Thursday, December 29, 2011

How to Check if Leather is Genuine or Not

I know most of us cannot tell the difference between genuine leather and faux leather. Personally, I once had a mistake of buying a bag which I thought was genuine leather because it was well-made. The experience was disappointing, like you expected you could use your bag a little more but it was already worn out after a year. So, let me share my small knowledge about leathers for you ladies out there who are a little confused.

A leather coat from Istanbul.
How to tell if it is genuine leather or faux leather?
Here's how.

Of course you should choose an area which is not quiet visible.
Like this inner zipper part of my Teha' Amana mustard bag.
I burned it using a lighter. The color just faded a bit.

Can you even recognize if this part of my Parisian leather shoe was burned?

Here's the bottom of my INCI hobo bag. I scratched it and again, only the color faded.

And, for the bag which I thought was genuine leather.
I burned the strap and scratched it.
Whoa, did you see that?
It is looking ugly!
Now you know how to tell if the item you bought is genuine leather.

Some added tips:
-Try to be acquainted with genuine leather's odor.
-Faux leathers have this strong "factory" smell.
-Look for the GENUINE LEATHER print when buying leather.
-Genuine leather goods are usually sold in a higher price.
-They are handcrafted very well.

If you know more tips, please share it to me! :)


  1. Oh thanks for sharing! Now I know what to do to determine whether my items are genuine leather or not.. but of course, i'll do it in some parts inside or not visible at all.

  2. this is actually one of my biggest concerns, always.
    I have to say I once bought a jacket thinking it was leather, and the seller in the store pulled out a lighter to burn it a little so that I would see it was "real leather" and I was convinced in the end, so I bought it. After some month I randomly checked the label and it said it was made out of other materials, so it wasn't real leather. I don't know why I didn't check the tag before.
    Anyway, the thing is that, I used to trust that lighter trick, but as you can see, it doesn't work all the time with all materials:(
    so, now I just check the tag!

  3. omg I never thought that was the way to check if leather is real ... great post... I have a few items I believe til this day are leather now I am so curious to check...
    by the way doing a little blog hopping and well so glad i bumped into yours.
    new follower .

    I invite you to check mine out

  4. great tips!!! thanks for sharing:) Have an amazing day!


  5. @lean: Welcome dear. Hope it helps.

    @Squared: The lighter trick really works for me. It's just that.. there's a lot of kinds of leather out there.

    @Lizbeth: Thanks sweetie. I am not following you back! :)

  6. @Kate: You're welcome hun. Hope you're having a nice day too!

  7. Very interesting post, thanks for sharing. Thank you for your comment and for following , followed back :) !

    Hope you will come back soon
    xxx, -Sarah.

  8. yes. the smell of leather is my way of knowing if it's real or not. thanks for the tips.

  9. I also use my nose to tell if the leather is genuine or not. But recently I've always had colds, so I can't trust my sense of smell anymore.. haha.. This is just timely! :) Thank you so much for sharing this great tip.

  10. I admit, I don't know how to verify if something is made from genuine leather so I found this post very helpful. Didn't know, until I read yoru post, that real leather doesn't burn as easily. Hehehe Thanks for dropping by my blog, by the way. See you around!

  11. Burning? Hmmm...a little extreme. Hehehe! =D


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