GENUINE LEATHER . . . The word alone invokes imagery and fantasies of oppulance: "King of Fabrics" Mark of Luxury - the unmistakable aromatic fragrance that is derived from individual tanning processes, the luxurious suppleness and sensuousness, all excite our senses. Genuine leather cannot be imitated and has no substitute for strength, durability, and restorability.
Our earliest ancestors learned that the hides from other animals offered protection from the elements, warmth, and lasted indefinitely. There are many opinions and specials on the interesting facets of this "original" upholstery material.
When Robert Ballard discovered the wreck of the Titanic, among the artifacts that were recovered intact were leather satchels, shoes, and wallets. The leather in the wallets actually protected and kept intact the currency enveloped in them.