Leather expert who destroys designer bags to see if they're worth the price judges brands

Leather expert who destroys designer bags to see if they’re worth the price judges brands

A leather expert who cuts up and burns expensive designer handbags to judge their quality has given his opinion on the best and worst brands to buy.

Tanner Leatherstein, from Dallas, Texas, has amassed a huge TikTok following for his videos, which show him destroying coveted accessories to reveal if they’re really worth the steep price tag.

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In an interview with The Morning Show on Wednesday, Tanner said he looks at the “leather and the craftsmanship” in the pieces he inspects.

“One of the most common things I do is the acetone test,” Tanner said of his methods, explaining that acetone — or nail polish remover as it’s commonly found — “is a household solution to remove the finish on the leather, to see what kind of material is underneath”.

“It gives me a good understanding of the base leather they use, which tells me (whether) it’s an expensive piece, a rare piece, or more of a common thing if you go for a heavy finish,” Tanner told the hostess Kylie Gilles and Larry Emdur.

Tanner Leatherstein destroys bags. Recognition: TikTok/Tanner Leatherstein

“The other test I call the ash test,” Tanner explained.

“Whenever a brand claims to use vegetable tanned leather I like to burn some strips of leather to see what the ash is like because different tanning methods leave different ash residues and that gives me an idea if I can confirm the labeling or not. “

Kylie then brought Tanner up to ask which brands he was most fond of.

Tanner responded by saying coveted brand Bottega Veneta recently earned his “great respect” after he deconstructed some of their pieces.

Gerber with a Bottega Veneta Arco Mini bag. Recognition: TikTok/Tanner Leatherstein

“I loved the pieces because they really use these minimally finished leathers, which I love,” he said, adding that he calls it “artisan leather that you can feel with your touch and your look.”

“Their designs are really complicated,” said the expert.

“It’s very detail oriented and they’re one-offs, so they definitely charge a premium, but they do something special on the expensive side.

“On the other hand, Coach is impressive at the main market level.

“They have really impressed me with their leather choices for the price they are offering them.

“I really couldn’t find anything to complain about for the money I paid. I really enjoyed the leather and the craftsmanship.”

Larry then asked Tanner which labels had “too much markup.”

Tanner first clarified his answer by saying he hadn’t gone through all the bags on his list yet.

Tanner with a Chanel wallet. Recognition: TikTok/Tanner Leatherstein

He said that “for the price” of Louis Vuitton and Chanel bags, their “leather choices aren’t impressive.”

“I’m really into leather and these big brands are going for standardization, which means heavy surfaces,” he said.

“Once you use heavy surface treatments on leather, you cut the ties of that sensory experience I was talking about.

“I know they use quality materials, it’s great craftsmanship. I’m not saying they aren’t high quality materials.

“But when I’m trying to get that sensory experience out of their leathers, Louis Vuitton and Chanel weren’t impressive for the prices I paid.”

Craftsman cuts up and burns expensive designer handbags.

Craftsman cuts up and burns expensive designer handbags.

In a TikTok in which Tanner filmed himself destroying a pink Chanel wallet, he asked, “Is it worth it?”

“It’s a very well constructed piece with turned edges and all,” he said.

“For the work, the craftsmanship, I give them a generous estimate of $50,” he added, giving his take on how much these elements added to the value of the product.

“Probably another $10 for other accessories, but I have a problem with the leather here,” he added.

“They lost me here with the very strong finish on the leather.”

Tanner said he didn’t evaluate the “sensuous” experience of the Chanel and Louis Vuitton pieces. Recognition: TikTok/Tanner Leatherstein

Tanner went on to explain that the “calfskin” base leather has a “very heavy finish” with an embossed pattern that “looks like basketball leather.”

“We choose calfskin for its naturally beautiful grain and you don’t need oversized, exaggerated finishes on it,” he said.

“But for standardization purposes they overdid it and it feels like plastic. I can’t feel the leather. I don’t feel the calfskin.

“To be honest, you could use any kind of leather for that kind of finish because it hides everything.”

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In his opinion, Tanner said the Chanel wallet is worth $90 — but it retails for $1,200.

In a TikTok review of a Louis Vuitton bag — made from coated fabric, a cowhide trim, and a faux lining — Tanner claimed the leather accents were “mediocre.”

“I understand that this is premium cowhide leather. On top is a correction finish – that’s why we call it top grain – that’s why I call it mediocre.

“You can make this leather from most cowhide leathers on the market because you have the flexibility to cover the imperfections.

“So it’s a mediocre leather in my opinion. Not bad, but definitely not the best.”

7NEWS.com.au has reached out to Chanel and Louis Vuitton for comment.

Tanner said he keeps all the materials from the bags he destroyed and he has lots of ideas for how he could use them in the future – by creating a piece to auction for charity or an artwork.

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