Choosing a leather bag for those looking for one is sometimes a real headache. What brand, what style, at what price, made in France, the brand known or not, etc. So, for once, let’s dwell a little on what counts to buy a good leather bag, that is to say, it is quality and preferably durable because it does not flow from source concerning this accessory so popular but sometimes disappointing beyond a few months or years.
Rest assured, no question here of making yourself a tedious thought on the details to take into account to buy a beautiful bag of durable quality; no, just some practical common-sense advice.
Simple and complex
The quality of a bag is simple and complicated. There is the visible and the invisible.
Simple because we know the necessary criteria perfectly:
The origin, preparation, and finishing of the leather: this will be decisive for the longevity of the skin but also for a lasting aesthetic. Vegetable tanning (and not vegetable leather) is a more significant advantage, the “full-grain” quality too, for example. So much for the high end but you can also choose from the corrected or pigmented flower for a more modest price, that’s good too. Let us add that a split leather bag can be of good quality by its manufacture if it is sold at the right price. The genuine leather handbags are there with the best time now.
The nature of the manufacturing: artisanal or industrial, handmade, or machine. Again, predominant for durability, the quality of the seams and assemblies will guarantee the solidity of the bag. Hand-sewn (saddle stitch) or handcrafted machine is preferred over the welded / glue of all-comers.
Accessories: such as buckles, zips, fastening systems, and links such as carabiners or buckles are all pieces that can let you go over the years and that also requires a minimum of quality. Prefer metal.
The place of manufacture: A plus for certain articles but a random criterion, however; there are mediocre bags made in France and good bags made in India or China. Interesting but not decisive. Up to you.
The rarity of the model: It is a safe bet that a model of the bag with strong promotion will be manufactured on a large scale with all the inherent defects in this kind of production. Prefer more confidential series.
Complicated because it is very difficult to have precise information and objective guarantees from the seller or the brand itself when you buy the bag, even (especially?) When the brand is very well known. Look at the labels: despite the legislation in force, there are rarely precise indications (Origin, type of leather) and sellers are rarely talkative about this information.