Finding a knockoff version of the fur you want under the Christmas tree would ordinarily be a disappointment.
Not this year.
Faux is the new black this season for holiday gifts. But this isn’t the ‘‘pleather’’ of the 1980s — that cheap, plastic-looking material made popular by Michael Jackson during his ‘‘Thriller’’ days.
A $198 fuzzy brown coat at Banana Republic has a prominently placed tag that reads ‘‘faux fur.’’ Dresses with ‘‘vegan leather’’ accents are flying off virtual shelves at shopbop.com. And at luxury retailer Barney’s, a Marni faux leather three-quarter sleeve jacket sells for $1,900. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.