Centre stage in the manufacture of everything from high-end luggage items to briefcases, ‘Vachetta’ leather is near the top of the pecking order when it comes to luxury hides. And brand such as Louis Vuitton has elevated this particular hide to a coveted status.
And for my ‘Zorro Bianco Wallet’, I chose Vachetta leather.
If you’ve ever wondered – what is Vachetta leather?’ or ‘why should I choose Vachetta leather?’ Read on.
Vachetta is distinguished by its high-fat content and natural, almost untreated finish. The fat content creates a soft, buttery-to-the-touch finish. While the name Vachetta comes from the French word for cattle, it actually has an Italian heritage, being produced mainly in Tuscany. Hence the common description of Florentine Vachetta leather.
One of the most notable characteristics is the hide’s ageing process. As time passes, the colour almost always darkens – or begins to develop a patina – ensuring your piece remains unique. This means that no two bags will look exactly the same, as each will have its own distinctive characteristics.
I have made a short behind-the-scene production video making this wallet. Although, in this case, I was making the black original Zorro-wallet. Look under ‘Videos’.