Faux “leather” does not compare to leather at all, sinc […]
Faux “leather” does not compare to leather at all, since it’s not even remotely the same. Actually, it’s the very opposite.
Faux “leather” is in the vast majority of the cases plastic, PVC or other syntethics, while leather is a natural product, a grown animal hide that has been treated to stop decay.
My very first long coat was a PVC faux “leather” one, and while it was great to figure out if I want to go black, I put it in the clothing collection bin after I purchased my real leather coat afterwards.
Real leather is a pleasure in many ways and once you enjoyed real, high-quality leather, you won’t every try plastic, ahem, “faux leather” again.
This is a close-up of one of my leather coats, the so-called “Van Helsing”: Every square-inch (or cm²) is unique, it looks fantastic and wears great:
The reason? That coat is made from 100% lamb leather. The seductive feel on my fingertips when I ride my hands along the super soft and supple lamb leather of my coat was worth the high price upon purchase:
The same with leather gloves. No way to fake the quality and wearing comfort of genuine, soft leather like these 1960s vintage gloves:
But that is not the only reason why fake stuff will never catch up to the real deal:
The look: Fake leather looks awful, even though the manufacturers are getting better, I can clearly distinguish most of the stuff as fake just by the looks, the cut or the brand. Try to take a photo with flash of a fake leather item: Due to the surface, the flash will overexpose the entire picture. Real leather - depending on the type of leather - has many little cracks, wrinkles, creases, just like every skin, and thus “swallow” the flash light. In genereal, fake leather looks like your 100 liter trash bag from the grocery store.
Here is the exact same coat in a leather and a plastic version available. See the difference:
The feel: As said above, the “trashbag” analogy is actually pretty right. I’ve seen fake leather pillow cases or jackets that tried to get away of the flat, unrealistic surface by adding little cracks to it. But you could still see and feel that the entire material was not “leathery”.
The price: My first plastic coat was 90€. My first real leather coat 280€.
The wear: Real leather can be conditioned and has a memory effect: Even if I stretch my leather gloves by making a fist for several minutes, the leather will go back to normal and stay like that after a while. Once you damaged your plastic fake “leather”, you are mostly done. Also, real leather has a patina and turns into a very personal item. Plastic does not.
Temperatures: Faux “leather” means sweat, sweat and again sweat. Don’t even try to get a jacket, pants or a coat from it - or wear that close to your body.
Luxury: Well, this is a personal part, but when I buy my leather items, I like the luxury they come with; the craftmanship of a nice sofa or good leather gloves, the materials used and the higher price that set my leather goods apart from the bargain bin stuff (because nowadays, people wear Bangladesh stuff in order to afford their shiny smartphones). Sitting on my genuine leather Chesterfield sofa is a different feel in many ways than buying some plastic “leather look-alike” garbage from IKEA. Also, I rather have real leather than fake leather. That moment when people say “Wow, nice coat” and then “Ah, but it’s plastic” is worse than not trying to wear fake stuff. As said, a personal thing, but I just hate wanna-bes and imposters.
Originally Answered: How do faux leather fabric compare to real leather?
Faux leather (also referred to as “leatherette” or “vegan” leather) is often considered as a lower cost alternative to genuine leather. Belt Leather Supplies genuine leather is in high demand and for good reasons. Real leather has an inviting feel, it provides exceptional durability, and quality leather improves with age. In a previous blog, we discussed two types of faux leather: bi-cast and bonded leather. Here, we continue the comparison with two additional types of faux leather: PU faux leather fabric and PVC faux leather fabric.
PU Faux Leather Fabric
PU leather fabric is made by applying or laminating a 100% polyurethane finish to a base material. Typical base materials include polyester, cotton, nylon, or rayon. A roller applies an artificial grain pattern to the surface to imitate the look of genuine leather. The artificial grain is typically very uniform.
PVC Faux Leather Fabric
PVC leather fabric is very similar to PU leather fabric. InsteadVacuum Filter Belts of polyurethane, PVC glitter leather fabric is made by combining polyvinylchloride with stabilizers (to protect), plasticizers (to soften) and lubrica