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Louis Vuitton Patina

Fresh Louis Vuitton Patina

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.

Read: Top Five Most Iconic Louis Vuitton Bags

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.

Louis Vuitton Handbags available on PORTERO.comPre-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

Pre-Owned Louis Vuitton Handbags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Louis Vuitton Monogram Neverfull Rayures XL $2,780. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 in Damier Azur $690. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Vachetta leather Bucket PM $750. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Murakami Pochette $399.

Authentic Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton handbags

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Today would have been Louis Vuitton’s birthday. In his honor, we’re taking a look at the recently retired (as of July 31st) Louis Vuitton + Takashi Murakami collaboration. Although you may not be familiar with the Murakami name, you are surely familiar with his colorful work through the Louis Vuiton Multicolore monogram.

In 2002 when, Louis Vuitton Creative Director, Marc Jacobs, decided that the iconic French luxury brand needed a new twist; something fresh to celebrate the still-young new millennium. And so, he teamed up with Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, to reinvent the classic monogram print.

The Multicolore Monogram was first unveiled in the Spring/Summer 2003 Louis Vuitton runway, and it was an instant success, since it has been carried by celebrities and fashionistas everywhere. The Multicolore offered a fun kwaii twist to the traditional monogram, showcasing Murakami’s Tokyo style.

Bags and accessories in the Multicolore collection will soon become collectors’ items, so be sure to get your hands on Multicolor accessories before prices start going up! Visit our dedicated Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton page to see all of our items.

1. Louis Vuitton Multicolor Clutch $1,050. This studded canvas clutch would look great with a pair of jeans, to give your casual outfit a little flair.

2. Louis Vuitton Pochette with Murakami Panda $599. Murakami’s Panda Geant first appeared in 2003, and even became the protagonist of the short Louis Vuitton anime film Superflat Monogram.

3. Louis Vuitton Gracie White Multicolor Monogram Bag $1,150. If you prefer white Multicolor canvas, then this Louis Vuitton Gracie bag is for you. A great addition to any summer wardrobe, you can combine this bag with virtually any of the 33 colors that exist in the Murakami + Louis Vuitton universe.

4. Louis Vuitton Keepall 45 Black Multicolor Monogram $2,399. This Multicolor weekender bag will make any trip less stressful, and a lot more chic!

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Spotlight on Louis Vuitton

Before the Wright Brothers were the first in flight and Karl Friedrich Benz engineered the first petrol automobile, travelers in horse-drawn carriages, boats, and trains longed to find durable yet stylish trunks to accompany them on their travels.  When 16-year-old Louis Vuitton began working with admired custom box-maker, Monsieur Maréchal, in 1837, his craft quickly obtained high-regards amongst Parisian travelers.

After 17-years of customizing boxes and trunks at Monsieur Maréchal’s Parisian atelier, Vuitton opened his own shop near the Place Vendome.  Today, the monogrammed “LV” and Damier collections continue to be some of the most coveted luxury handbags and luggage around the world.

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Featured Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Brown Monogram Canvas Tote Bag:


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Spotted: The Louis Vuitton Neverfull

Never has a bag had a more apropos than the Louis Vuitton Neverfull. Seriously, the bag carries anything and everything — up to 200 lbs worth for the GM size. Since being introduced in 2007, it has become a classic work to weekend bag. We love it in everything from classic monogram to the limited editions. Bonus: The style is reversible.

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Summer Friday in the park with Louis Vuitton

The Louis Vuitton Multicolore collection looks like summer on a bag.

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Louis Vuitton Vernis goes with everything

Outfits really shine with a little Louis Vuitton vernis. A pop of plum on black and white — this is a preview of what’s to come for fall.


Bag Crush: Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton

We hardly even recognized the gorgeously glam and pouty Michelle Williams with in this Louis Vuitton ad. She’s caressing the Capucines tote — leather at its finest.

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Guess who travels with this much Louis Vuitton Luggage

Name the celebrity with the impressive fully stuffed Louis Vuitton luggage. Read more…

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Happy First Day of Spring with Louis Vuitton

Brighten up and shine time with Louis Vuitton Vernis