January 7, 2012

What Is Coated Canvas?

A followup of my previous post, I forgot to mention what a coated canvas is. It is basically as what the name implies, canvas (or fabric) coated with plastic PVC (polyvinylchloride) or some other varnish-like materials. This provides more durability and scratch resistance.,

Louis Vuitton offers a wide selection of these bags, be it monogram or damier. In monogram canvas, they use vachetta for the leather part of the bags (handles, leather trims). This untreated leather is very sensitive to moisture and will age naturally over time, evident by the patina that you won't miss to see. Water droplets and natural skin oil may stain vachetta, so pay attention to your LV bag handles. If you're like me and hate the colour changes, there are chemical sprays that can help to slow down the process of the patina, which enables vachetta to age more evenly.

Gucci also uses coated fabric in its GG logo bags.

Burberry, Coach, L.A.M.B, and many more brands are using coated canvas.

In summary: light-weight, rainproof, worry-free. A great combo isn't it?

Images from various sources.