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Louis Vuitton Handbags - Real VS Fake

Updated on March 24, 2013
This is my Louis Vuitton handbag. 100% genuine.
This is my Louis Vuitton handbag. 100% genuine. | Source

Brief history of Louis Vuitton Handbags.

Louis Vuitton began creating large trunks in the early 1850s. The brand was quick to become one of the most lusted after and recognized brands throughout the whole world, and still remains that way today. Louis Vuitton had no organized dating system before the 1980s. As technology has progressed in the world over the past few decades, the fake manufacturers and fraudulent companies have been able to create very similar high quality 'fake's'. Here are a few points you must check before purchasing a Louis Vuitton Handbag.

Main points to check.

The texture. A genuine Louis Vuitton handbag will have smooth, bendable, and flexable texture to it. The type of genuine luxury leather you expect to feel. it will also be very shiny, and will have a type of sheen to it. A fake will feel almost plastic, it wont be very soft and not very bendy. It will also look quite dull, as if it has a matte like finish. It should be impressive to look at in all types of light, it should look impressively real.


The strap. The strap is very cleverly created indeed. The dark line on the sides of the strap should be slightly raised, only slightly. It shouldn't be the same level as the rest of the strap. If it peels over time, this means it has ben painted on, and is a fake. The stitching on the strap is hand stitched, and should be perfectly proportioned in size. each stitch should have the exact same length as the last. There should not be a difference in size...EVER! The strap is also made of high quality untreated leather, in the bags early years this will appear pale yellow. The colour will then change over the years as the bag gets older, to a darker honey colour. The stitching should be a mustard type of colour, never bright yellow.


The monogram pattern. The famous monogram pattern on Louis Vuitton handbags consists of, an L with a V placed over it, and the flowers with dots. Many people ask if the back of the bag should be upside down. The answer is yes. Louis Vuitton use one piece of leather, and wrap it around to make the finished piece. This then leads to the pattern. The pattern should be the same all the way around the bag. Up, down, around and diagonal. It should be a mirror image.


The hard wear. The hard wear should be bronze or silver. If you see a bag with that horrid fake gold yellow style, its fake. It is strong metal and should feel bulky or heavy, it should never break or snap.


Date coding. Here is the most important part you must ALWAYS check before purchasing a Louis Vuitton handbag. The code is found in different places in different LV bags. Mine is found in the inside pocket very close to the seam. The code is a mixture of 6 letters and numbers. The letters refer to where the bag was made, and the numbers refer to the date it was made. For example. My LV bag has the code is LM0074. The letters mean it was made in Spain. Now, take the first and third numbers state the month. So my first and third numbers are 07. So mine was made in the seventh month, July. Now, the second and fourth numbers refer to the year it was made. Mine are 0 and 4, so mine was made in 2004. This only applies to LV handbags made after the 1980s. Before then, the codes were only made up from 3 digits. These are now classed as vintage.


A list of code letters for each country.

France: A0, A1, A2, AA, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, CT, DU, ET, FL, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SL, SN, SP, SR, TH, VI.

USA: FC, FH, LA, OS, SD.

Spain: CA, LO, LB, LM, LW.

Italy; CE, SA.

Germany: LP.


See the way the code looks, the stitching, and the pattern in the monogram.
See the way the code looks, the stitching, and the pattern in the monogram. | Source

So there you are, the main points you must always check before purchasing. Always remember, if the price looks too good to be true, it probably is.

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