GENUINE LEATHER PRODUCTS
A quality leather product can last a very long time before it begins to fade and wear, and most people won't be keeping their bag for that long. However, you can expect a good quality bag, made from full grain leather, that is oiled regularly and stored carefully to last upwards.
Is a £25 leather bag made from the same type of leather as a £2000.00 bag?
As we all know leather is expensive and most durable you get what you pay for. There are 3 types of leather which is commonly used to make bags, belts or wallets…. genuine leather, top-grain leather, or full-grain leather.
How do you know if it is real quality? Most people will tell you that Real leather will always smell like leather. Most fake leathers which are chemically treated smell like plastic. It is the smell that will define the quality leather apart. From a visual aspect pay close attention to how the product feels, is it thick, thin, looks like plastic?
On your pre purchase of your leather item look out for any type of labelling for your product. Pay attention to anything marked as "full-grain." Full grain consists of the top-quality leather that you can find today. Be wary of any leather product labelling which says, "made with full-grain leather," this might mean that part of the product is not full-grain.
Always check the edges of your leather product. Look out for a bluish colour which indicates an issue with the tanning. The tanning process was not completed properly. The blemishes on the product can be hidden by paint.
A good guide to quality leather on your product will be the quality stitching.
Poor quality stitching will indicate an inferior leather.
On most leather products the leather quality will be stamped on the underside of a belt or inside of the bag, wallet or briefcase .We must not get confused when we talk about genuine leather which means that the product is made from leather but might mean made from a lesser quality if leather. High quality leather will last longer than genuine leather and it looks much nicer.
Top grain leather is used in most Women’s purses and Men’s wallets which are most used by most Designer brands. The leather in making these types of products are designed to have a uniformed look which is void of any imperfection which includes colour treatment.
Full grain leather is most used to produce heavy-duty items ranging from briefcases to gun holsters, shoes etc… The full grain leather is as ‘tough as old boots’ and is regarded as the best leather that money can buy mainly due to its durability If you buy any range of product made from this type of leather it will last a lifetime unlike any product which is made from bonded leather which is formed of scraps of leather conglomerated to form one piece.
There is also patent leather which is a type of coated leather that has a high-gloss finish. The coating process was introduced to the United States and improved by inventor Seth Boyden, of Newark, New Jersey, in 1818, with commercial manufacture beginning September 20, 1819.
There is also Corrected-grain leather which is a top-grain leather which has been more rigorously sanded and buffed to remove flaws and then embossed with an 'artificial' grain to achieve a more uniform look. It's often treated with a semi-aniline finish or pigmented dye.
As we all know a leather bag is a good investment as well as most fashionable item irrespective of brand. They last a lifetime, and only look better the more you use it. The upfront cost will be more than a synthetic counterpart, but the lifetime of the product is far higher.