Spotting A Fake LV

If you have been spending all your time on drooling over the latest, limited edition of Louis Vuitton bags, you are certainly not alone in this! A lot of us bag lovers all over the globe must spend countless hours obsessing and saving up for our dream luxury bag. So it is always so gut-wrenching to hear of stories of our fellow bag lovers being swindled out of their hard-earned money and getting a fake bag instead!

Today, we’ll be discussing some ways you can spot a fake Louis Vuitton bag.

1.) Check the Price

The first clue you’ll have that you’re dealing with a fake is that the price is temptingly low compared to an LV being sold at an official retail store. If you’re looking at a “brand new” Louis Vuitton and yet the seller says the price is less than $300, be very wary.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. You’re paying for quality. If you end up shelling out less, expect less.

2.) Familiarize yourself with authentic details

Check the zippers of the bag for the prestigious “LV” logo which should be printed on the pull. Also, look at handbag clasps or other hardware which should ideally be made of brass or gold metal. The fake ones use plastic with gold paint layer over it.

3.) Check the tags

Generally speaking, official Louis Vuitton bags do not come with tags attached to them. Instead, the tag is often found in a pocket of the purse. Stay away from bags with tags which look cheap and are flimsily attached to the bag.

A common offender is the use of a little piece of string that’s looped around the handle of the bag. Louis Vuitton has never done this and they never will. If a seller approaches you with a tag on their merchandise, be warned.

4.) Plastic is not your friend

Avoid bags which have plastic wrapping over the handles because the oxidizing natural cowhide leather does not require plastic! Therefore, protection from plastic is not required and bags which have these could be fake!

Fake bag sellers usually keep their stock in plastic bags to keep them clean. Actual LV sellers are wise enough to know that this isn’t necessary. Instead, they showcase their stock properly and with dignity.

5.) Watch out for the stitching

This is minute detailing, but it will help you know for sure whether it’s a real or a fake. Check the stitching pattern across the bag to see if it is even and regular. A real LV bag will have same number of stitches in similar locations on similar bags.

6.) Inspect the date code

Louis Vuitton bags made after the early eighties have a production code on the bag. From the nineties, the code features 2 letters which are followed by four numbers. Before the nineties, the code was composed of one or two letter code which his followed by 3 or 4 numbers.

Therefore, check the code which is located beneath the D-ring.

7.) Check the label

The main Louis Vuitton stamp is very important for authentication, and oftentimes it can easily allow you to determine that a bag is fake.

Features to pay attention to:

– The tail on the L is very short.
-The O’s are very round and look bigger than the L.
-The T’s are almost touching each other or are so close that it looks like it.
-Lettering should be thin to somewhat thin, clear and very crisp.
-Study the general font used and how it is aligned.

Louis Vuitton is the most counterfeited designer out there. They have produced many different lines of bags throughout the years; canvas monogram, epi, vernis, damier azur just to name a few of their outside finishes. With all of this, authentication can be overwhelming.

Louis Vuitton Neverfull Handbag GM

Today, we’ll be discussing one of the bags that drastically raised the bar when it came to how people perceived the durability and carrying capability of a designer bag. Of course I’m talking about the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM.

It’s a definite oldie in terms of when it was released compared to the other models in the market but it is a definite mainstay and for several good reasons. While it was released in 2013, it continues to be one of their best-selling handbags. I’ll be listing some pretty solid reasons in a little bit.

The Neverfull comes in three sizes with GM being the largest size. At the time of its release, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM cost around $980 which came off as a bit pricey but was relatively less costly than the other LV handbags. The reason it is so enduring even to this day is because of these:

1.) Open top equals easy access

I’ve never been the type of girl who liked to fiddle with zippers or having to reopen and refasten my bag. So when open tops hit the market, I was over the moon. Despite the open top of this bag, my things don’t just spill out all over and everywhere.

Yes, even I was paranoid about it. But given the bag’s depth, it’s fairly easy to keep things in its place and it’s rather enjoyable having to reach down. I feel like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a magical hole.

2.) It can hold SO much stuff

I’m not even kidding. A constant complaint of a lot of people when it comes to designer bags is the lack of space. However, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM managed to exceed my expectations and held so much.

Personally, I love using this bag for the office since it hold everything I need and more. I managed to put it my clunky 17 inch laptop, my DSLR camera, 2 phones, an ipad, my planner, keys, girl kit, extra clothes, 3 wallets, my lunch, a personal sized thermos. My friends keep asking me if I keep my husband and kids in there too.

Despite the abuse I heap on this in terms of weight and usage, it still looks so classy with very little signs of stress.

