Hello lovely blog readers,
In this blog post I will be reviewing the Louis Vuitton Montaigne MM replica bag that I purchased, highlighting the bag’s pros, cons, and overall quality in comparison to the authentic. I fell in love with the Montaigne MM bag when it first came out a few years ago and it has been on my wishlist since 2015. However it kept getting pushed back due to other designs that would pop up and I would desire to obtain more quickly. One thing I can say about the Montaigne MM is that I believe that it’s shape and structure make it one of those Louis Vuitton bags (much like the Speedy and Neverfull), that will stand the test of time. The bag is very functional and I love the MM size. It can comfortably fit in your wallet, sunglasses, phone, and cosmetics. Another feature of the bag I love is the detachable shoulder strap which is one of my favorite features that I always seek out in almost every bag I buy as functionality is very important to me.
Bag Grade: 9.9 out of 10
On a 10 point scale I would rate this bag a 9.9 – I never give any bag a 10/10 since there will always be a 0.01% difference between a replica and authentic bag. However in my opinion this Louis Vuitton Montaigne MM replica bag is as close as it gets to authentic, and it ticks off all of the quality control standards I apply when purchasing a Louis Vuitton replica bag. These include:
The canvas of a Louis Vuitton bag is the actual material used to make the bag. It is where the LV logo is splashed and is the key material used to make Monogram and Damier fabric bags. As I have pointed out before the canvas material is not leather, but instead a heavily coated canvas (which makes the canvas portion of the bag technically vegan – if that matters to you). The canvas material on an authentic Louis Vuitton bag is firm, not floppy, and this replica version of the Montaigne MM bag is made from canvas that perfectly fulfills this requirement. The canvas feels firm and you can tell the textural quality of it is quite high just by observing it through photos (although I must say it looks much better in person).
Leather Trimmings Quality:
The leather trimmings on a Louis Vuitton bag refer to the cowhide trimmings used for the handles and other small detailing on the bags. This is the portion of the bag that should be 100% genuine cowhide. Many replica bags use fake leather trimmings meaning that the bag will not patina (i.e. darken) over the years. However this bag is a true mirror or counter quality replica so the cowhide is real. You can tell if the cowhide is real by simply touching it – real leather has a soft feel that plastic can never imitate.
Louis Vuitton uses metallic colored plated metal hardware on their authentic bags. This bag’s hardware is made from the same material. The only gripe I do have about Louis Vuitton replicas in general is that the replica hardware is about 5-10% lighter than their authentic counterparts. However this is not something that is visible to the eye, so it is not a factor that I weigh very heavily. There are many replicas of other brands (e.g. Chanel) that get the hardware weight right, but Louis Vuitton replicas are always lacking just a little in this sense, in my opinion. However this is something that nobody can really pick up on unless they have dealt with hundreds of bags, and is not a visible flaw thus I pay little to no attention to it.
The stitching of a bag is one of those areas where you can clearly differentiate between a bad replica and a good one. Sloppy stitching means that the bag was not made with the care and diligence that their authentic counterparts receive. I always look for clean and even stitching on any replica bag. This particular Louis Vuitton Montaigne MM bag has very clean and even stitching, so it passes this test with flying colors.
The final piece of criteria I use to judge Louis Vuitton replica bags is the overall craftsmanship of the bag. I look at the shape of the bag in comparison to the authentic, and the overall vibe/feel the bag gives me. In the case of the Louis Vuitton Montaigne MM bag, I am very impressed with the craftsmanship. The shape of the bag perfectly matches that of the authentic, and the overall look and feel of the bag relays that luxe look that Louis Vuitton is loved for.
Another way to determine that you have purchased a good quality replica bag is the way the bag is packaged. When I received this bag every part of the hardware was wrapped, and the handles were protected with plastic coverings. Air bags were placed inside the bag to help maintain its shape. These are minor details, but they definitely reflect the quality of the bag.
The Bottom Line: I love this bag!
This replica bag is beautiful and is a reminder of how replica manufacturers can produce truly exquisite pieces that are almost a perfect dupe. Considering the original price of the bag was $2,460 USD on Louis Vuitton’s website, I am very happy I saved about 4/5’s of that price by choosing to buy a replica instead.
I have shot a video (which is a little shaky – sorry I am learning how to take better videos for future reviews) of the bag that you can see below: