Every luxury bag has a different aging process. Just like a good pair of jeans, good leather will get better with age, as it molds to your lifestyle. Louis Vuitton bags are not an exception. Some LV bags have vachetta leather (also known as cowhide), which is an untreated leather that is very susceptible to water, stains, and even sunlight. Louis Vuitton uses it a lot in their monogram collection for trimming and handles. When an LV bag is brand new, vachetta leather will be a very pale shade of beige, as seen above in this Louis Vuitton Vernis Brea MM Amarante bag.
However, since this leather is untreated and raw, over time, it will start to darken, in a process called “Patina.” Besides the elements, like air and water, sweat and oil from the hands are also responsible for patina, and because of this, it’s possible that some parts of the handle will be darker than the rest. Patina is probably the easiest and fastest way to tell if a Louis Vuitton monogram bag is authentic. LV replicas are usually made of a plastic that will not patina over time. Real Louis Vuitton monogram bag handles and trims will develop a beautiful honey color over time.
Some people hate watching the patina process, because they feel guilty every time they touch their bags. Instead they rather buy vintage Louis Vuitton bags that have already developed the beautiful honey brown color, so they don’t have to see the cowhide leather darken. Over time, patina will actually protect your bag from dirt, water stain, and other elements.
Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Pet Carrier $1,450. Pink Graffiti Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 $2,900. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Vachetta Leather Alma PM $1,365. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Alize 24 Heurs Travel Bag $2,700.
There are a few ways to speed up, as well as slow down, the patina process. However, we believe it’s best to let nature take its course, and allow patina to develop naturally.
Some love patina, and some hate it and avoid it at all costs, but no matter what side you’re on, there’s no denying patina gives your handbag personality- no two patinas are ever alike. So whether you prefer pristine Louis Vuitton or vintage, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect luxury bag to fit your needs on PORTERO.com.