How to tell if Leather is Real

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I-Team: Buying a Leather Sofa? How to Know if it is Real Leather

by Dana Fowle Aired Jan. 13, 2017 Buying leather furniture is an investment. You want it to last. But, after a recent Call for Action tip, it became clear that not all leather is created equally. We brought you a Call for Action complaint. A viewer's leather couch started peeling. He said it was sold to him as leather, but he later found out it was something called bonded leather. Well, we got quite a few emails and calls from you about the very same thing. So we set out to find out .... Keena Felton's peeling couch got a fix from Call for Action, our in-house group who mediates disputes. They got him a new couch, but he also found out that his leather sofa wasn't exactly what he thought it was. It's a bonded leather sofa which is a leather material, not the whole skin of an animal. Bonded leather is made up of "left over pieces of leather blended together." You might hear it called by a few names - like "reconstituted" leather or "blended" leather. It can look like the real deal. We showed a few samples to Eric Len, a Fox 5 photojournalist and asked him to pick his favorite. He picked the very soft, almost buttery feel of the bonded leather. And the price is certainly more appealing. Upholsterer Holger Mejia showed us samples. The one Eric Len picked, he says, runs about $6 a square foot. These two true leather pieces run about $17 and more than $20 a square foot. Holger Mejia says, "If somebody says this is original leather, this is a leather sofa, we are talking about $3,000. $4,000 a sofa. Because to have one hide of cow is over $700. Just one. And one sofa take almost three hides." But you should know what you're paying for. Real leather can certainly be very expensive, but bonded leather does have issues, too. Holger Mejia sees a lot of problems with bonded leather, "I found in this business it starts peeling. That's what a lot of customers come tell me they have this problem." A bonded leather product should be labeled as such. But make sure you're asking a salesperson the right questions. Also flip it over. If it's a couch, unzip a cushion and look on the back side. Real leather looks like this. A bonded or faux leather, generally, has a man-made backing like this one. Both real and faux leathers have their pros and cons. Just know what you're getting so you aren't disappointed later.

Leather processing craft, Morocco

Leather preparing and dyeing in Fes, Morocco


Animal hides can be turned into leather. The video shows the processes by which this is achieved and also demonstrates the use of leather in producing shoes, sandals and leather masks. The work is usually done by men and requires tools to cut leather. It should be noted that the activities shown presuppose good understanding and knowledge of the work as well as good skills in working with leather. This short film is part of the skills development campaign "Learning and Working" developed by UNESCO-UNEVOC. It contains a set of video and print materials that showcase some practical examples of different activities persons can undertake in an informal setting in order to take up sustainable livelihoods, using simple and easily accessible materials and tools. The films are accompanied by corresponding booklets. Click on to access the booklet for this short film. For more information on the skills development campaign "Learning and Working" visit: Directed by Ramigé Film Production Produced by UNESCO © UNESCO 1997 Occupational Health and Safety The process of tanning, especially mineral tanning, can be harmful to both the worker and the environment, if not carried out safely and correctly. The worker should wear protective clothing, protective gloves and shoes as well as a respirator to avoid breathing in dust and spray mists. The facilitator should point out that the working environment shown in the video, where the workers can be seen to work with bare hands, is not acceptable.

$100 vs $500 Men's Dress Shoes - Hallmarks, Quality, Differences & Cost Per Wear Cheap vs Expensive

Learn all about the difference between $100, $200-400 and $500 Men's Dress Shoes For a more comprehensive guide, click here: Two-Tone Knit Tie in Red and Navy Blue Changeant Silk: Edelweiss Boutonniere: #shoes #mensshoes #notsponsored We will discuss how you can tell the difference between quality and cheap shoes so you get only the best value for your money. QUALITY HALLMARKS OF SHOES: $100 shoes 1. Faux Stitching. It's simply glued and it's there merely decorative to make it look like a more expensive shoe but it's all glue. 2. Welt at the bottom. That is probably just a blake stitch or a blake rapid stitch. A composite material that is meant to look like leather. 3. Execution. More often than not, the stitching that you see at the top of the shoe is just injection molded so it's not a real stitch and it's simply meant to be deceitful. 4. Inferior Leather. Stiffer leather that is sanded and pigmented with dye to hide all the flaws. It creases very easily when you walk in it and will age very poorly. 5. Unrefined lasts. They can be a little chunky, have kind of a boxy toe, and overall wide so they fit every kind of foot. 6. Low quality interior. Manufacturers put all kinds of foam inside to make it feel nice and soft to the foot. The foam wears out quite quickly. 7. No color variations. You get black, brown, or tan, and that's about it! $200-$400 shoes 1. Blake construction and the blake rapid. These are also sewn but less expensive than goodyear welted. The advantage of blake construction is that you get a thinner sole that is softer. The disadvantage is that when you're outside, and it's wet, and it rains a lot, your feet may get wet. Also, the lack of cork in a blake construction shoe makes it less comfortable when you stand a lot or walk a lot. $500 shoes 1. High quality leather. Dyed all the way through. It has open pores that develop a patina over time. 2. Hand burnished finish from the factory that gets darker towards the toe. 3. Construction. In terms of construction, $500 shoes are almost exclusively goodyear welted that means, you have a welt here on the outside, and another welt that connects it in combination with the cork and sole which makes it much more comfortable to wear. 4. Heel caps and toe caps. Must be made of thermoplastic leather unlike cheaper shoes which are made of plastic. 5. Refined lasts. You also get a much better finishing in the details. 6. Variety of colors. Even if you have the nicest suits, a beautiful tie, a good shirt, and nice cuff links, cheap shoes will overall bring your outfit down. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most Popular videos: How to accept a compliment - 101 things that change when you dress up - How to tie a Bow Tie - --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Want to stay updated? Sign up here for free: Want to see more videos? Subscribe to our channel! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gentleman's Gazette Facebook: Instagram: FREE EBOOK:

Leonardo Leather Shop in Florence - How to Tell Real From Fake Like an Expert

Fire Test at 4:58, Fire-proof Cows, & great info about Gucci, Armani, etc. One of the employees at the Leonardo Leather Shop in Florence, Italy tells you everything you need to know when shopping for any leather product. By the end you'll feel much smarter and he'll have you spotting real from fake like a pro. This is a must for any expert shopper.

How to tell if Leather is Real. I filmed this in Italy.

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