World of Avallone - Men's Fashion & Lifestyle
Avallone Leather Review by The Urban Gentry! March 04 2016
We just received a stellar review on our leather goods from TGV founder of The Urban Gentry (http://www.theurbangentry.nyc/home.html). For those of you who do not know, The Urban Gentry is a lifestyle, horology, and a culture Youtube channel inspired by the loves and passions of its host TGV. Known affectionately by his closest fans as "The Governor", TGV was born in London, the son of a British aristocrat and an Italian doctor. He was raised in both countries and has traveled extensively to many exciting international cities. While studying in Florence, Italy, he fell in love with a New Yorker, and subsequently moved to New York City where he currently resides and works in music, film production and audio engineering.
TGV was so impressed with you our quality and style, that he wanted to share our products with his viewers!
Check it out below (FYI - Our segment starts at the 3 min. mark):
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.
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.
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!
Ultimate Guide: Leather Cleaning & Care September 24 2015
Over here at Avallone we felt it would be highly important for our customers, and anyone else who owns a leather product, to write a guide on the cleaning and care for quality leather goods. Anyone who spends a lot of their hard earned money on quality handmade leather bags, wallets, belts, shoes, or jackets wants to make sure those items continue to stay in good shape. The last thing you want to do with a high quality luxury leather bag or shoe is clean it with the wrong product, or incorrectly store it for a long period of time.
Our guide, written with input from our experienced leather crafters, and leather goods designer Christopher Avallon, is meant to make sure you take the appropriate measures when maintaining a luxury leather bag or jacket, polishing your shoes, or cleaning stains from any of the other handmade leather accessories you might own. We even tell you the best way to store your quality leather goods for long periods of time. It all comes complete with some of the best product recommendations in the industry for cleaning, polishing, maintaining, and water-proofing.
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Tannins - What Do Wine and Leather Have in Common? February 11 2015
One of the fascinating things about wine (aside from its uncanny ability to help ease us over annoying Dow Jones industrial average related unpleasantries) is its ability to change flavor and even texture as it sits in your glass. Especially red wine. Wine, like most foods, is a complex mixture of chemicals that change with temperature and exposure to air. But wine has a particular class of compounds, called tannins, that almost magically transform from something that can seem harsh and unyielding to something softer and far more flavorful.
The name “tannins” is actually based on tanning hides – the same compounds help turn relatively fragile animal skins into more durable materials like leather. They’re part of a group called phenolic compounds and are found in the skins of red wine grapes, in coffee, tea, chocolate, and in certain leaves and vegetables. What they share is an ability to cause astringency, which is a tactile property, a sort of dry and rough feeling in your mouth, sometimes described as “puckery,” that comes when you eat certain foods. It’s not acidity, although highly acidic foods can cause a similar sensation. Think of drinking black coffee or a freshly-opened red wine – it feels a little rough in your mouth and almost leaves you thirsty. That’s because of the tannins, which also contribute some bitterness to the flavor.
The tannins bind to the proteins in your otherwise slick saliva (we know we know – eew) , and join the proteins together to form larger molecules. These larger molecules have a rougher feel to them. They contribute to what you perceive as the substance of the wine – you may have heard some wines described as “chewy,” and that’s because the larger molecules bump into each other and slow down the movement of liquid. The tannins, combined with the alcohol and some other components in wine, help create the impression of fullness of texture. They also help keep the flavor of the wine going while you’re eating food, rather than the wine being swept out of your mouth by your meal.
So what happens to wine when it’s exposed to air? Oxygen changes the tannins into compounds that are less bitter and less astringent, essentially softening them. This allows other flavors in the wine to come through, while still making the wine seem substantial. (You can also soften tannic foods by introducing other proteins for the tannins to bind with – this is what happens when you add milk to coffee, for example, and it seems easier to swallow than black coffee). Other flavor components in wine also develop with exposure to oxygen, but softening the tannins allows some of the more subtle flavors to emerge and all the other flavors to assert themselves. Aging wines in oak also helps soften tannins, both because a small amount of oxygen gets into the barrels, and also because some of the compounds found in the wood react with the tannins.
