so i got this old LV purse out of my grandmas attic and dont really like it so i am trying to sell it. well i put pictures up and some lady emailed me saying that it looks real. i put in the ad that its a replica because i have no clue.
where and how do i find out if it is real or not. my grandma passed away so i cant ask her. it is about 15 years old i know that.
Most likely if you got it in your grandma's attic it's real and vintage. Try youtube they have great videos on how to spot a real from a fake Louis Vuitton bag. Buying fakes is more of a young person thing anyway.
But a few really ways to tell if it's real, are any of the LV's but off on the top or bottom of bag? LV bags never cut off their LV's so if everything looks good there it might be real, also are the handles, straps real cowhide leather? Then it's real. Some of the leather should be turned to a honey color and should be darker on some parts. like where the bag was held.
the follow tips are how to distinguish authentic LV bags.
The First Part: The way to distinguish (Basic Knowledge)!
People who always shop in LV franchised store know that there is special taste of leather once get into it. The proficient can know which is real which is fake just by smelling taste of LV bags. So just shop around in LV shop as much as possible whether you busy or not.
2. Water Drip
Many fake LV bags are made of fake leather, so they got bad water absorption; on the contrary, when water drip on the part of genuine leather, part of leather of both the real LV bag and high level copied LV bag can be seen absorbing and it will have water stain when wiping down the water. So bring a bottle of mineral spring water with you when to buy LV bag.
3. Observe the depth of tracery
The better copied LV bag always has crude appearance and clear particles because of the out leather has gone through special process; while not finely made counterfeit has shallow grain in the appearance. People compared grain to distinguish before, which is behind the times now. No matter which counterfeit it is, the grain can be matched perfectly.
Basically speaking, there are plenty of colors of LV bags. But what I want to talk about now is classical color of LV bags. Fake LV bag has the color coffee, but the real one has a little bit green in the coffee. I can not tell, because I don’t have strong ability to distinguish. Due to this, I just write what I know for your reference.
5. Interior Clothes
Interior clothes of LV bags are all made of canvas. They are fake for sure if leather. In addition, as for the texture, real LV bag has crude clothes marks and clear grains, whereas fake ones smooth and vague, even structure of grains can not be seen clearly.
6. Thickness of Threads
Real LV bags adopt fibers of high tenacity with apparent wicker like thread, while most of fake ones are shaped by lathe with ordinary cotton thread, it won’t got grain of wicker. Of course, I can’t tell, neither.
7. Check Serial Number of Leather Label
For real or better copied LV bags, there will be small inner bags in it; moreover, a piece of nailed leather printed serial number of each bag can be seen at fixed position. Fake ones always have no serial numbers and wrong position. There is much need to be learned about such piece of leather. The genuine leather well-distributed, natural and exquisite grains, while fake ones crude and unnatural.
8. Printed color should be light
The outer faces of LV bags have a piece of leather with letters LOUIS VUITTON, PARIS, MADE IN FRANCE on it. Real LV bags have light printing but even and neat in every letter, whereas fake ones have clear and deep but not even handwritings, many letters LV or U will be awry.
9. Texture of Rivet
Rivets on real or better copied LV bags are certain to have full spell of LOUIS VUITTON. It must be badly copied counterfeit if no short of LV printed or absolute no printed letters. Besides this, texture of rivet will give us a feeling of raised and thick to some extent, while those don’t belong to fake ones.
10. Luster of Metals
Metal on real LV bags turns into it a kind of bronze-color and darker luster, while fake ones show bright gold and strong reflectance.
11. Bag Size will be printed
Real or better copied LV bags will have a piece of leather outside, that is the piece of leather with printed LOUIS VUITTON, PARIS, and MADE IN FRANCE on it. The size of each bag is printed at the back of it. A big secret!
Tips to distinguish LV Bags
1: Breath deeply to smell its natural fragrance when you get a brand new LV bag.
2：Hidden serial number, always founded at the seam of marginal leather of LV bags, used to illustrate it manufacture location and manufacture date.
3: LV LOGO will be seen above of all the accessories or tapered neds
4: LV hidden serial number doesn’t mean absolute evidences to distinguish; nevertheless, many counterfeits show the hoof on serial number, then how to distinguish?
Let me tell you in details.
English alphabets represent the manufacture location:
France: A0.A1.A2.AA.AN.AR.AO.AS.Al.AC.BA.BU.CA.C… LM.LO.MB.MI.MO.MX.NO.ND.OS.OU.RA SD. SL SN..SP.SR.TH.VI.VR.VX
Spain: CE (EPI and so on) LM.LO.MO (M-color)
Italy: SA always manufacture accessories of clothes and shoes.
LV serial number will be put owing to different serial, but usual branded locations refer to the followings:
At the thread: such as at the bottom of pocket, left top or right top.
At the back of LV leather of linings can be turned.
At the joining of braces approach the bottom
The Second Part: The way to distinguish ( Higher Level knowledge)
As for the way to distinguish real or fake, we can also start from the more details. So careful work aims to meet the requirement of some buyers who buy real ones. For many super A or so called exported goods have copie