Vachetta leather is an untreated and unprotected cowhide leather that’s usually used in the trimming of Louis Vuitton luggage and handbags.
Monogram and Damier Azur canvas are Vuitton trademark materials that are usually accompanied by Vachetta leather. Vachetta leather is cowhide leather has a buttery soft appearance and develops its own tan over time.
The trim, handles, and piping of many Louis Vuitton bags are made from this distinguished leather, which has led many people to develop preferences about their Vachetta leather and the patina that it develops.
We’re obsessed with vachetta leather. From the creamy white of brand new vachetta leather, to the look of an older Louis Vuitton bag that has been well taken care of and that has developed a beautiful caramel patina.
Vachetta is an untreated cowhide leather, meaning it hasn’t been dyed, tanned, or treated with preservation processes that other leathers undergo. Keeping it in a natural state makes untreated leather susceptible to discoloration and water stains, but this also allows it to age naturally and develop what’s called a patina: a sheen of oils and other elements from the environment that darken the Vachetta leather.
Many people love the way Vachetta leather on Louis Vuitton bags can have a crisp and new or vintage look on each bag depending on how deep of a color the patina has developed. Over time, this type of leather ages with your bag without detracting from it, whereas some other leathers or fabrics can degrade faster than other materials that may be present on the piece. In the case of Louis Vuitton bags, the combination of Vachetta leather and Monogram canvas is a perfect match in terms of durability and aging gracefully.
New Vachetta leather
Brand new vachetta leather has a pale white/beige color that complements the brown tones of Monogram canvas beautifully.
Vachetta Leather With A Light Honey Patina
Typically in like new Louis Vuitton bags, this leather has a very slightly developed beige color that can occasionally appear slightly pink.
Vachetta Leather With A Honey Patina
This shade is the perfect middle ground between the striking pale beige color of new and a gently used amber color. When it comes to patina, it seems like the consensus is in that a honey patina is highly desirable. Vachetta leather and the deep brown that it may eventually age to.
Vachetta Leather With A Dark Patina
Since patina developed through time and as a result of wear, the color that your Vachetta leather can darken depending on where your bag has been handled. Oils and lotion can change the way Vachetta leather ages, causing areas with the most contact to skin to turn darker. As a result, handles and zipper pulls made with this type of untreated leather will develop a darker patina. Often, we consider these bags to be well used.
How to Keep Your Vachetta Leather Looking Beautiful
If you’ve taken the plunge and purchased a bag that features untreated vachetta leather, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure it ages nicely.
Vachetta leather is prone to damage: it can stain easily or get discolored by water. Lotion or residual makeup on your hands will cause a patina to develop in frequently-touched places. In many cases, damage or staining can be difficult or nearly impossible to reverse.
Vachetta isn’t all high maintenance though, Vachetta leather is fairly durable and more resistance to scratching and scuffs than, say, lambskin leather. Similarly, moisturizing and otherwise caring for untreated leather can minimize the likelihood of cracking and other blemishes occurring.
Cleaning and Restoration
Part of keeping your Louis Vuitton bag looking beautiful throughout the years entails making sure that it’s cleaned regularly. Regular upkeep will help maintain Vachetta leather. Using alcohol-free, unscented baby wipes will allow you to clean the Monogram canvas and Vachetta leather on your bag without risking damage.
It’s important to note that cleaning may not lighten Vachetta leather from the color of patina it has already developed, but it can remove dirts and oils that have built up on the leather. A Magic Eraser can remove the layers of buildup that have accumulated on the leather. Afterwards, moisturizing the bag is key to ensure that using the Magic Eraser doesn’t strip the leather too much and leave it more vulnerable. Be sure to keep in mind that any restoration will not be a fix-all for deep stains or bringing the leather back to that brand-new, pale beige color.