Let's Talk Leather
More specifically, let's talk faux leather vs. genuine leather. The biggest thing to watch for when shopping for leather earrings, is to make sure you know what you are getting.
I used to work a lot with faux leather - the product was a LOT cheaper than genuine leather, and I was trying to match my prices with other boutiques in the area. But the more I worked with it, the less I liked it.
Faux leather is not comparable in durability with genuine leather. The fabric doesn't hold up well when you punch holes for the ear hooks. The fibers fray around the edges. So I soon decided to switch to genuine leather only. The cost up front is a lot more, and therefore the price of the finished product is more. The durability and versatility of genuine leather is well worth the price. I feel like I can completely stand behind my product. I didn't like selling faux leather, it wasn't something I would by buy as a consumer, and I didn't feel comfortable offering it, because I didn't trust the quality.
Faux leather is great for a multi-layer style. It's also good for very large earrings, or if you have very sensitive ears. Also, if you like to switch up your style often, and you aren't looking for a long term pair of earrings, then faux leather can be a great option! As you look through my designs you will notice I work with more geometric styles and shapes than multiple layers. Genuine leather holds up much better for my designs, and so that's what I have decided to use!
As you are shopping for friends and family this season, make sure you know what you are getting. Often times, earrings advertised as "leather" aren't actually leather, but a faux leather/fabric substitute. Always watch for "genuine" leather if you want durability and long lasting jewelry.