How to Identify Real Leather?
There is nothing more infuriating than paying big bucks for leather furniture, footwear or clothing and realizing you have been duped when it is too late.
There is nothing like the smell and feel of real leather. Real leather gives an aura of luxury and prestige. Because no two animal hides are exactly the same, each piece of authentic leather has unique natural characteristics. The leather becomes softer and more attractive over time, which makes it more comfortable.
Leather also has a soft, yet strong texture, making it hard-wearing. Many real leather products are also treated to help prevent stains. Leather is easy to take care of when maintained properly; it only needs a regular wiping with a clean, damp cloth.
There is a real racket for faux leather, leather look-alikes and sometimes you can’t tell for sure what you are paying for. There are several rather easy tests you can use to verify you have just bought genuine leather.
1. Touch the jacket, footwear or furniture. Feel the leather up and down and see if you can differentiate more than one type of substance. Real leather will feel like it came from one single source and will not feel as though it’s a blend of multiple synthetic fibers.
2. Smell the stuff. Leather has a very distinct smell and you should be able to pick up the scent in an instant. If you are not sure, find a product which is of leather and introduce yourself to the aroma. The smell is a sweet but rugged wooden flavor. It is because we use several chemicals to turn a hide into leather.
3. Look for the Genuine Leather Stamp like in pic above. You will find “Genuine Leather” written on stamp as Impact-Print. No fake leather can bear Impact Printing.
4. Besides Impact Printing. The most reliable test you can go for is to examine the surface for the tiny pores in a random pattern, we all know that skin has tiny holes for breathing and secration of fluid to cool the body at certain temperature. Make sure, the pores are not in certain pattern. You will also find the random texture on the surface.
5. Look at the cost. If you are paying several hundred Rupees for a jacket that you know should cost more than some thousands, it could be an indicator of a phony.
To test any leather for its realness – try to burn it (use lighter or burning match’s flame tip). if it shrinks and makes no hole its real. Artificial leather with other material will certainly burns out with hole.
For your #handbag; find a corner/edge of bag where you can try to burn and cannot be seen distinctly so it does not damages the look of bag.
Distinctly, reverse the strap of bag where there should a stitch or a joint. Use lighter (cigarette lighter is best) at its smallest flame and on top of it place the leather part of your bag (approach the flame slowly) and look if the leather is shrinking. As i said, if it shrinks and doesn’t make hole its a pure leather if not you are fooled off.
Please be cautious of burning yourself. If you are buying anything pure #leather material and try doing this by asking them. If the material is real they will let you do it other wise they won’t allow because they know that material is fake.
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