Leather Bag Singapore: How to Choose the Best Leather Bags

Posted on 09 April 2019

Buying leather bags can be a challenging task. There are different types of leather and also synthetic leather.

Manufactures and leather bag Singapore shop owners are finding new ways to sell synthetic leather disguised as genuine.

Fortunately, there are a few simple tips on how to buy genuine leather bags. Check out the article below to know more about leather and the best leather bags of 2019.

Leather Bags

Leather is commonly used for luxury bags and other designer labels. It is because it can easily be cut, shaped, and designed in many ways. Furthermore, its durability has been tested by time.

There is no question that leather is one of the most favorite materials by many fashion aficionados.

Types of Leather for Bags

There are many different types of leather currently being used, from the highest quality to the lowest grade.

Below is a list of the types of leather fit for bags.

Full-grain Leather

Full-grain leather is at the top of the chain for quality and refers to leather that wasn’t sanded or buffed out to remove imperfections or marks.

Full-grain leather that is most natural and popular are featured in the highest quality of bags.

Top-grain Leather

Top-grain leather is a split layer with the imperfections taken away. This makes it thinner and easier to work with. It is second for quality.

High-end products, like handbags, commonly use top-grain leather. The surface is sanded and finished giving it a smooth look and feel.

Most of the breathability is taken away during the finish, but it also prevents stains that would sink into full-grain leather.

Suede Leather

Suede has a napped surface and is found in the underside of the skin. It has a top grain rawhide that is removed to leave behind the drop split. It is formed from split leather.

It can be further divided or sanded to reach the appropriate thickness. Suede has a signature textured feel. Goat, lamb, calf or deerskin are used instead since cow leather has a rough feel.

It’s less durable since it’s thinner. It absorbs liquid easily because of its porous surface. Nubuck is top grain and is lightly sanded on the outside. It is a more durable cattle hide leather. It has a short nap that gives it the velvety feel.

Genuine or Corrected Grain Leather

Artificial grain is added to the surface of genuine or ‘corrected’ grain leather. It is not high-quality leather.

It’s a leather-like pattern impressed into the surface. It is sprayed with a stain or dye to give it a fake grain for a more natural appearance.

Corrected grain leather doesn’t last as long or looks as nice as the better quality grain of the leather.

Bonded Leather

Bonded leather is the lowest grade and is made up of leftover scrap pieces of leather that are shredded to a near pulp.

The shreds are bonded together on top of a fiber sheet using polyurethane or latex. Only the manufacturer would know the level of organic leather versus chemical.

Italian Leather

Italian leather is known as the very best for its craftsmanship. Care goes into manufacturing, and only the best quality hides are used.

Italian leather is not mass produced in the Asian market like other leather. Natural vegetable and plant extracts that turn hide into leather are used by Italian leather designers.

Identifying Genuine Leather

Check the Label

Information about the type of leather they have used to make the merchandise is proudly given to you by most high-end leather product manufacturers.

Leather furniture or accessories without any tags are recommended to avoid. It’s an evident red light that the manufacturer is trying to conceal the authenticity of leather.

Feel the Texture

Authentic leather will have a varying or uneven texture since it comes from animal hide. The product may be faux leather if the surface grain feels extra smooth.

Look for Imperfections

Authentic leather has minor imperfections. It exhibits an inconsistent surface pattern. In other words, an indication of genuine leather are scratches, creases, and wrinkles.

Feel the Warmth

Authentic leather equals a cozy and warm feeling to the touch. On the other hand, Faux leather feels cold and lifeless.

Check the Elasticity

Authentic leather changes color when stretched and has better elasticity just like any animal skin.

Natural leather will wrinkle under pressure if you press your finger firmly against it. However, it will quickly regain its original shape.

Smell the Product

A distinct leathery smell is evident in real leather. On the other hand, synthetic leather material smells like plastic.

Look for Rough Edges

As genuine leather is made of several layers, the edges often fray over time. Faux leather products, however, have smooth edges.

Test Absorbing Ability

Natural leather readily absorbs moisture, unlike its synthetic counterparts. Try to splash a drop of water on your leather merchandise and see if it soaks up the water in seconds. If it’s heavily absorbent, it’s most likely authentic.

Do the Fire Test

Burn the designated area using a matchstick. Faux leather smells of burning plastic, while authentic leather will slightly char and produce a distinct smell of burnt hair.

Mind the Cost

Authentic leather will always be expensive, irrespective of how hard you bargain. There are no cheap deals when it comes to leather shopping.

