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:
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Messy paint is a dead giveaway. The bag above is fake. Louis Vuitton would never sell something like this. (Image: Addictedtoallthingspretty.com)
Does the pattern match? Where the pattern appears on either side of the seam, it should match precisely.
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