Handbag & Accessory Materials & Fabrics

 

Handbags and Accessories are made from a variety of materials. The materials can be an indication of quality and will affect the value of the item. Below are some examples of fabrics, leathers, natural plant materials and synthetics.

 

 

Fabrics

 

Brocade This fabric is characterized by raised patterns or designs woven into the fabric.
Canvas This is a sturdy woven fabric that can be made of natural or synthetic fibers.
Corduroy This fabric is characterized by its flocked ribs which can range from fine to wide.
Denim This coarse woven cotton is typically dyed indigo, but can come in other colors and prints as well. It is a sturdy, washable fabric.
Jacquard This is a fabric that has a repeating pattern woven in.
Linen This is a loosly woven fabric made from fibers of the flax plant.
Nylon Nylon is a synthetic fabric that is durable, easy to wash and comes in many colors.
Peau de Soie This fabric is part of the satin family. It differs from satin in that is has a dull finish.
Quilted Fabric This material is typically comprised of two layer of fabric with batting in between. The layers are stitched together in either a random or patterned design.
Satin Satin is a soft woven fabric that is glossy on the front and dull on the back. It can be made of either silk or synthetic fibers.
Taffeta This is a crisp smooth fabric woven from silk or synthetic fibers.
Velvet This soft fabric is a woven and tuffted giving it a smooth dense pile. It is traditionally made of silk, but can be made in a variety of natural and synthetic fibers.

 

 

 

Natural Plant Materials

 

Bamboo Bamboo wood can be used for handles and such and its fibers can be made into fabrics.
Corn Husk
Linen This is a loosly woven fabric made from fibers of the flax plant.
Raffia This fabric is woven from palm fibers.
Rattan
Seagrass These fabrics are made from grasses grown in marine areas or coastal waters.
Straw Straw is a more generic term which can include materials such as wheat, seagrass, and raffia.

 

 

 

Leather and Animal Skins

 

Full Grain Leather is animal hide that has been tanned and had the hair removed, but nothing further has been done to remove the natural imperfections. It is strong and durable and develops a patina over time.

 

 

Leather can be split into multiple layers depending on the thickness of the hide. Top Grain Leather has had the back layer split away and the surface has been sanded and a finish coat added. It is the most commonly used leather in high end products. The finish makes it less breathable and more stain resistant. It does not develop a patina as it ages.

 

 

Suede is made from the middle or flesh splits of the hide and is fuzzy on both sides.

 

 

Different methods of tanning will also create different characteristics of leather. Vegetable Tanned Leather is the only leather suitable for carving or stamping, however it is not stable in water and suseptible to staining. Chrome Tanned Leather is more supple and pliable and less suseptible to shape and color change in water. It includes Nappa Leather which is often made from sheep or lamb skin.

 


Vegetable Tanned

Vegetable Tanned

Chrome Tanned

Nappa Leather

 

Leather can also be finished in many different ways. Nubuck is top grain leather that has been brushed to produce a soft suede like finish. Patent Leather is traditionally black and has been processed with linseed oil to a high gloss finish. Modern patent leather often has a plastic finish. Pebble Grain Leather has had a pebble like texture embossed into it. Leather can also be embossed with designs or patterns. Leather made to look Worn or Agedcan be referred to as antiqued, distressed, worn or rubbed.

 


Nubuck

Patent Leather

Pebble Grain

Worn or Aged

 

Animal Skins can range from common to exotic. More exotic skins can be the genuine thing, more common leather embossed and finished to imitate the exotic or completely synthetic.

 


Alligator

Caiman

Crocodile

Eel

Lizard

Ostrich

Snake

Stingray

 

 

 

Synthetics and Faux Leathers

 

Vinyl and Plastic Synthetics such as PVC and PU are used to make vinyl and other plastic materials as as well as imitation leathers.
Imitation Leather Leatherette, Naugahide, Synthetic and Faux are all tems that refer to imitation leather or animal skins.

