Synthetic leather, or faux leather, can be spotted in a variety of ways. Real leather will have texture and pores, whereas faux leather is glossier with no detail in the material. Faux leather tends to wrinkle easily when folded and does not withstand moisture very well. Real leather is used because in the past, its wearers needed versatility and adaptability for working in a variety of environments.
As an investment, a real leather jacket is preferable both for its durability and its strength. Although real leather costs more, the affordability of faux leather is an example of false economy because these items do not last as long as a real leather jacket.
Real leather is also the better choice for the ecologically conscious. Faux leather is made from synthetic materials and can end up in a landfill for a very long time. Real leather, on the other hand, is all-natural and even though some chemicals are used in the creation of these products, real leather is the better choice for the environment. However, for those who object to animal products, synthetic leather is the better choice. There are new types of animal-free leather on the horizon, one notable one is made from mushrooms called, well, Mushroom Leather.
Real leather jackets are used by bikers, people in the military, and racecar drivers because of their protective nature. They are very durable and can help protect the wearer from injury, which is not possible with faux leather. Road injury is less likely when wearing a real leather jacket.
The smell of real leather is also preferable to the smell of synthetic leather. One of the easiest ways to differentiate real from faux leather is the smell, as real leather has a specific scent and the synthetic material has a chemical smell. The scent of leather is very pleasant and will inspire good memories in the wearer.
The back of real leather is rough, and synthetic leather is smooth. If you feel the back of the leather it is easy to tell the difference between the two. The back of real leather tends to feel like felt or suede.