Train your eye to spot a counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbag by looking at the real thing in person – at a boutique or an authorized dealer. There is an unbelieveable amount of fakes, both online and off. Online marketplaces like eBay is doing what it can to remove some of them, but you need to protect yourself.
Here are our best tips on how to spot a fake Louis Vuitton bag.
#1: Do your research
Did Louis Vuitton ever make the item? Some victims of counterfeit Vuittons have purchased handbags that have never been actually manufactured. Check the Vuitton website or a store catalog but be sure that the bag you are looking at was actually made by Louis Vuitton. This is especially common with multicolored bags. (There was never a multicolored Ellipse, Papillon, Cherry Blossom, CB Speedy, Alma Cabas tote, Pegase, Cerises, Cabas, Piano, Mezzo, Alto or Backpack.)
#2: Check the monogram pattern
The Monogram pattern on a Louis Vuitton bag should not have irregular properties. The pattern should always be symmetric. The specific symbols that populate the world famous monogram pattern should flow equally from start to finish in all areas of the handbag.
#3: Check the color
Louis Vuitton uses oxidizing natural cowhide leather that turns a dark golden honey color over time. Fake Louis Vuitton bags or purses will often have a shiny cheapness of the leather’s appearance.
#4: Verify the stitching
Louis Vuitton is meticulous with every stitch. This is a detail that is common among all high end designer merchandise. On a real Louis Vuitton, notice how the stitch line remains an equal distance from the edge of the handbag at every point, and for it’s entire length. Also, the individual stitches are the same length. Often times, with simply a little information about the stitch lines (as taken from images) you can decipher a fake with little or no knowledge of the brand specific details. This is why we stress the importance of scrutinizing the item’s stitch lines.
#5: Check the price
Louis Vuitton does not discount – ever. There is no such thing as a Louis Vuitton sale, even at a boutique or major department store such as Neiman Marcus or Bloomingdale’s. There are no year-end sales and no sample sales. Louis Vuitton doesn’t go on sale. Ever. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.