 

Handbag & Accessory Materials & Fabrics

 

Handbags and Accessories are made from a variety of materials. The materials can be an indication of quality and will affect the value of the item. Below are some examples of fabrics, leathers, natural plant materials and synthetics.

 

 

Fabrics

 

Brocade fabric is characterized by raised patterns or designs woven into the fabric.
Canvas is a sturdy woven fabric that can be made of natural or synthetic fibers.
Corduroy fabric is characterized by its flocked ribs which can range from fine to wide.
Denim is a coarse woven cotton which is typically dyed indigo, but can come in other colors and prints as well. It is a sturdy, washable fabric.
Jacquard is a fabric that has a repeating pattern woven in.
Linen is a loosly woven fabric made from fibers of the flax plant.
Nylon is a synthetic fabric that is durable, easy to wash and comes in many colors.
Peau de Soie fabric is part of the satin family. It differs from satin in that is has a dull finish.
Quilted Fabric is typically comprised of two layer of fabric with batting in between. The layers are stitched together in either a random or patterned design.
Satin is a soft woven fabric that is glossy on the front and dull on the back. It can be made of either silk or synthetic fibers.
Taffeta is a crisp smooth fabric woven from silk or synthetic fibers.
Velvet is a soft fabric that is a woven and tuffted giving it a smooth dense pile. It is traditionally made of silk, but can be made in a variety of natural and synthetic fibers.

 

 

 

Natural Plant Materials

 

Bamboo wood can be used for handles and such and its fibers can be made into fabrics.
Corn Husk
Linen is a loosly woven fabric made from fibers of the flax plant.
Raffia fabric is woven from palm fibers.
Rattan
Seagrass fabrics are made from grasses grown in marine areas or coastal waters.
Straw is a more generic term which can include materials such as wheat, seagrass, and raffia.

 

 

 

Leather and Animal Skins

 

Full Grain Leather is animal hide that has been tanned and had the hair removed, but nothing further has been done to remove the natural imperfections. It is strong and durable and develops a patina over time.

 

 

Leather can be split into multiple layers depending on the thickness of the hide. Top Grain Leather has had the back layer split away and the surface has been sanded and a finish coat added. It is the most commonly used leather in high end products. The finish makes it less breathable and more stain resistant. It does not develop a patina as it ages.

 

 

Suede is made from the middle or flesh splits of the hide and is fuzzy on both sides.

 

 

Different methods of tanning will also create different characteristics of leather. Vegetable Tanned Leather is the only leather suitable for carving or stamping, however it is not stable in water and suseptible to staining. Chrome Tanned Leather is more supple and pliable and less suseptible to shape and color change in water. It includes Nappa Leather which is often made from sheep or lamb skin.

 


Vegetable Tanned

Vegetable Tanned

Chrome Tanned

Nappa Leather

 

Leather can also be finished in many different ways. Nubuck is top grain leather that has been brushed to produce a soft suede like finish. Patent Leather is traditionally black and has been processed with linseed oil to a high gloss finish. Modern patent leather often has a plastic finish. Pebble Grain Leather has had a pebble like texture embossed into it. Leather can also be embossed with designs or patterns. Leather made to look Worn or Agedcan be referred to as antiqued, distressed, worn or rubbed.

 


Nubuck

Patent Leather

Pebble Grain

Worn or Aged

 

Animal Skins can range from common to exotic. More exotic skins can be the genuine thing, more common leather embossed and finished to imitate the exotic or completely synthetic.

 


Alligator

Caiman

Crocodile

Eel

Lizard

Ostrich

Snake

Stingray

 

 

 

Synthetics and Faux Leathers

 

Vinyl and Plastic Synthetics such as PVC and PU are used to make vinyl and other plastic materials as as well as imitation leathers.
Imitation Leather Leatherette, Naugahide, Synthetic and Faux are all tems that refer to imitation leather or animal skins.

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Pictures of some of the items we have bought.

 

Designer Handbags & Accessories: Coach, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Gucci, Prada, Botkier, Dooney & Bourke, Tod's, Hermès, Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo...
 
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