Dear friends, I realize that vachetta, patina and pipping have been discussed a million times over. But can someone please define them. I read many postings that discuss the Vachetta, Pipping and Patina, yet I cannot be entirely sure as the what exactly they are. I have gone as far as lookinh them up in the dictionary, yet I am still confused. What exactly is the Patina, vachetta and pipping on our beloved bags? Some refer to the patina as the leather, whereas others indicate that it is the handles, and not the leather. For once and for all, what are: patina, vachetta and pipping.