Different Types of Louis Vuitton Leather
November 7, 2020
Louis Vuitton bags, small items and accessories made of leather are luxurious, buttery to the touch and durable. With the rolling out of various colours, designs, prints, finishing and quilt patterns, the House has created countless collections for fashionistas to choose from. Different types of Louis Vuitton leather need different care and should never be treated equally. Exotic leather should be sent to professional for cleaning instead of DIY; patent leather is more vulnerable to damage under humid and hot environment and so on. Generally, leather products are quite easy to care for. Today, let’s go through Louis Vuitton’s leathers one by one. Note: The list is non-exhaustive. Photos courtesy of Louis Vuitton.
Leather types and years of introduction:
- Grained leather
- Empreinte leather
- Epi leather (1985)
- Exotic leather
- Mahina calf leather
- Smooth calf leather
- Suhali leather
- Taiga leather (1993)
- Vernis patent leather (1997)
Handbags made of Empreinte leather are luscious, supple and gorgeous.
The Monogram Giant in two-toned leather combining colour printing and embossing, see image #1 and #2. The motif was first printed on the leather then embossed to enhance the hypnotic effect.
Epi leather was introduced since year 1985.
Electric Epi leather is glossy whereas classic Epi leather is matte in finishing. Be it a small leather goods like wallet or spacious handbag like Neverfull, Louis Vuitton’s creations made of Epi leather are durable and ideal for daily use if well taken care of. The grains on Epi leather do not look exactly the same all the time, some appear closer to each other (see Galet Gray Epi) and some appear slightly sparse (see Red Epi).
Louis Vuitton products crafted in full exotic leather are retailing at hefty prices. However, for the super-rich, it may mean nothing for them for a Double Card Holder (4 credit card slots) in ostrich leather that was selling at USD910 (approx. SGD1,200) and a Christopher PM backpack in crocodile leather that was selling at USD84,000 (approx. SGD111,000).
Mahina Calf Leather
Mahina calf leather with Monogram perforations is available in cream, galet, magnolia, black and more.
Smooth Calf Leather
The use of Suhali goatskin leather can be found on Lockit bag, L’Ingenieux bag, Le Talentueux bag, L’Epanoui bag, zippy wallet, belt, bracelet, coin purse and many more. Suhali leather was widely used on merchandises produced from circa 2003 to 2010.
Taiga leather was introduced since year 1993.
Taiga leather, one of my favorite Louis Vuitton leathers, was introduced since year 1993. It is only used on men’s collections such as cardholder, sling bag, belt, luggage, wallet, briefcase and more. Taiga leather is easily identifiable with its dented fine texture.
Vernis Patent Leather
Vernis patent leather was introduced since year 1997.
- Miroir vernis patent leather in smooth finishing
- Embossed Monogram vernis patent leather
- Debossed Metallic Taupe Grey Monogram vernis patent leather
- Debossed Metallic Rose Pale Monogram vernis patent leather
Embossing refers to raised logo or letter and debossing means pressed-in letter. However, Louis Vuitton named her products in an opposite way. Image #2 was called embossed Monogram and image #3 and #4 were called debossed Monogram by the House, instead of the other way round.
If you want to know more about patent leather, check out my blog The Attributes of Vinyl and Patent Leather.