We love our Louis Vuitton collection, and we know you do too! Often, we receive questions on how to take care of your Louis Vuitton bags, especially the canvas bags with leather trimming. We did some research for you and found the best care instructions to keep (or get) your bag as beautiful as possible. Ready?
The canvas of a Louis Vuitton bag is very durable, which is why they remain in such a good condition even though they are vintage. With canvas, we mean the Monogram, Damier Azur or Damier Ebene print on your bag. Shocker: this is not leather! The canvas is (almost) waterproof, so your belongings stay dry while walking in the rain with your Louis.
How to take care of the canvas? With cleaning stains, we recommend using a damp cloth to gently remove the stain. Afterwards, dry the canvas with a dry cloth. Didn't this remove the stain? Use a damp cloth with some mild soap and water on it. Afterwards, dry your bag with a dry cloth. Whatever you do, don't use leather lotions, cleansers or chemicals on the canvas, as it harms the material.
The leather trimmings on a Louis Vuitton bag are made from Vachetta leather, which is a premium, untreated and unprotected cowhide leather with a buttery soft appearance. On new bags, this leather is very light-colored. It gets darker over time, which is what we call patina. Each bag develops its own, unique patina, and because the leather is untreated, stains and marks happen over time. To keep the leather from colouring too quickly or uneven, it is important to take care of it. Please use baby wipes with no alcohol in them or a damp cloth to clean the trimmings of your bag and condition them regularly with colourless, wax-free leather lotion. This prevents the leather from drying up and cracking. Again, the use of chemicals and cleansers like saddle soap will dry out the material, which leads to cracks in the leather.
When you aren't using your bag, make sure you store it in a dust bag. Never put a Louis Vuitton bag in a plastic bag, as the leather on the bag needs to breathe. Also make sure your bag isn't stored near a source of heat, as this will dry out the bag too.
Should you have any questions about taking care of your bag, don't hesitate to get in touch with us! For now, love the imperfections on the Vachetta leather of your Louis Vuitton bag, keep taking care of your bag and don't forget to shop vintage!
Machteld from Team L'Étoile