Distinguishing between genuine and faux leather is not always easy. Here is a few tips to help you identify natural leather:
1. THE PORES/grain/: Genuine leather has unevenly dispersed pores – just like nature made them on the animal’s skin. Faux leather on the other hand has a symmetrical even print /machine-made/.
2. THE SMELL: Genuine leather has a typical smell that cannot be imitated. Faux leather often smell like vinyl or has no smell at all.
3. BURNING: When put on fire genuine leather would smell bad just like burnt skin but will withstand the flame, maybe only char slightly. Faux leather will catch fire, start melting and smell like burning plastic.
4. THE INNER SIDE: Genuine leather’s inner side is soft and resembles suede texture. Faux leather would have a textile inner side – applied fabric.
5 . HUMIDITY: When water drops fall on genuine leather they will get absorbed, the leather will get slightly darker, but the original color will recover when the water dries out. Faux leather will not change as water drops would roll down its surface like on plastic.
If you find it difficult to make the difference, you are always safest following the label indications: