The patent leather I remember is definitely synthetic and quite fragile.'Patent leather' is leather, though, isn't it?
(I'm dying to make some kind of joke about it being patently leather... but it's not funny, is it )
The patent leather I remember is definitely synthetic and quite fragile.
You are correct and I stand corrected .Actually, although it may have seemed synthetic, "patent" leather is real leather finished to a hard, shiny surface. Apparently called "patent" leather because the process was once patented.
Leatherette is made from paper or fabric materials and I believe that most "faux leather" products are now made from vinyl.