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.
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.
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.
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.