Oh, I’ve got a great story to tell you about fake Louis Vuitton bags; and how to tell the difference between a real one and a counterfeit. Last week I went shopping with my friends for new bags and wallets. We went around the stores looking at the different bags and I saw this gorgeous Louis Vuitton bag in the window – the classic ‘Monogram’ design with a lot of bling on it. To be honest, it looked like the genuine article – I was sure of it and so were my friends. We all thought this must’ve been the real thing!
When I picked it up to look at it closer, I was so sure I was getting a real Louis Vuitton bag. But I have to admit – it felt a bit ‘light’ compared to the other designs. So I did what I swore I would never do – I got out my magnifying glass and started looking for the tell-tale signs of a fake – the LV logo, the stitchwork, the material. Sure enough, it was a fake.
The logo was a bit stretched, there were no LV initials, all the stitching was off, and the material wasn’t that thick – all signs that I was holding a replica bags in my hands. The massive ‘bling’ also gave me an idea that it wasn’t genuine one.
That experience taught me a lot about spotting a fake Louis Vuitton. Knowing what to look for and how to identify a real LV, is key to avoiding the heartbreak of buying a counterfeit.
Now, if you ask my advice – go for the original! This is one of those cases when it’s best to pay full price for something, rather than taking a risk on a fake. Don’t throw away your hard earned money on replicas and end up looking like an idiot.
Here’s a couple of quick tips – a real louis vuitton outlet Vuitton is made of a thick, hard leather with the signature ‘L’ and ‘V’ monogrammed onto both sides. The stitching is neat, even and precise. A replica is made of a much thinner leather with sloppy stitching, and the ‘L’ and ‘V’ logo is stretched or misaligned.
Also, the price is a big indication – a genuine Louis Vuitton bag can range from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars, depending on the design. If the price is too good to be true then it is probably a fake, so be extra alert and don’t let yourself be fooled.
Good thing I was prepared for this and knew what to look for when I saw it. It came in handy and saved me from what could have been a big mistake! So always check the bag’s material, logo, and stitching, before you take it home.
Be mindful of the colors too. Lv doesn’t use too bright and catchy colors – they offer more subdued colors. There’s no ‘neon orange’ or ‘electric green’ in the palette.
The sewings of a real Louis Vuitton also has a distinct finish. The edges are even and smooth with no loose strings or bristles sticking out. It will also be hidden within the border of the material. Fake sewin has more of a ‘criss-cross’ look with more exposed strings than LV would ever manufacture.
Something else to look out for is the font. Louis Vuitton often has an elegant and curved font, not overly flashy. Though the authentic ones still have a trademark ‘LV’ print somewhere on the bag. Counterfeit bags usually have a plain font with no uniqueness.
Also, check the inside of the bag, it should have a smooth finish on the edges with certain identifiers. The tag inside the bag should also be precisely sewn together, not just scrunched inside. The tag will have words such as ‘genuine leather’ or ‘made in Paris’ on it along with a barcode as well as other details.
People tend to buy used versions of the LV so they can save money, but this not be your most reliable option. It’s best to buy one new from an authorised retailer. Albeit the price being higher, you’re guaranteed to get the genuine article!
And lastly, a good tip is to look at the hardware. Real Louis Vuitton hardware is either gold-tone, silver-tone or matte-tone. They will have a unique texture that looks very high end. Fake ones will just have plain metal, with no detail and no shine.
As you can see, it is not that hard to make sure you’re getting an original LV. So next time you’re shopping for a bag, keep these points in mind and you’ll be sure to get the real deal.