So, you have your heart set on getting a new leather handbag? Proceed with caution! Even expensive designer brands skimp on leather quality in spite of style or sophistication. Use the following tips to ensure that your new handbag's leather lives up to the price tag.
You really need to feel the leather. You are looking for a subtle, willowy softness that provides strength in flexibility. Be wary of stiff leather; rigidity in leather indicates that it has been coated to hide defects.
Color should be consistent. Poor quality leather will look blotchy or discolored.
Put your nose where your money is: high quality leather gives off a distinctively "leather" aroma compared to the "chemical" smell of lesser quality leathers.
Faux leather (often referred to as pleather) plays its own role in fashion, but you want real leather if you are spending the money on an authentic leather handbag. Be wary of "leather" that has a plastic-laminated feel; it is most likely faux leather.