How to recognize genuine Italian leather from imitation

Pubblicato 07/29/2016 11:00:08
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Genuine and fake leather: what are the main differences?

The most crucial features aiming to distinguish the genuine leather from the fake one will not be immediately visible; however, these aspects must be taken into account to recognize easily a real product. Genuine Italian leather, first of all, has a mechanical strength which ensures a longer life time of the product; this material is also fire-resistant and breathable. Continuous usage, finally, makes the leather gentler, while fake one tends to "split", which will make it unusable.

Some strategies to figure out genuine Italian leather and fake one

In some cases, you can evaluate the authenticity of the leather even at first glance: the replica, in fact, can have inside a retina that replaces the typical leather layer of the authentic product. The fabric odor is another feature that will definitely permit you to immediately identify whether the product is made of genuine leather: fake leather is often odorless or, in some cases, is characterized by an obnoxious smell. From an aesthetical point of view, the true leather never shows a homogeneous coloring and the same fabric hardly has a uniform structure. Small faults are another important evidence of the authenticity of the product; in short, if an accessory looks perfect, most likely it is made of fake leather.

Leather sales: how to recognize the real one

To ascertain the authenticity of the product in the leather industry sales, one has to use labels. In addition to the label “Made in Italy”, which certifies that at least two of the main processing steps were carried out throughout the country in accordance with current regulations, it is essential to sew the label “Vera Pelle”. A Ministry Decree dtd year 1996 establishes what are the characteristics that will define true leather, from the type of working to the thickness of the finished product.

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