There are a few tell-tale signs you can use to identify PU leather products.
Your first move would be to check the label. If there’s no useful information on the label, we recommend reaching out to the retailer or scanning their website. For example, on our product pages, you’ll find information about the leather Carl Friedrik uses (vegetable-tanned, Vachetta leather or premium nubuck).
Next up there are a few tests you can do to spot PU leather. One is by simply giving the product a smell. If the aroma is reminiscent of plastic or vaguely chemical-like, there’s a strong chance it’s synthetic.
Eagle-eyed leather enthusiasts should be able to tell the difference between PU and real leather on sight alone. PU will have a uniform texture and no visual inconsistencies, while the latter will exhibit natural imperfections. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
We do not recommend using price as a clear indicator. While it is cheaper to manufacture PU leather than real leather, the former can still be leveraged to produce high-end designer goods. In fact, certain premium brands favour 100% polyurethane leather due to its vegan credentials.