The French Company- Louis Vuitton Bucket
One of the more popular Louis Vuitton styles today is the Louis Vuitton Bucket Bag! There are two sizes... the Large (27) and the Petite (23). The French Company also manufactured a large and small bucket bag that are different from the current versions in many ways... The problem is that the counterfeiters did too! In this guide, I'll be focusing on the smaller bucket- although the rules are the same for the large.
Below, you can see the center picture is a 2004 authentic Louis Vuitton bucket bag. To the left and right are vintage buckets. One is a vintage French Company bucket, and one is a fake. Can you tell the difference?
1. Notice the base trim... on the French Company Bucket, the base trim comes up around the base a bit... On the fake bucket there is just thin piping.
2. Notice the tabs that hold on the straps... on the French Company Bucket, they are very rounded and full... On the fake, they are thin and rectangular almost.
3. Notice the interiors... The authentic French Company bucket lining (as seen below) will be very dark brown cotton. It will have the tyvek "French Company" tag unless that has been removed. It may also have a chain with a cosmetic case attached as you will see below. The bottom right is an example of what an authentic FC bucket will NOT look like- never suede and never an oval (or any other shaped patch) with the Louis Vuitton name on it:
Counterfeit French Company pieces...
There are many fake French Company pieces of varying quality. If you watch for the specific tips I've pointed out in this guide- you should be able to stear clear of a fake!
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