Leather Types: Vachetta Leather

Handbag Clinic June 24, 2021

What do you know about Vachetta Leather?

Vachetta leather generally comes from the bull's shoulder, making it a tough, long lasting and hard wearing leather. Vachetta is a very natural type of leather, coloured using only dyes. It has no protection or additive treatments applied after its colouring process, making it very absorbent. This comes with pros and cons.

The leather doesn’t go through many processes in the tannery which is what makes it so natural; it's soft, smooth and looks great! However, as there are no protection additives on the surface of the leather, it's absorbency means it will stain easily, and even change colour throughout use.

The changing of colour isn’t necessarily a bad thing! This occurrence is called a patina and it's one of the reasons why this type of leather is so popular. Every item crafted in this material is used in a different way so the patina is completely unique... no two bags will ever look the same. So, in essence, you are purchasing a one off item.

Vachetta leather is most commonly found on luxurious items such as handbags and luggage, the most common brand being Louis Vuitton.

Above: Two of our most popular bags are the Louis Vuitton Speedy and Neverfull.

Vachetta leather is very pale and peachy when new, but as it's used in day-to-day life, it will develop its own natural patina, becoming more of a honey/brown colour. It will also pick up natural markings such as stains, and scratches which help add character to its aged look. Some people like this and others don’t... it’s personal preference!

Unfortunately, there is no way of getting around the leather changing. The leather is so natural and absorbent, even water particles in the air soak into the leather, which is main cause of the leather darkening.

As you can see from the image above, the handles often become the darkest area. This is developed not only through natural patina, but also through natural oils from your skin. These oils soak into the leather whilst you're carrying your bag.

How do I care for an item with Vachetta leather?

Protect it the day you get it! By adding protection cream to your item, it will greatly improve the chance of spillages not staining the leather.

Leather is a skin and needs to be looked after, just like you do. You should wipe the handles of your bag down with a damp cloth after use. This will remove any natural oils from the surface of the leather. By doing this you will greatly prolong the life of your handles. Removing the oils before they have had a chance to soak in will keep the colour of the leather looking newer for longer.

If you're unlucky enough to be caught out in the rain, or you place your bag down on a wet bar, you should blot the wet area with a dry cloth. Do not rub the area. Rubbing the area can cause it to become uncharacteristically shiny and it also runs the risk of spreading the stain.

Be prepared. Protect your item.

Above: We have Care Products available on our website for protecting Vachetta Leather

Our Protection Cream applies an invisible barrier over the surface of the leather, protecting it from all day-to-day dirt and grime, slows down spillages soaking in into the leather, repels ink and it also has a UV light barrier to help slow down colour fade.

Always carry a bag hook. Handbag Clinics handbag hook allows you to hang your handbag on the side of a table, eliminating the chance of you placing your bag down in a spillage on the bar, table or floor.

Whilst your bag is not in use you should keep it stuffed to keep its shape and structure. Keeping it in its dustbag will also stop any dust settling on the leather.

Our amazing range of Handbag Care Products are available on our website.


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