This is why:
Vinyl is plastic. From what I found on the internet it’s 100% plastic. The most common use for it is flooring, but think also about medical gloves and catheters. Not a sexy product.
PRO - bacteria resistant and easy to clean
PRO - cheap
CON - doesn’t breath
CON - it’s basically plastic. And it feels like plastic.
Skai (this is actually a brand name turned into a generic name) or faux leather:
To imitate the leather, textile is printed with a plastic. In this plastic, they print a structure or design, often making it look like leather.
PRO - becomes softer with aging
PRO - sometimes it can be really difficult to see the difference with leather
PRO - no cows were killed (and I say this eating a delicious roastbeef sandwich)
CON - more expensive then vinyl
Conclusion: when the boyfriend ripped it apart, the bottom of the black cracked thing was soft like fabric. So it’s skai, not vinyl. I think. What do you think?