Friend or Faux? How to Tell if That Leather is Real or Not
Reprinted from http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/
Thinking leather might be better? Keep in mind it’s not all created equal. The difference in quality between genuine, bonded, and flat-out fake leather is huge, and there are some easy tricks to spotting the good stuff.
1. Labels: The Very Best Place to Start
OK, duh. But the label is going to say more than just “real” or “fake!" Here are some terms you might see:
Genuine: This basically means it’s the real thing. Genuine leather may be labeled with the following terms to describe how it’s been processed or treated.
Pure Aniline: The most natural of genuine leathers: no treatments, dyes or pigments here.
Semi-Aniline: Dyed and treated with a topcoat, this leather will exhibit some natural markings but is more durable than pure aniline genuine leather.
Pigmented: Super-durable, pigmented genuine leather is usually dyed, buffed to erase any imperfections, and given a topcoat for heavy protection.
Nubuck & Suede: You’re probably familiar with both, but what’s the difference? Nubuck is genuine leather that has been buffed on the outer (more durable) side of the hide for a fuzzy feel. Suede is the opposite—the inside of the hide is buffed, resulting in a superfine, velvety texture. READ MORE