style shearling boots, removing months of dirt and salt buildup, and conditioning the skins to help maintain their softness. After cleaning, boots are stainguarded free of charge.

Custom Fur Headbands

Add a warm and stylish fur headband to your winter ensemble. A variety of styles and sizes are available.

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Chicago Fur Cleaning & Storage

It’s time to clean and store your fur coat! Cleaning, glazing and storage is $85. Storage-only is $65. Free pick up and delivery, or drop off at either of our Chicago locations.

Best of Chicago 2015 – Best Reweaver

Without A Trace was selected by Chicago Magazine as a winner for Best Reweaver. Thanks for the recognition! It’s been a pleasure serving Chicago’s reweaving and leather needs for over 30 years. If you discovered us through Chicago Magazine, don’t hesitate to stop by one of our locations or give us a call with any questions. If you have an out of town friend that you think may be in need of our services, they can ship to us from anywhere!