How to spot a fake Louis Vuitton Bag? See it in pictures here!

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Firstly, we’re not judging you. These tips have been compiled for die-hard Louis Vuitton fans who will buy their bags anywhere. These days luxury handbag resellers can be found on websites, Facebook, Instagram, blogs and small boutiques. And don’t forget consignment shops as the rich folks only wear their designer bags once or twice. So how to spot a fake Louis Vuitton?

Counterfeiting is a $600 billion dollar industry, according to International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, accounting for 7% of world trade as featured in Forbes. This means, there are a lot of fakes out there, especially the internet. In fact, Louis Vuitton has sued both eBay and Google for selling knock-offs. Although it’s not really about money lost, Louis Vuitton head Yves Carcelle told Forbes. It’s about protecting a brand. “The problem with counterfeiting is that it destroys your image,” Carcelle said to Forbes.

Besides the obvious implications of funding illegal drugs, sex trafficking and child labor, buying a fake handbag is bad investment–you’re paying more money than high street brands which might actually offer better quality bags than say ‘high quality’ fakes. How to spot a fake Louis Vuitton Bag? You can’t bring a bag into Louis Vuitton to be authenticated. So, if you’re not a Louis Vuitton expert, our advice is that you shop at the actual boutique if you’re looking for the real thing.

According to Louis Vuitton which contacted Wondermika, “Louis Vuitton pieces are only guaranteed to be authentic if they’re purchased directly from Louis Vuitton”.

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But if you’re still browsing elsewhere, here’s how to spot a fake at a quick glance:

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Here are more tips if you want to learn in depth:

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Check if the zippers are not stamped with the Vuitton logo or insignia. Real Louis Vuitton zipper pulls are engraved lightly on the brass with rounder logo font (see above pic).

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Even if zipper pull is engraved, doesn’t mean the bag is authentic. Letters on the zipper pull of this fake bag (above) are smaller and in the wrong font. The stamping is also too deep, appears dented and not ‘clean’. The words Louis Vuitton also did not form a circle as it should. (Image: Lakediary.com)

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Fake Louis Vuitton bags emboss the trademark symbol while authentic ones use hot stamping. Authentic trademark symbols are evenly stamped while fake ones are uneven and use a different font. Observe how the counterfeit tag is roughly stitched on while the authentic tag has straight stitching with a slight angle. In any stamped branding, the “t”s will not touch. “O”‘s should be round and not like the number 0. Additionally, check the imprint on the inside of the bag. The “O” in a real Louis Vuitton will be an exact circle. The O on a fake Louis Vuitton may be closer to an oval.

Fake Louis Vuitton are often cut badly with uneven stitching like this shoe here. But beware, some advanced fakes appear to have neat stitching too. So search for other tell tale signs. Some fakes have good stitching on the outside and terrible on the inside. Be sure to check thoroughly.

If you really need to buy outside the boutique, visit the store and look at the actual bag model you intend to buy. Observe where there should be stitching and where the leather or fabric should continue. In this case, the bag above (in red marks) is fake. You can also spot the monogram clash.

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The brass shouldn’t be so square and pointy. On authentic Louis Vuitton it will always be smooth and rounded. The brass is also “too gold” on the fake; it should be much more toned. Also, the inconsistency of the stitching is a dead giveaway. The stitching should always be uniform and it would never spill over onto the edges as seen on the fake. (Sidenote) The “vachetta leather” on the fake bags is always wrong -they always look pink, shiny, and unnatural. Vachetta leather is untreated leather so it shouldn’t be shiny, but instead “raw”.

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Above is a comparison of the interior of the Louis Vuitton Speedy bag.

