Since buying a leather bag is an investment, it is important that you take the time to choose a bag that is right for you. Don’t base your choice on style alone, because you will end up being disappointed in the long run. You want to ensure that your leather bag has all the right qualities to last and suit your long term needs.
Here are 6 questions you should ask yourself when shopping for a leather bag.
Is the bag real leather?
Typically, the type of leather will be listed on the tag inside the bag. However, there may be some instances when there is no tag attached. In this case, you can view the back of the leather. Search for an area that is loose and pull it up so you can view the back of the leather. If the backing appears to be fabric, then it is vinyl. Some prefer the old time method, which is “if it smells like leather, then it must be leather.”
What type of leather is the bag constructed with?
If possible, find out what type of animal the leather came from. In the order from highest to lowest leather quality, it goes cow, sheep, goat, and pig. Once this is determined, you should check the bag over for any natural markings. The fewer amount of markings on a full grain hide, will cause the bag to be more expensive. Also, the size of the bag will play a determining factor in the price. The more leather that is used, the more expensive it will be. All aspects of the bag need to be considered, such as if the lining is leather,as well as the thickness of the leather. These factors will help give you a general idea of the quality that the leather bag possesses.
How well is the leather bag constructed?
It is very important that you pay attention to the stitching, as well as the hardware that is used. We can expect to see some flaws when it comes to the natural look of leather, but anything that is done during the manufacturing phase should not show any flaws. View the stitching to see if it is straight and even. The quality of leather can be outstanding, but if the bag is poorly stitched, then it could easily fall apart. Check all the hardware to see if everything functions correctly. All this will help you determine the quality of the bag.
Is the bag functional?
When you are making an invest, you want to make sure that you are buying something that you will use for a long period of time. Therefore, you need to look at the functionality of the leather bag. Will it work in your everyday life? Is it big enough to carry all I need it to carry? If you get a bag that does not suit your needs, you will more than likely never carry it.
Do you like the style?
While style is not everything, it is a huge determining factor. You want to purchase a leather bag that makes you feel comfortable, and can be incorporated in any look that you desire. Fashion is all about being unique and feeling comfortable in the way you look. Pay attention to the type of metals that you wear. If you wear silver most often, then you want to shop for a bag that has silver finishings. Look at the bags that you currently own. What makes your favorite bag your favorite? You may want to ensure that your new bag has the same qualities. These are just small things to think of, but they could become the determining factor of which bag to buy.
How much is it?
You need to consider how often the bag will be carried. Will this be a bag that you only use on occasion or everyday? This factor will help you determine how much you want to spend on the bag. You will not want to go all out and purchase a stunning full grain leather bag if you only plan to use it a few times.