The amount of tannin people like in wine is a matter of personal preference – and what you’re serving with the wine. So if you need another fun parlor game to add to your repertoire, begin by gathering your finest leather accessories for the complete tannin experience. (And by “leather accessories,” we mean your Avallone handmade leather bag or wallet, so get your mind out of the gutter!) Then you can try an experiment with two bottles of first vine wines, the Cave la Vinsobraise Diamant Noir and Emeraude. Both wines are 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, and both have a fair amount of tannins, mostly from the Syrah. Open them, pour a glass of each, and taste them (with a little water and bread in between to clean the palate). The Emeraude is aged in oak and will seem less tannic than the Diamant Noir, which is aged in concrete. Then let them both sit in the glass for half an hour or so, swirling them for aeration a few times during the wait. When you taste them again, you’ll find that they both are much less tannic, and some flavors that seemed muted before are now out in front. Also, the oak now seems to affect the Emeraude differently. Some describe the Emeraude as more elegant, perhaps because the oak reduces the tannins more. (If both wines still seem too tannic to you, check out the everyday reds category for wines with softer tannins.)
School of Leather January 13 2015
It's one of the most hard-wearing, versatile and masculine materials around. This quick reference guide offers up everything you need to know about buying, wearing and maintaining leather.
The Essential Leather Glossary
There's a lot of jargon when it comes to leather. Which is why we put together these easy to understand explanations of the industry terms you'll likely encounter when shopping for quality leather goods.
Vegetable Tanned cowhide used for making equestrian equipment.
Deer or sometimes elk skin leather.
Skin from the domesticated water buffalo (and not the American bison).
A polishing technique where heat is generated resulting in a unique, darker surface shine.
High-quality, fine grained leather made from the skins of young cattle.
Also known as "shell cordovan," this leather is made from the firm shell portion of a horse (read: the butt). Cordovan has a characteristic finish, and is very durable.
Outside skin that's been smoothed with sand paper to minimize flaws, then pigment-dyed and embossed.
Like with raw denim, this is when the dyes or finishes rub off onto other materials.
Full Grain Leather
Leather that has not been corrected in any way, beyond the original hair removal, allowing the natural markings and character of the leather to show through. Full grain leathers must be cleaner hides to start with, making them more expensive.
Lambskin or other very soft, high quality leathers typically used for gloves.
A term used to describe the natural characteristics of an unprocessed hide, such as its texture, wrinkles and markings.
The Horween Leather Company is one of the oldest continuously running tanneries in the US. They offer a variety of pigments and tannages, utilizing primarily cowhide and horsehide along with some bison as well.
Soft, full grain leather made from unsplit sheep or lambskin. It is usually tanned with alum and chromium salts and dyed throughout the whole piece.
A leather where the surface has been buffed and brushed to create a soft, velvety effect. While suede is created from the flesh (inner) side of a hide, nubuck is created using the grain (outer) side, making it stronger.
Leather that is tanned using oils to create a very soft, pliable finish.
A dark, reddish-brown color used to dye leather, and is used often for cordovan.
Leather, one surface of which is covered with a flexible, waterproof film which has a lustrous mirror-like surface. This coating was formerly built up by the application of various varnishes and lacquers using linseed oil. The original process was developed in New Jersey, by inventor Seth Boyden in 1818. Today, patent leather
usually has a plastic coating.
The rich, worn-in hue or luster that develops in a quality piece of leather over time with age and wear.
A popular embossed leather grain finish that resembles a bumpy, pebbled surface.
Describes the behavior of leather that has been treated with oils, waxes and dyes so that when the leather is stretched (or pulled), the finish becomes lighter in those areas. Horween's Chromexcel is an example.
Sheepskin or lambskins that have been tanned with the wool intact.
The underneath layer of side leather which has been "split" off. Devoid of a natural grain, it may be either sueded or pigment finished and embossed.
A finish (not technically a type of leather) where the top surface of the hide has been removed by abrasion and then brushed to create a soft, fuzzy feel. Also known as buffed leather, similar to nubuck.
A method of hide tanning which utilizes materials from organic materials such as bark, instead of the traditional chemicals. Vegetable tanned leather is stiffer than traditionally-tanned leather, and gets darker from your body's natural oils the more you use it.
The Best Wallet in the World – Especially If You Like Orange January 04 2015
As many of you know, Avallone specializes in men’s handmade luxury leather goods. Using a combination of fine craftsmanship and Italian leather, they have created the Italian Classic Bi-Fold Men’s Leather Wallet. The wallet is part of the Executive Suede Collection, and the orange suede leather gives this classic style wallet a unique, modern twist. It’s one of the newest leather products they have released currently available on AvalloneLuxury.com and stores nationwide.
The Italian Classic Bi-Fold Wallet is handcrafted in soft, luxury, orange goat suede on the outside, and smooth, supple, orange Italian Napa leather on the inside, and border of the outside for extra durability. For $68, this luxury wallet is perfect for a night out, or even your business suit, and with the unique orange suede you will definitely garner some attention. It features a slim profile with 7 credit card slots, a bill divider, ID window, 2 side slip pockets, and quality backed by a lifetime warranty. Oh, and in case you hate orange, Avallone also carries this bi-fold wallet in forest green, brown, and black.
