Louis Vuitton Authentication

LOGO

Louis Vuitton has a great logo, this is why a real item never has any parts of it covered by a handle, a stitch or a piece of leather to hold the handles. Even if the item is coming from a special designers’ collaboration, pay attention to how a logo looks. The classic monogram on a Louis Vuitton bag are interlocking letters LV, where V is slightly above L. The logo also includes a four-petal fleur-de-lys, as well as a fleur-de-lys inside a square and a four-petal flower inside a circle. No crooked letters, stars, other flowers or geometric figures are authentic Louis Vuitton logos. On authentic bags the logo continuity plays a great part. Once a line from the stitch starts with a fleur-de-lys, it will finish with the fleur-de-lys. Once the pattern starts from the half-circle, it must finish with a half-circle. Classic Speedy bags are made of one piece of leather, this is why the logo on one side of the handbag would be upside down from another side of the bag

STAMP

The main Louis Vuitton stamp is very important for authentication, and oftentimes it can easily allow you to determine that a bag is fake.
Study the general font used and how it is aligned. Lettering should be thin to somewhat thin, clear and very crisp. The tail on the L should not be too short nor the O’s be too round and look bigger than the L. No letters should look as if they are touching each other.

Hardware

Observing how clean and precise the imprinting is on hardware will also be a giveaway for many fakes. Every metallic piece on an authentic purse must have a Louis Vuitton engraving. It must be crisp, precise and well crafted. The logo that says “Louis Vuitton” on round rivets must be perfectly circled. Notice how clean and crisp the lettering and imprinting on the authentic hardware is compared to the replicas. In general, most fake Louis Vuitton bags will have very poor quality hardware. In fact, some are colored plastic. There has been little variation in Louis Vuitton’s hardware since its inception. All Louis Vuitton bags manufactured since 1991 make use of its heritage gold brass hardware with the “LV” logo. No modern Louis Vuitton bag will have a YKK or a branded zipper of another kind. Furthermore, all Louis Vuitton hardware tarnishes similarly – Verdigris (green pigment) may appear on older bags. The hardware on an authentic Louis Vuitton bag is of the highest quality. It is quite heavy as it is made of metal brass and not plastic, painted in gold. The shapes of the hardware that connects an item together, like handles or zippers must be smooth. While in fake bags connecting pieces and ring hooks might be rounded, the original LV bag has a D-ring. If it is a square piece, the edges of it are extremely smooth and not sharp at all.

ZIPPERS/HANDLES

Zippers should slide very smoothly and easily. If you feel like it’s stopping along the way or requires some “oil”, that’s a red flag. Every metallic ZIPPER PULL piece on an authentic purse must have a Louis Vuitton engraving. It must be crisp, precise and well crafted. The logo that fully says “Louis Vuitton” on round rivets must be perfectly circled. An original LV bag NEVER comes with plastic wrappers around its handles. Never! The number of stitches on one side of the handle should match the number of stitches on another. On a Speedy bag, the top line of stitches on a handle used to account for five. Nowadays in order to mislead counterfeiters, the number might change from collection to collection.

MATERIAL

From Louis Vuitton’s famous Damier to Monogram to Multicolour, all Louis Vuitton canvases have distinct characteristics to ensure authenticity.
However, there are a few characteristics that remain consistent: Every exterior panel should be symmetrical and centered; for example, the flowers in Monogram should “meet” at the seam and so should the squares on the Damier.

Monogram Canvas:

Louis Vuitton makes use of one continuous piece of leather that wraps around from the front to back with a seam on the bottom. That’s why bags like a Speedy and Keepall will have an upside-down LV symbol on the backside.

With the Monogram canvas, the symbols should be light gold-tan – and not a greenish-tan. Fake Louis Vuitton handbags generally have the Monogram color wrong.

Damier Canvas:

The Damier Ebene and Azur canvas should be matte and not shiny. However, several Damier Graphite styles have a light sheen with a smooth finish.

STITCHING

The number of stitches on one side of the handle should match the number of stitches on another. On a Speedy bag, the top line of stitches on a handle used to account for five. Nowadays in order to mislead counterfeiters, the number might change from collection to collection. The “newer” Louis Vuitton handbags, like the Alma, Neverfull and Speedy will always have exactly 5 stitches going across the handle tab areas. LV makes use of a linen thread that is strengthened with beeswax, this assists in ensuring that the thickness and color of the threads remain consistent. On classic brown Louis Vuitton bags, the color of the stitching should be of mustard yellow, not of a bright yellow color. It should be perfectly consistent in the size of the stitch, as well as its distance and quality. Any hanging threads is a red flag. There should be no stitches on the bottom of a classic Speedy bag, unless it is a special edition or variation.

The Louis Vuitton stamp can be a very important indicator of whether a bag is fake or not. There are specific features of an LV stamp that you should be on the lookout for.

  • The tail on the original LV stamp is always very short.
  • The O’s are very round and look bigger than the L.
  • The T’s almost touch each other.
  • Lettering is thin and crisp.

Check the date codes

All Louis Vuitton bags before the early 1980s did not come with a date code. Louis Vuitton handbags made after the early 1980s are stamped with a manufacturer code, which includes two letters for the location where it was made, and four numbers to indicate when it was made. MI stands for “Made in”. The country signified on the date code must be the same country specified on the “Made in” stamping. For instance, the fake date code is MI 1920 and the stamping on the Louis Vuitton bag states: made in U.S.A or Spain, you know that this bag is a counterfeit.

All authentic Louis Vuitton date codes will match the “Made in (country)” heat stamp. However, it is important to remember to not judge the authenticity of a Louis Vuitton handbag purely based on the date code. An LV date code does not work the same way as a serial code used to. Some authentic Louis Vuitton handbags may have date codes that are either illegible or have disappeared over time.

Date codes are located on a piece of leather on the inside of the bag or on the side near a seam inside the bag. They can sometimes be difficult to find. Unless the date code has been rubbed down or the bag is very vintage, it should always be there. Fake bags oftentimes do not have date codes.

Countries and their date codes:

  • made in France- A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS, AH, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, DR, DU, CO, CT, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SD, SF, SL, SN, SP, SR, TJ, TH, TR, TS, VI, VX
  • made in Italy- BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, RC, RE, SA, TD
  • made in Spain- CA, GI, LO, LB, LM, LW
  • made in U.S.A.- FC, FH, FL, LA, OS, SD
  • made in Switzerland- DI, FA
  • made in Germany- LP

AUTH CARD

Louis Vuitton does not come with any authenticity cards. In order to tell if the bag is real, the manufacturer places a unique stamp with a place and date code on the inside of the purse. Nowadays LV bags are not only produced in France, but also in the USA, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Spain. Every country has its unique code.

DUST BAG

The dust bag should only say LOUIS VUITTON or have a monogram, no additional information. Oftentimes fake manufacturers put too much information and thus compromise themselves. Currently, The LV dust bag for newer bags is a light yellow / tan color that feels like a felt or flannel fabric to the touch.

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