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8. Faux leather

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‘Faux’ means ‘fake’ in French. Faux leather is a fabric that looks like leather, but is actually made out of other materials. It does not contain any, not even 0.0001% of leather at all and still called ‘leather’ (please refer to the photo below). Even though it says ‘fake’ in the name, because it is written in French and salesman usually do not further explain, a lot of people mistake this for a real leather.


Some countries, (for example, the United Kingdom and New Zealand) have legislation mandating that it cannot be marketed as leather. The United States and Canada have no such legislation, so an unsuspecting public is being led to believe they are purchasing natural leather, when in fact they are getting essentially 100% fabric. This material is often cheaper and more versatile than real leather, but may not be as high-quality.


Although it is easy to maintain, faux leather is not breathable. Other drawbacks are that it can be more easily be ripped or punctured and it often does not look like real leather. Faux leather is not a real leather but a 100% man made fabric. It should not be allowed to be called ‘leather’ in the first place.

                            Photo 1                                                     Photo 2

Photo 1: Upper side (right) & Underside (left)

Photo 2: Top part and bottom part are separated. You can see both sides are fabric.


                                                                                          -Updated Feb 6, 2013

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