Chances are you came across one or two people wearing a leather jacket. There’s also a good chance you came across one or two people wearing a faux leather jacket.
What’s the difference though? What is a faux leather jacket? And who pasted some high class French-sounding word on it?
While I won’t get into the history and how it’s actually pronounced, I will tell you what faux leather jackets are, what type of material is used in these jackets, and how they relate to genuine leather jackets.
I may have already given away the answer to your question. If not, keep reading!
So, What is it?
A faux leather jacket, simply put, is a jacket made of non-genuine or artificial leather. You can even go simpler and just call it a fake leather jacket.
There’s some obvious and not-so-obvious differences between artificial and genuine leather (which I explain more below). For one, the styles remain the same for faux leather jackets. Faux leather jackets can be brand name or non-brand name, such as the Tommy Hilfiger James Dean Jacket or Wantdo Faux Leather Jacket with Hood, which provides you a variety of options to choose from.
Faux leather jackets are also inexpensive and affordable, ranging from as low as $30 up to $150. Whether you’re looking at a bomber leather jacket or a motorcycle leather jacket, the main difference is in the material.
3 Things to Look for in a Faux Leather Jacket
Finding a leather jacket made from artificial material can be easy to find, but here are 3 things you should look for:
Material: Artificial leather jackets come in a variety of flavors, well, material. Some of the most common names you’ll hear are polyurethane (PU), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), pleather, and vegan leather.
Looking at a jacket’s label will tell you the material used, and if you even see anything close to “manmade materials” on the tag, you’ll know you’ve got yourself a faux leather jacket.
Feel: Faux leather jackets have a plastic feel as soon as you touch one. The material can feel extremely smooth and is pretty stretchable (although I don’t recommend stretching one like a rubber band).
You’ll also notice that the edges of the fake leather jacket are straight-cut and feel foamy, though this has been harder to notice on some jackets than others from my experience.
Smell: One of the funniest and most entertaining moments one can have is being seen smelling leather jackets in a clothing store.
A faux leather jacket will have a plastic or synthetic smell to itself. It may be difficult for first-timers to tell the difference between a plastic or genuine leather smell, so I recommend jumping into that far-away department store your friends never visit and try smelling some real and fake leather jackets!
Comparison to Genuine Leather Jackets
So how do faux leather jackets compare to real leather jackets? Clearly, you’ll find that faux leather jackets are significantly cheaper than genuine leather jackets. This is what makes them affordable to a majority of people and is a selling point (pun intended) for them.
At the same time, quality and durability come into play. If you’ve read my post on cheap leather jackets, you’ll know that real leather jackets last much longer than faux leather jackets, though it’s not to say that your faux leather jacket will disintegrate if you wear it a few days.
Most things last if you simply take good care of them. That said, leather jackets last about 10 – 20 years while faux leather jackets are said to last a few years.
Lastly, you have fit and cut. In general, if you go with a brand name leather jacket, especially a designer leather jacket, then you’ll have the assurance that the jacket you’re buying is in top shape and fitted to look your best.
Non-brand name faux leather jackets can be one in a million for a good pick, though choosing a brand name faux leather jacket might be a good middle of the line option. Just know that there are very similarly priced leather jackets out there.
Whatever the case, you have many options to choose from, but if you are having trouble, see my post on the Top Styles in Leather.
They Have Their Own Sense of Fashion
Faux leather jackets have their place in the world, and if you haven’t seen someone wear one yet, I recommend first stepping outside your house. They certainly aren’t genuine leather jackets, but they do provide affordability with the different artificial materials used.
Now that you know what faux leather jackets are and you’re a little wiser in French, check out the top styles in leather today! ‘Til next time!
What do you think about faux leather jackets? Let me know below!