Keep the Types of Leather in Mind

The more you know about leather, the better. So, try to understand as much you can about the different types of leather to help you when you purchase leather items.
Hottest Leather Bags of 2019

Hepburn Bold Chain Satchel

Inspired by the iconic persona of Audrey Hepburn, the Hepburn collection features a beautiful frame for a graceful appearance, marked by a fashion-forward accent.

Its luxurious quilted leather body comes with an avant-garde walnut crystal acrylic chain for an edgy look. This satchel is another beautiful take on the current trend of shrinking bags that are taking the runways by storm.

Features and Design

GENERAL

  • Stock code: TTK518FT0004-0608/SS
  • Colour: Brown / Black
  • Material: Quilted textured cowhide
  • Hardware: Walnut crystal acrylic

    EXTERIOR
  • Top hidden magnetic snap closure
  • Single acrylic chain strap

    INTERIOR
  • 1 Zip pocket
  • 1 Card compartment

    DIMENSIONS
  • L22 H21 W10 cm

Good For

  • Women who love the classics with a twist.

Aimee Leather Tote

It is a gorgeous classic silhouette crafted in genuine soft pebble grain cowhide. This roomy Tote bag can be paired with almost any work or casual outfit and is available in 7 colors to pair.

Features and Design

GENERAL

  • Stock code: TSK516TO0001-0008/LS
  • Colour: Black
  • Material: Cowhide
  • Hardware: Gold

    EXTERIOR
  • Open top with clip closure
  • Dual flat handles

    INTERIOR
  • 1 Zip pocket
  • 2 Slip pockets
  • 2 Tabs with snap closure
  • 1 D-ring

    DIMENSIONS
  • L36 H32 W15 cm

Good For

  • Women who love the classics.

Julia Cadre Top Handle

This deceptively spacious yet functional top handle features 2 SIM/SD card holders and 2 Mobile phone / portable charger pockets with cord organizer and detachable key ring. 

We provide you with an additional long strap to give you the option of crossbody carry. Perfect for work settings.

Features and Design

GENERAL

  • Stock code: TSK502DT0002-0054/LS
  • Colour: Dark pink
  • Material: Cowhide
  • Hardware: Gold

    EXTERIOR
  • Top zip closure
  • Dual flat handles
  • Back zip pocket

    INTERIOR
  • 1 Top zip compartment
  • 1 Zip compartment
  • 2 Mobile phone / portable charger pockets with cord organizer and detachable key ring
  • 1 Transparent card slot
  • 2 SIM/SD card holders

    ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES
  • Leather bag charm
  • Adjustable/detachable flat long leather strap

    DIMENSIONS
  • L32 H22 W12 cm

Good For

  • Women who love being organized

Cherimoya Wave Hobo

This unique and versatile silhouette is crafted from pebble-grain embossed cowhide. We provide you with an additional long strap to give you the option of crossbody carry.

Moreover, with the natural transition from office friendly fashion to street chic, this hobo will go great with almost any outfits.

Features and Design

GENERAL

  • Stock code: TTK458HB0011-0003/LS
  • Colour: Blue
  • Material: Pebble-grain embossed cowhide
  • Hardware: Silver

    EXTERIOR
  • Dual magnetic snap closure
  • Double flat handles
  • Detachable flat leather strap

    INTERIOR
  • Pouch w/ top zip closure
  • 2 Mobile phone pockets
  • 1 Zip pocket
  • Key holder (Clip)

    ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES
  • Adjustable/detachable long leather strap
  • Leather bag charm

    DIMENSIONS
  • 5 H27 W22 cm

Good For

  • Women who deserve to stand out.

Rosé Square Tote

True to the principle of diversity behind the Rosé Collection, this two-tone handbag is flexible in terms of color options and its interior is equipped with a multitude of organizational features.

With so much functionality within a single bag, the Rosé handbag represents chicness at its finest. Perfect for everyday carry on any occasion.

Features and Design

GENERAL

  • Stock code: TTK513TO0016-0054/LS
  • Colour: Pink and Burgundy
  • Material: Cowhide
  • Hardware: Gold

    EXTERIOR
  • Hidden magnetic snap closure
  • Dual flat strap
  • 2 D-rings

    INTERIOR
  • 2 Zip pockets
  • 1 Slip pocket
  • 1 Tab organizer
  • 3 D-rings
  • 1 Bottle compartment
  • 1 Umbrella compartment

    DIMENSIONS
  • L28 H30 W12 cm

Good For

  • Versatile women.

Takeaway

Leather is a costly material. However, the quality and luxury it gives cannot be satisfied by other materials. Unfortunately, there are a lot of materials that are meant to replicate leather for lesser quality.

In choosing leather bags, it is a must that you know how to identify quality leather from the fakes. A small act of cautiousness would go a long way in purchasing leather.

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