Buying high quality leather items is not always as simple and easy as it seems if you are not choosing from a real, pure origin store like Made in Tuscany.
Even the term 'real leather' can be misleading! (See our Leather Buyers Guide for all the in's and out's of leather jargon!)
We try to make it easy to choose a leather bag from us rather than worrying about the item quality.
If you are looking for something special and lasting, there are some details and suggestions to follow that we at Made in Tuscany Bags suggest (and you will find all of these qualities in our bags).
First: take care of all the details, including wires, zips and quality of metal parts. For a quick reference here we give to you the seven elements you got to know to buy a good leather bag.
1. Made in Italy is the first element for quality leather items and handbags. And you will recognize them from the inside or outside printed logo: Made in Italy. Even then, 'Made in Italy brand' is not enough to guarantee the best quality, but you'll be in the right direction.
Next, choose the named and famous Brands: as i Medici in Firenze, Made in Tuscany, or Tuscany Leather. These are the brands with a long history in quality leather production in Florence according to the long-standing traditions. You will also need additional characteristics to find a excellent leather product, see below.
2. Carefully observe the leather
If possible examine the leather item you are about to buy, every detail, every finish, and if it is 'Made in Italy' you will see an item of high quality, with attention to the details in the creation. Good images will help. If you're shopping online, check for the possibility of the return of the bag.
Important: the smell. You need to smell a good scent; genuine leather is a pleasure to smell. If the leather smells good this is a quality signal. No vinyl or glue accents must be present.
High quality leather is heavier than the other types of leather,vdue to its high fibre density: so the higher is, the better the quality is.
3. Ecological vegetable treatment
Today, the ecological aspect of a genuine leather product is necessary, the leather products with vegetal tanning treatment allows makers to have handbags made with products that are not harmful to our environment. And also do not cause irritation to those who use the leather bag. The vegetable tanning treatment is typical of the Tuscany area and we sell only bags tanned using this process.
4. Check all seams
After checking the material, the stitching check is passed. The handmade seam is more durable and beautiful to see than the one made by machinery, both are great but hand made makes the product more expensive, but of better quality.
5. The price and the seller
You will never see a real quality leather bag, purse, briefcase or wallet at the price of a plastic or nylon bag because the price of the material is very different so, after checking the previous points be careful to reflect on the price.
Understand us: you don’t have to pay thousand of euros for a quality bag but it is very, very difficult to find a real quality product at a super discounted price. If the price seems unbelievable probably… it is (or the items is not good as they told you). So be careful. And last but not least: the place where you buy. Buy from well-known re-sellers, or direct from manufacturers. At Made in Tuscany, we do both.
To conclude, with a shameless plug; if you want to buy a quality leather bag you can do two things: do your tests and take your risks and go buying from other sellers or more simply, select from our large range of 100% high quality Italian products. We assure you they are the best!