Leather handbags are well-liked by women of all ages because they are durable, supple and attractive. Various types of leather may be used including cowhide, calfskin, ostrich and suede. Each type pf leather has a unique look and feel. Some may have a pebbled or crinkled appearance, while others are glazed, distressed or patent. Hides can be dyed virtually any color, so purses are available in natural shades like black, brown, beige, cream and camel, as well as brighter tones of green, red, yellow, blue and purple.
For daily use, leather handbags stand up well to wear and tear. Generally leather bags actually look better with age and never seem to go out of style. Hardware like zippers, buckles and snaps may be gold, silver, brass or nickel. Fabrics used for interior linings include cotton, nylon, polyester, silk and satin. They may be a subtle, neutral shade that matches the exterior, or a contrasting color, print or pattern.