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<span>So I bought some new jeans today, and I was pretty excited... Until I started to wonder if the little patch on the waist part that says the brand was real leather or not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Most of these little patches on other brands of jeans I have are don't look like real leather at all, and I don't think that the patch on my new jeans <i>looks</i> like leather but it smells like it.</span><br><span>Thoughts? I really like my new jeans and I don't want to return them (I got a good price!) but I don't want to support leather either.</span><br><br><span>(Sorry if this is in the wrong section! I wasn't quote sure where to post it.)</span>
 

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Do you really like them more than you really don't like animal skin?
 

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If you've already purchased them, you may as well keep them. Those little patches usually come off pretty easy. Use a very sharp razor, and slowly cut through each stitch behind the patch.<br><br>
If you're feeling badly about it, write a letter to the company that makes the jeans, explaining how upset it makes you.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Jess4921</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2907183"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
So I bought some new jeans today, and I was pretty excited... Until I started to wonder if the little patch on the waist part that says the brand was real leather or not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> ...<br><span>Thoughts? ...</span><br></div>
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I'd suggest the first thing you should do is contact the jeans company and ask what the patch was made of.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Hazelnut</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2907187"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
If you've already purchased them, you may as well keep them.</div>
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Why? When you can return them just as easy as it was to purchase them, and then your conscience is clear.
 

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<span>I just googled it, and it looks like some of the websites selling those jeans said that the patch is leather. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I forgot to ask about the return policy, but since I've already bought them would emailing the company like Hazelnut suggested be the best thing to do? I feel pretty bad now, I'm not sure what to do... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("></span>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Jess4921</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2907197"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><span>I just googled it, and it looks like some of the websites selling those jeans said that the patch is leather. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I forgot to ask about the return policy, but since I've already bought them would emailing the company like Hazelnut suggested be the best thing to do? I feel pretty bad now, I'm not sure what to do... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("></span></div>
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I would recommend e-mailing the jeans company and getting the true facts for sure. If they write back and tell you it's leather, then write back and ask them to consider making labels from non-animal products in the future.<br><br>
If you find out that the patch is leather, then I think that would be the time to consider whether or not to return the jeans.
 

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<span>Ok, I just emailed the company.</span>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>River</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2907190"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Why? When you can return them just as easy as it was to purchase them, and then your conscience is clear.</div>
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If you can be 100% sure of the fact that they will be put back on the shelves for sale as though you never walked away from them, even with tags removed, and its what you'd feel most comfortable doing, then return them.<br><br>
But, if they are just going to be chunked or thrown into a charity pile, what's the real difference if you keep them or not?<br><br>
Personally, I buy my clothes from Goodwill. At my local branch, most of what I get are store returns. I cut the leather tabs off.<br><br>
Whether you keep them, or they get donated to charity, you have still contributed to the overall demand of the product. The real lesson is to check on these things before the purchase is made. And, its important not to beat yourself up for your mistakes or you'll burn yourself out.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Hazelnut</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2907262"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
If you can be 100% sure of the fact that they will be put back on the shelves for sale as though you never walked away from them, even with tags removed, and its what you'd feel most comfortable doing, then return them.<br><br>
But, if they are just going to be chunked or thrown into a charity pile, what's the real difference if you keep them or not?<br><br>
Personally, I buy my clothes from Goodwill. At my local branch, most of what I get are store returns. I cut the leather tabs off.<br><br>
Whether you keep them, or they get donated to charity, you have still contributed to the overall demand of the product. The real lesson is to check on these things before the purchase is made. And, its important not to beat yourself up for your mistakes or you'll burn yourself out.</div>
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I would think that if you return them, and they get donated to charity that would be even better than just getting put back out for sale.
 

