Why Choose Handmade Leather Bags Over High Street Bags?

When looking for the perfect handbag, it’s easy to be distracted by cheap high street prices. However, whilst high street bags might be a cheaper option, they’re not the best option in terms of quality, style and durability. Whilst a handmade leather bag may cost you slightly more than your average high street bag, it will last you longer, offer more in terms of quality, and be more unique to your own style. With this in mind, if you’re considering buying handmade leather bags over high street options, it helps to consider the following factors.


There’s no denying that handmade leather bags are better quality than high street bags. It’s the time and dedication put into designing and creating handmade leather bags that makes them unrivalled in quality, but what do we mean by this?

Well, to start with, a key sign of quality in handmade leather bags is the choice of materials used to make them. At Zatchels we use fine Scottish leather to make our handbags and accessories to ensure they are durable with an exceptional looking finish. This is what makes them stand out from the crowdEvery single one of our Zatchels bags is handmade in England using expert British craftsmanship. This includes detailed cable stitching that complements the look of the leather. Many of our handbags are also finished with silver nickel buckles.

Handmade leather micro satchel in iced coffee on a wooden stool with a dark background

Another key hallmark of quality is durability. In fact, these two characteristics go pretty much hand in hand. Using high quality materials to make a product will improve its durability. Our handmade leather bags are built to last, and this is reflected in their high quality finish. So, whilst choosing handmade vs high street may be slightly more expensive initially, a handmade leather handbag will last you a lot longer than high street bags. This means that you’ll be saving money that would otherwise be spent having to buy replacements on a regular basis.


Another reason that handmade leather bags are championed over high street bags is because they offer a more unique and special product. High street bags are mass produced, creating a series of copycat products that lack character and history. With handmade leather bags, every product is crafted individually with care and attention to create an item that is completely unique. You can make your Zatchels handmade leather handbag even more special by adding personalised engraving, such as your name or a sentimental message. 

You’re also more likely to find an accessory that stands out from the crowd when you go for handcrafted options. Whilst high street bags tend to follow the same trends and lack variety, there are many unique handmade leather bags on offer. Catering to all individual styles, we have a range of both classic handmade leather bags and satchels, as well as some more funky and multicoloured options. For example, you won’t find anything like our Kaleidoscope collection on the high street. This collection is perfect for adding a fun splash of colour to any outfit. Our Animal Bags and Daisy Bags are another unique option, featuring skilled appliquéd detailing that shows off the best of British craftsmanship.

Kaleidoscope handmade leather city backpack, handmade leather satchel and micro satchel on a orange and yellow background with palm tree

Better For The Environment

Another key benefit of buying handmade leather bags over high street options is that they are a lot better for the environment. Mass produced goods use up a huge amount of resources, causing a lot of waste whilst also producing large amounts of pollution that is harmful to the planet. In addition to this, cheaper, mass produced handbags don’t last as long as handmade leather bags, meaning they’ll need to be replaced more frequently. 

By handcrafting all our leather handbags in England, we at Zatchels keep our resources, waste and pollution to a minimum, whilst creating products that are durable and built to last. 

Zatchels Aura Handmade Leather Handbag in baby blue placed on a tree trunk

For further information on the Zatchels collection, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.