I bought three binders in VDS’s LV leather a while back, because I knew the stock would not last forever, and I loved it.
According to the supplier (and this may or may not be true), it comes from a Famous French design house – Louis Vuitton. Big fashion houses often sell overruns or offcuts onwards. Dolce & Gabbano often do this with their leather, as do certain tanneries in Sweden. The leather has had a second hatch added to it, creating a crosshatch/saffiano effect and making it impossible to recognize or sell as LV leather. This is the same as labels being cut off or scored on seconds of designer clothing and accessories before selling them further. It is really tough, low maintenance and easy to clean.
I ordered the same design as my undyed leather binder, because that has worked really really well – so that is:
- lots of horizontal credit card pockets front and back inside covers
- ring protectors
- 30mm rings in gold
- fly leaf (in hindsight I should have bought a zipped one)
- secretarial pockets front and back
- full length back pocket
- pen loop (in hindsight, I should have ordered two)
I received loads of updates of the production process:
And here it is! I never change my setup much so all I tend to do is just lift everything off the rings of one binder and put it on the rings of the other binder. It is very boring but it works perfectly for me.
This leather is rather stiff so it will be interesting to see how it softens with use.