How to Check For a Genuine Louis Vuitton Handbag

Louis Vuitton are one of the most desirable and respected fashion designers in the world. Their products, such as the Louis Vuitton Batignolles Vertical and Horizontal handbags retail for over $750 and are in very high demand throughout the world, with stock sometimes difficult to find.

Official Louis Vuitton retail outlets are without doubt the best places to buy. You are guaranteed a brand new and genuine Louis Vuitton handbag, with the after sales back up to match the exemplary pre-sales service you can expect to receive from one of retail’s most respected brands.

With such expensive consumer items, there is the opportunity for cheap imitations to make their way into the market and with a significantly lower price the temptation is for consumers to be led away from the official retail outlets. These replica or fake Louis Vuitton bags can be difficult to spot in isolation and a potential buyer needs to know how to identify a genuine product before making a purchase.

If you want to check that your LV Batignolles handbag is a genuine LV product and not a fake you need to look for a date code that is printed on a leather tab inside the zipped pocket of the bag. This will be either a two letter and four number code or a one letter and five number format that shows the country, month and year of manufacture.

Country of manufacture

The first two digits indicate the country of production. For France the digits will be either A0, A1, A2, AA, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, CT, DU, ET, FL, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SD, SL, SN, SP, SR, TH or VI. For the USA the digits will read either FC, FH, LA, OS or SD. For Spain you need to look for CA, LO, LB, LM or LW. Germany is indicated by the code LP whilst if your LV handbag was manufactured in Italy the code would be either CE or SA.

Month and year of manufacture

The last four numbers refer to the month and year of production. The first three indicate the week whilst the last digit shows the year. For example a Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Batignolles Vertical with a date code of SP0329 would have been manufactured in France during the 32nd week of 2009.

We hope this article has given you the free advice you need in order to check your potential LV bag purchase.

History of Louis Vuitton Handbags

Any woman who is a fan of designer bags would have heard about Louis Vuitton. The story of this fashion house goes back to the mid-nineteenth century, when modernization in its true sense had just begun. At that time, anyone and everyone who could afford traveling did so. Travelling to different places became a trend and companies started realizing that they could expand to newer markets and places never gone before.

The beginning

Louis Vuitton began as a unique brand right from the start. Vuitton opened the first store in Paris, in the year 1854, by the name Louis Vuitton Malletier or Louis Vuitton Trunk Maker. The first years were devoted to developing designer trunks, with waterproof canvas. Many innovations and creations followed the first flat-topped trunk introduced by this fashion designer. Here is an interesting fact that you should know. Louis Vuitton is believed to be the most counterfeited brand in the history.

The handbags

After the death of Louis Vuitton in the year 1892, his son Georges Vuitton expanded the business to great heights, and started the production of women’s designer bags. Vuitton went to the extent of revealing the brand to the American public at the World’s Fair in Chicago in the year 1893. Since a lot counterfeit Vuitton bags were being sold in the market, Georges came up with the Louis Vuitton logo and the classic ‘Monogram Canvas’ design.

In 1901 came the classic steamer bag, which became a cult hit in an instant. Later, after the World War 1, Vuitton came up with a series of designer handbags such as the ‘Keepall’ and the ‘Noe’ bag. The latter became an instant hit with Parisian women, paving way for the designer label to launch its foray into the world of fashion accessories for women.

The new dawn

With the death of Georges Vuitton in 1936, the fashion house was taken over by his son Gaston-Louis Vuitton. He steered the company into completely new directions, also modifying the ‘Monogram Canvas’ in 1959. They changed their coating methods allowing the fabrics to keep their suppleness and beauty. More, the handbags by the company are known for their strength and permeability.

Today, Vuitton has become a huge designer label for women’s designer bags along with other brands like Gucci. The handbags produced cater to the different tastes of a woman. True, many of the handbags are expensive but well, they are made for an elite class of people. A woman owning one will surely feel special.

Louis Vuitton Bags or Louie Vuitton Bags – Real or Replica Purses

The dark brown and beige designed leather, signature of the Louis Vuitton handbags and luggage, frequent the pages of fashion magazines and celebrity pictures. Louis Vuitton handbags are revered for their excellence in craftsmanship, exquisite leather or other material, and elegant design. Louis Vuitton bags are also revered because, for the majority of the world, an authentic Louis bag is unattainable.

For this reason, a major organized crime market has taken off in the recent years, selling fake Louis Vuitton handbags on the streets of cities, or worse, from the trunk of cars. These faux Louis Vuitton handbags and accessories are never made from the same quality as the real thing: whereas the real bags are designed and fashioned in workshops by the hands of craftsmen, the knock-offs are frequently made in sweatshops, potentially with children managing the machines. It’s an undercover business, and the ones who profit from it want the process to be as inexpensive as possible.

At the Louis Vuitton workshops, however, craftsmen can take their time to create a beautiful and sturdy piece; this time and skill goes into the price tag. Louis Vuitton, born in 1821, based his company on skill and producing elegant handbags. After the company merged with Moe Hennessy in 1987 (now known as LVMH), the company still prides itself on this same reputation. The Louis Vuitton brand has grown considerably since its original store in Paris, opened in 1855. Today there are stores around the world, selling much more than handbags and luggage. Marc Jacobs joined the company as Artistic Director in 1996, creating fashion lines for both men and women. These patterns are now brought to life in workshops in France, Italy, and Scotland. The Louis Vuitton name can also be found on watches, shoes, eyewear, and other accessories.

Handbags are still their most popular, and most identified pieces. This popularity, and the unattainable aspect of them led to the creation of the underground world of knock off Louis Vuitton handbags. Now you can carry around the Louis Vuitton label for a fraction of its typical thousand dollar price tag. Your purse, however, will most likely not fool very many people. In addition, you will be supporting an illegal activity. Honest taxpayers have to shoulder the burden of taxes unpaid by smugglers and sellers of knock-offs, approximately $200 billion.

4 Ways To Spot A Fake Louis Vuitton

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You can Buy Authentic Louis Vuitton items on eBay as long as you do some research. In this article I will go through 4 ways to ensure you’re not getting the short end of the stick!

Know the company: Louis Vuitton has been around since 1854.
Louis Vuitton Does not Discount, not even end of the year sales not at saks, Neiman Marcus nordstrom etc…

Louis Vuitton does not wholesale, the only place to find Brand new LV is on Ebay, eluxury or LouisVuitton.com

Louis Vuitton does not have any outlets or secondaries. If you find a problem with a LV bag they will usually accept returns. They do not Hand the bag down to an outlet, they simply destroy the bag.

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Know the person selling the items:
NEGATIVE FEEDBACK SELLERS- Well obviously if they are getting a large amount of negative feed back on ebay, they are more than likely selling fakes… Never a good thing.

PRIVATE FEEDBACK SELLERS- Why would anyone want to keep their feedback private? The only ones that have something to hide are the ones who have negative feedback, usually when I see these I just pass on by.

ZERO FEEDBACK SELLERS- People that have Zero feedback are obviously the new customers eBay has recruited. A lot of times you can wait for a period of time and see how they progress. It really is up to you if you want to give them a try. Just remember its your hard earned money.

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Know the Date code:
Louis Vuitton uses what you would call production code. This code is for their own purpose. It does give some sort of clue as to how old the bag is or where it was made. The codes on them are not unique, there are some that have the same number. Since the early 90’s this code has been marked by 2 Letters followed by 4 numbers.

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Get Pictures:
While on ebay, do not be afraid to email the seller asking them for pictures of the front, back,sides, lining, anything you can come up with. Not too long ago, a good friend of mine briefly spoke with a louis vuitton representative. She was told a really easy way to spot a fake Louis Vuitton is to look at the outer seams of a purse. A real Louis Vuitton purse will not have the “LV” initials shortened in any way, so if you see a Louis Vuitton purse selling for hundreds, but the seam you only see a half or cut off “LV” Do Not Buy It! Unless you want a fake. Take these tips and apply them.