How to spot a fake handbag: Louis Vuitton
Dubai is known as a brand-lovers dream. Walk across the marbled floors of Dubai Mall and count the number of Louis Vuitton monograms you see… it’ll be a lot. As well as the high-end handbag brigade, there’s also a huge number of fakes doing the rounds.
It’s important to know how to spot a designer knock-off – not just so you can call out your best mate, but so that you don’t buy a dud. We spoke to Inseller, a Dubai-based retailer who buy and sell second-hand designer gear, to find out what to look for. In the first of our fake series, buying and authenticity specialist, Catherine, gives us the low-down on how to spot a fake Louis Vuitton…
The logo on a Louis Vuitton bag is the first thing to look at when examining a bag for authenticity. Logos should match up along seams and should not overlap. It’s also important to check the font.
‘LOUIS VUITTON’ and ‘PARIS’ should appear somewhere on the bag (usually stamped into the leather interior) in capital letters, and ‘made in France’ should be situated underneath in lowercase letters. It's important to ensure that the logo and country of origin are placed where they should be on the bag in question.
Louis Vuitton uses a date code system. In the numbers that identify the date, the first and third numbers represent the week made and that second and fourth number represent the year. For example, a date code of SP 1124 would denote an item manufactured in France in the 12th week of 2014. An item with a date code of SP 1214 would mean the item was manufactured in France in the 11th week of 2024, which at the moment is impossible, so you’d know it’s fake!
Louis Vuitton uses only the highest quality of materials. On monogram styles, the vachetta leather should be a light tan color and should have some weight to it. Over time this leather will get darker, also known as gaining a patina. Leather trim that remains light coloured or feels plastic is a huge red flag. Stitching should be yellow, evenly spaced and straight. If stitching is uneven and crooked, that’s a surefire sign that the bag in question is not authentic. There should be no glue visible on the leather seams, as this signifies poor quality and construction.
Country of Origin
Louis Vuitton has factories in France, Spain, Italy, Germany and the USA. If you find a Louis Vuitton bag with a ‘made in China’ stamp, you can bet that it’s not original.