3.) The LV canvass has already proven its durability before

In my closet, the oldest Louis Vuitton I have is over 14 years old. It’s carried a lot of stuff over the years. It’s been dropped, shoved, scuffed, and it’s been exposed to different weathers in over 5 different countries and it still looks brand new.

So since the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM carries the same canvass, I was already pretty confident about the durability and I’m happy to report that my trust was rewarded spectacularly.

4.) You have several choices of print

A lot of luxury bags have undergone the trend of going for minimalist style logos. I’m glad that Louis Vuitton was smart enough to offer options for those who are really into that trend. Your choices are Monogram Idylle Canvas, Monogram Canvas and Damier Azure or Ebene.

Personally, I went with the Damier Ebene.

5.) The details are pretty sweet

For those who are a bit technical, here are the specs of the bag:

40 x 33 x 20 cm
( length  x height  x width )

– Redesigned interior with Louis Vuitton archive details
-Textile-lined inside pocket
-Removable zippered clutch with matching interior
-Natural cowhide leather trim
– Golden color metallic pieces

6.) It’s fairly easy to take care of

This garment is made to meet the highest demands and composed from a specific and high quality mercerised cotton yarn. It is recommended that a delicate wash with low temperatures to prevent shrinkage followed by drying on a flat surface and iron delicately.

Bottom line: it’s a durable bag that can really give the girl on the go what she needs!

Prada Saffiano Double Zip Tote Bag

If you’re a designer bag aficionado, this handbag requires little introduction. The Prade Saffiano tote is one of the staples of classic handbag fashion. Something that joins the class of LV Speedy or Chanel 2.55.

It truly is one of the classics which kind of surprises me as to why I haven’t done a review of this beauty yet. So today, I’m rectifying just that.

The Prada Saffiano Double Zip tote has always been my go-to when I want fashion and true functionality.  For starters, the structure and silhouette of the double zip tote is pretty solid. It’s something that, with proper care, won’t get misshapen.  So let me list out the specific ways why I love this bag:

The leather is tough

For the fashion lover on the go, quality leather is a must. While it is normal for bags to get scuffled or scratched, quality handbags last so much longer than most. I’m happy to report that despite over a decade of usage, the leather on my Prada Saffiano Double Zip is still pretty solid.

As you know Prada uses treated calf leather with a crossed hatched design. It’s durable and as I’ve found out through the years, fairly scratch resistant. While for others it may not feel as soft as other leathers but if you’re looking for durability, you won’t be disappointed with this design.

When you love fashion, you need to be more discerning about the quality of the leather you choose. Sadly, there are bags out there that have sensitive leather. While those have their purposes, if you’re looking for something you can use as an everyday bag–the Saffiano Double Zip is for you

I’m able to fit more than I initially thought

Space is always an issue with designer handbags. Often there might be too little space or even the opposite–too much of it! For a structured tote, I honestly thought I wouldn’t be able to fit much of my everyday things into it.  My size is the medium one, in case you’re wondering. For the nitty-gritty the dimensions are 13 x 9.5 x 5.5 inches.

To give you a strong idea of what this baby can fit, I’m going to list out what’s currently in my bag. Let’s see: sunglasses, sunglasses case, a small pouch bag, my passport holder/passport, a small planner, a large planner, card holders, lip products (six), phones (3), makeup bag, pens, keys (5).

That’s the contents for a short weekend trip. Now imagine the everyday work load.

This bag is pretty work appropriate 

The struggle with fashion back then was a lot of bags were either too flashy or really didn’t get the job done in terms of space. I bought my Saffiano Double Zip tote specifically with work in mind.

What I really love about it is that I have the option to carry it on my shoulder since there’s an attachable strap. For lighter days, I carry it in the crook of my arm but the other option has been a lifesaver particularly if the iPads and small laptop is in the bag.

What I love about this design is that the colors it’s available in. So you’re able to still show a bit of personality with a color like Marble or Caramel but still be work environment appropriate.

Now, I don’t want to give this tote perfect points since there are still incidents of wear and tear. I’m going to list some things I don’t like about this bag.

The zipper can be…trying 

The inner zipper is rather difficult to open and close. It’s also be steadily tarnishing through the years. Even at the early years of its life, the zippers don’t really zip that smoothly.

The resale value isn’t much

Not that I’m planning on selling my baby, mind you. But if you are a person with resale in mind, this bag may not be for you. As of recent store prices, the Saffiano Double Zip will hit you for about $1950. So do think about that first before you go off and buy a bag you’re not planning on keeping long-term.

Beyond that, I’d like to say that the Prada Saffiano Double Zip Tote is still something I would buy if it came out as a new product in the market today. That’s how much I’ve come to appreciate it’s durability.