Leather comes in many different forms which vary in quality and price. So, just because you're purchasing a leather handbag, doesn't mean it has to cost an arm and a leg; all leather handbags are not created equally. In order to make sure you are purchasing a high quality leather bag, there are a few things you should look for. First of all, look closely at the suppleness of the leather. Leather that is of a higher quality will be soft and easily bendable. If your handbag is made of stiff leather, it will be more susceptible to cracking. You should also look at the reputation of the company from which you're buying your handbag. The high end designers will naturally have higher quality leather bags while it is more difficult to tell how high a quality the leather bags are from lesser known companies.