When first purchased Vachetta leather is a light beige colour, but it is designed to age (a process called Patina), so it will go a dark brown shade over the years and with use. Patina is an unavoidable process as Vachetta is susceptible to water, stains and exposure to sunlight. Handles made from Vachetta leather can go very dark due to the grease and natural oils from your hands penetrating the leather. This is particularly common if you wear a lot of hand cream! The upside to Patina, is that each item which has Vachetta leather will develop its own unique characteristics and no two Bags will age the same way.
Vachetta is commonly the name Louis Vuitton use to call the leath.’er used on their handbags and luggage range. This typically is used on the brown top & bottom trim along with the handles. Dark Vachetta is a good indicator that a Louis Vuitton handbag is genuine and authentic, as plastic imitation Vachetta won’t go darker and undergo the Patina process.