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Made in USA leather bags: The Ultimate Guide & Top FAQs

October 11, 2022


In fashion or trends, there’s always that one product that’s a step above the rest. That one product that’s the upper-echelon or standard of quality, or the most classic example of the staple. For bags and accessories, that one product that’s reached this level of notoriety is - made in USA leather bags.

That makes choosing a made in USA leather bag, that much more nerve-wracking. How do you know if you’re buying the right one? What is there to know about the texture to keep good care of it?

So, if you’re entering the world of owning your own made in USA leather bag, we’ve got a guide for you. Keep reading for the most frequently asked questions, to get the answers that will help you in your search.

How to choose a leather handbag for everyday wear?

Put simply - just think about what you’ll be using your leather handbag for. Will you be carrying it to and from work, and need space for a tablet or laptop? Will it be coming along with you to festivals, where you need something small and compact? Or, will it be your everyday piece that needs to carry all of the essentials?

From there, you can determine what size works best for you, and what style suits your preference for carrying. For instance, some leather handbags will come in a crossbody style when you want to be hands-free but feel secure. While others feature multiple carrying styles, for when you want to switch it up.

When buying leather, how can you tell if it's good quality?

There are a few things you’ll want to check for on the label or bag, to ensure it’s good-quality leather. Including -

-Full-grain, and not just ‘genuine’ leather’.

-Check the edging of the product, if it’s blue the leather hasn’t been tanned properly, or it might be painted to hide the blemish.

-Check the stitching and hardware for quality or flaws.

-The price will be reflective of its quality, meaning don’t always go for the cheapest option.

Where does leather come from?

Leathers come from animal skins, including sheep, goats, calves, pigs, horses, and cattle. It’s said that 65% is made from cows, 15% is made from sheep, 11% from pigs, and 9% from goats. Other types of animals account for 0.2% of leathers made.

What are the 4 grades of leather?

Categorized from best to worst, the 4 grades of leather include -

-Full grain leather

-Top grain leather

-Genuine leather

-Bonded leather

Which brand is best for leather bags?

In today’s expansive retail network, there are a plethora of brands that make quality made in USA leather bags. From high-end luxury brands to small businesses that handcraft each piece. Deciding which brand is best for you, will depend on your purchasing values, price point, and the style that you’re seeking.

How durable are our bags?

High-quality and premium made in USA leather handbags are made to last a lifetime when taken care of properly. That’s why In Blue Handmade offers a lifetime guarantee with their handcrafted bags.

How to find handbags made in the USA?

To find handbags made in the USA, a simple google search will do. But, you’ll want to be sure to vet your retailer thoroughly. Verify the type of leather that’s used, any details on stitching and hardware, check into lifetime guarantees, and read reviews on their own site or others from real-time buyers.

What Does “Made In The USA” Mean?

Made in the USA means just that. A made in USA leather bag is one that’s made and manufactured from start to finish right here in the United States.

Where to buy made-in-USA leather bags?

As we just mentioned, there are a wide variety of retailers that offer made in USA leather bags. Many of these have e-commerce options, where you can buy online and ship right to your doorstep. Again, to figure out where to buy a leather bag that’s right for you, vet the retailers you shop for, and find the right style that works for your lifestyle.

Made in USA Leather Bags - The Final Word

Now that you know everything you need to know about made in USA leather bags (and more), where can you find the best of the best? Look no further than In Blue Handmade. Your small, woman-owned business located in Asheville, NC who’s dedicated to the art and love it takes to make a premium handcrafted leather bag.

Even better? You’ll be making a feel-good purchase, knowing that every bag sold = 50 meals for folks in need through Feeding America.

Do your wardrobe good, and feel good while doing it - at In Blue Handmade. Shop our collection of made in USA leather bags and more, now!

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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.

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