Leather vs Canvas

Choosing the correct bag, whether for yourself or as a gift, can at times be difficult. There are many factors to consider, such as style, size and material.

When it comes to style you can get more of an understanding about what would best suit your needs by reading ‘choosing the right bag for you.’ This post is focused on what material would be best, leather or canvas. Both have earned there place in the history books and have been used to create fashion items for many years, none more so then when it comes to bags. Although they hold some characteristics that are similar, choosing the right material for you is key.


No matter what style of bag you opt for choosing leather as the material has many benefits. The first being its durability. Looked after in the correct way a leather bag can offer you many years of service before you even contemplate a replacement. Many people believe leather gets better with age. Due to an effect called ‘patina’ over time leather softens and often changes colour, showcasing its natural beauty. We also need to mention that leather is a timeless material, it has been used in many different forms for thousands of years and is more popular than ever in todays society. Genuine leather is an elegant, upmarket material. Carrying a bag made of this material adds sophistication to a look. It is an indicator of someone with class and appreciation of quality, hence the reason it is a businessman’s prize possession.

Kurtis Paul Designer Mens Leather Duffle Bag / Holdall


Choosing canvas as the material of your choice also has its benefits. Just like leather the first is its durability. Canvas’s durability comes from the fact it is a plain woven fabric that provides strength and sturdiness. This type of fabric pattern allows for fibres to flex and adjust with weight. This means your canvas bag will cope with weight much easier than other materials, it is more forgiving and doesn’t tear as easily. Cleaning a canvas bag is also very simple and hardly requires any attention, dirt and stains in most cases can be removed at ease. A well designed bag could be used in almost any occasion, however it is predominantly used for casual use where its characteristics are utilised. A canvas duffle bag is ideal for the regular gym goer whilst a backpack made of this material is perfect for the explorer. It provides you with the freedom of knowing you have a bag that’s up to the task of holding and keeping its content safe.

Kurtis Paul Mens Canvas Backpack / Rucksack in Desert Sand CreamKurtis Paul Mens Canvas Backpack / Rucksack in Desert Sand Cream


Here at Kurtis Paul we love both Leather and Canvas. Both hold characteristics which make them ideal for bags. Unfortunately we can’t tell you what material would be best for you, that’s something you must work out for yourself. Before heading to the market we suggest you consider these three questions:

  1. What occasions will this bag be used for? Leather is generally more formal whilst canvas is more forgiving.
  2. What will be its main purpose? Canvas is better at accepting extreme conditions.
  3. What attire are you likely to be wearing whilst using this bag?

Once these questions are answered you will have subconsciously decided which material would be best suited for yourself. I hope this guide has helped. If you have any questions please leave us a comment below.

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