Known for its versatility and durability, leather is a timeless fabric suitable for many uses. One of our favourite uses of this fabric is in the production of quality bags. Leather bags combine utility and fashion, and will rarely look out of place in any ensemble. More importantly, well-made leather bags stand the test of time. In fact, the longer they’re used, the better they’ll look!
There are a plethora of leather bag products available in the market, and it can be tough to separate the high-quality ones from the rest. Here are four things to consider if you’re looking to buy your first leather bag.
1. Bag Type
Leather bags are available in all shapes and sizes. Knowing what specific functionality you need should narrow down your choices significantly. Are you looking for a leather backpack that you can sling around your shoulders for everyday use? Maybe you’re looking to class up your workday ensemble with a leather laptop bag. If you’re the adventuring type in need of a good bag to stow away your essentials, you’ll find good use from a nice leather duffle bag.
Understanding what type of bag you’re looking for is crucial to finding the perfect one. Not sure what you need? Do some research. Once you narrow the bag type down, your shopping experience will be a lot more efficient.
2. Leather Quality
It can be tough to tell authentic leather from faux leather. One surefire way to spot a store selling faux leather is to compare the surface of their products. Authentic leather products will not be an exact match, even if they were made by the same manufacturer with identical specifications. This is because real leather comes from actual animal hides, and no two hides are the same.
Meanwhile, faux leather is made from a mixture of polyurethane and polyester and undergoes a series of processes to give a touch and feel comparable to authentic leather. While there is nothing wrong with buying and using these materials, genuine leather costs significantly more, and you should be aware of this before you make a purchase. Additionally, if you’re aiming for that “aged patina” look, you’re out of luck. Faux leather will always look the way it did when it came out of the factory—until it degrades, of course!
3. Quality Materials and Handiwork
Not every leather bag is of good quality. You’ll need to inspect the rest of the workmanship, aside from the leather. Does the stitching look tight and clean? Are the locks functioning properly? Run the zippers across and see if there is any resistance.
Keep in mind that these items will receive more wear and will likely go out before the leather. It’s these little things that often add up to the cost of the bag and are the real differentiating factor of quality. Not everyone can tell hide from leatherette, but everybody knows the hassle of a broken zipper.
4. Compartments and Bag Space
Form follows function. You’ll want your bag to serve your lifestyle, not the other way around. Make sure that your bag has enough compartments for easy organisation, and enough space to carry the items you need. If it’s carrying valuable electronics such as your laptop, make sure it has enough padding to offer some protection.
Bespoke and unique, authentic leather products stand the test of time. If you’re looking for something functional that also speaks to your personality in time, you’ll definitely find good use out of a good leather bag for a long time. You might even be able to hand it down to your loved ones, who will appreciate the story and personality of a leather bag that’s seen some action, and lived long enough to tell it.
Vintage Leather sells everything from leather passport wallets to weekender bags in Australia. Visit our website today to browse through our collection now!
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