On my search for the perfect leather slouchy pull-on pant, (found: Theory Korene), I came across numerous pants and skirts in faux leather. I would usually pass on faux instantly, but then I looked at the variety of designers, and many of them high-end, who offered faux leather pieces. I expected this from Stella McCartney, but was frankly surprised to see Lanvin and Saint Laurent in this same circle. It got me thinking about why I was so opposed to faux. The answer was simply my assumption all faux looked cheap. And I think it used to, but technology has greatly improved the texture, feel and hand of faux to be a serious contender in the leather market. I’ve seen this in interior fabrications, where good faux leather is hard to distinguish from the real thing, so I surprised myself with my naivety. Aside from leather accessories and a jacket here and there, I haven’t paid that much attention to leather clothing for several years. But with the cycle of fashion, it’s suddenly front and center on my radar. Blame it on Leila Yavari who has taken wearing leather in classic fresh ways to a new level. So, now that I’m considering faux leather for clothing, I wonder why I still object to faux leather handbags and shoes. That’s a line I don’t think I can cross.