Ever since the brand got popular due to the quality of their goods, Louis Vuitton did not escape the eye of counterfeiters. To counter this, the brand created the LV Monogram Canvas, a material that was stamped with the brand’s label in the factory. However, to this day the label cannot escape forgers. Even the Monogram Canvas was imitated and its stitching and lining copied. If you want to buy an LV handbag from a seller but not that sure whether the item is the genuine thing, you need to remember these crucial pointers.
Country of manufacture
The brand has plenty of factories outside its home base of France. Depending on the model, the bags are at the moment being produced outside the country like Germany, USA, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. Hence just because it was not made in France, the bag is not authentic. The countries mentioned are valid LV bag manufacturers.
Bag lining and stitching
The brand is fussy when it comes to how the bag is sewn and lined. The stitching of the bags are even and it comes with a similar amount of stitches in differing bags of the same model. The lining is composed of a material made from cotton canvas, not suede. The canvas color is often brown.
Placement of the monogram
You need to examine the monogram placement, whether they are symmetrical. This is a crucial signifier of a genuine LV bag. Majority of LV monogram wallets and bags irrespective of the design or style, come with a side by side symmetry with the exception of vintage models.
LV makes use of a specific kind of font. The O of the brand has a well-rounded shape. Check this out to confirm the bag’s authenticity.
It is crucial to comprehend the date codes in an LV product. Bags made after 1980 come with date codes however there are some vintage ones that include them too.
Bags that are purchased from the LV boutique come with two tags that go with the bag however are given individually. The first tag comes with the name Louis Vuitton on it plus the bag’s material. The second tag would come with the model number, the name of the bag in French and the bar code. These tags are not fastened to the bag. At times the bags come with a maintenance booklet but all in all, the bag does not have an authenticity card. If a seller presents a bag with this type of card, chances are it is a fake.
Dubious sellers will try to persuade customers by telling the bag comes with its original receipt. Just because a preloved bag comes with its original receipt, it does not mean that it is an authentic LV product. A receipt can be counterfeited as well and the presence or absence of it does not in any means signify that the product is fake or not.
An authentic LV receipt comes on watermarked paper and its size is smaller compared to an A4 paper. Customers can also confirm whether the address of the store provided in the receipt exists in real life. The receipt must also come with the salesperson’s name who sold the product plus extensive contact details of the customer.
Previous dust bags are made from soft, cotton and flannel material. It has a very small LV imprinted on it. Current versions have a yellowish tinge to it and composed of a thicker, linen-like material that has the name Louis Vuitton shown prominently all over the front.