Determining if Your Leather Coat Was Made in the USA

The distinction between domestically produced and imported products, including leather coats, is growing foggier by the year. It is becoming hard to determine what is truly made in the United States, especially for leather products.

Trade regulations are vague as to what is considered made in the United States versus foreign made leather coats. Many consumers are unaware that a variety of leather coats are partially manufactured offshore and then finished on U.S. soil so that a Made in the USA label can be legally affixed to the garment.

Sometimes leather is tanned and processed in a foreign country and shipped to the U.S. where only a zipper, snaps, or a lining is later affixed to the leather coat. In addition, sometimes labels are switched to indicate that a leather coat is made in America but it is really produced offshore.

Again, this crime is very hard to prove and consumers are often none the wiser to the switch in the quality of their leather coat. Unless you know leather well, a pig napa leather can seem very similar to lambskin, though it is not nearly as valuable. Be aware that you may not be able to get a leather coat that is made in the United States exclusively, as most leather coats have at least some parts made in foreign countries.

Many times, when it comes to leather goods, including high end leather coats, customers get what they pay for. If a leather coat seems too cheap, it probably has a problem, and may not be the quality that the vendor is claiming that it is. It is especially important to be vigilant when buying leather coats online, which are easier to pass off as high quality because the consumer is not able to feel or smell the leather coat until it arrives, after payment has been made and the consumer has little recourse.

Accentuate Your Looks With The Right Purse

We’re positive that no matter how you see yourself– trendy, corporate or casual– your ultimate goal is to look “together” – to look beautiful and elegant in your poise and style of clothing and accessories. You spend hours looking for the right outfit and analyze it many times over to make sure it perfects and gives you that eye catching look. But do you give that same time and scrutiny to your accessories like your purse and handbag before throwing it over your shoulder and leaving the house?

You probably didn’t know that a purse can flatten your curves almost as much as the right pair of pants or shirt. Now that we have your attention read on to determine your shape and what type purse you should carry.

Try to choose a purse shape that is the opposite of your body type. While the shape should oppose your body type for maximum flattery, the size of the bag should be in proportion to your figure. If you are tall and thin, look for the large sloppy bags that lay against you to compliment your figure. If you’re short and voluptuous, play off opposites by choosing a handbag that is tall and rectangular or long and sleek.

Most women look great with a bag that hits mid-torso because it flatters the waist.

Take a look at the five basic body shapes and find the best purse for your shape:

– Narrow Top/Full Bottom

If you have full hips or tummy and small top, draw the eye up with accessories. You should carry a bag with short straps that fits snug under your arm.

– Full Top/Narrow Bottom

If the fullness you carry on top is unwanted (some do pay for it, you know) turn the area into a “no man’s land”. Nothing should cause the eye to linger so draw the eye downwards by carrying long slouching bags.

– Hour Glass

If you got it girl, flaunt it! This shape best describes a woman who is balanced on top and bottom with a defined waist and is considered the ideal body shape. You can carry off anything– lucky lady!!

– Narrow/Top to Bottom

If you are naturally thin, you have always faced the challenges that come with dressing this body shape. If you are unnaturally thin– by choice– you probably, prefer to show it off. The key is to add dimension to your profile. Don’t choose a bag that will hug the body too much. Think unstructured, bulky type purses. Try anything with horizontal detail in the patterns.

– WIDE FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

In general, the rounder your figure, the more structured your purse should be. For this body type, shape and color is important. Colors should be muted, monochromatic is best and prints should be kept to a minimum. Draw the eye to the top or center of the torso with a mid-length strap.

Now you know the right purse for you! Always remember to try on the bag– just like you would clothing and shoes. Remember that where the purse touches your body, that part of your body is accentuated. For example, if the purse is under your arm against your breast, the eye is drawn up to the bag.

So take the time to look for the right purse for you– it’s not always the same purse that your best friend carries. A purse should not only carry your personal belongings, it should add to your style and looks.