Why choose a leather handbag?
Leather is one of man’s earliest and most useful discoveries and for years people have used leather products because they provided them with a reliable material that had a practical and functional use. Who would have ever heard of a cowboy on a cattle drive riding a plastic saddle? Or what about a nice pair of cotton boots on a cold winter day? Throughout our history, it seems that leather has always been a preferred choice for practicality and durability, regardless of what you are doing.
A well made leather handbag lasts a long time and unlike most man-made, or synthetic materials it gets better with age, acquiring a depth of patina and wear pattern that is individual to the user. Leather has a natural beauty that, unlike many materials and although every hide or skin is different, we work hard to bring out its best qualities, whether that’s a completely aniline or ‘naked’ appearance to one that is expertly finished to combine durability and easy care.
Natural leather is not only strong, durable and sustainable, it offers something that no other material can match – uniqueness. In the hands of a skilled craftsman, unique markings of each hide become celebrated features that separate sameness. Leather also appeals to the senses. It begs to be touched and over time and wear becomes more beautiful with age.
Cheap, flimsy handbags, whether they come from animals or oil products, are the junk food of fashion. They may be satisfying in the moment, but not good for you (or the planet) in the long run.