We all love Louis handbags – we can’t say enough about its timelessness or general chicness. But when you are in the market for a used or replica Louis Vuitton bag there are certain dead give aways that you need to truly be aware of before you make a purchase in order to avoid the “fake stare” – a term I have dubbed to describe the leering eyes of those who have trained themselves to spot a fake a mile away and give a smug look to the owner once they have done so. It is a horrible feeling but oh so preventable if you educate yourself on what to look for when shopping for that perfect LV (whether it be a Neverfull, Palermo, Tivoli, Speedy etc.). The following are key tips I recommend:
1. LOOK AT THE T’S ON THE LOUIS VUITTON STAMP.
|The T’s on the handbag are distinct and do not touch one another or come close to even doing so. This what the authentic handbag looks like and what any handbag you are considering purchasing should look like.|
2. LOOK AT THE “MADE IN FRANCE” STAMP
If the handbag says “made in France” it is correct. If it is written in caps “MADE IN FRANCE” the handbag is a fake and this a deadly giveaway to anybody who knows anything about LV’s. Please be careful about this ladies as this is one thing which is easy to miss yet so important! However do keep in mind that LV does not only produce their handbags in France but it can also be stamped with a different country’s name such as the US or Spain. As long as it is not in all caps you are safe.
3. MAKE SURE THE COLOR IS LISTED ON THE LV WEBSITE
Looking for a handbag, and found a color you have fallen in love with? That is fine my darlings but please make sure the color is part of the official color collection by LV otherwise it will certainly be a dead giveaway indicating your handbag is fake. So please double – and maybe even triple – check to make sure the color is an official color. This will save you a LOT of embarrassment when you are asked about it by others.
|The official LV website is an amazing tool which is free and at your disposal. There is an endless supply of information there which you can use to your advantage when looking to make a purchase! USE IT PEOPLE!|
4. MAKE SURE THE INTERIOR OF THE HANDBAG MATCHES THE PRINT ON THE OUTSIDE
If you are buying a piece from the Monogram collection please ensure that the inside is the same lining color as the authentic Monogram Canvas collection (brown interior) and not the deep red like the Damier Ebene collection. There is nothing that screams fake as much as an incorrect interior does. Remember that when it comes to buying a designer handbag – the inside is just as important at the outside. It is all about vanity at the end of the day, and it would be a horrible injustice to own a handbag from a manufacturer that couldn’t even respect the basics elements of design of the brand they are seeking to mimic. Let me know if I missed anything important in the comments below and I will update the post!
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Love love love this blog! I am looking for a top of the line knock off. Can you help?
Hi I’m looking to purchase a vintage Louis Vuitton Noe from 1990. The seller says it’s authentic. On the leather it says made in France but in all caps…MADE IN FRANCE. Bag has nice patina and date code AR0940. Is this real? Please advise. Thank u.
Thanks for the guide Angie. I’m using it to help make an LV purchase. Do you have any sites you’d recommend? 🙂
Angie do you know if replica Louis Vuitton’s can patina like the authentic? I have a real Neverfull, but am worried about buying a replica Artsy because I don’t want the handles to remain so light forever since my Neverfull has darkened a bit since I first bought it.
Would appreciate any advice you have about this!
ps. love your blog!
Hi lovely yes they can – all my LV’s have patina’d except for one I bought back in the day when I didn’t know the difference between a good rep. and a bad one!
please a secure site to recommend ???
Hi! I’m new to this blog, and I am so happy I stumbled across it! I’m interested in finding a Sprouse LV graffiti Neverfull GM in pink; do you know of a seller who makes AAA quality replicas for them? Thank you !!!
Loving the blog!!
I own both real & replica bags & search the ends of the internet universe for top notch replicas. Thought you should add 2 more things to watch out for:
1) the binding on the leather handles, sides, etc. It shouldn’t be painted on or waxy in appearance. LV heat bonds theirs & over time it softens to an almost suede like feel.
2) the hardware must be real brass!! Over time it too well oxidize & tarnish. No big deal to polish up. But a bad fake will have lightweight, shiny gold colored hardware that will flake off to show regular metal underneath.
2 tell tale signs!!