How to identify genuine leather


How to identify genuine leather

Buying leather isn’t always a straightforward task. There are different types of leather, and occasionally, manufacturers and leather dealers try to sell synthetic leather disguised as genuine. Follow this guide to ensure that the product you purchase really is genuine leather.

Check the label

Most leather products have a label that states the type of leather, e.g., full-grain leather, or genuine leather, etc. Generally, reputable leather product manufacturers will happily provide information on the kind of leather they sell or use for manufacturing.

Labels that raise a red flag include “manmade material” or “made with animal products”.

Touch for texture

Simply running your fingers over the leather to feel its texture will give you some insight into the nature of the leather. Genuine leather will have an uneven texture since it comes from animal hide. Faux leather, on the other hand, has an extra smooth surface grain feel. Steer clear!

In addition, genuine leather creates a warm feeling under your touch, while faux leather will continue to feel cold.

Find the imperfections

Similar to its texture, genuine leather will exhibit inconsistent surface patterns with minor imperfections.

Press to test the elasticity

When stretched, genuine leather changes from its original colour and has better elasticity. When you firmly press your finger against natural leather, it will quickly spring back to its original state.

Authentic smell

Genuine leather has a distinctive smell that is retained despite the tanning process. Synthetic leather smells like what it is too – plastic.

A drop of moisture

Genuine leather quickly absorbs moisture. If you place a drop of leather on your leather item and it is soaked up in seconds, you’ve got the real deal.

The price of quality

Genuine leather is always the more expensive option. Reliable leather suppliers like Philton Leather will always endeavour to give you the best product at the best price.

Reliable leather suppliers

The cost, quality, and aesthetics of leather are vital in determining the authenticity of a leather product.

Philton Leather is one of the leading leather suppliers in South Africa and can provide comprehensive advice about genuine leather. Get in touch with our team today for more information.

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