How Long Does a Leather Bag Last?

by Albert Varkki updated 07-07-2023

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Nothing lasts forever, but a good quality leather bag made of the right materials and looked after the right way can last for many years. But obviously everyone uses their bags differently, with some using it once a week and some using it all day every day. So it’s hard to put a set time on how long your bag will last, but the following might be a good guide.

How long will a leather bag last?

How long will it last? That depends!

Your leather bag lifespan is heavily dependent on how often you use it and how well you look after it. Leather in itself will can last for 100 years before it begins to disintegrate, and most people won't be keeping their bag for that long. However you can expect a good quality bag, made from full grain leather, that is oiled regularly and stored carefully to last upwards of 30 years.

How to Extend the Life of Your Leather Bag

To extend the lifespan of your leather bag, you should do the following:
  1. Store properly - your bag should be stuffed to retain its shape, kept inside a dust bag, and be laid on the base or the site (not hung up).
  2. Oil your bag - you should rub oil into the leather of your bag once a month during heavy use, and once every 3 months during light use. This also helps to keep it waterproof.

The Types of Bag That Last The Longest

If you want a bag that will last longer than all the rest, you need to pay attention to the type of leather. You need your bag to be made from full grain buffalo leather, because it is thicker and proven to last longer. You can shop our range of full grain leather bags online at

Author: Albert Varkki

Albert Varkki is the co-founder of Von Baer. He understands leather products as a consumer, supplier, and a manufacturer, helping you with the inside knowledge you need, to choose the perfect leather product for you.

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1 comment

Sun Jun 09, 2023 at 15:19

Hi! What about a new and unused leather bag that has been sitting in a closet for a few years? The bag has never been oiled, do you think it has started disintegrating? Also, in the future will it disintegrate without ever oiling? Thank you!


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