Ways To Spot A Real Leather Jacket

If you are new to buying leather jackets, you may be wondering how you can tell the difference between real and fake ones. If it is your intent to purchase a real leather jacket, you will definitely want to know you are getting what you paid for. In this article, we share with you some simple ways to tell if a leather jacket is real or fake. 


The first and most obvious sign if a leather jacket is real is its price tag. Real leather jackets typically cost twice as much as faux ones. However, if a store or retailer is passing off faux leather jackets as real ones, the price tag may not be able to tell you much. This is when you should check out some of the other ways of spotting a real leather jacket.


If you are someone who is familiar with the smell of leather, this is a quick test to do that can help you ascertain authenticity immediately. Real leather will have an organic smell and you will find yourself coming back for more. Faux leather, on the other hand, tends to have a plasticky or chemical smell. 

Texture Pattern

In a real leather jacket, there will always be variations in the pattern. It’s also normal for real leather jackets to look distressed as it is made of natural sources. As faux leather is produced by machines and chemically synthesized, you can expect the texture pattern to be neater and more symmetrical in appearance. On top of that, you can easily find some coarse edges and roughness in a real leather jacket. If a jacket looks “perfect” with completely smooth edges, chances are it’s made of faux leather.

Water Absorbency

One way of checking whether a leather jacket is real is by dripping a few drops of water on the material. Real leather will absorb the water due to the pores present in it, whereas water will bounce right off faux leather, staying on the surface of the material.


If all else fails, carefully hold the jacket in your hand and weigh it. Real leather jackets made of cowhide or lambskin should weigh much more than faux leather. It helps to hold the product in your hand and get a feel of its weight, especially if you are a first-time buyer.

Get Real Leather Jackets from Taylor’s Leatherwear

If you are looking to purchase a real leather jacket, look no further than Taylor’s Leatherwear. All our products are made of real leather to suit your needs and provide you with the high-quality jackets you need. We stock a wide range of styles in our online shop, including bomber jackets, vintage police styles and motorcycle jackets. If you wish to make a bulk purchase for more than 50 officers in an aviation, police or military department, we are able to provide a free wear test upon request.