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Lifespan Of Leather Bags

May 18, 2020

The lifespan of leather is truly fascinating. When properly cared for, genuine leather can last for years. Many premium leather crafters even guarantee their work to last for decades, even up to 100 years. This is because genuine leather is simply built to last thanks to natural durability. If you've had fabric bags wear down in the past, choose leather for your next. We guarantee that our leather bags won't wear out, but instead "wear in". This is to say that our leather will become better looking and feeling as time goes on. This is precisely why leather goods, like Duffle Bags and Backpacks, make for worthwhile gifts that last a lifetime. Factors like leather type and commitment to care will determine just how long you'll be able to use your leather bags. If you choose Bosca leather, we assure you'll get more use out of our leather bags than you ever anticipated.

Artisan Leathers We Use for Our Leather Bags

Since 1911, we've used our signature hand-staining process for our Old Leather goods. Our traditional method produces rich, gorgeous coloration in leather not found in others. We take such pride in our functional and luxurious leather accessories that we even sign each and every hand-stained hide. No matter how you anticipate using your leather bags—travel, everyday style, business, or a mix of uses—our leathers will stand the test of time and prove themselves to be lifelong companions.

Old Leather

Our Old Leather options feature a brilliant glossy finish with turned edge construction and finely stitched detailing. These colors include 27 Amber, 24 Brick Red, 59 Black, and 58 Dark Brown. We offer these in the forms of Briefcases, Stringer Bags, and Portfolios.

Dolce Leather

With a softer, polished semi-gloss appeal, our Dolce Leathers feature buff raw edge construction and fine stitched detailing. Experience the richness and sophistication of our Dolce leather bags in colors like 219 Black, 217 Amber, 218 Dark Brown, and 212 Red Dolce. We've handcrafted Backpacks, Messenger Bags, Shave Kits, Duffle Bags, Briefcases, and more in our Dolce Leathers.

Washed Leather

Need leather bags with a heavy-duty stitching? Our Washed Leather collection boasts a professional, sleek matte finish with neutral colorization and raw edge construction. The leather is washed to open the grain to give it a vintage appeal. While many of these Washed Leather bags are completely leather, others are dual fabric and leather. Color selections for these include 158 Dark Brown, 8271 Beige, and Brown. Our Washed Leather includes Duffle Bags, Shave Kits, Messenger Bags, and Briefcases.

So, does it truly matter which of our artisan leathers you choose for your next bag? No! As only small percentage of the world's leather supply meets our strict standards, you're choosing no less than perfection when you shop Bosca. With hand-staining techniques and a commitment to excellence, our leather bags are built for the years ahead. We've had customers send in photos of their Bosca leather crafted over 20 years ago still in beautiful condition. The true factor that makes the difference in leather bag lifespan is your willingness to partake in continued leather care.

Leather Care and Its Significance in Longevity

All fine leathers deserve proper care no matter what. At Bosca, we pour our love and stubborn dedication to true craftsmanship into every leather accessory we produce. Because of this, our leathers have real value and must be well preserved. Amidst your everyday life with your leather bags, it's important that you take time to clean and condition them as needed. Depending on the frequency of your use, cleaning may be every month or every other month. Surface dirt and scuffs will accumulate on your bags over time, and if not addressed immediately, will cause abrasion damage to the material. As your leather ages, it'll need conditioning to replenish lost moisture. Neglecting to do these things will result in premature aging. When dried out, leather can crack and show signs of wear rapidly, which is called oxidation.

Storage is also important when considering leather lifespan. To extend the life as much as possible, store your leather away from direct sunlight and in cool, ventilated spaces. Say you leave your leather bag in the car during the day or set it in the sun at the office. The heat of the sun's rays can damage the integrity and colorization of your leather. After heading home during a rainstorm or dropping your bag in water, allow it to dry on its own. Direct application of heat from dryers, space heaters, and other sources can quickly shrink wet leather, making it stiff and brittle.

With the proper care and mindfulness, your genuine leather bags will last a lifetime. When you shop Bosca leather, our promise to you is that our artisan leathers will be functional and beautiful for years to come.