10 Ways to Tell if Your Louis Vuitton is Fake (Real vs. Fake Comparison)


So you’ve snagged yourself a Louis Vuitton bag and something feels a little off, making you wonder whether what you have is the real deal or not. Well we’ve put together a list of 10 key things to look at (with pictures to accompany) in order to help you determine the authenticity of your handbag!


1.Look at the stitching!

The stitching on an authentic Louis Vuitton bag should be crisp and clean. If you are noticing any careless or wayward stitching these are potential red flags. Also pay attention to the stitch count. The higher the SPI (which refers to the # of stitches per inch) the more likely your bag is authentic as Louis Vuitton manufactures their bags using a high SPI count. Replihttp://thepursequeen.co/blog/wp-admin/import.phpca manufactures do not usually put in the same effort into making their bags, so if the stitches are sparse and loosely done then it is more likely than not your bag is fake.



2. Look at the hardware!

The hardware on a bag is another place you can usually look at to help quickly determine the authenticity of your bag. Unlike Louis Vuitton, replica manufacturers usually use cheap plastic-y hardware that is weightless and flimsy. This hardware is not made to last and usually fades quickly and breaks easily. Authentic Louis Vuitton hardware is more weighty and you can also look at the printing of the logo on the hardware. The hardware on a fake bag does not as clear printing of the bag’s logo as does its authentic counterpart.


3. Look at the canvas!

The canvas of an authentic Louis Vuitton bag will be quite heavy and firm. Most replica bags usually have floppy canvas that not only is lightweight but usually it is too flimsy to keep the bag standing up straight. The shine on the canvas is another factor to pay attention to – the canvas should not be overly shiny as this is a sign it is made of plastic and as a result fake. It is however important to notice that the canvas of your bag will become more dull as you use it and time progresses, so a little bit of a sheen does not automatically make it fake.


4. Look for a date code!

The date code of a Louis Vuitton bag is written on a little leather flap located somewhere along the inside lining of the bag, usually along the seam. This date code may seem like random numbers to you and I but it actually parlays really important information about where the bag was manufactured which can help you decipher a real bag from a fake. One easy way to authenticate your bag is to look at the letters on the first two letters on the date code which indicate the country in which the bag was made and compare this to the stamp which also says “made in …” to see if they match up. Use the chart below:

Made in France: A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS, AH, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, DR, DU, CO, CT, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SD, SF, SL, SN, SP, SR, TJ, TH, TR, TS, VI, VX

Made in Germany: LP

Made in Italy: BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, RC, RE, SA, TD

Made in Spain: CA, GI, LO, LB, LM, LW

Made in Switzerland: DI, FA

Made in USA: FC, FH, FL, LA, OS, SD

For example if your bag says “Made in Switzerland” on the stamp but the date code starts with VX, you know the stamp should actually say “Made in France”. Small details like this are what replica manufacturers usually miss.


5. Look at the embossed stamping!

You may have noticed by now that replica manufacturers are generally sloppy with their work and don’t get the details right since they usually don’t care about quality as much as the authentic brand itself does! Well this sloppiness extends to the embossed stamping on the bag. Keep in mind that the O’s in LOUIS VUITTON should be round not narrow like the number 0. The two t’s in VUITTON should not be touching either. The spacing between the letters should be even, and the lettering should generally be crisp and clear.


6. Look at the leather detailing!

Although the main body of many Louis Vuitton handbags are made with a canvas material, the bags always come with leather detailing around the trims and handles. If you want to ensure your bag is authentic, make sure to check whether the leather is vachetta cowhide leather, and not a plastic material. Genuine cowhide leather is very soft and should darken or patina over time as the leather oxidizes. If your Louis Vuitton bag’s leather detailing does not patina it may be a fake plastic and this should ring a warning bell.


7. Look at the packaging!

If you received the bag and it was wrapped with plastic around the handles or hardware your bag is definitely a fake. Louis Vuitton does not wrap their bags, and this is usually done by replica manufacturers to protect the bag while it’s being shipped overseas to its final destination. You should also look at the dustbag to make sure it matches the authentic Louis Vuitton dustbag which is pictured below.


8. Look at the inner lining!

The interior of a bag is one place most replica manufacturers ignore. They think that as long as the bag resembles the exterior of the original design they have nailed it. Alas we know that Louis Vuitton likes to put equal effort into the interior and exterior of their creations. In other words the quality inside your bag should match the exterior quality. If the inside lining looks cheap or not as well done as the exterior you may have yourself a fake bag. Another thing to pay attention to is what type of a lining your particular bag model should have. Some bags should come with a canvas lining, others with a microfiber suede. You can always look this up on Louis Vuitton’s official website to ensure your interior is exactly what it is supposed to be!


9. Look at the model!

A super easy mistake to make, especially as a first time buyer, is to purchase a model that doesn’t exist. This might seem silly, but not everyone is automatically born with knowledge of the names and styles of every Louis Vuitton bag ever created. It’s actually quite easy to get caught up in the buying process and end up with something Louis Vuitton never actually produced. The easiest way to avoid to this mistake is to make sure you know what style you are buying and check the official website or a catalog to ensure Louis Vuitton does produce the specific model you are thinking of buying.


10. Look at the pattern!

One of the most defining features of most Louis Vuitton handbags is the logo print on the bag. This can be seen in the varying canvas series, as well as the Mahina, Empreinte, and Vernis leather series. Make sure that the pattern is not off and doesn’t look disproportionate. The pattern should have an even look. However please do not that it is ok if your bag has upside down “LV’s” as this is simply a sign that a continuous loop of canvas was used when creating the bag and is common in authentic models such as the Speedy or Keepall.

