Real leather is an amazing fabric as it provides countless features which are really rare to see in one fabric and this is one of the reasons why there are a lot of fake leather products and differentiating between them can be a tough thing to do. There are some tips that you can follow to state the difference between real and fake leather.
1. READ THE DESCRIPTION
Before you start checking the leather make sure you’re reading the tag first and do it carefully. If you see something life sheep leather, top grain, full grain or cowhide then it is made from real leather. If you see any thing like faux leather or genuine leather then you need to keep that item back as they are not real.
2. THE LEATHER SHOUDNT HAVE THE PLASTIC FEEL
Leather is not something which should feel like plastic as it is a natural fabric and behaves like a skin. Wrinkles are a part of real leather. The texture of real leather can be rough or smooth, but it shouldn’t have any plastic feels.
3. IT FEELS LIKE SKIN WHEN YOU TOUCH IT
As real leather comes from nature it is obvious that it will feel like skin and you should stay away from anything which feels or even smells like plastic or something unnatural because there are pretty high chances it will be fake or faux leather.
4. REAL LEATHER HAVE THE PROPERTY TO ABSORB WATER
It is true that real leather can absorb water, but you cannot wear them in rain and make sure you’re keeping it safe. In case of faux leather they just cannot absorb water and if it comes in contact with water then water won’t stay on it.
5. COMPARATIVELY REAL LEATHER IS EXPENSIVE
Real leather requires more production as compared to fake leather which is one of the reasons why they are more expensive. The cost of production is pretty high, and no company or manufacturer can prove a real leather jacket at a pretty affordable price even on sales. If you see anyone selling real leather at a low price then there are high chances that the person is just trying to scam people. Leather jackets are like investments as they are said to be with you for a long time.
6. CRACKING A REAL LEATHER IS DIFFICULT
Real leather is made from animal skin and just imagine how often your or any animal skin gets cracks. After the animal hide is converted into leather it still has the features of a real skin. This feature of real leather does makes them more durable and long lasting. Anything which is not made from real leather will be more prone to get cracks and is less durable and long lasting and anything item which has cracks and flakes on the surface is not the best looking thing you can ever wear. Real leather is durable enough to stand strong in harsh sunlight without messing with the surface.
7. THE FIRE
When it comes to fire, real leather just cannot catch it but in case of fake leather which is made from plastic and has petroleum which is pretty flammable substance. Fire cannot damage a real leather at a higher scale as compared to faux leather, yet you shouldn’t put your real leather item on fire. When you burn a fake leather it will just melt because it has plastic in it whereas real leather won’t melt. This doesn’t means have the right to burn your real leather item as it is not needed.
8. WRINKLES ON REAL LEATHER
If you have any leather item around you then you can just press them and if you see wrinkles then congratulation it is made from real leather and you don’t have to worry because pressing won’t have any negative effect on real leather. getting wrinkles when pressed is one of the properties of real leather. In case the leather item didn’t had any wrinkles then it is a no brainer that that item is made from fake leather.
Real leather is made from real skin which means it will have approx. all the properties a skin has whereas faux leather is made from artificial item who miss all the natural properties real leather has.
To check if the leather is made from real skin or artificial fibres you can follow the tips mentioned above but DO NOT burn your leather jackets just to see if it is real or not as there are other tips as well which are less dangerous and more effective.