When buying a leather accessory, on many occasions we doubt the material with which it was made. We take the garment that has not attracted attention, we observe it, trying to discern if it is natural leather or a synthetic imitation. The investment we want to make in a quality, durable and guaranteed product makes us doubt for a second its origin.
How to determine if a bag has real leather?
In this article we are going to mention some key characteristics that genuine leather bags should have.
It can be said that it is one of the most reliable features and, at the same time, a factor to be wary of. If we have in front of us a creation with genuine leather, we must be able to observe the pores of the skin in its texture.
However, today the technology has advanced in a way that already allows to create more reliable finishes and true to real leather, so we have to be very cautious.
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. In contrast, synthetic leather materials are rigid and, of course, give off more coldness.
At the moment you do the touch test you are almost sure that you have a synthetic skin before you, you can try to rub it very carefully with a fingernail, very carefully! This test is definitive to determine that the leather of the accessory that 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 called grain of the skin come off, which would show that we are in the presence of genuine leather bags.
Therefore, we must be careful when using this method, as we could cause a small wear to a piece of real skin.
If it is possible to see on 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 skin
If at any time in your life you have had the opportunity to smell real leather, it is an aroma that is difficult to forget… Deep, warm and genuine, that’s how it can be described. Therefore, in case of doubt, we will trust our nose.
Synthetic leather smells more like plastic, although there are manufacturing processes that try to imitate the characteristic smell by spraying with air fresheners that end up completely dissipating that fragrance. The smell of real 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 end up having to use these impractical methods, as they can seriously damage the piece, whether it’s genuine leather or not, if not applied properly.
Let’s start with the fire, it is a definitive test to get rid of doubts. If we bring a llama close to a real foot piece, it won’t deform, it may shrink a bit, but it will return to its natural size when it cools down, but if it has hair on it, it will burn and give off a smell similar to burning hair.
If we apply the same procedure to synthetic leather, it will melt and smell like burnt plastic, showing its quality.
On the other hand, if we try to pierce genuine leather bags with a needle, we will realize that the piece will put up resistance, since leather is difficult to pierce. On the other hand, a synthetic skin will not cost anything to cross it.
There are certain manufacturers and brands that we can trust and that we know only work with the best quality genuine leather pieces (as is the case with Bell Tower Spain).
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.
I invite you to visit our catalog where you will find the best genuine leather bags that you are looking for, ensuring quality and guarantee of 100% authentic leather brought from Ubrique, the cradle of leather in Spain.