How do I protect the handles and trim of my Louis Vuitton handbag?

Louis Vuitton handbags are known symbols of luxury and timeless style. Whether you are a seasoned collector or the proud first-time owner of a Louis Vuitton, you know that the handles and trim are the most vulnerable parts to wear and tear, although we personally love the natural patina that develops over time.

In this quick guide, we will go over 5 tips on how to best protect your handbag, ensuring it remains in great condition for years to come.

Louis Vuitton Petit Noe Bag

Clean Your Hands Before Handling Your Bag:

Along with dirt and sweat, the natural oils on your skin can gradually damage the handles and trim of your Louis Vuitton handbag after prolonged exposure. In order to prevent this from happening, always make sure your hands are clean before touching your bag. Avoid applying hand creams or lotions just before handling it. 

While it may seem like a simple step, maintaining clean hands mean fewer contaminants being transferred to your bag's delicate surfaces.

Store Your Bag Carefully:

When not in use, your handbag should be properly stored, in turn preventing unnecessary wear and tear on its handles and trim.  Use a dust bag or a clean cotton pillowcase to protect your bag from dust and light, while also ensuring that the handles and trim are not in contact with anything that could cause stress on the leather.

Beware of Moisture and Heat:

Exposure to moisture can be detrimental to the leather handles and trim of your Louis Vuitton bag. Avoid setting your bag on wet surfaces or storing it in damp areas, as this can cause the leather to swell or even mould. Similarly, excessive heat and direct sunlight can fade and dry out the leather, so store your bag in a cool, dry place away from these elements.

Handle with Care:

How you handle your Louis Vuitton bag matters – especially in the long run. Always pick your bag up gently by the handles and avoid excessive pulling or tugging. If your bag has delicate trim (such as the vachetta leather found on many models including the iconic LV monogram canvas bags such as the Speedy, Noé and the Neverfull), be extra cautious to prevent scratches and scuffs. In case of accidental stains or marks, consult a professional leather cleaner for advice on how to address them without causing further damage.

Your Louis Vuitton handbag is a valuable investment and by taking proper care of the handles and trim you're helping to ensure its longevity, value, and beauty.

By following these expert tips, you can protect your bag from the common wear and tear associated with daily use. 

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