Friday, April 14, 2017

Treating Louis Vuitton Vachetta Leather


Today, I wanted to share some information about treating Louis Vuitton vachetta leather. To treat or not to treat the vachetta on your new bag is a personal preference. Some people just let it age naturally and some like to treat the bag before using it. Since this is my very first Louis Vuitton bag, I feel the need to "protect" it lol. I did a ton of search and decided to give the Apple brand garde' rain & stain repellent a try. I wasn't 100% convinced at first but after got caught in the rain, I figured I better do something about it. Find pre-owned versions here


2 ways to do it:
1. Spray it on a rag and wipe it on the vachetta - This technique is definitely easier using a cream product. I am not sure how much it will be absorbed into the leather. Also, I don't want to ruin the texture of the leather.
2. Spray it directly on the leather (what I did) - I covered the non-leather part with paper towels and sprayed one small section at a time. I then immediately wiped off the canvas part and the hardware to remove the over-spray. Let it dry for 30 minutes, repeated the process and let it dry overnight before using the bag. It dried super quick, left no sticky residue of any kind and did not discolor the vachetta whatsoever. I am very pleased with the way it turned out.


I haven't got caught in the rain since then so I can't tell you for sure how great it works. At least, I have some peace of mind knowing my bag is well protected =) As the name suggested, the product is supposed to prevent water spots and stains. I also wanted to mention that this does not stop the patina process. I have the bag for almost 2 months now and the leather is just now starting to patina. All in all, I highly recommend this product and will use it to treat my other bags.

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