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Real Leather Vs Faux Leather: What's the Deal?

Real Leather Vs Faux Leather: What's the Deal?

We know you’re just itching to grab the handle of your new leather briefcase. But like everything in life, there’s a decision you must make: Go Real or Go Faux? Like any decision, there’s pros and cons to each. Here’s the word:

Genuine Leather

Advantages:

  • Genuine leather has that rich, luxury feel. Each piece is unique and special.
  • Real leather can last a lifetime, and its patina improves its look with age.

Disadvantages:

  • Because of the material and labor involved, it can be a lot more pricey.
  • Excessive sunlight can fade the color.
  • Natural Leather is absorbent, so it may get stained. It also must be cleaned with a special leather cleaner.

Faux Leather

Advantages:

  • Synthetic leather is more widely available, so doesn’t have the price tag that genuine leather comes with.
  • No animals are harmed in the making of faux leather, so many people will choose it for ethical reasons.
  • If you don’t care for the natural scratches and marks of real leather, faux leather offers a sleek uniform grain.
  • Faux leather is easy to work with, so it is available in a huge variety of colors.
  • Faux leather is nearly as easy to clean as plastic.

Disadvantages:

  • While the looks of real leather improve with time, faux leather only loses its luster and durability as it ages.
  • Harsh chemicals are used in the making of both real and faux leather. However, real leather comes from a renewable source, so it is often looked at as more eco-friendly.

How do you identify whether a leather article is made of real or faux leather? Stay on the lookout for our next comprehensive guide, coming soon!