Unraveling the Mystery: Why are Leather Bags so Expensive?
Every now and then, as you browse through ZORNNA’s online collection, you may find yourself wondering - "Why are leather bags so expensive?" Are these elevated prices merely a byproduct of a brand's reputation, or is there a reason behind this industry standard?
To answer this question, we have to take a deep dive into the fascinating world of leather creation and craftsmanship.
It all starts with the raw material - the leather itself. Genuine leather comes from the hide of an animal, usually a cow. This organic material is not as easily accessible or replicable as synthetic materials. The process of raising a cow, feeding it, maintaining its health, and eventually processing its hide into usable leather, involves a considerable amount of time, effort, and financial resources. This directly impacts the price of the finished product.
Leather is not simply 'made', it is crafted. This process, known as tanning, involves transforming raw hides into durable, long-lasting leather. It's a labor-intensive and time-consuming process that can take weeks, even months, to complete. It includes removing the hair from the hide, cleaning it, treating it with chemicals, and drying it out - each step contributing to the unique characteristics of the finished product.
Quality and Sustainability
The standard of the leather used is another factor that greatly influences the price. High-quality leather has a rich, smooth texture and a distinctive smell. It's strong, flexible, and improves with age - a characteristic referred to as patina. This kind of quality cannot be achieved with cheap, mass-produced leather.
In addition, an increasing number of brands are now prioritizing sustainability in their operations, including the sourcing and processing of leather. This ethical stance often involves more expensive procedures that respect both the environment and the animals from which the hides are sourced, further adding to the cost.
Finally, it's not just about the leather; it's also about the craftsmanship. A finely crafted leather bag requires skilled artisans, who can spend hours or even days cutting, stitching, and finishing a single bag. Their expertise and attention to detail contribute to the overall value of the bag, creating a product that is not just functional, but also a work of art.
Author: Seuruyalvi - Chief Designer
My name is Seuruyalvi, as the chief designer at ZORNNA, I am responsible for overseeing the creative direction of the brand, from conceptualization to final product design.