We at A to Z Leather have over 10 years of experience in working in the leather industry.
One of the most common questions we get about leather is how can you identify what real leather is?
Well there are a couple simple tests. The thing to remember is that leather items are a class apart from any synthetic materials due to their natural, rich and elegant finish. Today, many similar looking synthetic materials are available in the market sold at a much cheaper price.
Here is a simple list of easy checks you can do when purchasing leather:
Check the surface grain, the little "pebbles" and pores, for imperfections and uniqueness that signal genuine leather. Imperfections in leather are natural. Leather can be chemically treated such as waxed leather to smooth out any imperfections. However, generally you'll be able to tell by pressing in to the leather, it should still show you creases / wrinkles.
We don't recommend you do this, as your product will be non-refundable! However, the fire test is the best. It will ruin your product so we don't recommend you do this. Many manufacturers will do this to check the raw material before purchase. Holding a flame to the area for 5-10 seconds to test it out:
- Real leather will only char slightly, and smell a bit like burnt hair.
- Faux leather will actually catch flame, and smells like burning plastic
Please note we don't recommend you do this!!!
Let's just say we know leather, so if you have any questions please do get in touch!