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Vachetta Leather: Achieving the Ideal Patina

Chanoa Tarle
Contributing Writer.
Savvy shopper. Smarter style.

“Vachetta Leather: Achieving the Ideal Patina”

Some fabrics and components become even more beautiful over time and with the right care- natural, untreated Vachetta leather is one of them. Vegetable-tanned, full-grain cowhide leather typically originating from Italy, Vachetta is known for changing color easily whenever it comes into contact with oils and other compounds, as well as for getting darker from exposure to the sun. 

 

Louis Vuitton is famous for their use of Vachetta leather across their Monogram bag collections. So what is the ideal patina and how may it be achieved?

 

Newly-purchased Louis Vuitton Monogram bags feature Vachetta leather with a pale beige appearance. The color will evolve to a dark brown or honey, and the end result largely depends on you. The ideal patina is a honey-colored shade and you’ll want to strive to maintain the same color as evenly as possible wherever Vachetta leather appears.

 

Tips for Care

  • Use a wax-free leather conditioner (like FASHIONPHILE’s TLC) to keep your Vachetta leather moisturized and do whatever you can to keep the leather clean. 
  • Unscented, alcohol-free baby wipes are easy to tote and make clean-ups simple. 
  • Never use leather care products that contain lanolin.
  • Avoid wet surfaces and rain.
  • Store your hardware in a manner that won’t scratch your Vachetta leather. One tip is to tuck your straps into your bag whenever you store it.
  • Store your bag in a dust bag.
  • Aim for minimal contact with your Vachetta leather; every time you touch the leather with your hands, you’re transferring oils, which can stain the leather.

 

A Louis Vuitton Monogram bag is something that may be cherished for years. Let this be your guide to achieving the ideal patina that will increase both the beauty and resale value of your treasured collection.

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