Misconceptions About Italian Designer Handbags

Is your stylish handbag as good of a purchase as you once thought? At Hera’s Handbags, we love all things related to our Italian designer handbags. Since you’re here reading this, we’re sure that you’re familiar with at least some of the inner-workings of your own handmade leather handbag. If you don’t happen to actually own your own handmade leather handbag, no worries - that’s why we’re here!

Hera’s Handbags specializes in carrying the latest and greatest fashion items to add to your style in the form of genuine Italian leather handbags. Our handbags and accessories are all handmade in Italy you’ll be getting premium quality and durability at a price that we think you’ll enjoy. We believe that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice an arm and a leg just to get a good quality handbag that will last, and that’s why we’re proud to bring you good value in the stylish designer handbag market.

In our previous post, we looked at some of the main differences between authentic and fake leather bags and touching on this note, we’re going to take a look at some of the popular myths and misconceptions about Italian designer handbags. You’ll find a lot of misinformation out there on the Internet about these things, and so we believe that it’s important to give you accurate information to help guide your decision when it comes to buying your very own leather handbag. Anyway, let’s take a brief look at some of these popular misconceptions.

Myth: Expensive Handbags Have a Warranty

A lot of people tend to think that handbags come with a warranty because their price tag is so expensive, which makes sense, but unfortunately, is not the case. While most luxury handbag companies do not have any warranties on their products, they usually guarantee the quality of their handbags, but a quality guarantee is not the same thing as a warranty.

By definition, a warranty is a sort of representation - in writing - made by a seller or company to a purchaser of a product or service, in which a refund, repair, or replacement will be made if the product or service proves defective or unsatisfactory, particular within a given time period. While a luxury leather handbag won’t usually ‘break’, so to speak, they are typically made from noble materials like leather, which tend to break down and change over time. If you have already purchased a handbag or are in the market to purchase one, keeping a record such as the original receipt of your purchase is a smart idea.

Myth: Most Handbag Hardware Is Made of Gold

On nearly any given stylish handbag, the hardware simply refers to the metal on the outside of the bag which makes up the zipper(s), zipper handle(s), and so forth. Many people commonly think that because a handbag is expensive and features genuine leather, that the hardware on the outside of the bag is automatically made of gold. Make no mistake - gold-colored hardware is different from it being ‘made of gold.’

Indeed, gold is among the most malleable of the metals, being easily bent of flattened in its purest form. Due to gold’s lack of true durability, a lot of handbag manufacturers will use brass and metal hardware for durability. Most forms of metal can fade, change in color, and oxidize over time, so though there are some fancy handbags on the market that do have that ‘golden aspect’ to them, this is not true for all brands and models. Some of these limited edition bags do feature hardware made of brass with gold plating, but these bags are usually priced considerably higher than the rest.


Myth: ‘The Flame Test’ Will Prove That Your Handbag Is Authentic

So after reading the title of this myth, you’re probably thinking, ‘Seriously, people actually think that lighting their handbag on fire is a good way to test if it’s legit or not?’ We’re here to respond to that question and tell you, ‘Yes, apparently so.’

Yes, one of the most common myths that you’ll hear in retail shops by uninformed retailers is that one way to tell if a bag is authentic is through a ‘flame test.’ The logic behind this thought process lies around a simple explanation: most bags are made of canvas or leather. Canvas usually comes from fiber or plants, whereas leather is from animal skin. You don’t need to be a genius to know that these materials can burn.

There’s a possibility that this particular myth came from the flame test done on genuine versus synthetic leathers. Give the same amount of exposure to fire, the latter will burn faster than the former, but in any case, genuine leather exposed to fire will also burn. The point to take away from this myth: don’t light your beautiful handbag on fire.

Myth: If It Has a Serial Number or Authenticity Card, It’s Automatically Legit

The reality is that counterfeiters can make a serial number or authenticity card just as easily as the legitimate handbag manufacturers. Unless you know how to actually read these identifying codes or point out an imitation solely based on the features of the bag, then you can’t rely on the serial number of authenticity card alone to determine whether or not your bag is legitimate. You should also consider that many big brands do not necessarily have authenticity cards. If you’re actually concerned about whether your bag is legit or not, consider getting an expert involved.

Questions About Our Italian Bags? We’re Happy To Help!

The designer handbag industry is an industry that’s riddled with fake and questionable products, but with our fine, made in Italy handbags from Hera’s Handbags, there’s no need to worry! Get in touch with your fashionable, designer side by contacting us today with any questions about our fine Italian designer handbags, or shop now!

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