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The Many Benefits of Real Leather October 23 2015

Some people don't like to buy real leather products because of their ethical or religious stance on using animal products, however for most people, real leather is always preferred over fake leather (or 'pleather' as it is also known), with fake leather usually chosen simply because it is cheaper or easier to find in a given color or style than the real deal.

Leather has been used for centuries and across a wide range of cultures, because it has some great qualities that other materials just don't offer. While we have the technology to create the classic look of leather synthetically, when it comes to giving it all of real leather's other qualities, we just aren't there yet. Here are some of the advantages of real leather over 'faux' leather or pleather:

It Is Extremely Tough

Whether you want something to cover a sofa your cat is going to scratch on a daily basis, something to protect your laptop on your commute to work, or even more importantly, something to keep your insides on the inside of you if you are in a motorcycle accident, you can rely on leather. Bikers have always known this, and that's why even though there are now all kinds of next gen textiles designed to give them armor, many of the most popular products on biking attires sites like motochanic.com, as well as those worn by professional riders, are still made of good old leather.

It Ages Well

Leather does stretch, get creases in it, fade and texturize as it ages – and that just makes it look better. Your comfortable leather boots that have molded themselves to your body, your vintage leather purse or wallet that has the markings of years of use but shows no signs of falling apart, an aged leather chair – these things look if anything more beautiful than when they were brand new. Fake leather just rips, tears and fades like any other fabric, looking broken rather than aged. Buying furniture, clothes or accessories in real leather is an investment because you can have all the years of use you want out of it without looking shabby.

It's Breathable

Leather is a natural material that lets your skin breathe when you wear it, rather than trapping sweat inside. This is why real leather shoes feel much better than other synthetic materials, and why you feel far less sweaty and nasty in a real leather coat than in a fake one.

The Smell

Last but certainly not least, there is the beautiful smell of leather, which is on almost everybody's list of favorite aromas! Leather's distinctive smell is comforting, and also conveys a sense of luxury, for example in a new car or an upscale furniture showroom. It has even been replicated and included as a note in designer fragrances by houses like Bulgari!

Real leather is amazingly practical, but also beautiful and stylish, and the quality and luxury it puts across can never be replaced by synthetic imitations!


How to Spot Fake Leather When Shopping December 15 2014

It's not always easy to tell the difference between genuine and fake leather. If you think you're getting a genuine leather handbag or pair of shoes, it can be disheartening to later learn that you have been deceived. So to help you spot the hot from the not, use the tips below for detecting fake leather.

Instructions

  • Study the edging where the fabric has been cut. Real leather will have a rough-around-the-edges look and feel to it, but fake leather will look and feel like foam or plastic.
  • Feel the fabric. Fake leather has an artificially smooth, often plastic feel to it. Depending on the type and quality of leather, real leather can range from course to silky smooth. But the texture will generally be less consistent than fake (since you can't regulate the real thing) and have a suppler feel to it.
  • Examine for pores on the surface of the leather. Pores on the fake will be in a consistent, repeating pattern, whereas pores on the real thing will be more irregular.
  • Take a whiff of the product. If it doesn't have that distinct "leather" scent, you can be sure that it's a fake.
  • Spend some time comparing fake leather products with genuine leather. Once you've seen the difference between the two, you will eventually get good at spotting a faux right away.