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AUTHENTICITY

June 19, 2014

By Jody Hume

AUTHENTICATION SERIES: LOUIS VUITTON

SHOP LOUIS VUITTON HANDBAGS

Every week, The RealReal authenticates thousands of items, and each goes through a rigorous inspection process by our team of experts. In this installment of our Authentication Series, our Senior Director of Authentication & Brand Compliance, Graham Wetzbarger, explains The RealReal’s process for authenticating Louis Vuitton handbags. Learn about the history behind the brand’s famed monogram pattern, originally designed to thwart counterfeiters, the expert craftsmanship that goes into producing each Louis Vuitton handbag, and other details that will help you become an expert and always be able to spot a fake. Graham breaks down the need-to-know info by materials, hardware, construction, and date code, and also debunks common myths about the brand.

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MATERIALS
Louis Vuitton handbags are crafted with Vachetta leather trim. It develops a beautiful patina over time. Counterfeits often use synthetic materials that don’t show the same signs of age.

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HARDWARE
The hardware on Louis Vuitton leather goods should always function properly, be inscribed with the LV logo and be forged from the correct materials.

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CONSTRUCTION
The Louis Vuitton monogram pattern should always appear aligned and symmetrical, and the handle stitching should be flawless, with the same number of stitches on each side.

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DATE CODE
This is a small, embossed marking found on every Louis Vuitton leather good. The code tells us where and when a product was made.

 

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT LOUIS VUITTON

Despite popular belief that the Louis Vuitton logo will never be cut off or upside down, it may be clipped as design requires. The Louis Vuitton monogram pattern can also be reversed on pieces made from one piece of leather with no seam.

Graham and our team of authenticity experts are what truly set us apart in online luxury consignment. By sharing in their knowledge and expertise, you can become a discerning buyer and shop luxury consignment with confidence!