Faux leather, also called as artificial leather or bi-cast leather, is a type of fabric that has been processed and treated to resemble the appearance of genuine leather. This fabric is used as a cost effective and affordable alternative to the high-priced genuine leather fabric. The production of faux leather uses a synthetic polymer blend with a shell coating layer, which imitates the look of leather, on top of it.
There are two types of faux leather, and that is polyurethane (PU) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Both of these types are used to substitute leather in the creation of clothing, upholstery, and accessories. However, since PVC is not a breathable material, PU is the faux leather of choice for used for clothing and bags. On the other hand, PVC is used for book covers, and cases for devices.
The main benefit of faux leather over genuine leather is it can be dyed in different colors. Plus, it can also undergo different treatments to achieve different textures and designs. For the fashion designers, this versatility makes the use of faux leather in their collection a lot more beneficial. On the other hand, the end users benefit from this material not just because of its low price but because of its low maintenance as well.