Products like leather wallets, belts, purses and other accessories are always in demand and in fashion. Buying good quality leather is very important. Here are a few tips before we explore some of the best places to buy leather in India and abroad. The thumb rule for buying good leather is – if it looks good, feels good and also smells good, you have a great leather product!
- Always feel the leather. The softer the leather the more expensive it is likely to be.
- Look at the texture of the product. Real leather resists aberration. Imitation leather has an embossed surface to give the look of real leather.
- Leather needs good care. Make sure you find out if there is a specific cleanser for the product you buy to give it the ‘always new’ look.
PeruPeru has one of the most exotic leather in the market which is Peccary leather. This kind of leather is only produced in this country which makes it the most look after leather mostly in the European market because of his softness and good quality. Have you tried this leather? what about some fabulous pair of gloves of Peccary leather? if you haven't, then this is the right time to do it.
Tourists flock to Agra to see the majestic Taj Mahal but did you know it is a great place to buy leather goods also? The Government Leather Institute is located in Agra and so is Asia’s largest shoe manufacturing industry. Products like belts, gloves, footwear, bags, and jackets are widely available in Agra.
Sadar Bazaar is the most popular and highly reputed market to buy leather items. It is in close proximity to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort and the Agra Cantt Railway Station as well. The market opens at 11 am and closes as late as 11 pm. The market is closed on Tuesday. The streets are filled with locals and foreigners looking for great bargains on leather goods. Some of the best places to buy leather here are on Munro Road, Kinari Bazaar, the Gangotri Emporium and the Shilapagram Crafts Village.
Kanpur, known as the ‘Leather City’, has some of the finest and largest tanneries in the country. It all started in the 19th Century when the East India Company stationed its army here to watch over the surrounding areas. The then demand for leather products like boots, harnesses, and saddles started several small businesses, making it an organized leather production center.
In Kanpur, head straight to Meston Road at the Bada Chauraha to buy shoes, slippers, sandals, belts, purses, briefcases and other leather accessories.