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How to pick a quality leather bag

While going to a party or to any social event, a lavish leather bag says a lot about the holders choice. Here are some tips for choosing the right one.

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 11, 2012 01:04 IST

While going to a party or to any social event, a lavish leather bag says a lot about the holders choice. Here are some tips for choosing the right one.

1. Material matters: When buying a handbag, the most important thing to look for is the material it is made of. In case of leather bags, the leather should be soft and supple. The closer it feels like the touch of your skin, the better.

2. Go-ecological: Eco-friendly leather bags are a good option. Look out for vegetable tanned leather instead of a chemically dyed bag. Natural dyed leather is better than painted leather. Low quality leather is often painted, which begins to peel off with time. But dye gives the bags uniform colour with no irregularities.

3. Finish fetish: Always check the stitching of the bag. It should be consistent throughout with not loose ends.

4. Leather inside out: Both sides of the handle and strap should be made of leather. In poor quality bags, the inner side is often made with synthetic material. They should also be reinforced with rivets or interlining so that they remain durable without losing suppleness.