Louis Vuitton handbags have "date codes" embossed either on interior tags, d rings, behind the pockets, or directly on the interior linings. Date codes identify the manufacturing location and date for a Louis Vuitton handbag, they not to verify authenticity. louis vuitton does this for their own reasons. When a louis vuitton handbag is ever brought in for repairs they will remove the original date code and replace it with a new updated code. Date codes can be found on all Louis Vuitton handbags and other merchandise. Quickly let me say all louis vuitton have a date code and i do mean every single if there is no date code except before 1980 it is not real. So here are some authentic date codes at the top and two replicas below the first two pictures.
Notice the font on these two and how they are different this is the #1 way most professional's can spot a fake . I use this method myself and it has never let me down yet even the best replicas can match louis vuitton's font exactly. Look at the two t's in vuitton on the real and the fake see any difference notice how the t;s touch on the real font and they do not on the fake and the r above the louis vuitton print on the replica is hardly seen as the real one is highly visible.
Missing or hard to see Date Code? Authentic Louis Vuitton handbags with alcantara linings may have date codes that are very hard to read or have disappeared altogether. This is sometimes the case for older bags or if the bags their
Here are some date codes and for future reference try to remember the fonts of both so you can compare them in the future in the picture and here is a list of all the current locations of manufacture for reference. Currently these are the known locations louis vuitton does not give this information out so if new factories are built i will do my best to keep this list updated
Louis Vuitton factory Locations
- France A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS (Special Order), AH, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, DR, DU, CO,
- CT, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SD, SL, SN, SP,SR, TH, TR, TS, VI, VX
- Germany LP
- Italy BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, RC, RE, SA, TD
- spain CA, LO, LB, LM, LW, GI
- Switzerland DI, FA
- USA FC, FH, LA, OS, SD, FL
Early 1980s. Three or four numbers with the first two numbers representing the year and last number(s) representing the month. E.g. "853" would indicate a manufacturing date of march, 1985.
- Prior to early 1980s. No date codes. But keep in mind the stitch
early 1980s to late 1980s. Three or four numbers followed by two letters with the first two numbers representing the year, the next number(s) representing the month and the last two letters representing the country. E.g. "852VX" would indicate a manufacturing date of February, 1982 and factory location in France. Late in the 1980s, the letters signifying the factory location came before the three or four numbers in the manufacturing date.
1990 to 20 06. Two letters followed by four numbers with the first two letters representing the factory location, the first and third numbers representing the month and the second and forth numbers representing the year. For example, “sd0085” would indicate a factory location in U.S.A and a manufacturing date of august. 2005
2006 and newer. Two letters follow ed by four numbers with the first two letters representing the factory location, the first and third numbers representing the week of the year, and the second and forth numbers representing the year. For example, “VI3057” would indicate a factory location of France and a manufacturing date of the 35 week of 2007
The fact that an item has a date code does not warranty that it's authentic since many imitation items have date codes. A valid font and properly stamped date code is just one many considerations that are checked to warranty the authenticity of any Louis Vuitton. Ultimately you have to use your best judgement to decide if the item you are evaluating is real in person i suggest feeling the weight of the bag louis vuitton's hard wear is brass and heavy and louis vuitton's stitching is always perfect if there is 10 stitches on one side of anything there will always be 10 stitches on the other side.
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