LV Authentication

How to spot a fake Louis Vuitton Bag

There are many replicas that look very similar to real Louis Vuitton bags so it is essential to learn how to spot a fake so you don't end up wasting your money. Many of the fakes are hard to distinguish from the real deal so paying attention to specific details is critical when determining if a bag is authentic.

Characteristics of Real vs. Fake Louis Vuitton Bags

With the popularity of designer bags at an all-time high, more counterfeit bags are hitting the streets and online auctions. Don't be fooled into purchasing a Louis Vuitton bag that claims to be the real thing when in fact, it is not. It can be difficult at times to tell a fake from an authentic but there are several ways to identify the difference between a genuine and a fake handbag.

An authentic Louis Vuitton bag has the following characteristics:

Know the Bag

Check the details of the bag against the original style. In addition to the basic features to look out for, there are some other obvious indicators. For example, if you are looking for a Speedy bag and find one that has gold feet on the bottom, steer clear. This style never features feet. The Speedy is smooth from front to back and does not have extra hardware such as feet.

Beware of Extra Accessories

Many LV fakes come with extra accessories. Authentic Louis Vuitton bags do not. The Neverfull has the option to add a shoulder strap, however, that is not a standard accessory. The Neverfull comes with two straps that can be carried over the arm. Fake versions may have a shoulder strap attached or as an accessory.

Check Handles and Stitching

Check Handles and Stitching Examine the workmanship carefully. All Louis Vuitton bags have precise stitching that is durable and will not show any loose threads. The handles of each bag are seamed together with a special glue that bonds the leather. You will not see any sloppy craftsmanship or loose stitching. If you do, this is an indicator that the bag in question is not real.

Lettering

Check the lettering on your bag. The lettering is another factor in authenticating your bag. Some examples of lettering include:

Check Handles and Stitching

Check Handles and Stitching Examine the workmanship carefully. All Louis Vuitton bags have precise stitching that is durable and will not show any loose threads. The handles of each bag are seamed together with a special glue that bonds the leather. You will not see any sloppy craftsmanship or loose stitching. If you do, this is an indicator that the bag in question is not real.

Watch Out for Authenticity Certificates

Another indicator that a bag is fake is the authenticity card. Real Louis Vuitton bags do not come with a certificate of authenticity. You may find a cream colored card with the style name of the bag and a bar code inside, but never a certificate. Many fake bags come with a certificate, leading consumers to believe that they are real.

Date Codes

Every Louis Vuitton bag comes with a date code. An authentic bag does not have a serial number but has a date code to identify where the bag was made and when it was made. Keep in mind that these codes are not always easy to find. On Vintage Heirloom, there is a detailed video demonstrating ways to find the code on a Speedy bag. These date codes are typically stamped on a leather tag inside the bag or on the actual lining. Louis Vuitton date codes consist of both numbers and letters. Depending on when the bag was made this can vary. For example:

Popular Replicated Patterns and Styles

There are many different bag styles and patterns in the Louis Vuitton collection. Some styles and bags are more commonly replicated than others. These include but are not limited to: