I recently came across some super cool items in consignment and thrift shops. But, how can you really know what a fake looks like if it looks so GOOD!! Well, look no further: While browsing the ‘net, I came across a consignment shop called In My Closet and it helped tremendously with an online guide to how to spot a fake. Of course, I want to share my newfound knowledge with you ladies. Below are in depth descriptions of how to identify the real deal. Happy Shopping!!
Louis Vuitton date codes or authenticity codes began appearing after the 1980′s. Vintage Louis Vuitton manufactures prior to 1980 would not have any date codes, and can only be verified as authentic by looking at various factors: evaluating when the style was introduced, looking at the exterior leather, inspecting the lining/stitches etc..
Below is the table of the date codes used by Louis Vuitton on their products, which can be interpreted according to
1. Date the product was manufactured
2. Location of the manufactured product
Other methods of determining the authenticity of the Louis Vuitton product will be where the code is located for that particular item and the apperance of the code. For example, they can appear either on: – separate leather tab that stick out of the inner lining with the code embedded – directly embossed on the inner lining and close to the inside seam of the product – directly embossed on the under side of the D-ring (typical of Speedy) – directly embossed on Alcantara lining (suede material on inside of Epi leather bags) – stamped on the inside lining close of the seam of canvas leather lined bags (usually in an offset dark color)
Note: Fake bag manufacturers are getting better at replicating the authentic products so it is important to always evaluate the exterior, interior, grommets, hardware, lining etc.. as date codes can be easily replicated. However, fake bag manufacturers do not focus on quality made products and easily forget to include specific details as they typically mass produce their items.
Date Code Description Early 80′s 3 or 4 digit date codes, representing the month and year that the product was manfuctured. Late 80′s 3 or 4 digit date codes (as above) followed by two letters representing the location that the product was manufactured. 1990-2006 First two letters represent the location that the product was manufactures.
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