Samba vs AWL?

HannaS1001

Member
Feb 18, 2020
137
137
What are the differences? Other then they are both not being made and are way too expensive on the reseller sites LOL
i love the shine of the samba and the squishyness
how is the awl different?
 
Aug 13, 2014
5,526
1,995
AWL is thicker than Samba leather and has a more pronounced pebble grain. Also the styles used
are very different... the AWL collections are 'equestrian' inspired and always (?) have contrast trim.

For leather purists, I think that AWL uses a better quality piece of leather.... in technical terms
and also in the weight of the leather. But.... since this info isn't disclosed, it's really just a guess.
The original AWL was shrunken and the Dooney web site describes the AWL 2 as shrunken also,
to achieve the water resistance. I don't know how the Samba leather is processed. but its not
shrunken like AWL. That is the only leather that goes thru that process.

The more I learn about leather, the more questions I have. And if we like something, does it
matter if something else is 'better' by some definition?

I like Samba leather. While I also like AWL, it's too heavy for me in the larger bags
that I tend to use.
 
  • Like
Reactions: HannaS1001

HannaS1001

Member
Feb 18, 2020
137
137
I love samba but hard to find . I got a nice black one but I really wanted lighter colors . What about Raleigh? It sounds like AWL will be too heavy for me as well
 
Aug 13, 2014
5,526
1,995
I love samba but hard to find . I got a nice black one but I really wanted lighter colors . What about Raleigh? It sounds like AWL will be too heavy for me as well
I have 1 handbag in Raleigh leather. It's a relatively stiff leather with a slight pebble grain.
It's ok, but I'm not going out of my way to get another one.
 
  • Like
Reactions: HannaS1001

HannaS1001

Member
Feb 18, 2020
137
137
I have noticed some sambas have contrast stitching, others do not . Does anyone know when and why ? the colors seem more shiny With the contrast stitching too