Woow!I'm so sorry about all your bad experiences.
I must say that I purchased several items from VCF back in 1998, including a leather 3pc green Italian Family Room set and it is still in perfect condition. I clean it once a year with a good quality leather cleaner I bought for my Lexus interior from the car dealership. No complaints here, after 18+ years.
Unlike my daughter who purchased her LR furniture the same year, the only thing that has failed is a screw fell out of one of her glass end tables on the bottom crisscross support bar.She probably vacuumed it up not realizing what it was.