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Why Faux Leather?

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Why Faux Leather?

by Walter Thulin

As long as the leather jacket has been publically worn, it epitomized the idea of coolness. From the first time I watched Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones, I wanted to own a leather jacket that exuded the same confidence and tousled polish as his cinematic staple. I am, however, a college student and leather jackets easily cost hundreds of dollars.

And so what about leather’s cheaper (but often sneered at) cousin? There are several distinct advantages faux leather has over the real thing.

1. Durability

Infrequently cared for leather jackets can turn from a good, albeit expensive, investment into a regrettable decision quickly. A wet leather jacket cracks, spots, and stretches; and proper care requires specialized leather oils and brushes. In contrast, caring for a faux leather jacket is pain-free and easy. Many faux leather jackets are waterproof and can be wiped clean.

 The Idle Man’s Faux Leather Jacket looks almost identical to a normal leather jacket, but it also can take much more wear and tear.  Image via  The Idle Man

The Idle Man’s Faux Leather Jacket looks almost identical to a normal leather jacket, but it also can take much more wear and tear.

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2. Fit and Look

The durability of faux leather can also be a negative. Whereas actual leather will form to your body, faux leather can be expected to maintain the same relative fit as when it was bought. At the same time, however, the durability of faux leather gives designers more creative liberty. Junya Watanabe’s croc embossed faux leather jacket is the perfect example of a design that would be unmanageable in real leather.

 The Croc print style of this Junya Watanabe piece would be almost impossible to fashion out of actual leather, giving faux leather a unique advantage.  Image via  Nordstrom  

The Croc print style of this Junya Watanabe piece would be almost impossible to fashion out of actual leather, giving faux leather a unique advantage.

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3. Cost

Real leather jackets are expensive. While you can find a leather jacket for under a hundred dollars, it will usually fall apart before the season ends. In contrast, there are many faux options that look amazing and won’t break your bank.

 $69 at Zara. What else is there to say?  Image via  Fashion Bomb Daily  

$69 at Zara. What else is there to say?

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