Customers ask me all the time “is that real leather?” At Saugerties Furniture the answer is always YES! We only offer top-grain leather on all of our Smith Brothers of Berne Leather furniture. Sofas, chairs, recliners and sectionals are all available in 100% top grain full leather. Why top grain only? Only top grain leather because of its inherent durability, comfort and longevity. A quality leather sofa will see many years of use with annual conditioning.
There are a lot of leather substitutes on the market today and many are deceiving to the customer. Some of the most popular are:
Bonded leather is not leather at all, rather a vinyl sprayed on cotton fabric with leather scraps ground up and sprayed on the back of the fabric to resemble leather.
Bicast leather is again not really leather. Bicast is a leather split with a thick coat of PU or polyurethane applied to the surface to enhance texture and create shine.
Low quality leather with an artificial leather look applied to the surface of a hide that would be otherwise not useable for furniture.
These leather substitutes offer cost savings at the expense of long-term usability and comfort. Cracking, peeling, and seam separation is a common complaint. Lack of breathability is another issue with synthetic leather.
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Jonathan, 3rd generation owner of Saugerties Furniture