Faux is a fake, it’s not real, it’s just an imitation. But what’s wrong with that? Fake tan, fake tits, fake nails – we’re all guilty of being a little bit false every now and again aren’t we? And if you want a less pricey and totally cruelty-free alternative to leather then faux is exactly what you’re after.
Faux leather has been around for yonks, and in it’s simplest form was made by spreading layers of coloured linseed oil or resin onto a cotton material backing until the fabric looked like, and had some of the wear qualities, of real leather. Nowadays the majority of artificial leather – whether it’s shiny, matt, sueded or grained – is still made from cow-friendly, although not exactly earth-friendly, materials like polyurethane or PVC (polyvinyl chloride).
When it comes to clothes made out of faux leather it definitely pays to go for the more pricey stuff as it’s far better quality and is much more like fine genuine leather, although it’s lighter and easier to care for. And if you want faux leather trousers you want to go for fabric that’s soft, lightweight, and stretchy, and ideally has some breathability so it’s not too sweaty (unless you like that sort of thing!).
If you’re after some imitation leather trousers (Antoine) (Bridgette) – jeans, skinny fit, cargos, for women, and for guys – that are made from a hi-tec fabric that’s offers all of the above and more then take a look at www.libertinesque.com. French designer Patrice Catanzaro creates trousers in a material called Laqué; it’s been developed especially for him from a blend of polyester and elastane, and is woven in a single layer so it won’t peel apart, fray or snag.
It’s ultra soft and is super stretchy so it moulds to your shape perfectly. And it’s breathable. And hand washable, so no expensive dry-cleaning bills. And it won’t fade or bleach in the sun. And any creases drop out within minutes. I could go on and on but I’m starting to bore myself now! Suffice to say that Patrice’s laqué trousers are genuinely gorgeous and there’s nothing ‘faux’ about that.
Contribution by Fanny