Living For Leather

Leather vs. Faux Leather


Let’s face it, this FW leather is super hot. Leather jackets, leather pants, leather trenches, leather jewelry, leather shoes, suede leather, shiny leather….. It’s leather EVERYTHING!

Leather was one of man’s earliest and most useful discoveries. Cavemen hunted animals for food and then used the hides for clothing and shoes. So leather has been around forever. (seriously since like 5000 BC) And leather will never go out of style because leather is just cool. There is nothing you can’t wear with a black leather jacket - jeans, a summer dress, plaids, that little black dress, shorts, professional work clothes, you name it.

Leather is also a great investment because it can last forever

The Pros:

  • Extremely durable

  • Smells like the real deal

  • Oozes luxury

  • Considered environmentally friendly

The Cons:

  • Expensive

  • Can fade in sunlight

  • It’s porous so it can stain

  • Limited in colors

  • Not animal friendly

Faux Leather

If you don’t like the thought of wearing “leather” or you can’t afford it, faux leather is now a really good alternative. I’m serious! The quality has improved greatly…. so much so, I dare you to tell the difference between some faux leather and genuine leather pieces these days.


  • Can be made in many colors

  • Less Expensive (although I saw a faux leather jacket at Black & White for $435 -- ouch)

  • Don’t smell

  • Fade Resistant

  • Usually less stiff, more pliable, light, so easy to wear


  • Not as durable

  • Not breathable

  • Poor quality faux leather looks fake

  • Environmentally wasteful


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