What is Pleather?

Pleather is a “plastic leather” or synthetic leather. It is available in a variety of weights and forms. Some forms of pleather have a suede-like surface while others have a smooth finish. Synthetic leather is much more economical than leather and easier to sew.

Leather in all forms is a speciality material in millinery and used often to block button hats, create trimmings and flowers.

Leather is extremely durable and hard wearing, easy to clean and maintain so a popular choice in designing headwear as well as a good choice for a buyer. With environmental issues and sustainability, a big issue now, we like seeing faux leathers and Pleather’s being used more and more.

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Pleather is usually a fabric-backed material which makes it very versatile in designs but needs to be handled with care especially when being used with a sewing machine, which means additional time is applied when creating a headpiece, but the end results are stunning and well worth the extra workmanship.

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Pleather is environmentally friendly, animal friendly and cost effective. Its material that is easy to clean and it does not scuff or crack as easily as genuine leather. With a price tag 20-30% less the real thing you get stunning pieces in a desirable material at a lower cost whilst having a piece with little maintenance that will last.

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