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Difference Between Fake and Real Leather

Any item made with leather automatically exude class and style. After all, leather products are quite costly and become even more attractive over time. Of course, if you are after the feel and look of genuine leather, there is also such a thing as fake leather. They are relatively cheaper and can be as durable as the real thing. Being able to discern between what is real leather or not will probably be a skill which you will find very useful in your life.


Spotting Imitation Leather

These days, it would be hard to spot the difference between genuine leather and faux leather as they are similar in so many ways. But, if you know what to look for, you can easily tell which is which.

  • The Look – since leather is made from animal skin, you can check for pores. Real leather will have irregularly-shaped pores whereas pores in fake leather will look more consistent and regular as they are synthetic and man-made. Also, real leather will usually have suede backing while the imitation leather will be backed by either plastic or cloth. You should also know that faux leather are not damaged by liquids.


  • The Smell – you cannot deny that genuine leather has that distinctive smell so you can go ahead and smell the product if you want to find out if it is made with fake leather or not.


  • The Feel – real leather will feel soft and thick to the touch. You might want to try the “fingernail test” where you dig into the leather using the tip of your fingernail. If the leather is real, it will leave an imprint which will fade slowly. With fake leather, no imprint will be created. 

Of course, the best way to know if you are buying genuine leather is to purchase the leather product from a reputable source. These sellers even offer leather cleaning services for free.