Which Leather is Best for Your Bags?

August 3, 2017

Purchasing a leather bag can be overwhelming. You may be searching for something that will wear well over time, yet there are so many options to choose from. Aside from the style alone, you also need to consider the type of leather, color, as well as the finish of the leather bag. That being said, there can be a hefty price tag dangling off of that beauty of a bag that you’ve been lusting for.

When I was younger, I shopped purely for style alone. I didn’t care what type of leather my bag was made out of, how it felt, or the longevity of the product. All I cared about was that it looked stylish. (Side note, if you happen to purchase imitation leather such as PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or PU (polyurethane), they come with great price options, but the quality isn’t always there, and it doesn’t compare to real leather. These garments can feel like plastic, and can even squeak when you move. There are some decent options, but make sure to evaluate the quality before purchasing these items). They won’t wear well over time, like a great quality leather bag.

After working with leather throughout my career, I’ve been exposed to many different types, colors, and finishes of skins. Since then, the quality of leather, and longevity of the product became important to me. I didn’t just choose cheap, fashionable bags anymore. I thought of these items as investment pieces, and would pay a pretty penny for a statement bag. Accessories can outshine your outfit, and they do complete your look. You can easily get away with choosing an outfit on a budget, but still keep an elevated look by “upping” your accessories game. It’s truly all about the way you present your look. Statement bags are a “win win.”

With that being said, the best leather option for your bags is full grain, cowhide leather, which you can read more about here. It is the best natural hide, without imperfections. You want your bags to be sturdy and strong. These bags will wear well over time. Full grain is one of the highest qualities of leather. There are many other options such as lambskin, which is well known for it’s touch, but not as durable for handbags or travel bags. You want these pieces to hold their shape well, and age gracefully over time, forming a patina. Be aware that even if a bag is tagged as “genuine leather,” it may not be cut from the best possible skins, as there are many grades to choose from when creating a garment. The lower grade skins may mean that the product is not as sturdy as full grain, hence you’ll see a lower price point on that style. It’s worth fully investigating the style that you are choosing, as there is so much more to consider than just the price tag. If you are opting for an investment piece, you want this to be worth the investment.

So my fashionistas, I hope I’ve given you a bit of education for your next shopping spree. When you choose your next investment piece, don’t forget, “one for you, one for me!” If you are interested in any additional leather information, you can find it at Mahi Leather. Happy shopping! xx

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