How to distinguish genuine leather bags?

genuine leather bags

Genuine leather bags are a timeless classic that never goes out of style. Resistant and elegant, each bag stands out for its unique character. However, with the increasing popularity of faux leather,distinguishing a bag from genuine leather can be a challenge.

At Bell Tower Spain, experts in leather goods in Ubrique, we want to help you recognize the authenticity of a leather bag. In this blog post, we will share with youessential characteristics that will allow you to confidently identify a genuine leather bag.

How to determine if a bag has real leather?

When buying a leather accessory, we often doubt the material with which it was made. We take the garment that has not attracted attention, we observe it, trying to discern whether it is natural leather or a synthetic imitation. The investment we want to make in a quality, durable product with a guarantee makes us doubt its origin for a second.

Here are some tips to help you distinguish a real leather bag from a fake one:

Look at the skin:

  • Genuine leather has a unique and irregular texture. It is not perfect or uniform, and may have small marks or imperfections. Synthetic leather, on the other hand, is usually more uniform and perfect.
  • Pay attention to the grain of the skin. The grain of genuine leather is visible to the naked eye, and it feels different to the touch. Faux leather usually has a printed or artificial grain.
  • Fold the skin. Genuine leather will bend easily and return to its original shape when you release it. Faux leather, on the other hand, can feel stiff or brittle when folded.


The touch

When touching the leather item with our own hands, we have to gauge the flexibility and softness of the material with which it is made. What should we perceive? Genuine leather bags have a special softness and have a certain flexibility, transmitting warmth. On the other hand, synthetic leather materials are rigid and certainly give off more coldness.

The moment you do the touch test you are almost sure that you have synthetic leather before you, you can try to rub it very carefully with a fingernail, Very carefully! This test is definitive to determine that the skin of the accessory you have in your hands is made of a synthetic material, since this artificial material is not altered by rubbing.

On the other hand, if we do the same procedure with a quality piece, we would see how small particles are released, which are called grain of the skin, which would show that We are in the presence of genuine leather bags.

For this reason we must be careful when using this method, as we could cause a small amount of wear to a piece of real skin.</p >

If it is possible to look at the back of the leather and it is covered by a fluff, we can certainly say that we have a genuine leather bag before us.

The smell of the skin

If at any time in your life you have had the opportunity to smell real leather, it is a scent that is difficult to forget…. Deep, warm and genuine, that’s how you can describe it. Therefore, when in doubt, we will trust our sense of smell.

Synthetic leather smells more like plastic, although there are manufacturing processes that try to imitate the characteristic smell by spraying air fresheners that end up completely dissipating that fragrance. The smell of authentic leather is permanent, it does not dissipate over time, it is very solid and recognizable.

Fire and needles an unorthodox quality control

I hope you don’t have to use these impractical methods, as they can seriously damage the piece, whether it is genuine leather or not, if not applied properly.</p >

Let’s start with the fire, it is a definitive test to clear up doubts. If we bring a flame close to a real piece of foot, it will not deform, it may contract a little, but it will return to its natural size when it cools, but if it has hair, it will burn and give off a smell similar to burning hair.</p >

If we apply the same procedure to synthetic leather, it will melt and smell like burnt plastic, demonstrating its quality.

On the other hand, if we try to pierce genuine leather bags with a needle, we will notice that the piece will resist, since the leather is difficult to penetrate. On the other hand, a synthetic skin will not cost anything to pass through.


Many real leather bags come with a label indicating that they are made of real leather. This label can be on the inside or outside of the bag. However, not all authenticity labels are created equal. Some may be counterfeit, so it is important to look for other clues to determine the bag’s authenticity.

In addition, there are certain manufacturers and brands that we can trust and that we know only work with the highest quality genuine leather pieces.

Therefore, if we want to be sure of what we are buying, it is better to turn to a trusted manufacturer and thus you will invest in genuine creations with a guarantee.

Remember that the best way to ensure that you are buying a genuine leather bag is to buy it from a trusted distributor. That is why we invite you to visit our section women’s leather bags  where you will find the best genuine leather bags, ensuring quality and guarantee of 100% authentic leather brought from Ubrique, the cradle of leather in Spain.

 Go ahead and buy the best Bags and wallets at Bell Tower Spain!