The Classic Louis Vuitton Handbag Reference Guide!



Oh Louis! How many hearts have your handbags captured? Millions I am sure, and that is exactly why LV is one of the brands a person automatically associates with luxury. But who can help it? That classic monogram logo, and the timeless style of the brand make it irresistible, and deservingly so! This reference guide will go through the most popular LV styles and give some tips on what to watch for when in the market for a used or replica Louis Vuitton. The guide may be updated on an ongoing basis as new information is gained! 🙂

Neverfull: The Neverfull comes in 3 sizes (PM, MM, and GM) and is the quintessential Louis handbag. It comes in both the classic designs (Monogram Canvas, Damier Ebene, and Damier Azur), recent collections (e.g. the Epi leather version, or the recent Summer 2013 collection) as well as more limited designs. If you are in the market for your first Louis Vuitton handbag you can never go wrong with a Neverfull as its versatility and function is truly top notch. The varying sizes means it can accommodate both small and large needs, while maintaining that effortless cool! Make sure to pay attention to the dimensions when shopping for an LV as that is a dead giveaway indicating whether the handbag is “fake”. Additionally the straps on a Neverfull (or any Louis in general) are very important as their quality can also be a giveaway. Make sure the straps are not overly flimsy or of low quality trimmings! The quality of the canvas is also important but it is easier to spot flaws in that and make sure to pay close attention! Additionally the actual canvas print is crucial and make sure it matches the authentic to a tee! 






Louis Vuitton Neverfull PM Bag $900.00 (USD) $800.00 (USD) 11.02” x 8.66” x 5.12”
Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM Bag $940.00 (USD) $850.00 (USD) 12.6” x 11.42” x 6.3”
Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Bag $980.00 (USD) $900.00 (USD) 15.7” x 13.0” x 7.9”

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REP-A-PORTER Review – Black Prada Saffiano Replica Knockoff


So I purchased from REP-A-PORTER after they relaunched since I always heard good things about their Prada bags. What do I think of the bag now that it is here? It is actually a pretty good replica. The leather feels good, and the inside of the bag is nicely done as well. I remember reading somewhere that you can judge a replica handbag by its interior quality. I agree with this statement since every replica handbag I have purchased which turned out to be a piece of c-r-a-p looked disgusting inside. But every decent replica I have bought has had an interior which matches the exterior’s quality. Take a look at the pictures below and let me know what you think.

The customer service of REP-A-PORTER was better than other replica sites I have dealt with since they at least knew English. I had to pay with Western Union which I have gotten used to now that I have bought over 3 replica handbags. I think you just really have to know where you are shopping. After owning both real handbags and replicas I have to say that finding a good replica is like hitting a small lottery win since you know how much you have saved from the authentic. Here is a link to their website: www.repaporter.com


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Hermès Kelly Black 30cm Replica Review


Hey guys,

Here is a review of a Hermès Kelly black 30cm handbag which was forwarded to me by a beautiful blog reader named Leslie. Here is what she has to say:

Hi Angie I bought a Hermes from Designer Discreet and wanted to send it my review. I purchased it on 04/09/14. There was a customs delay with my parcel so my handbag took a while longer than they originally told me to ship. They said something about there being a strict inspection going on by the local government? Anyways my Kelly arrived after 14 business days (including the wait time because of the customs issue) and overall it seems very nice. I previously purchased a Kelly from Fallin4Fashion but that turned out to be a waste since the leather was completely off and is sitting at the back of my closet going unused. The leather is pretty firm and the handbag and I really like the size since it is not too big (since Hermes handbags are heavier) and not too small either. Overall I would rate my experience as a 9/10. Feel free to post this review on the blog to give advice to the other readers. 

Leslie has included a video of the bag which is a first, and I will try to film all my future reviews as well to give everyone a more detailed view of the bags!

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Pursevalley = Spotbags = Scam



Hey guys here’s a quick review about Pursevalley a reader sent in:

Wish I had seen all the negative reviews about pursevalley before I made a $650 purchase. First of all, their shipping is horrible – it has been almost a month since I placed an order. I ordered stuff for an event coming soon and it’s taking forever to ship out to me. I tried to contact customer sevice and they are either very rude (one hung up on me!) or they don’t reply to the couple emails I sent. they wasted no time at all getting my money. (Should have not send it through western union because I cant get refunds now – wish I had done some fact checking before buying). I was deceived by Eva Knox from spot bags because of all her false reviews, no one who does not work for the company will have such high praises…

Here is another Pursevalley review emailed to me by a different blog reader:

I really really wish I had been a more careful shopper and vetted Pursevalley before shopping with them. Their website looks so professional so it is hard not to fall for their tricks. I ordered a few Louis Vuitton bags that arrived late and damaged. Why did I buy so many the first time? Because of the discount they give and I also paid through a web transfer since I also got a discount for that payment method. I knew it was too good to be true but sometimes common sense doesn’t kick in I guess. Can you please post this so anyone out there can see and have a fair warning before shopping with them.

Stay away from Eva Knox and the Pursevalley circus unless you want to face trouble! As I have mentioned before what irks me and many others out there is not even the fact that Eva Knox owns Pursevalley (which actually does irk me because it is so deceptive) but more so the fact that she can’t run her business properly and keep her customers satisfied. This isn’t the first time she is doing this either! Eva used to own a different website and deceive people under the name Sofia Nolan.

If you have any experiences with Pursevalley, Spotbags, or Eva Knox feel free to comment and share your stories below whether they be positive or negative! CLICK HERE to read a previous discussion where many blog readers weighed in on their experiences with Pursevalley and Iposhmoda!