There aren’t many fashion accessories out there that are as universally loved and coveted as leather bags, particularly leather handbags.
However, it’s easy to fall in love with the first one you come across, despite there being lots of important factors to consider.
So, to keep you on the right track, here are five things to look out for when buying your leather handbag.
Safety is one of the most important aspects of any bag and certainly shouldn’t be disregarded for even the most beautiful handbag. Your handbag is likely to be holding some of your most essential possessions, so keeping those safe should be a priority.
Any bag you buy should have security features, such as these leather handbags from Lakeland Leather which have zips, buckles, and fold pockets to keep your possessions out of harm’s way. Before you buy your new bag, take a look at its safety features and test them out - it’s better to be safe than sorry.
What do you want your bag to say about you? Any part of your outfit will have an effect on your overall style, so it’s wise to choose something that reflects you and which version of you you’ll be when you’re wearing it.
As an example, if you like to look sharp at the workplace and that’s where you’ll most frequently be wearing your new handbag, try to stay away from bold patterns and scruffy edges. However, if you want your new bag to reflect the more relaxed side of your personality, opting for something with a bit more character could be appropriate.
Leather products should be seen as an investment as, if they’re well cared for, they have the potential to be a lifelong feature of your wardrobe. Durability also contributes to the lifespan of a leather handbag so, if you want a long-lasting bag, look at its durability.
When it comes to durability, there are two main things to consider: (1) the precision of the stitching and (2) the selection of leather. As a general rule, full-grain leather is known to be the most durable, so that’s something to keep in mind.
High-quality and poor-quality leathers may look similar, especially when they’re new, but only a high-quality leather will stand the test of time. For some tips and tricks on how to separate the wheat from the chaff, read this post from Business Insider.
Leather commonly comes in 4 different colours: dark brown, light brown, tan, and black. Some of these colours will be appropriate for all outfits whilst others will only match certain other colours, so keep this in mind before you purchase.
Blacks and darks browns are perfect for professional environments as they’re more formal and give an air of authority; dark brown leather is also famed for staying more or less intact year after year. Light browns and tans, while still work appropriate, are better suited to a more informal work environment.
Your new leather bag should have a manufacturer’s label (this is often located within one of the inside pockets) and this will display its care guidelines. Different leathers will have varying care guidelines so it’s always worth checking.
If a certain bag is too high-maintenance for your lifestyle, it’s better to check the label before you purchase. If you’re unsure what some of the symbols mean, this guide will be able to clarify some of them.