 

Upside down Louis Vuitton monograms on the other side of the bag tells you that this bag was made from one solid piece of canvas. Louis Vuitton materials  do not get cut off except in vintage pieces. If you are purchasing a new piece then no Louis Vuitton material should be cut off but if it’s vintage then check other signs of authenticity.(Source)

 

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Check if the bag has uneven or irregular stitching. All Vuitton bags have exactly straight, exactly even stitching. On handle tabs, each portion of the tab will have the same amount of stitches as its corresponding tab on the other side of the bag. Count them out if you have to–five stitches across the top of one handle require five stitches across the other. If they do not tally, chances are you’ve got a fake.

 

Be wary of bags that have plastic wrapped around the handles. The oxidizing natural cowhide leather does not need this protective plastic, and bags that come with that plastic might be fakes.

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When you do buy Louis Vuitton from a boutique it will come with tags- but they are never attached to the bag. Real Louis Vuitton bags do not have “Authenticity Cards.”  Tags will usually come with the receipt, or tucked on the inside. (Image: Rachel’s Desk)

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Look closely at the pattern. A company like Louis Vuitton, which values its logo, wouldn’t divide the letters in a seam or under a handle.

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As seen above, the double bubble seam, and the logo being all kinds of cut off flipped and introverted is a dead giveaway.  The Louis Vuitton monograms on a real bag will always line up horizontally and vertically, and they will never overlap with the zipper. The pattern will never repeat at an angle.

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You are looking at a fake Louis Vuitton if any of its camel-colored handles are not painted red at the seams. But even if it is painted, the paint should also be neat and not messy. Unlike this fake Louis Vuitton bag above, which uses some kind of brown glue/rubber.

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Messy paint is a dead giveaway. The bag above is fake. Louis Vuitton would never sell something like this. (Image: Addictedtoallthingspretty.com)

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Does the pattern match? Where the pattern appears on either side of the seam, it should match precisely.

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So, have you spotted any fake resellers? Tell us if you have encountered bad shopping experiences too. We hope this story will be able to help you in your future purchases. Like and share this to help more fashionistas!

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36 Responses

  1. Solehah January 30, 2014 / 11:02 am

    Hi, very informative article! All Louis Vuitton lovers must read this. For potential buyers it’s a must-read! Don’t be conned!

    • admin January 31, 2014 / 4:58 pm

      Thank you! So glad you found it useful =) Love, Mel

  2. Fazlee Jalil February 3, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    Thank u for the great write up Mel.

    • admin February 5, 2014 / 3:15 am

      Thanks Fazlee! We all try hard to offer great content. If I won’t read it personally, I won’t approve it =)
      Keep coming back to visit k? =) Cheers, Mel

  3. Gari February 3, 2014 / 5:00 pm

    Thanks for posting this, i do collect LV stuffs, but to make sure we must buy from Louis Vuitton stores in the mall to be safe…

    • admin February 5, 2014 / 3:13 am

      Hi Gari, thanks for your comment =) I’m glad you like the article. Although not everyone can afford to buy new LV in the stores, we still think buying in LV directly is the safest. Perhaps, with time and intensive saving anything is possible. You’re lucky, Gari! Hugs, Mel

      • roxys June 13, 2014 / 1:47 am

        I also am curious about the peeling lining. Inside my petit bucket, the lining is sticky and peeling…I’ve read online that this does happen with the “vuitonite” older lining. Have you heard/seen anything like this? Any idea on the cost to re line?

        • Mel, Editor of Wondermika.com June 20, 2014 / 6:00 am

          Hi roxys, I’ve seen that in the Chantily bag and it was authentic. However it was just the pocket part that was peeling and sticky. Not sure about others. Just to get that pocket replaced would cost more than AUD$100.

    • admin February 5, 2014 / 3:17 am

      Gari, send us a picture of your collection =p

  4. andy yeoh February 4, 2014 / 4:36 am

    If one could not afford the luxury of a real LV, than don’t look stupid buying a fake.

