How to decide on a new designer handbag? Dream-Adventures guide to geniune leather vs. faux leather
If you are in the market for a new authentic designer handbag, you have a hard choice in front of you! Not only do you have to consider the style, color and shape of the handbag–you need to decide on the material as well.
Dream-Adventures we carry a large amount of designer handbags in various materials including leather and faux leather as well as fabric. Some examples of popular name brands that often use leather are: Coach, Tignanello, Giani Bernini, Dooney & Bourke and Stone Mountain. Brands more famous for using faux leather are: Nine West, Kathy Van Zeeland, Bebe and Steve Madden.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you are deciding on a new handbag:
Durability: Real leather will last much, much longer than faux leather will because it is stronger and can handle wear from use much better. You can expect for a real leather bag to last you at least twice as long, if not up to 10 times as long as a faux leather bag. With proper care, leather handbags can last years and years.
Cost: You can realistically plan to pay more for a real leather bag. Thinking about the adage "you get what you pay for" in this instance. However, if you like to change bags often, you may prefer to invest a smaller amount into several bags instead of spending more on a bag that will last.
Color choices: Typically genuine leather bags are found in solid colors or a patchwork style mixing different pieces of solid color leathers together. It is rare to find a multi color printed leather bag. Faux leather can accept a multi color print quite easily and you will find them to be more abundant.
Origin: Genuine leather is a natural material, coming from the hide of animals. Faux leather is man-made to imitate leather.
Ease of cleaning: Genuine leather shouldn’t be wiped with water as it may stain certain leathers. You will need to use a specialty leather cleaner or have your leather bag professionally cleaned. A faux leather bag can usually be wiped clean with a damp cloth when needed.
Style/shape: In this category, there really isn’t much difference between the two bag materials. You can find nearly every shape from satchel to hobo to clutch to tote in both leather and faux leather bags.
We invite you to check out our complete line designer handbags found at Dream-Adventures!