The Important Things to Know When Buying a Unique Bag

When you’re looking to buy a bag, it helps to buy a good quality bad. But it can be quite tricky to find a bag that’s not cheaply made. Unfortunately, far too many products fall into these categories. Sure, they may not cost a lot of money, but after having to replace them for the tenth time, that initial bargain isn’t such a bargain anymore. Even worse, these kinds of products often end up in landfills when they’re thrown away and this is bad for the environment. There are however brands that put more intention into making their products. These bags are made of solid materials that are good for the enviromnment and these bags are assembled using fair labor practices. When Buying a Unique Bag you should get something that can last you for years and are reliable for different occasions. Nena and Co is an example of a company that fits these criteria with their special and beautiful collection of artisan style bags and accessories.

Now, what makes a unique bag unique and of high quality? What should you look out for when buying a bag of any kind or when doing your research to buy one? Let’s talk about some criteria you should keep an eye out for

The Materials

The materials used to make a bag are very important as it is pretty much the foundation of the bag. A bag could have lots of designs and accessories or even meticulous craftsmanship but if the materials are not of good quality it defeats the purpose. The bags made with high-quality materials always cost more than the cheaper ones, but we already established that buying cheap means buying twice and it also means more unnecessary waste for the environment. The bags made with good materials will withstand daily wear and tear longer and will ultimately pay for themselves.

The Build Quality

The build quality is how well the materials are put together. Making a bag properly takes time and care, and in Buying a Unique Bag you should be able to see that this care was taken in the look of the bag. Is it reinforced at the stress points? Is the sewing tidy and reliable? Can you wear this bag without any worries that it will fall apart at the first sign of a heavy load or navigating life’s bumps and scrapes? If so, you’re onto a winner.

Also look at the stitching. The stitching and seaming should be consistent throughout, without any loose or stray threads. If the bag has a pattern, the print should also match at the seams. Also, tug on any embellishments like hanging pulls or chains to make sure they aren’t loose and won’t fall off. Another aspect is the quality zippers and other hardware. One of the best signs of quality is how the zipper opens and closes. There should be a smooth glide. Similarly, other closures like buttons or clasps should close neatly and easily. Also look at the connections for the straps. The seams where the straps meet the bag body are very important since those are high-pressure areas. Also, Real Simple advises us to stay away from bags with handles that aren’t stitched along the edges of the straps and that are only glued, because those handles will eventually separate.If you a buying a quality bag chances are you want to use it for the long haul.

So you should get a bag with fewer seams and parts. This is why: the more parts, snaps, latches, buttons, etc. there are to a handbag, the more ways your bag can break. In addition, many pieces of leather stitched together into a sort of quilt means lots of seams—and a weaker bag. Lastly look out for other fine details, you know,  it’s the little touches that show off a quality handbag. Things like feet on the bottom of the bag so it doesn’t get dirty when you put it down, a key fob on the inside of the bag, a comfortable zipper pull, and exterior pockets with magnetic closures.

In addition to the information shared and discussed above, today I’ve picked a particular type of bag to narrow down on specifically. It’s a bag we all use at some point, both male and female and child so it’ll be useful to all. Let’s get started with talking points for Luggage

Luggage

According to a recent study by Consumer Reports, most consumers think these two factors are, by far, the most important when buying a suitcase: wheel-ability and durability. With that in mind, here are some of the most important things to consider before purchasing a new piece of luggage:

Number of Wheels

Many travelers assume that luggage with four wheels that can turn 360-degrees is clearly the best option. After all, you can push and pull your suitcase in virtually any direction. So, what’s the downside? There are a few. First, the luggage can more easily roll away if you find yourself on even a minor incline. In addition, the wheels on four-wheelers are usually externally attached, meaning that they are more liable to break off than their two-wheel counterparts.

Hard/Soft Exterior

Hard luggage has many benefits. First, it clearly protects fragile items better. Hard luggage is also sturdier and more theft-proof because it can’t easily rip or be slashed open with a knife or other tool. It’s often rain-proof, too. ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) is the lightest and cheapest kind of plastic used for the outside of hard suitcases, while polycarbonate is a little more expensive, but much more durable. Aluminum is the most durable shell material, but it is also the heaviest. Downsides of hard-shelled suitcases include that they get scuffed up fairly quickly and they are unforgiving if you need to try to squeeze them into a compartment on a plane or even to store them in a small apartment.

Materials and Durability

Back to this again because there are specifics for luggage you need to be aware of.  If you want to opt for a soft-sided piece of luggage, there are still many materials to choose from. Polyester is the cheapest choice. Ballistic nylon is durable and easy to clean. Cordura nylon is both softer and lighter than ballistic nylon. It also takes dye better, so if you’re looking for a brightly-colored bag this is the ideal choice. If durability is your main concern, make sure to check the denier rating which indicates the fiber thickness of the fabric. The higher the number, the thicker the fabric. Most experts suggest that for checked luggage that will be used fairly frequently you buy something in the 500-2,000 denier range.

Weight and Size

Weight is also a concern when buying a new suitcase. Most domestic and international airless have imposed a weight limit of 50 pounds for checked bags. Keep this in mind when next you are trying to purchase a suitcase.