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Real leather vs. Faux leather: know the difference.

Leather articles have always had a widespread popularity due to their toughness and ability to withstand any weather, be it the rains or cold. Unlike other materials that wear out comparatively faster, leather is durable.  Leather articles definitely stand out from all other fibers and the reason is obviously due to their rich, elegant, natural finish and unique texture.

 Leather has many artificial substitutes, and usually involves applying polyurethane or vinyl coating to a cloth backing.  A popular name for such artificial leathers is plastic leather, alias pleather.

 These materials look much similar to pure leather, but do not reach the durability standard that pure leather has. Leather accessories like wallets, purse, bags and leather jackets are extremely popular.

These leather accessories are replaced with faux leather items and sold at a cheaper price in the market. Hence the question, how to identify genuine leather from fake leather?

 How to differentiate between real and faux leather

The difference between real leather and faux leather and how to spot it:

  1. Texture and Life span: Real leather has a soft yet strong texture, making it harder to wear out. On the contrary, faux leather has less than half of the life span of real leather. The surface of the fabric of faux leather cracks and peels off and gets much uncomfortable with time. The texture of real leather feels coarse or smooth, depending upon the quality and grade. If the product feels too smooth or like plastic, it is most probably fake.


  1. Smell the leather: The smell of the leather is a precise way of testing its authenticity. Genuine, real leather has a distinct smell that cannot be replicated by synthetic leather. Faux leather often smells like plastic or rubber.


  1. Check the pores: Genuine leather is very porous and absorbs the smallest drops of liquid instantaneously. It has a random pattern of pores because it is natural. Manufactured leather, on the other hand, has a consistent repeating pattern. It is comparatively less absorbent than real leather.


  1. The Flame test: Although we do not recommend you to buy a leather article only to burn it or try to burn a leather bag on display, the flame test is a popular way of testing leather. If a lighter or matchstick flame is held over genuine leather, it will resist to burning until a certain limit. If the leather’s resistance to burning fails, the leather burns without a flame and emits an odour similar to the odour of flesh burning. On the contrary, faux leather will instantly catch fire and smell like burning plastic.


While both real leather and faux leather have their own advantages and disadvantages, genuine leather ends up looking more sophisticated and elegant than faux leather. It has a unique look and style, and definitely suits on anything you wear.


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21 Degree
21 Degree is an online leather accessories store, headquartered in Pune, India. If you are looking for a great customer experience and the best pure leather cardholders online or at a leather shop, 21 Degree is your go-to destination.
Looking online for the trending cardholders or for the best men’s wallet or women’s belt, 21 Degree is your place to be. You can shop online at 21 Degree for our signature cardholder collection from the comfort of your home and get your favorite leather products delivered to your doorstep.
21 Degree site offers you the best online shopping experience for leather products – here’s how:

- All inclusive pricing – What you see is what you pay. Since e-commerce started in India, customers have been frustrated with seeing a difference price and paying a different one – while paying, they pay extra for taxes (GST) and shipping, sometimes packaging, and what not.
21 Degree understands that the customer needs a fair treatment – hence, our all inclusive pricing includes GST, shipping charges, etc. This provides the customer a great online shopping experience.

- Easy returns – It is easy to purchase but easier to return. Our hassle-free 15 days (calendar days) return policy makes it very easy for the customer to return if they don’t like the product. You can either return the product to our office in Pune, India at your own cost or we can get it picked at actual shipping charges. Read our Return policy for more details.

- Pure leather guarantee – All products listed on the 21 Degree website are in pure leather. Post production, a sample of our product goes through a lab test for ensuring that the quality is genuine leather.

- Prepaid v/s cash on delivery (COD) 21 Degree offers both options for payment, Prepaid or Cash on delivery (COD). COD is chargeable at an extra Rs. 50/- (this is what the courier company charges us) while Prepaid is available at no extra charge.

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