    • admin February 5, 2014 / 3:11 am

      Hi Andy! Buying knowingly is one thing, but spending that money on a fake unknowingly is worse! So our objective is to help shoppers make informed purchases =) Thanks for your comment and have a beautiful day Andy! Cheers, Mel

  5. Karen Tan February 6, 2014 / 7:53 am

    Louis Vuitton is my favorite collection I own quite a few of them. It’s a good investment to my opinion cause when I leave this world my children or grandchildren will own it and carry them and pass them down to theirs! Who knows it’ll become vintage and worth more then I paid for. My very first LV that I own since I was 19 and I still carry it with pride! My dad always tell me if you can’t afford a real 1 never buy a fake. Fake ones will just put you to a shame.

    • admin February 6, 2014 / 12:44 pm

      Hi Karen! Thanks for your comment. You are so lucky! I don’t shop as often as I did when I was a young executive. Instead now, like you, I pick quality pieces that can stand the test of time. Karen, send us a picture of your Louis Vuitton collection! Would love to feature it =) Hugs, Mel.

  6. Christina Scimeca February 6, 2014 / 9:10 am

    Thank you sooo much, this is eye-opening to say the least, now I can bust all those wannabees with their neverfulls an their speedies and can see at just one glance, Fake!!! Thank you for all the detailed pictures side by side.
    According to this the only place to get a real bag is if you buy it from the LV store, period.

    • admin February 6, 2014 / 12:47 pm

      Dear Christina, thanks for your comment. We really want to help fashionistas out there learn the difference between fakes and authentic Louis Vuitton. And I’m glad to hear that you have found it useful =) Cheers, Mel

  7. Matt February 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

    Thanks so much for the detailed comparisons!! I just bought my wife a Damier Neverfull MM as a surprise Valentine’s Day gift. It’s a beautiful and functional bag that I’m hoping she’ll really enjoy using. I think I could spot most fakes at this point if they were very close, but seeing just how well they replicate the real thing is quite disheartening. I know it’s a great bag, and that’s really all that matters, but I kind of feel bad thinking that most people will just assume it’s another of the 99% of fakes out there. =(

    • admin February 14, 2014 / 5:26 am

      Hey Matt, our pleasure! Owh, such a lucky lady to be getting a classic bag =) Well, we feel the same. But for those who love Louis Vuitton, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you know you’re carrying the REAL thing. It’s more of a self satisfaction than wanting to prove anything to others. Send us pictures of your wife’s new bag! melati@wondermika.com Cheers, Mel

  8. jonathan February 27, 2014 / 5:57 am

    The LV logo should not break at any seam or cut? Evidently your a little confused. Ever Louis Vuitton Keepall 50 Monogram bag I’ve bought (which is 2) had the LV cut on the side of the bag at the seam and I bought the bag at the LV store. So a little research will show you that ALL Louis Vuitton Keepall 50 Monogram duffle bags have the LV cut at the seams on the side. However, that is the onlly bag I’ve ever seen with the LV split at the seam on the sides of the bag.

    • Mel, Editor of Wondermika.com February 27, 2014 / 12:52 pm

      Hi Jonathan, thanks for your honest comment. I see you are very passionate about your bags and no one likes other people thinking that they are carrying a fake when they have paid real money for it. Thanks for pointing that out. If you could further contribute your knowledge to other readers, you are welcome to send in pictures of your bag. That way more people can learn. After all, we are all learning together and the intention has always been such. Best, Mel.

  9. Wendy Lee Dickinson-Adams March 10, 2014 / 6:45 am

    I purchased a “authentic” LV, from Ebay, was NOT cheap, everything checked out with being authentic, except, after I got it home, the inside is like flaking, getting all over my things, is this at all commo?

    • Mel, Editor of Wondermika.com March 10, 2014 / 7:26 am

      Hi Wendy, I’m not expert but I can tell you that new LV bags should not be flaking inside. However, I have seen very old vintage authentic LV where the inner pocket has become sticky and flaky. Have you checked the logo, zipper, stitching and all?

