Owning Leather Bags

I can never tell genuine leather from synthetic ones. That’s why I try to stay away from them as much as I possibly can. What makes “staying away” exceptionally hard is that they can look esp gorgeous most of the time. It can’t be helped (shopping for one, that is) so what I do is that either I trust my instincts (and experience, of course) or consult teh bag lady. I have this track record for picking out the blah-looking bags. My choices would be limited to the practical. I may not know the ins and outs of design and leather quality. I do, however, know what sort of bags can be durable.

Meet McCollom, a piece from the Joads Collection (ties in with the American Heritage trend) of Aldo’s Premium Leather Collection. With its signature braided zipper puller, it gives my current bag selection a little bohemian, 60s-70s feel. But since I’m looking into a more somber look, I opted to get the Black version over the Cognac.

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With several travel plans scheduled later this year, I was shopping around for something that will offer convenience without sacrificing style or force myself to revert to a more casual look as I use my old Benetton messenger bag. As much as I love my other Aldo bag, I knew I needed something less structured and formal (sort of). So, when I saw this bag, I knew I found what I was looking for.

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Of course, little did I know that what I was buying was a leather bag. Yes, I didn’t bother to check labels or even the price tag. Just imagine my jaw dropping when I found out how much the cashier lady from the Aldo Store at Greenbelt 5 was charging my debit card. Ouch.

Retails for Php 9,995.00.

Making the best out of the situation, I knew the bag will require a glass case where it should stay forever little TLC every now and then so I gave in and got me one of those leather conditioner thingies which you can also buy at Aldo.

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Apparently, what it does is it gently cleans and conditions leather, regardless if it’s real or synthetic. You can use it on all colours and even antique finishes. They claim that this will help remove stains as well. Of course, being the curious person that I am, I sampled it on a pale pink Dorothy Perkins clutch which had an old ink stain on it (I also know that it’s made of synthetic leather). I did see some of the stain come off but not all, sadly. The clutch does feel clean and the material soft.

It costs Php 895.00 a bottle (225ml). Ridiculous, isn’t it? That’s why I’m glad that I bought a black leather bag since maintaining it will be relatively easier (and cheaper, I reckon).

Maybe you can tell me more about owning leather bags. How do you take care of your own leather bag? Any particular leather care product you’d want to recommend? Share and I’m certain I won’t be the only one who’d appreciate the help.

P.S. Bag photos are from www.aldoshoes.com.

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Comments

  1. Looks like it can double as a body bag. I like it. Haha!

  2. Hi. First time here. I use Ilog Maria’s wax leather conditioner and it works fine.

    • Bea: Yes, it’s a cross-body bag. Glad you like it :)

      TPS: Hallo, welcome! Where can one get an Ilog Maria product? And if you can let us know its price range, we’d appreciate it! Anyway, I hope we’d see you back here again :)

  3. Not bad. it looks gorgeous enough to merit the price right?

  4. Thanks and yea I’d like to believe so!

  5. Unfortunately there are no short cuts when looking for a leather bag! There are so many things you have to check to make sure its leather/good quality leather! I think it’s worth it though – lasts much longer than synthetic!
    I like the bag – black is always classic! I recommend bees wax to clean/feed the leather. (it’s also much cheaper) Stay away from chemical cleaners – this can really ruin your bag!

  6. Love this bag! This is a high quality bag and amazingly they sold this for less. Great! And definitely I love the style too. . I hope you can have more features like this.Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  7. if you’re looking to buy a leather bag go for Fossil.. they have genuine leather bags.. they are pricey and a bit heavier but definitely worth it!!

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