In addition to wallets, Avallone produces handmade leather bags, belts, passport holders, and a variety of other men’s luxury leather accessories. Just browse the website (www.avalloneluxury.com) and have a look around. Current prices range from $49 to $462, and they also feature a brand new Antique Leather Collection. If you would like to find a local retailer who carries Avallone leather goods, go to the “Find a Retailer” link in the footer of the website. Some of their most notable retailers include Belk in Charlotte, NC, Spare Parts in Chicago, IL, Rothmans in NY,NY, and Blakley-Mitchell in Bristol, VA.
The Leather Weekender Bag – Why Do You Need One? December 29 2014
A couple months ago I was invited to attend a friend’s investment seminar over in Los Angeles, California.
I’m always grateful to be invited to such events, and putting my best foot forward at all times is important. At events like this you are bound to meet potential investors and business partners everywhere.
Even when checking in at a hotel lobby.
As I was standing in line – a young professional woman complimented me on my weekender bag. She was curious as to where she could find one for her father. I smiled as moments like this are always a great way to bridge the conversation into a meaningful personal or business connection.
As most people already know, first impressions are important.
The non-verbal messages we send go beyond our clothing.
The way in which a clerk or your fellow traveler relates to you initially is determined by what they see. Our choice of luggage and accessories signal to those around us whether we are a frequent traveler, business executive or a first time tourist. Many people would rather be seen as an experienced traveler, even if they are not.
With that in mind – it’s important that a man own quality traveling tools that make his journey easier and identify him as a professional, or well organized person, even when traveling for pleasure. The classic leather weekender bag is one such tool – a piece of luggage that should be in every traveling man’s closet.
What Is A Weekender Bag?
A “weekender” is a gentleman’s travel bag designed to hold the necessary clothing, toiletries, and incidentals for a long weekend trip.
This style of overnight bag is a step up from an ordinary backpack in terms of both carrying capacity and style. It’s a roughly rectangular, soft-sided bag that unzips across the top lengthwise, and usually features both a shoulder strap and a briefcase-style handle.
A true weekender should qualify as carry-on luggage for commercial flights. Roughly speaking you should be looking at a bag that’s about 1′ x 1′ x 2′, or in that general size area.
Typical materials are leather, canvas, or some combination thereof.
Styles can vary widely, but good ones usually come in either a business style (dark colors with minimal contrast) or a nautical/sporting style (dark cloth with light-colored leather, or vice-versa).
What about wheels? – If you’re packing that much stuff the classic leather weekender bag is not for you!
What’s Is A Weekender For?
The weekender pretty much says it right in the name: it’s meant for overnight or weekend trips where you’ll have a couple changes of clothes, your toiletries, and not too much else.
A weekender can fit a sport coat in a pinch, but it’s not made for lugging your suits around. They’re mostly meant for casual business and personal travel rather than conferences or business meetings. That said, if your line of work doesn’t require you to wear a suit, by all means rely on the weekender as your business travel bag too.
Air travel is the primary purpose but not the only one — a weekender makes a fine gym bag or even beach bag as well, and it can fit a whole picnic including a bottle of wine (get the plastic wine glasses, though; you don’t want glass shards in the bottom of your good bag).
Why Do You Need A Weekender?
The weekender is your upgrade/replacement for a backpack or an elegant substitute for wheeled travel luggage.
A regular two-strap, school-sized nylon backpack is, let’s face it, a kid’s tool. It does a great job lugging textbooks and pencil cases around, and when you wear one that’s what people are seeing: a school kid. Fine when you’re flying back to college or going out on a camping trip, but not great for walking around a city (for those interested in a more professional and stylish backpack, the Antique Leather Backpack by Avallone is a great alternative to the standard nylon school pack).
Your wheeled travel luggage is perfect for the week trip to your consulting gig in Atlanta – but it’s designed to be a practical work-piece for the road warrior. The weekender leaves the wheels, and does a better job balancing an elegant look with functionality.
Switching to a weekender gives you a bit of class. It also gives you a timeless look — men have been carrying the same, soft-sided luggage since the days of cross-continental rail travel.
Even if you don’t travel for your job, you want one of these in the back of the closet for unexpected trips. They’re the perfect houseguest bag as well as a good business bag. Any trip that’s not long enough to warrant a big, checked-luggage style suitcase is one where you’ll get good use out of your weekender.
What Makes For A Good Leather Weekender Bag?
