How to recognize a fake Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton is undoubtedly the world’s largest counterfeit fashion brand. Very often on the Internet They are sold for original designer accessories that sometimes turn out to be well made counterfeits. 

It is certainly extremely difficult to recognize a true respect for a fake, especially in the field of bags, as the factors to consider are varied and change depending on the object. But there are some key points where counterfeiters tend to insist that they help us understand what we really have in our hands. In this simple but comprehensive guide we will see how it is possible to recognize a Fake Louis Vuitton.

Analyze materials

For those who have seen a Louis Vuitton handbag at a very affordable price and are not sure of its authenticity, it is possible to easily consult the official catalogue to verify its originality. By checking the details, it is possible to notice a series of differences, such as the logo and the seams that never correspond to those of the real brand LV. On the site there are very high quality photos that allow not only to appreciate the quality of the truth, but above all to compare it with a copy. Many counterfeits, in fact, use different materials for their bags. All this is easily visible both by the low quality of the product offered and by the fact that in the originals is always used a single material or product. 

The main difference is in the type of fabric used for the finishes which is blatantly cheap on the copies, and in the sewer which is often exposed and with bad knots when the bag is not original. Tarot seams are obviously machine-made, while real seams are done rigorously by hand and with extreme care.

Study the label

It’s necessary to read the label on the inside. In this sense, we specify that it should not only be in leather, but it is important that it be scrupulously and perfectly inscribed: “Louis Vuitton Paris Made in France”. In addition, it is a good idea to see if a figure is present, namely the data code, which refers in particular to the manufacturing period and the type of object in question. 

If a supplier also indicates a serial number as a factor of authenticity, he can be sure that he will try to sell a counterfeit product. Louis Vuitton, in fact, does not put serial numbers on its products, not even hidden. The serial error, however, is often found in really poor copies and in eastern sites.

Look at the logo

Pay maximum attention to the LV logo, with the letters not perfectly symmetrical. The L and V should have the intersection at the bottom, near the foot of the first and the top of the last is not at the same height as the tops of the other, but a little lower. The branch of the V to the right in the original is much thinner than the left and both letters belong to subtly different groups of characters. Therefore, the logo should not be cut with seams, zippers or buckle. On canvas or leather, the mark should be hand painted and not printed. Another element that should not be overlooked is the hologram. Near the point where all the information and washing tips are given, it is necessary to see if the brand hologram is present. This, being difficult to counterfeit, represents an additional guarantee against counterfeiting.

Studying the finishes

It may not be easy to distinguish, but another clue to recognize a counterfeit is the hardware that the famous brand always produces in brass, when copies have it in zamak. It is easy to notice the different appearance of the two, because the first is polished like gold, while the last tends to be opaque and granulated because it is a rugged alloy of aluminum and zinc. Interiors and colors may also vary. 

For example, Lous Vuitton uses Beige for the “Monogram” model, yellow for “In Denim” and red for the “Damier” collection. The best thing to keep in mind, in any case, is what we talked about before. In other words, the verification must be carried out from the logo that is present, so that the colours can also be compared and differences can be noticed immediately.

 

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