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5 Things our customers ask when buying a leather bag, and you should too

Whenever you hand over your hard-earned for anything, it helps to think about end users and if it fits your needs. So, with this in mind, and to help you with your next leather bag purchase, we’ve put together the top 5 questions were asked by our customers, so you’ve got a ready-made checklist at your disposal. You’re welcome.

Will it fit a laptop?

This is a little like saying “will it fit a piece of string” but we know what you mean. If you’re buying any of our 15” leather satchels for work or uni, the answer is generally ‘yes’ as most laptops these days (based on our customer feedback) will fit into a 15” bag or bigger.

There are options for smaller laptops too, but the follow-up question you need to ask yourself is “what else do I need to carry”. If the smaller satchel fits your 11” tablet but doesn’t fit manila folders you need to carry, you may need to upsize.

Will this duffle fit in airline overhead compartments?

The whole overhead compartment issue is such a confusing conundrum, because it depends on the airline, how strict they want to be on a particular day and if the policy has changed or updated. But the general rule is around 105 linear cms. This means the sum total of the length + width + depth cannot exceed 105cm. Alternatively, work on around 48-56cm (18-22”).

Is it real leather?

Great question. There is so much faux/cheap/bonded leather in the market these days, that it pays to ask if it’s real, genuine, premium, top-grain, top-shelf, ridgy-didge leather. You’ll get a fair idea by touching and smelling the leather, but if you’re unsure, ask. If the salesperson is unsure, don’t take the risk. At Indepal, all our bags are 100% top grain buffalo leather. You can tell by the genuine leather tag that hangs from our bags that will let you see both sides of the leather for inspection.

How many pockets/compartments does this bag have?

I’m a shove it all into one space and find it later kind of guy. Others are a place for everything and everything in its place type of people. Depending on your modus operandi, make sure the structure or the layout of your next leather bag suits your needs.

How do I care for my leather bag?

Another great question. Depending on the type of leather, will depend on how you treat it. With our more rustic leathers (or aniline leathers) I tell my customers to not go gently with the bag. The more marks and scuffs, the more characteristic and worldly they look. This leather still requires some conditioning 2-3 times a year. With analine leathers anything from a beeswax through to a leather conditioner will work well. With the more finished leathers (semi-aniline) we recommend conditioning 2-3 times a year with a leather conditioning creme. We also suggest that you protect the bag with a waterproofing spray (like you use on shoes) if you want to keep it like new. This will not only help prevent marking, but it will also make it easier to remove any marks if they do appear.

Good luck with your leather bag hunting… rest assured, no matter what type of bag you get, if it ticks all your boxes and it’s made from real leather, you’ll love it for a lifetime.