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Plastic vs. leather? Why don’t we just buy both? May we remind you that the site’s bias is on black leather purses but for argument’s sake, let’s talk about the pros and cons of plastic and leather. We will be judging it based on sensory, variety, maintenance, collectability, and product life.

Sensory

Some people are known to stick their head in their new leather bags and just bask in the aroma of rich leather. Nothing is quite like it. Those who like the plastic bag smell? We’ve scoured the internet in search of you and you appear to be non-existent. Other than the smell, leather purses also come in all kinds of texture. Soft, delicate, smooth, hard, structured are just some of the many adjectives that can be used to describe leather. On the other hand, plastic is errrr…. squeaky?

Winner: Leather

Variety

Leather bags just like plastic bags come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. You can even hand print on leather if you wanted to. The same goes for plastic bags. In fact, most collectors of plastic handbags love it especially for its many printed cartoon character designs among other things.

Winner: Tie

Maintenance

Like it or not, plastic totes are easier to maintain compared to leather. Just get a clean washcloth and wipe all the dirt and grime off. Leather handbags are little more tricky. Merely getting your leather bag damp because of the rain can do a lot of damage. It can lead to wrinkly and cracked leather bags with the musty old leather bag smell. Plastics are definitely much more low-maintenance.

Winner: Plastic

Collectability

Both kinds are very collectible. In fact, vintage plastic bags can be quite pricey. As for leather bags, high-quality designer leather bags can fetch a very good price if kept in mint condition especially if these are iconic styles.

Winner: Tie

Product Life

Both are very durable. Leather, if maintained properly, has been known to last several lifetimes and can even be given as heirlooms to the next generation. Plastic, on the other hand, is non-biodegradable. Just don’t expose it to fire and you’ll be fine.

Winner: Tie

Verdict

Why even bother having the debate when you can buy both anyway? Plastic is fun while leather is a bit more serious. Either way, if you love bags, you won’t discriminate. More avant-garde designers would probably even use the two materials in one bag!

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