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Why You Should Never Buy Faux Leather

Faux leather is just what it sounds like – fake leather. Over the last decade, faux leather has become increasingly popular in households around the world. At first glance, you may not be able to tell the difference between this fake leather and real, authentic leather.

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How do I tell if I have leather or vinyl?

We are often asked by our customers: How Do I Tell If I Have Leather Or Vinyl? Genuine or Imitation Leather? This sometimes can be nearly impossible just by visual determination but is an important step to take before placing your order for a repair kit or maintenance products.

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Toyota Busted for Faux Leather Claims

We recently inducted Kia Motors into The Hog Ring‘s “Hall of Shame” for duping customers into believing that its popular Sportage SUV is trimmed in genuine leather – when, in fact, it features almost no real leather at all.

Sadly, we must now induct Toyota Motor Corporation for a similar offense.

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Kia Drivers Duped into Faux Leather

Kia Motors is being criticized for misleading customers into believing that its popular Sportage SUV is trimmed in genuine leather – when, in fact, it features almost no real leather at all.

The issue came to light after a member of an owners’ forum noticed that Kia had updated its online spec sheet with an asterisk next to its mention of “luxurious full leather” to let customers know that it was, in fact, faux.

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Who Are We?

We represent a consortium of companies from the leather hide and protein industries that are interested in bringing truth to a world filled with deception. Fake Leather products are sold around the globe every day under the impression that they are real leather and this is wrong. Consumers deserve to make an educated choice of what they spend their hard-earned money on and should never be misled into paying more for an inferior product. Through this awareness campaign, we are helping to bring transparency to consumers.

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring truth to consumers around the world regarding the luxury, sustainability, and overall benefits of leather. It is wrong to engage in deceptive selling practices and we strive to help end the deceptive selling of fake leather products through this consumer awareness campaign.

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In addition to any remedies that we may have at law or in equity, if Is It Leather determines, in its sole discretion, that you have violated or are likely to violate the foregoing prohibitions, it may take any action it deems necessary to cure or prevent the violation, including without limitation, the immediate removal of the related materials from the Site. We will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order or subpoena requesting or directing us to disclose the identity of anyone posting such materials.

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