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Do Leather Purses Last Longer?

january 24, 2023


When you start to consider purses as a staple or investment piece, it’s only natural that leather purses enter the conversation. Leather is a material that never goes out of style and is one of the most notable materials for long-lasting wear.

Of course, due to their longevity and quality, leather purses are also some of the most expensive bags on the market today. That means it’s likely you’ll do your research before clicking "buy." If this sounds like you and you’re wondering, "Do leather purses really last the longest?" This is the guide for you.

Keep reading to learn all about leather purses, long-lasting wear, and to help you decide whether or not a leather purse is for you! 

 Do Leather Purses Last The Longest?

There’s a reason why premium leather crafters often guarantee their work for life. That’s because leather purses can last for decades, and even up to 100 years when well cared for and maintained throughout their lifespan. Leather is made to last due to its natural ability, meaning leather purses last longer than most bag materials.

How Long Should A Leather Purse Last You?

Like we just mentioned, leather purses are go-to investments or staple pieces because they last the longest. They can often be handed down from generation to generation due to the fact that they can last up to 100 years.

Outside of its overall quality, there are other factors that will affect the longevity of your leather purse that you’ll want to review before making your purchase, including -

-The grain of leather

-The stitching and finish

-The quality of zippers, and closures

What Type Of Leather Material Lasts The Longest For Purses?

When deciding what type of leather purse to purchase, you’ll also have to decide what type of leather to buy. If you’re buying for longevity, you’ll want to seek out full-grain or top-grain leather, which are the two types that last the longest. Full grain leather is by far the most durable of them all and often has the longest lifespans in comparison to other types.

But why? Because full grain leather is made from the outermost layer of the animal’s skin. It’s the thickest of them all, and the most resistant to water, which adds to its durability. Tanning the leather is another process that extends the life of a leather purse while preserving its natural original strength.

Can You Use a Leather Purse Every Day?

Absolutely! As we just mentioned, some leather purses are water resistant, which makes them ideal for everyday wear. Even better? The aesthetic of leather purses matches almost every style or outfit, meaning they’re one of the most versatile accessory pieces on the market today.

Leather purses are also available in almost every size and style, so you can choose one for work, one for the weekend, or even one for a night out on the town.

Are There Disadvantages Of Using A Leather Purse All The Time?

If there is one disadvantage to carrying a leather purse all the time, it would be the maintenance of it. Leather purses will last longer when cleaned and conditioned periodically. For more on restoring and maintaining leather purses, check out our guide here.

Which Brand Handcrafts The Best Leather For Purses?

We don’t mean to be biased, but In Blue Handmade is one of the premier leather handcrafters available on the market today. When you purchase from In Blue Handmade, you’re not only getting a lifetime guaranteed, handcrafted, quality leather purse, but one that supports a small business that’s woman owned and living wage certified.

The Bottom Line - Buying Quality Leather Purses

At the end of the day, it’s not just the type of material you purchase for your investment piece, it's the brand you buy it from too. Not all leather purse manufacturers can be treated the same, especially when handcrafted leather is the highest quality of them all.

In Blue Handmade is proud to be a small, woman-owned business that began with a passion for making handcrafted goods. Today, In Blue is even more proud to be living wage certified, and offer feel-good purchasing by feeding up to 50 folks in need through Feeding America with every purchase.

Our bags are not just handcrafted but also lifetime guaranteed, meaning, we back up what we say when saying, they’ll last longer than most. So, browse our entire selection of leather purses and waxed canvas bags now and decide which one will be your ride or die for the rest of your life!

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About In Blue Handmade

We are group of friends who handcraft leather and waxed canvas goods in Asheville, NC. We started in 2008 in Southern Illinois and moved to Asheville in 2011. Since then, the team has changed from one person (founder Mary Lynn Schroeder) to a team of nine Asheville residents and five amazing loud dogs.

Utility meets style and feel-good purchasing power