The Perfect Bag For You: Canvas or Leather?

March 30, 2019

The Perfect Bag For You: Canvas or Leather?-Leafy Souls Vegan Blog Post

It’s time to buy a new backpack, and you are stuck at the very beginning - to buy one in canvas or leather? Both fabrics have advantages and disadvantages. The decision depends on the bag’s purpose and uses, the weather conditions it has to meet, the outfit and the amount of time you will spend on maintenance.

An Old Favorite

Even the most animal-conscious consumer will admit that leather is one of the best. Mankind has been using leather for over 5000 years.Early man had little to survive on and had to be resourceful. Hunted animals provided food but also skins that were used for clothing, tools, and shelter. Raw skin dries and rots away making basic tanning techniques a huge step forward in preserving leather to last lifetimes.  

The Spanish perfected the art of tanning to a craft in the 8th Century. Another significant step took place at the end of the 19th century when chromium tanning was created - speeding up the production time, the amount being tanned and the overall cost.

These days, vegans prefer sourcing products made from sustainable materials and cruelty-free faux leathers that are vegan.

Leather Adds Weight

A handbag in full leather weighs more than the average fabric. Leather bags are durable and can handle the weight, but it is best to use the bag for situations when you do not intend to carry the bag all day - say, going to work or out for a meal. You can leave your new leather bag in a designated area once you enter the building and limit the amount of time you carry it for.

Canvas bags are much lighter and easier to carry. They are not as strong as a leather backpack, but their durability comes from the way it is made. Canvas is a plain-woven fabric that gives strength and sturdiness. The canvas fibers flex and adapt to the weight and size of the items you place inside making it a great bag when you need to carry a lot more items.

Maintenance Work

Canvas needs little maintenance work. A simple shopping tote bag, for instance, can easily be cleaned in the washing machine. Most canvases are easy to clean from dust and debris simply by using a bristle brush or a damp cloth to wipe them. You can also treat canvas for more endurance with specialized sprays to make them waterproof.

Leather definitely requires more attention than canvas. It absorbs everything easily - oil stains, wine stains, or anything else will be a nightmare to get rid of - and water is the worst. Stains also damage the fabric, so you need to frequently clean leather bags with dry or slightly damp cloths. Leather dries out quickly too. You need to treat your leather with conditioner or wax to keep its properties and looks.

Formal Occasions

One wouldn’t really bring a backpack to a formal occasion but, you never know. It is worth saying that it can be really difficult to make a canvas bag look formal. No matter how much you try, there is a sense of style that is missing. Canvases have a sporty, dynamic flair to them. They look more casual than formal and they accompany most who need it for practical reasons in an informal setting.

The type of bag you carry can say a lot about your personality. Formal events are a perfect place to display your handbag for exactly that reason. Practical doesn’t fit in this scenario.
Nothing speaks louder than good quality fabric and style. Strutting into a formal affair with a cute, genuine leather clutch is presentable and shows that you like to make a professional impression.


Time Matters

Leather gets softer with age. It creates a more refined look and showcases the rugged aspect of the leather that is also representative of the type of leather that the bag is made from - differentiating good quality from great. It is easy to tell if you have a Louis Vuitton counterfeit by the handle of the bag. Over time, the handle changes color and fades. Fake ones don’t.

Canvas bags do not have the same fate. Canvases are more prone to ripping, tearing and general wear and tear - especially if they are used to carry heavy items through different environments ranging from the city to the forest and to the beach, on the plane or in the car. But these bags can be repaired with a needle and thread or upcycled into something new - There are loads of ways to cut up your old favorite and remake it into a new tote.

The Winners

Both leather and canvas are durable, sturdy, great looking, and promising you long years of service. Buying leather from companies who buy their skins from meat farms is a step closer to buying leather that is more sustainable and recycled without contributing to the demand for killing animals to get their skin.

For those who are die-hard vegans, faux leather options and canvas backpacks are the best ways to go.

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Sizing Guide

In this guide you can see the detailed sizing charts to all our products

Unisex Tshirts

Width, in 19 21 23 25 27 29 31 33
Length, in 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
Sleeve length, in 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 11


Width, cm 47 52.1 57.2 62.2 67.3 72.4 77.5 82.6
Length, cm 72.4 74.9 77.5 80 82.6 85.1 87.6 90.2
Sleeve length, cm 18.4 19.7 20.9 22.2 23.5 24.8 26 27.3


Women's Tees:

Width, in 17 18 19 20 22
Length, in 26 26 27 28 28
Sleeve length, in 7 8 8 8 8



Width, cm 41.2 43.8 46.3 50.2 54
Length, cm 64.4 66 67.6 69.2 70.8
Sleeve length, cm 17.3 17.9 18.5 19.1 19.7




Sleeve length, in 25 25 25 25 25 25 27 27
Length, in 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Width, in 20 23 24 26 28 30 33 34


Sleeve length, cm 62.9 62.9 62.9 62.9 62.9 62.9 67.9 67.9
Length, cm 68.5 71.1 73.6 76.2 78.7 81.2 83.8 86.3
Width, cm 50.8 55.9 60.9 66 71.1 76.2 81.3 86.3