When you think about leather, you imagine gentlemen smoking cigars. Leather is categorized amongst the most luxurious of materials to fashion products from. Be it lounge sofas, or phone cases, leather has its own charm and feel that no other material can offer. With such reputation to live up to, leather is painstakingly curetted and maintained under optimum conditions to finally craft a product from it. This is the reason why leather products are pricier than the rest in market.
Due to leather being expensive, many manufacturers and retailers resort to leatherette or faux leather; but let’s face it: there is no replacement for the real deal - original leather! Can you tell the fake from the authentic? Here are some tricks!
Look at the Labels
While it is the most obvious thing to do, looking at the label of the product can easily tell you if it is genuine or fake. If your product is fashioned from real leather, it will proudly announce so in product description, on the other hand, fake one will read ‘man made’.
Inspect the Edges and Examine the Pores
Authentic leather will always have rough and jagged edges, while faux leather and leatherette edges will appears smooth, highly polished, and foamy. Also, when you are purchasing leather products, closely examine the pores of the material. Faux leather will show even distribution of similar pores, while real leather will exhibit inconsistently placed pores.
Touch the Leather and Smell it
Yes you heard us right, put your senses to work! Depending upon quality, real leather will feel coarse, smooth, or anywhere in between. If the product has really smooth feel, or it has a plastic-like appearance, then you have a fake on your hand. If you are unsure about your own expertise, go to a reputable leather products store and examine their products. Smelling the product can give away its status. Real leather has a distinct smell which cannot be replicated by synthetic materials. It will help you if you smell both genuine and fake leather products to distinguish between the two.
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