There’s quite a bit of leather/pleather/vegan leather/various other leather lookalikes everywhere this season, in pretty much every form you can imagine. I’ve found myself craving leather in basically all of those forms, and have been doing a bit of hunting accordingly. In the search I’ve run into a bit of a quandary, however: leather or pleather?
The most obvious answer is that actual leather, with its buttery texture (and non-plastic existence), is far superior. But is it? The price tag would certainly have you think so, but given that there’s such a price differential – with the whole animal-friendly vs. anything-but-animal-friendly aspect to boot – isn’t fake leather worth some consideration?
Sure, the ’80s would have us believe that fake leather in any form, with it’s plasticky, rubbery texture reminiscent of films made in the San Fernando Valley is hardly something we’d want to put up against our skin, but lately I’ve started to wonder – if they can get so good at making fake burgers, fake bacon, fake fur, fake everything, why shouldn’t fake leather be improving all the while? I’d say we should investigate.