Whenever you handover your hard-earned money for anything, it helps to think about end use and if it fits your needs.
So you’ve got a ready-made checklist at your disposal. You’re welcome.
- WILL YOU’RE LEATHER BAG FIT IN AIRLINE OVERHEAD COMPARTMENTS?
The general rule is around 105 linear cms. This means the sum total of the length + width + depth cannot exceed 105cm. alternatively, work on around 48-56cm (18-22”).
- REAL OR FAKE LEATHER BAG, HOW TO MAKE OUT THE DIFFERENCE?
You will get a fair idea by touching and smelling the leather, but if you’re unsure, ask. If the salesperson is unsure, don’t take the risk.
There is so much faux/cheap/bonded leather in the market these days that it pays to ask if it’s real, genuine, premium, top-grain, top-shelf leather, the only way to be sure is your sense of smell and touch.
- NUMBER OF POCKETS/COMPARTMENT?
There are basically two types of people.
One is a shove it all into one space and find it later kind of guy. Others are a place for everything and everything in its place type of people. Depending on your requirements, make sure the structure or the layout of your next leather bags suits your needs and of course style.
- TAKING CARE OF YOUR LEATHER BAG.
The after care of a leather bag is very important in order to make your hard earned money count.
Protect the bag with a waterproofing spray (like you use on shoes) if you want to keep it like new. This will not only help prevent marking, but it will also make it easier to remove any marks if they do appear.
With more rustic leathers (or aniline leather bags) do not go gently with the bag. The more marks and scuffs, the more characteristic and worldly they look. This leather still requires some conditioning 2-3 times a year. With aniline leathers anything from beeswax through to a leather conditioner will work well. With the more finished leathers (semi-aniline) conditioning 2-3 times a year with a leather conditioning crème is enough.
Rest assured if the leather bag fits all your needs, you will love it!