I love the feel of real leather. And I love the durability of leather. It’s easy to clean, and with proper care it will last for decades. Caring for it is easy, too – you can wipe up most spills easily without fear of the leather being ruined. When given the choice of leather versus “pleather” I will take the real thing every time (if it’s within my budget to do so!)
Yes, leather can be expensive, but as with just about everything, you get what you pay for. I consider leather purchases when durability is an issue.
Do you have any leather briefcases? My wife gave me one many years ago when I got a promotion at work from a non-management job to a management job. It was a really nice gift, and I used it every day for many years. That briefcase was my constant companion whenever I was doing anything work related. It made me feel important and efficient!
So when my youngest son graduates from college next spring I plan to buy him a leather briefcase too, as one of his graduation gifts. I know that he is planning to pursue a job in policy making and I think that he will appreciate a gift that will last a long time.