Many companies make these bags, under many different names (mini-duffel, travel bag, overnight bag, weekender, etc.). So what makes a good one? Check for a few details that show good construction:
Material – You want a tough bag that won’t show wear-and-tear. Leather usually makes the best exterior, as well as canvas too. Contrasting Leather handles and siding, whether material or color, add class and a little extra style.
Build Quality – Pay close attention to the stitching, the thickness of the leather, the steel used on the zipper. These are the areas that fail first – make sure they appear durable otherwise you’ll have problems later down the road. All of the Avallone leather weekender bags come with a lifetime warranty. With that option, you have free repairs or replacements for anything that might fail.
Color – Dark is more businesslike; light is sportier. Figure out which one you need. Black or Brown luggage is pretty much always safe. Navy blue or grey is nice if you’re looking into a canvas bag.
Size – Always small enough to fit within overhead compartment regulations, but close to as big as you can get within those. You should be able to fit a doubled-over sport coat neatly across the bottom and still have plenty of room for your other gear. A tennis racket also makes a good guide — if you couldn’t fit the head of a tennis racket (with the handle sticking out of the zipper) in the main compartment, the bag’s a little too small.
Inside Pocket – A classic weekender will not have compartments on the inside – however it should have at least one pocket for important paperwork, jewelry, or other small valuables.
Outside pockets – Usually not very common, but nice to have if you’re going for a more sporty look.
Straps – You want tough straps that are (and it’s hard to emphasize this enough) long enough for you. If you’re a tall man you may need to buy your own strap for the longer shoulder strap. The bag loses its sporty flair if it’s hiked all the way up your shoulder blades when you sling the strap across your chest. Thicker leather or stuffed cloth handles rather than plain webbing straps are nice for the briefcase-style handles, too; they’ll be less prone to digging in if you have to hold the bag for a long time.
Ribbing – A sturdy bag will have bands of cloth or leather running around the width of the bag at multiple points. These soft “ribs” give it some structure without making it inflexible. Bags with plastic ribs sewn inside the cloth are cheaper but more prone to breaking, and the ribs can tear through the lining on either side, ruining the bag.
How Much Should A Weekender Cost?
A weekender bag will usually run you anywhere from $100 to over $600 for a luxury designer piece.
My opinion is to pay for construction over brand name – if it’s a well-made bag you could easily end up using it for the rest of your life and passing it on to your children. Of course my personal recommendation is our very own Avallone First Class Traveler Duffle Bag. It’s made in Italian Napa leather, lined in suede, and comes with a lifetime warranty. I may be biased, but I do know good quality, and how to guarantee it. Take a look around, but you may not find the same quality, style, and function all in one piece.
Buying a New Leather Bag or Wallet? – What You Need to Know First December 22 2014
A major part of making a smart purchasing decision when buying a leather jacket, leather bag, belt, wallet, or any other leather product is knowing exactly what kind of leather it was made with, and what characteristics that type of leather embodies. Once you familiarize yourself with the different manufacturing processes involved, and the different types of finished leather used on products today, you will drastically reduce your chances of being ripped off.
For those of you who do not know, companies produce leather by transforming a raw animal skin or hide into leather through a manufacturing process called “Tanning.” Tanning basically cures the animal hide, and prevents it from further decomposition. Once leather is tanned, companies use a finishing process to finalize the desired look and feel of the leather. It is through a combination of different tanning and finishing processes that result in the many varieties of leather you currently see in stores.
Some of the most popular tanning methods today are Chrome tanning and Vegetable tanning. There are also many other tanning methods that the majority of people are not familiar with. However, for our purposes we will cover the 4 most common methods; i.e. the ones responsible for producing the leather you will most likely encounter on your next trip to the store. The following is a list of each tanning process and the type of leather that results from it:
- Vegetable-tanned leather is tanned using tannins and other ingredients found in different vegetable matter, such as tree bark prepared in bark mills, wood, leaves, fruits and roots and other similar sources. It is supple and brown in color, with the exact shade depending on the mix of chemicals and the color of the skin. This is one of most natural ways to tan leather, and it is the only form of leather suitable for use in leather carving or stamping. This leather is not stable in water; it tends to discolor, so if left to soak and then dry it will shrink and become less supple, and harder. In hot water, it will shrink drastically and partly congeal, becoming rigid and eventually brittle. However, if treated with certain finishes and dies, this water instability can be prevented. The leather can be purchased in naked form, or in different colors finished by the manufacturer.
