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Real vs Faux Leather: What's the Difference?


Do you know the differences between a real leather bag and a fake?

Real vs Faux Leather The Real Leather Company
Here at The Real Leather Company, we believe in using only the finest real leather. We think the best materials produce the best items.
With production improvements in recent years, 'fake' and 'PU' leather has seen a rise in usage. Whilst we think it's great that more people are choosing the leather look, we believe the quality, durability and look of a real leather bag means a fake is still no substitute for the real thing.
Real vs Faux Leather The Real Leather Company
Here are our top 5 ways to spot the difference between a real and faux leather bag:

1. The Look

Take a look at the surface of the skin. Real leather is made from animal skins and will have regular blemishes and imperfections. Hints of nonuniformity are actually a good sign in leather. Real leather is unique, as no two animal hides are exactly the same. Machine-made leather will have no imperfections and will feel unnaturally even.

2. The Smell

Real leather smells like real leather. If you have ever smelled a real leather jacket or a real leather car seat, your nose should know what to look for. A natural, organic, skin scent is a sure-fire way to know if you're looking at real leather. The smell can be quite strong in a new leather bag. Some love this smell, some are not so keen. Either way, the smell does fade with time.

Faux leather often has a plastic, chemical odour. The real leather scent cannot be effectively replicated in faux leather goods.

3. The Feel

When you press real leather, you will feel it stretch and wrinkle a little (just like your skin!). Synthetic or fake leather will not act like skin and will go back to its original shape after you apply the pressure of your finger.

Real leather will feel almost warm to the touch as it is the skin of an animal. Machine-made leather will be cold.

4. The Durability

Real leather will last longer than faux leather. Quality leather is built for long term endurance in harsh conditions. Faux leather is not built for rugged conditions and will give out sooner.

In addition, real leather develops character over time. As the original hide is not designed to be a perfect or uniform pattern, additional wear and tear only adds to the value and desirability of a leather bag. With proper care, a real leather bag looks better the more you use it. Fake leather does not age gracefully.

5. The Price

With leather, you really get what you pay for. Real leather will generally be more expensive than fake leather, so you should weigh up the pros and cons before buying.

At The Real Leather Company, we think of a real leather bag as an investment. Yes, it might be a little more expensive, but a real leather bag is a quality piece, that only gets better with age and will be with you for the long haul.

Check out our collection of Real Leather Bags Here.