“100% Real Italian Leather” couches for $900 and club chairs for $250…all seems to good to be true and it is. Furniture companies in North America are taking advantage of consumers and skewing the public’s understanding as to what “real” leather is.
What few people in North America realize is that in North America Bi-cast leather is allowed to be sold as 100% Real Leather. People every day are buying furniture that they think is real leather that is actually bi-cast. In most European countries, Australia and New Zealand bi-cast has to be marketed and sold as “coated” leather.
So what is Bi-cast (By-cast) leather. Bi-cast leather is made from ground up split leather. Split leather is the fibrous part of the hide that is separated from the upper part of the hide during the tanning process. The split leather is ground up and blended with epoxies or glues and is then turned into a rolled good. Next a layer
of plastic or vinyl is laminated to the rolled split. Read the rest of this entry »