The love for Vuitton has ran in my family for decades now. Consequently, I inherited quite a few of them. One of my favourites back in high school was this Lexington in a lovely sky blue vernis color. The design was simple, the color was young and vibrant and it’s made of this shiny water proof looking material that made me think that I wouldn’t have to worry about scratching/spilling on it too much.
Recently while taking stock of my collection, I rediscovered it. I was disappointed to find that the lovely sky blue color had discolored into patches of an unpleasant greenish yellow shade. You’d think that a Vuitton bag will keep a bit longer.
Indeed, this phenomena is not limited to bags. My mom went through our shoe collection last night and dug up a few pairs of Vuitton vernis pumps from way back then. This gorgeous pair of silver pumps had turn a silvery aqua color. The discoloration was so bad that we had to throw most of them away. The ones above are the only ones remaining that we deemed was still (kind of) wearable. Note the deep yellow shade at the back of the heels- it is not the lighting!
I asssure you that we’ve been taking good care of these items. They’ve been living in their original dust bags since they arrived. The only thing I can think of is perhaps the humidity of Hong Kong, but alas, there is not much I can do to change the air. I guess the vernis is not so wear-proof after all. I don’t think I’ll be investing in this material any time soon.
Ps. I really have no idea why there are purple borders around my images. Anyone else have this problem?
Go to HTML template, set the image border to “0” and the purple border will disappear.
Cheryl Marie Cordeiro said:
I’ll agree with you that many Louis Vuitton bags and shoes are not easy to keep, even if you keep them very well. The Vernis colour transfer and turning colour, you’ve experienced as have I. The Mini Lin series can’t touch water or the colour will run, and other canvases discolour too.
I’m speaking from experience as a collector of more than 30 Louis Vuitton bags. In the latest of my experiences, the white Multicolore canvas is also something that consumers need to watch out for because the front pockets of my Keepall 45 have discoloured due to the glue stains during the making process that turns up 3 years later! I’ve already written to the LV store in Stockholm and they haven’t gotten back to me on the next step.
Though I would so much love to stay in love with Vuitton bags, I must say that Louis Vuitton has disappointed me in terms of customer service and quality of make. What I’m peeved about is that if you pay €4k for a bag, you’d expect it to last 20 years and not 3 years before discolouring, in my case, I like to collect them and I’d like for them to stay as how I bought them, not say, turn colour on its own just sitting there!
The multicolore bag that discoloured was taken out 3 times and for the rest of the time, it was kept out of the sun, in its sleeper bag, in the cupboard. And when outside, the bottom of the bag never touches the ground, yep, I’m that finicky about my bags and where they sit!
So no, in my experience, Louis Vuitton bags don’t keep longer than any other bags.