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These days, not all replica handbags are what they seem! I get tons of letters from readers who thought they were buying leather bags but ended up with PVC or Polyurethane bags instead – not because they were tricked, but rather they just didn’t check before they placed their order.
Artificial leather is more and more common these days, so let’s learn a little more about it so we can all be more savvy shoppers :)
There are two popular types of artificial leather (or ‘pleather’) – PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and PU (polyurethane). PVC is not a convincing substitute for grain leathers, but is light and very durable. It generally has a bright sheen and can be easily embossed with a monogram or anything else, such as the Louis Vuitton Miroir Alma.
Replica Louis Vuitton Miroir Alma
PU is similar, but you can easily apply a fabric print to it to give the illusion that it’s real leather. Some low-grade knockoff handbags use this trick to cut down on costs, but the result is usually not convincing.
Neither PVC nor PU will age the way that that real leather does, meaning that they will not develop a patina.
Note that it’s not just knockoff handbags using these leather substitutes – bags like the Mirroir are authentic designer brands that use these plastics to get a certain look. Some are pretty popular, but personally, I’m not a big fan. Call me old fashioned, but spending over a $1000 for a plastic bag seems wrong! Then again spending that much on any bag seems silly to me – especially when fabulous replica handbags are right at your fingertips!
What do you think of fake leather? Write me and let me know!