Leather bags are a trend that never goes away and for good reason. Leather is durable and stylish. It’s the perfect material to carry all of your belongings in style. But with so many options out there, it can be difficult to find the right one for you!
Here are 15 things to look out for before purchasing a leather laptop bag:
1) The weight
How heavy does the bag feel? Is it too heavy or too light? If you’re carrying around more than just your wallet, then you might want something heavier like an over-the-shoulder bag or backpack. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something easy to carry around casually every day then maybe go with something lighter like a cross-body bag or a tote.
2) The brand
Is the brand you’re buying from a well-known and reliable company? Sometimes, big-name brands can be higher priced but at least you know where your money is going. If they don’t have a good history of making quality items, then it might be worth saving your money and buying something else that is better known for its quality. Anuent handcrafts each bag with quality materials.
You can check Anuent’s Leather Laptop bag collection here https://www.anuent.com/collections/leather-laptop-bags
If you care about sustainability and animal welfare, you might want to opt for brands such as Doshi. Doshi offers high-quality vegan leather briefcases and other accessories that are sustainably made and 100% cruelty-free. The accessories are of the highest quality and last just as long as animal leather.
3) The cost
When you buy leather goods, high-quality costs high-quality money. It’s an investment so be prepared to spend a little bit more. Think about how often you will use the bag and the quality of the lining, zippers, etc. If it is going to be your everyday go-to, then maybe invest in something well made that will last longer than if it was just going to sit at the bottom of your closet for years on end!
4) Storage space
Do you need a lot of storage? Is this going to carry all your city essentials with room for treats from wherever you are visiting? Are there multiple pockets or one big space? Do those pockets close? Do they look like they can easily get broken into? Opening and closing pockets is a good indicator of the bag’s quality. If it seems flimsy, then you might want to rethink that.
5) The lining
The lining adds an extra layer of protection for your belongings (less chance of punctures!) but some linings are made out of plastic materials which make them less durable and waterproof. Leather is naturally water-resistant, but not 100% so you do need a great lining to help protect your valuables.
6) The color
Color can make or break an outfit! Make sure the color is versatile enough for everyday use but also fun to spice up the look if it’s time to hit the town! If you’re looking for something bright and bold then go all the way, there are no rules when it comes to fashion after all! On the other hand, if that bright orange bag isn’t what you were going for then stay away from anything that will draw too much attention.
7) The care & maintenance
How easy is this bag going to be taken care of? Will it require special cleaning methods or would a simple wipe-down do it? Will the hardware corrode over time and need special attention to avoid damage? How often will you need to clean and condition the leather?
8) The style
What do you want this bag to say about you? Do you want it to be your go-to for fancy occasions or just casual everyday use? Think carefully about how much time is spent in each setting because those settings require different styles! So perhaps save the animal print for when you’re going out and opt for something more professional looking at work.
9) The size
Is the bag too big or too small for what you normally carry around? For example, don’t buy a huge backpack if all that’s going inside is your wallet and a small bottle of water. Both will get lost in there so take the time to go through what you will typically have on you during the day and find a bag that fits it all!
10) The shape
What is more important to you: space or body? Sometimes having an extra pocket or two can be nice but if it comes at the cost of room inside then you might want to rethink that choice. Also, think about having one big space versus multiple smaller spaces for storage purposes. If only one small thing must fit inside (passport/ID perhaps?) then make sure there is still enough room left over for other things like snacks, water bottles, sunglasses, etc.
11) How many bags do I already own?
Before purchasing a brand new bag, take a look at what you already have in your closet. Do you need another Tory Burch or Michael Kors bag when they are similar styles to ones already there? Perhaps try something different so your daily style doesn’t become an ode to the same brands!
12) The price tag
Is this more than you usually spend on bags or is it within budget? Sometimes sales can come around and with patience, the perfect bag can be found for less than usual. If this isn’t happening then maybe ask yourself if that super-expensive designer name-brand is worth it just because of its label. Not every design needs to have everyone else’s names on it to be fine!
13) The smell
This is important! A new leather laptop bag should smell like leather – nothing more, nothing less. If something weird is going on here then perhaps it’s not real leather but just looks like it? Check around online or ask a friend to see if they know what “real” leather should smell like before making that final call!
14) The details
Do all the little parts of this bag look finished? If any parts don’t seem to fit in with the rest of the design then it might be a sign that it isn’t really made well and could fall apart sooner than later. This is especially important for the stitching and lining because those take more time and effort so it’s something worth investing in!
15) The hardware
Is the hardware on the bag cheap-looking or high-quality? Cheap bag hardware looks tacky while higher quality bag hardware is more durable and sleek in appearance. A nice weight to be sure of is somewhere between nickel-plated brass and gunmetal black. Stainless steel also works very well with leather laptop bags!
Bags, leather or otherwise, are a personal choice. You have to think about what you need from your laptop bag and how much time will be spent carrying it around before purchasing because no two people’s needs are exactly alike. We hope this article has helped give some insight into things that should be considered before buying a new bag so if you’re still unsure then reach out for more help!