How To Spot A Fake Louis Vuitton Monogram Bag?
Our second chapter of the authentication process brings to you a quick lesson on how to differentiate between an original and fake Louis Vuitton Monogram Bag. Look it up, mug it up, stand out of the crowd and know your fashion better than your peers do!
1) The Pattern:
The pattern should always be nicely aligned and symmetrical. It should always follow these rules:
- The letter ‘L’ should always be on the bottom and the letter ‘V’ on the top
- On one diagonal there should be: Fleur d’ellys, circle, fleur d’ellis, LV
- On the other diagonal that crosses, we should have only Fleur d’ellys
Please note that on some styles of bags, you may find “upside down” LVs on the backside. This is because in these models, Louis Vuitton uses one continuous piece of leather that wraps around from the front to back. This is the case on Speedys , Keepalls, Papillons, and some other similar styles.
2) The Stitching
Louis Vuitton is very careful with it’s stitching. They should be very even and regular. For example, the same number of stitches should be found in similar locations on similar bags. Also the real colour of these stitches should be mustard, and not light and pale yellow as many fakes one have.
3) The Handles
At the beginning, the handles of a monogram will be very pale as they are made of an untreated natural leather. With over time, the leather will oxidizes and turn brown! Many fakes one use synthetic leather, which will not show the same signs of age.
4) The Trim
On authentic monogram Louis Vuitton bags, the trim is burgundy red, unlike a lot of replicas that have bright red trim!
5) The Hardware
On authentic bags, the hardware is made from brass bronze and feature the ‘Maison’ logo. On replicas bags, the hardware is often made of metal base colored in gold that looks lighter and brighter, and the font used for the logo is frequently different!
The lining on monogram LV bags should always been made of brown canvas.
7) The Date Code
A small embossed marking is found on every single leather piece. It tells us where and when the product was produced. The letters and the numbers should be perfectly spaced.
– In the pre 1980s, there was no date stamp code
– After the 1980s, the date code began and is a combination of letters and numbers
Before: The first 2 letters represet the year and month
Lately: The 1st and 3rd represent month, the 2nd and 4th represent the year.
From 2007 to present: eg. 3077 means the 37th week of 2007.
Please be aware that the production is not only in France, but also in USA, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, etc.
8) The Dust bag
They should be crafted from a really soft 100% cotton flannel and the vintage dust bags were more of brownish colour with LV. Recently, the dust bags come in a more yellowish colour with ‘LOUIS VUITTON’ written across the front, and sometimes have a row! Any dust bag that has anything more than ‘LV’ or ‘LOUIS VUITTON’ written on it is fake.