If you’re thinking of opting for something synthetic this season, you’re right on trend. But with so many leather alternatives out there, it’s tough to know which one to pick. Here’s a rundown of your options.
Thanks to all the advances in textile technology, leather alternatives are looking more real every day. The term “vegan” suggests this eco-friendly option – often made of polyurethane – was manufactured without animal materials. So consider the term “vegan leather” to be the right-now name for synthetics.
First, you should know that “faux” is synonymous with “vegan.” Both suggest a synthetic base. And ever since imitation leather became widely accepted, the prefix “faux” has been added to it. Why, you ask? Well, for one, a French accent makes everything sound more expensive. So, in the fashion industry, we’ve come to make friends with the word “faux.”
I try to only use this term out of necessity. For some reason, the hybrid word for plastic-leather reminds me of Michael Jackson circa 1982. Don’t get me wrong, I love the King of Pop in all his embellished-glove glory. But this material is best worn as an accent, not head to toe.
By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer
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