Dark, dark browns on patina

Mar 5, 2006
386
2
Vancouver, BC
I personally do not like the look of the LV handles turning a dark brown color, although I DO like a nice patina. This is a major factor in my purchasing an LV (deciding b/t Epi/Mono) because I want to use it for years and years and years. Does anybody know how many years it takes until the dark brown sets in? I would probably use it several times a week.

Thanks!
 

pursegalsf

Handbag Connoisseur
O.G.
Dec 5, 2005
4,307
16
San Francisco
Hmmn, I'm not sure. All I know is the more you use it the darker it patinas. To get a beautiful even patina is so hard. Thank goodness you can replace the handles. :biggrin: I wish I could be more helpful..
 
Mar 5, 2006
386
2
Vancouver, BC
pursegalsf said:
Thank goodness you can replace the handles. :biggrin:
This may sound silly, but do they replace the handles for free or do you have to pay?

I just read your "patina where art thou" thread where a lot of ppl say hand lotion is evil for patina. Unfortunately, I am a hand lotion junky. GAHHHHH!! Summer IS coming soon, though, so perhaps I won't have to use as much lotion...:amuse:

Oh, and you are plenty helpful! I didn't even know you could get the handles replaced LOL
 

lvobsessed

Member
Mar 15, 2006
340
1
Your Town, My house
it will cost you about $200+( depending on your location) for the handles to be replace on a speedy, i beleive they will do the piping and the pull tabs as well.


yellow_gummybear said:
This may sound silly, but do they replace the handles for free or do you have to pay?

I just read your "patina where art thou" thread where a lot of ppl say hand lotion is evil for patina. Unfortunately, I am a hand lotion junky. GAHHHHH!! Summer IS coming soon, though, so perhaps I won't have to use as much lotion...:amuse:

Oh, and you are plenty helpful! I didn't even know you could get the handles replaced LOL
 

SunnyKat

O.G.
Mar 12, 2006
131
0
I read somewhere in this forum that a member had the handles on her Monogram Canvas Alma replaced for $160. (Is it loren? :huh: )
 

Selena

O.G.
Jan 26, 2006
14,045
31
lvobsessed said:
it will cost you about $200+( depending on your location) for the handles to be replace on a speedy, i beleive they will do the piping and the pull tabs as well.
Or if the Handles get to dark for your liking and you have kept your bag nice you could tell it for $300 or so and add $200 to get a new bag. Either way your out of pocket will be around $200. Some people LOVE the dark patina. Just keep it clean and take good care of it and if you decide to go the selling route you should do ok.
Selena
 

Tanja

O.G.
Jan 6, 2006
3,501
20
Munich/Germany
I just hang the speedy or alma in the krook of my arm and avoid touching the handles if possible so you'll get an even patina but it takes years to darken them to real brown.
 

Ammietwist

Member
Feb 5, 2006
1,905
11
It's been ages since I carried my Speedy, but the handles turned brown within a year, and then they darkened even more when I left the bag out in my closet (don't close the doors so light gets in).
 

ayla

nyan nyan percent
O.G.
Oct 19, 2005
26,070
111
Toronto, Ontario
It also depends on how often you use your bag, for the patina's shade. One of my bags is like super, super white and I've had it for months and months, it just doesn't get to see a lot of sun.
 

pursegalsf

Handbag Connoisseur
O.G.
Dec 5, 2005
4,307
16
San Francisco
yellow_gummybear said:
This may sound silly, but do they replace the handles for free or do you have to pay?

I just read your "patina where art thou" thread where a lot of ppl say hand lotion is evil for patina. Unfortunately, I am a hand lotion junky.
So am I :lol:
 

Lvbabydoll

O.G.
Mar 2, 2006
44,836
45
California
My mom's first bag, the Speedy 30, has the super dark handles you're referring to. It's from the 80s..and in the 90s, they were still the honey color, even she carried it for about 7 or 8 years.
 

YPK

O.G.
Mar 19, 2006
711
0
I 'm afraid it may look wierd if the handles were replaced and they look brand new whereas the rest of the bag has some years to it.