      • Kali Kross February 21, 2015 / 8:48 pm

        The flaking depends upon the model. I have been disappointed with my Damier Speedy and my Damier Neverfull, from the 2006 and 2007 lines, which both flaked in the inner pocket. LV used cheap plastic coating in the inner pocket that began peeling after a few uses. I purchased both of these at the Rodeo Drive LV store from British “seller to the stars,” Lovey Dash. I adore Lovey, but I do not adore the quality I found in either of these bags. I find that the more pricey bags with alcantara lining hold up much better. My point: it is very possible (more than likely) to have an authentic bag with a peeling interior pocket.

  10. amanda May 30, 2014 / 10:23 am

    There
    are many other ways to spot a fake Louis Vuitton handbag and the simplest
    method is by checking closely the threading.
    It should be even steady stitch with strong thread

  11. jt June 3, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    I bought a speedy bag at the flagship store in Paris and the interior lining is red.

    • Mel, Editor of Wondermika.com June 3, 2014 / 3:11 pm

      Hi jt, all bags from the flagship store are guaranteed authentic. That is the good thing about buying directly from the brand. Cheers!

  12. DB June 12, 2014 / 11:35 pm

    #boycottchina

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  14. Andrea September 10, 2014 / 1:11 pm

    Hi. I would like to know if LV has the bags like the one the picture.
    Because I’ve seen a lot of fake one one many chepa stores. I just I never seem a brown bag with white and red handles…
    The originals are like that.
    Maybe someone can send me a link or something where I can find an Original LV with those colors… I really like them… and I just saw fake ones…
    Pls help

  15. kristianne March 13, 2015 / 6:30 am

    Is there a chance when you buy at an LV store there’ll be a fake? Because I bought my speedy 30 monogram at holt renfrew last year and when I checked on the stitching its not 5 stitches anymore.

    • Wondermika March 14, 2015 / 7:29 am

      Hi Kristianne, your best bet is to actually buy from the store. If anything funny happens, you can take it back to the store. I bought a Prada with a crooked logo and they changed it no questions asked.

  16. Rose may July 7, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    Awesome info ever… Thank you

  17. Donna Zamora July 10, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    Hello. Thank you for the great information. I have a Louis Vuitton Babylone Bag and have been researching for days to see if I can figure out if it’s authentic. The date code is MB 0042 so I know it was made in France in Feb 2004. The stitching looks authentic and the handles are a golden honey color. The interior is a microfiber type fabric in a cream color. Would you be willing to look at photos of my bag?

  18. Spoiled July 12, 2015 / 5:33 am

    Hi, I’m now VERY concerned that my pre-loved item(s)* purchased from a well-known, reputable shop may actually be FAKE. At the time of purchase the “Delightful GM” had already been retired by LV so I bought it pre-loved from an online consignment store. I have LOTS of photos (mine, and from the original selling link) and details to provide — is there an email to which I can send them? The bag looks wonderful overall but under very close scrutinization when comparing details to an authentic, I notice some easily missed discrepancies on mine… # of stitches,, hardware embossing, uneven patina, etc. I simply can’t be sure if these are normal modifications perhaps made by LV, or signs of a fake! Please help, I’m out nearly $2,000, very stressed and SO upset. Thank you.

  19. Kirsty July 25, 2015 / 10:35 pm

    i was just reading to spot when other people have fakes. i don’t like fakes as like louis vuitton themselves say it devalues the brand. but as for when people are buying and paying a lot of money thinking they were real i don’ t understand why they don’t just buy from louis vuitton themselves, i would never risk paying 1,000 for a fake just to save 100-200. one women once came up to me at the bus stop seeing i had a louis vuitton and asking if i thought hers was fake as she had brought it off ebay but it was advertised as genuine. a quick look saw that the inside was not brown, and it had studs on the bottom. while some of the louis vuitton bags do have studs on the bottom this circle mongram print bag didn’t look like the kind of bag that did have stods on.

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