What does “embossed” mean on a handbag?

28 Jul


Funny how certain industries sometimes have their own meaning for words. In the handbag industry “embossed” means that the handbag has been given a certain type of embellishment or texture (which is the more common everyday meaning). Embossing can really add a fashionable stylish appeal to a handbag and many other items. Embossed handbags are a very common feature of every brand of handbags or purse.

Types of Embossing

You may have heard crocodile embossed or alligator embossed which means the material that was used to create the handbag was pressed real hard (with a machine of course) until it made an impression on the surface giving it the look and feel of the particular animal. Most common are alligator and crocodile, but sometimes you see many other animals.


Embossed Artificial Crocodile Leather

This manufacturing process is animal-friendly because embossing is typically done on synthetic man-made materials, but is also done on real leathers as well, like buffalo leather, cowhide leather and the like. Hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. Thanks so much.


Sample of a Handbag with Embossing

Katrina Love
CEO & President


7 Responses to “What does “embossed” mean on a handbag?”

  1. samantha January 25, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    thanks, just purchased a bag from DSW and it said Snakeskin embossed suede and leather tote…So I was a little curious!!! 🙂

  2. 推薦行動電源 June 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

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  3. Josh February 1, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    Thank god for this explanation. I almost just bought a pair of Prada shoes that aren’t even real crocodile. Phew; thanks!

  4. Ligia October 19, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

    “Hand-Embossed Caiman Leather”, that does means that the leather is from caiman? or is it synthethic

    • Katrina Love October 19, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

      Caiman is a type of pattern found on a certain type of alligator..a small one. Hand Embossed Caiman Leather may mean authentic
      caiman alligator skin, however, a company could create a mold and press the caiman alligator pattern on synthetic material.
      We believe this term hand embossed caiman leather is real leather from the caiman alligator family in this case.


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