- Chrome-tanned leather, invented in 1858, is tanned using chromium sulfate and other salts of chromium. It is more supple and pliable than vegetable-tanned leather and does not discolor or lose shape as drastically in water as vegetable-tanned. More esoteric colors are possible using chrome tanning. The chrome tanning method usually only takes a day to finish and the ease and agility of this method make it a popular choice. It is reported that chrome tanned leather is responsible for close to 80% of the leathers in the world.
- Aldehyde-tanned leather is tanned using chemical compounds of glutaraldehyde or oxazolidine. Most tanners refer to this leather as wet-white due to its pale cream or white color. It is often seen in automobiles and shoes for infants, and is the main type of “chrome-free” leather.
- Rawhide is made by scraping the animal skin thin, soaking it in lime, and then stretching it while it dries. Rawhide is not technically "leather", but is usually lumped in with the other forms. Rawhide is stiffer and more brittle than other forms of leather; it's primarily found in uses such as drum heads and parchment where it does not need to flex significantly; it is also cut up into cords for use in lacing or stitching and for making different dog toys.
Once the leather tanning process has been completed, the newly tanned leather needs to be sent through a finishing process. Remember it is a combination of the tanning process and finishing process that gives you the finished leather seen in stores. Most tanning and finishing processes can be mixed and matched. For example, you can make Vegetable tanned full grain leather, or you can make chrome tanned full grain leather. Different finishing processes result in different leathers. The following is a list of the most common finished leathers with some explanation on how they were finished.
- Full-grain leather refers to hides that have not been sanded, buffed, or snuffed (as opposed to top-grain or corrected leather) to remove imperfections (or natural marks) on the surface of the hide. The grain remains allowing the fiber strength and durability. The grain also has breathability, resulting in less moisture from prolonged contact. Rather than wearing out, it will develop a patina over time. High quality luxury leather furniture, shoes, leather briefcases, leather wallets, leather belts, and many other items are often made from full-grain leather.
- Top-grain leather has had the "split" layer separated away, making it thinner and more pliable than full-grain. Its surface has been sanded and a finish coat added to the surface which results in a colder, plastic feel with less breathability, and it will not develop a natural patina. It has greater resistance to stains than full-grain leather, so long as the finish remains unbroken.
- Corrected-grain leather is any leather that has had an artificial grain applied to its surface. The hides used to create corrected grain leather do not meet the standards for use in creating vegetable-tanned or aniline leather. The imperfections are corrected or sanded off, and an artificial grain embossed into the surface and dressed with stain or dyes. Most corrected-grain leather is used to make pigmented leather, as the solid pigment helps hide the corrections or imperfections.
- Split leather is created from the fibrous part of the hide left once the top-grain of the rawhide has been separated from the hide. During the splitting operation, the top-grain and drop split are separated. The drop split can be further split (thickness allowing) into a middle split and a flesh split. In very thick hides, the middle split can be separated into multiple layers until the thickness prevents further splitting. Split leather then has an artificial layer applied to the surface of the split and is embossed with a leather grain. Splits are also used to create suede. The strongest suede’s are usually made from grain splits (that have the grain completely removed) or from the flesh split that has been shaved to the correct thickness. Suede is "fuzzy" on both sides. Manufacturers use a variety of techniques to make suede from full-grain.
Additional Finished Leathers that are derived from the main categories seen above.
- Nappa leather is a kind of full-grain leather first made by Emanuel Manasse in 1875 whilst working for a tanning company in Napa, California. That is how the leather got its name. Nappa leather is full-grain un-split leather made from kid, lamb or sheep skin. Nappa leather is typically chrome tanned to give it a very soft and supple feel, and dyed so as to obtain various colors.
- Nubuck is top-grain cattle hide leather that has been sanded or buffed on the grain side, or outside, to give a slight nap of short protein fibers, producing a velvet-like surface
- Patent leather is leather that has been given a high-gloss finish. Patent leather usually has a plastic coating, and can be made from any type of hide.
- Vachetta leather is a type of full grain leather and is used in the trimmings of luggage and handbags. The leather is left untreated and is therefore susceptible to water and stains. Sunlight will cause the natural leather to darken in shade, called a patina.
- Belting leather is a type of full-grain leather that was originally used in driving pulley belts and other machinery. It is found on the surface of briefcases, portfolios, and wallets, and can be identified by its thick, firm feel and smooth finish.
Now that you are familiar with the main tanning and finishing processes, and the different leather those methods produce, you can put that knowledge to good use. Next time you are shopping, whether on the internet or in the store, take a look at the tag or description of the leather bag, wallet, or belt you are buying. Take note of the type of leather it was made with, think back on the processes used to produce that particular leather, and what type of characteristics those processes give that leather. You will now have a better idea on the durability and use you will get from that leather product before spending your hard earned money.
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.
- 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.