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.