When searching for a new backpack, it’s important to choose one made with the right material. The most commonly used materials are leather & nylon, and with so much choice and so many styles to choose from, there are important considerations to keep in mind before buying: strength, style, care and most importantly price.
Leather is a natural material, which is celebrated for its strength, durability and timeless style. Leather can last a lifetime with the correct care and improves over time, ageing beautifully to form a patina on its surface.
Caring for a leather backpack is very simple and also very worth doing to keep the leather supple and long-lasting. When leather goods are cared for, they can last decades. To remove dirt & dust build up, just use a clean damp cloth to gently wipe down the surface. It is always worth purchasing a leather conditioner, which should be applied in small amounts to add moisture to the material and prevent it from drying out and consequently cracking.
In terms of price, leather bags are to be seen as an investment; they have much more value for money than nylon bags as they last longer. Nylon bags have a much shorter lifespan and often need repairing or replacing after a few months. Our mission at MAHI is to make our leather items up to 50% cheaper than high street equivalents by cutting out the middlemen and the extra costs that come with stockpiling large quantities of leather so that our customers can buy a bag built to last at a much more affordable price.
Moving on to Nylon
Nylon is a cheap, synthetic material, which is lightweight and flexible. While it is generally the more inexpensive option, it isn’t as durable as leather and doesn’t last anywhere near as long. Wiping it down with a clean, damp cloth also easily cleans nylon & it doesn’t require any conditioning, on the other hand, it does stain very easily.