What comes to mind when someone says Vachetta leather? It’s pretty obvious that we associate this type of leather with the famous brand named Louis Vuitton. They have played a major role in making it famous by pairing with their dark leather print, an instantly recognizable look.
Generally speaking, Vchetta leather comes from the shoulders of bulls. As a result, it is strong, hard-wearing, and durable. The colors of a Vachetta are achieved by dyeing only natural leathers. The coloring process does not apply any protective or additive treatments, so it is very absorbent. These characteristics may pose benefits, as well as drawbacks at certain times.
During the tannery process, the leather goes through very few processes, which is what makes it so soft, smooth, and beautiful. Its absorbent properties, however, mean that it is prone to staining, and may even change color with wear.
Origin And History Of Vachetta Leather
Vachette like this has been around for a long time. Before, it was known as 'untreated, vegetable-tanned, calfskin leather', a less catchy name. In the Tuscan region of Italy, the leather became popular and became known as Tuscan leather. Despite its current name, this type of leather is occasionally called Florentine Vachetta. It is a French-Italian word combination. Vachetta began to appear around the early 1900s when Italian luxury bag manufacturers wanted to differentiate the high-quality leather they used, so they named it after the high-grade leather.
There was no particular date or an event after which Vachette leather became famous. It got its popularity slowly and steadily over a period of time. Initially, it was considered an ideal choice for the handles and straps. The leather is not only durable but is also attractive. Also, its aging characteristics are sought after, as a dark honey color develops and the patina begins to form after a relatively short period of use.
Benefits Of Vachetta Leather
Vachetta can be used in many ways. It can be used in making bags, wallets, furniture, jackets, and shoes. Vegetable-tanned vacchetta is also used to produce shoulder straps for bags and totes, briefcases, laptop bags, etc. Being a 100% vegetable tanned product, with no toxic substances, vacchetta leather reduces the risk of allergies in leather lovers. Craftsmen love working with this leather because it is very supple. The process of turning it into a wearable or durable piece includes cutting and stamping it nicely, tooling it, stitching it, and forming it into shape. Apart from bags and other accessories, this is most common in shoemaking because of this special quality: it conforms to the shape of your foot after a few wears making them comfortable and long-lasting. It's a common misconception that you can start making efforts to keep your leather neat and clean after multiple wears. Contrary to that, start protecting it the day you get it. Make it a routine to clean and condition your leather accessories every once in a while. It will not only keep your leather in a good shape for a long time but will keep getting with each passing year.
How To Maintain Vachetta Leather
Vachetta leather, just like any other leather, is made from animal hide and needs to be looked after. Use a damp cloth right after use if you see any dust particles or stains on it. However, be gentle because being too aggressive can strip the leather of its natural oils. By doing this you will greatly prolong the life of your leather.
Moreover, if your leather has been exposed to rain, you should blot it with a dry cloth. Make sure not to rub the bag. It is possible to cause the area to become uncharacteristically shiny and to spread the stain if you rub it. You can get specialized products from the internet for your Vachetta leather that are made with natural ingredients to make sure that your leather gets just the right amount of moisturizer.
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