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I'd suggest the first thing you should do is contact the jeans company and ask what the patch was made of.</div>
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I would recommend e-mailing the jeans company and getting the true facts for sure. If they write back and tell you it's leather, then write back and ask them to consider making labels from non-animal products in the future.<br><br>
If you find out that the patch is leather, then I think that would be the time to consider whether or not to return the jeans.</div>
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this is what I was gonna say find out for sure and then decide....<br><br>
Peace<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<span>Well, the company hasn't responded yet. But I checked the receipt, and it says that sale items can't be returned, and my jeans were one sale. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> So unfortunately I can't return them now. There still might be a tiny chance that the leather is faux, but I'm sort of doubting it.</span><br><br><span>I've definately learned my lesson though, I feel pretty aweful for being that ignorant and just assuming that most jeans have faux leather patches, and I'll be much more careful next time. I guess that jeans aren't even safe from animal cruelty.</span><br><span>The patch is like permanantly attatched by these weird metal things though, so I don't think I can even take it off.</span><br><br><span>Maybe it will help offset my mistake if I donate to the humane society or something. I feel REALLY bad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("></span>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Jess4921</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2907313"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><span>Well, the company hasn't responded yet. But I checked the receipt, and it says that sale items can't be returned, and my jeans were one sale. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> So unfortunately I can't return them now. There still might be a tiny chance that the leather is faux, but I'm sort of doubting it.</span><br><br><span>I've definately learned my lesson though, I feel pretty aweful for being that ignorant and just assuming that most jeans have faux leather patches, and I'll be much more careful next time. I guess that jeans aren't even safe from animal cruelty.</span><br><span>The patch is like permanantly attatched by these weird metal things though, so I don't think I can even take it off.</span><br><br><span>Maybe it will help offset my mistake if I donate to the humane society or something. I feel REALLY bad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("></span></div>
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I wouldn't harp on it, now you know and it won't happen again. I wouldn't worry about it too much, you've done really nearly everything you could, contacted the company and asked, checked to see if they can be returned.<br><br>
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I wear biological jeans from C&A, no patch on it.
 

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Those labels are usually so thin that they are probably that paper and leather mix they use.<br><br>
compounded leather is it called? just cut it off with a pair of scissors.
 

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I wouldn't harp on it, now you know and it won't happen again. I wouldn't worry about it too much, you've done really nearly everything you could, contacted the company and asked, checked to see if they can be returned.<br><br>
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<br><span>Ok, thanks. That made me feel better. When ever the company responds, if it does turn out to be real leather I will ask them to consider making the jeans with faux leather patches instead.<br></span><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Those labels are usually so thin that they are probably that paper and leather mix they use.<br><br>
compounded leather is it called? just cut it off with a pair of scissors.</div>
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<br><span>The label for this brand is really thick compared to other jeans I have, and since it is attached with these metal buttons I don't think I would be able to take it off with out leaving holes in the jeans. I wish it looked easier to take off though, because I would.</span>
 

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You can try to cut though the shafts of the buttons with some wire cutters or metal snips instead of ripping them out, it'll leave smaller holes and then you can put some washable glue on the holes to keep them from fraying.<br><br>
I always check an item for leather parts before I purchase it. If you can get a look at the back of the leather-like piece usually you can tell if it is leather or vinyl. Leather would have a suede like appearance on the back of it, and vinyl often has a fabric like appearance to the back of it. Or, other imitations may sometimes have a felt like look or feel to the backs of them.
 

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Jess, what brand of jeans are they? Maybe we can do some hunting too.
 

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<span>The brand is Miss Me. They are kinda expensive so I've never bought those jeans before, but they were a birthday gift from my mom.</span><br><br><span>@Cienerose: That's the thing: It doesn't have the leather-like appearance on the back part of the tag, and I wouldn't have thought it was leather if it weren't for the smell!</span><br><br><span>They still haven't emailed me back yet.</span><br><br><span>Thanks for all the help/advice here, everyone.</span>
 

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There seem to be lots of stores and individuals selling them on the 'net, mentioning the "Miss Me leather tag", but that's not too official I suppose. The smell is usually how I tell too, to be fair. The jeans I've seen tend to either have leather, obvious non-leather fabric (cotton/polyester type stuff), or paperboard. Can you peel the tag apart? Then it wouldn't be leather.<br><br>
Regardless, I wouldn't sweat this purchase, especially if you can remove the tag. If you can take them back, then that would be awesome, but sometimes you just have to learn from mistakes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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