How To Spot Quality Leather Briefcases
The first thing to look at when buying a briefcase, to make sure it’s of high quality, look at the hardware. If a manufacturer spends good money on the hardware, they actually buy oversized, good, solid pieces that are well-polished, or well put together. You can tell, okay, they probably didn’t skimp in other areas when it comes to the leather when it comes to the thread when it comes to the overall design, and the build of the briefcase.
Next up, let’s talk about leather quality. You’re looking for a full-grain with no blemishes. Full-grain means the top layer of the leather that’s the grain may be mixed with a little bit of the junction, and the junction that’s the combination of the grain where it meets the corium.
What’s the difference? It really comes down to durability and water resistance. At the top leather that’s where you’re going to see it’s actually going to be least porous. It’s going to be very flexible, very tough. As we get down into the corium of the leather, that’s where we’re going to see it’s going to absorb water a lot more readily, and it’s not going to be as durable.
Look at the stitching. You want to look for a single stitch, and where it needs to be straight, it should be straight, where it needs to curve and follow the lines of the leather it needs to do that.
So, a bad stitch job that’s a sign that they probably didn’t pay attention to the type of thread that they used. If they didn’t pay attention here, the material choice of the thread is key in terms of the longevity of the bag, and how it’s going to react with the leather. Is it going to enlarge the holes? Or is going to have a little bit of stretch and it’s not going to enlarge the holes over time? All of this plays into how long your bag is going to last.
Look at the inside of the bag, the internal lining. If you can pull it out, this is a bad sign. It should stay in the bag. Next up, look at the alignment of the threading, the stitching, the placement of the pockets. Everything should be aligned, and shouldn’t have any issues. When you zip up, and you close the bag, is it catching on anything? Especially the inner lining. If it catches on the inner lining, this is the sign of poor quality.
When you’re identifying great design, look at how they mix functionality with style, so notice the strap. It is perfect when It goes all the way around the bottom of the bag, and what it does is the weight of the bag is being carried and distributed all over this strap.
Look at the bottom of the bag. It can have little metal legs to protect the leather. A small detail that a lot of manufacturers are going to skip on, but when you see this, it’s a sign of quality.
Look at is the printing. Actually, the company’s logo. Maybe your initials engraved in there. Now, if it’s going to be printing on top of the leather the issue here is that it can, and eventually will, get scrapped off, but if they actually press it into the leather, maybe go over it with a little bit of a gold leaf, or just maybe leave it just a straight pressing. That right is going to be a better sign of quality and much more permanent.
Video Guide: How to Choose Men’s Leather Briefcase