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Designer Bag Index: How To Spot A Fake Louis Vuitton

Can you spot the difference between the real deal and a cheap knockoff?
Designer Bag Index: How To Spot A Fake Louis Vuitton Can you spot the difference between the real deal and a cheap knockoff?

Wearing the wrong pair of shoes, too many trends, or something that’s outright tacky are fashion faux pas that can easily be redeemed by a killer outfit that nails it, and of course never repeating the said faux pas. But if there’s one thing that’s far from redemption, then it’s wearing a designer fake.

The pre-movie ad goes, “You wouldn’t steal a movie. You wouldn’t buy pirated.” The same logic applies to designer labels. Sure, these items can be quite pricey but lugging around a fake and calling it the real deal is the cheapest thing for one to do.

We’ve given you all there is you need to know about the classic Louis Vuitton bags and even showed you the celebs who’ve been spotted lugging them around, so we figured why not give you a cheat sheet in spotting a fake? One would think that telling the difference is so easy but spotting the real deal from a knockoff might be harder than you think. Here we round up a list of things to consider when looking at an LV bag.

To get the ball rolling, let’s kick things off from the most basic indicator, the logo. Above we have Louis Vuitton’s logo, often referred to as the LV Monogram. It was designed by Louis Vuitton’s son, Georges, who came up with the symbol by printing his father’s initials on a canvas. It has been the label’s corporate identity since 1896.

The monogram patterning also has irregular properties and begins asymmetrically. The “L” of the LV should sit at the bottom with the “V” slightly above it. It is then followed by a fleur de lis, a circle, another fleur de lis, the LV, and so on. Going across, it should be an inverse of the fleur de lis followed by a circle and the pattern should repeat as such.

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4 MAIN THINGS TO LOOK AT IN A BAG

The classic LV bags’ straps are made of Vachetta leather that changes color through time due to oxidation. A new bag should have a pale beige color and should darken over time. Authentic bags also use a contrasting trim in a dark burgundy red that also darkens over time. The lining of the bag should also be in a brown canvas material.

Authentic LV bags make use of brass plated hardware that turns bronze over time. On vintage bags, the rivets often leave green markings due to oxidation.


Louis Vuitton is very meticulous when it comes to construction. For the Speedy, they use one piece of leather to wrap the whole bag so all patterns should be symmetrical and there should be a mirror image when viewed from the top. They are also very particular with the stitching, which uses a mustard yellow thread. The Speedy’s handles have only 5 top stitches on each side.

Prior to the ‘80s, Louis Vuitton did not have an organized marking system, which means bags made before this period did not have the date stamp. Nowadays the date code is composed of a mixture of letters and numbers that indicate the year and month of the bag’s creation, as well as its country of origin. However, counterfeits copy this feature, too.

If you’re not buying your purse directly from the store, best look into the bag and check every inch of it meticulously. If you’re still unsure, put that purchase on hold until you’ve done your research and are absolute about your knowledge.

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