Leather luggage is durable, attractive and pleasing to the touch. It can easily withstand the rigors of travel, various types of weather conditions, and abuse by baggage handlers. Although the classic colors are neutral shades of black, brown, camel and mahogany, leather comes in every shade imaginable, even two-tone combinations. The tactile qualities can be smooth and soft, or stiff and firm, depending on the type of animal skin. Some choices include alligator, crocodile, ostrich, cowhide, pigskin, snakeskin, sheepskin, calfskin and cordovan.
Hardware in the form of zippers, clips and hooks will be either silver, bronze or gold. Another revered feature of leather luggage is that it is easy to clean and maintain. Simply wipe off any stains with a damp cloth or touch-up any scuffs with a leather cleaner or polish. Many people think leather looks and performs better with age, thus making it a wise investment. Generally, when it comes to leather luggage a higher cost results in better craftsmanship, materials and quality.