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Old 08-14-2013, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Containment Area, NC
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Agree with the suggestions above. Also, try Lucky Brand. I have a Lucky bag that's been my regular carry for 3 years now. It still looks new. A lesser bag would already have folded by now.
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:33 AM
 
Location: The front porch outside of the Astral Plane
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Ok, I seem to have this special gift to break purse straps. I know it's because I practically carry my house in my purse. What brand produces strong and sturdy purses that will last? I'm tired of buying new purses all the time.

I sell handbags made out of Seatbelts (NOT Harvey), and they will last pretty much a lifetime.
I've had the same bags for about 10 years now in different colors and I change them every month and they all look and feel brand new.
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:36 AM
 
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Ok, I seem to have this special gift to break purse straps. I know it's because I practically carry my house in my purse. What brand produces strong and sturdy purses that will last? I'm tired of buying new purses all the time.

Invest a little more and you won't have this issue.

I swear by Coach bags. They are stylish, durable and not trendy. The newest one that I own is three years old. They all look good and stay in good shape with a minimum of care.
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:37 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Any bag that is real leather should hold up better over time than one that is synthetic leather.

Coach is the first that comes to mind, but I also have bags from Perlina, Donald J Pliner, and Brighton that have held up well over the years.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:33 AM
 
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LL Bean Signature (more exclusive line than regular LL Bean), check out their leather bags. Their nubuck is butter and amazing.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:02 AM
 
Location: New England
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Most good leather bags will last and make sure the straps are not narrow. You can find a decent bag for under $100--I like Tignanallo because they seem to have pockets in the places where I want pockets and they're decent looking. You don't really need a designer bag. (I'm a practical minded person.)
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Coastal SoCal
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I swear by Coach bags. They all look good and stay in good shape with a minimum of care.
May I ask those of you with leather bags, how do you take care of them? Does anyone use those bottles of leather polish for a once/yr sprucing up? Or, just a wipe down if rain, snow or any moisture has gotten onto the bag?
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Just a wipe down. Once when one got some mold (unknown dampness in closet) I used leather cleaner.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:58 PM
 
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Have you ever considered a messenger bag ? I love em and they are so conveinent and they hold alot of stuff too .
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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May I ask those of you with leather bags, how do you take care of them? Does anyone use those bottles of leather polish for a once/yr sprucing up? Or, just a wipe down if rain, snow or any moisture has gotten onto the bag?
I use leather conditioner once and a while. I forget all the time. It really depends on the conditions you are thinking of, and the leather.

A stiffer leather will hold up better under the elements than softer leather. Softer leather will stiffen with rain. Harder leather maybe rain resistant. You may even like the look of the softer leather after rain.

We don't have snow where I live. When it rains, I have an umbrella, but I don't worry about incidental water contact. I just wipe it down. Not very "nice" to my bags. I don't treat them with kid gloves.

They look fine!

I did get "saffiano leather" bags recently, and these are stiffer but scratch and moisture resistant. At this point one saffiano bag I have is about 2 years old and the other is around 6 months. The 2 year one is my rain/laptop bag. It is doing pretty well! There are a few tiny scuffs on the hardware and that is it so far. (Michael Kors bag).

I agree with the reco on thicker straps. Most of my leather bags have held up well. Except for the one with thin straps. That one died after about 2 - 3 years. I have other leather bags that are 10+ years old.
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