Are Louis Vuitton Bags With No Date Codes Real or Fake?

September 12, 2019
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louis-vuitton-date-code-real-or-fakeThe Louis Vuitton date code is one of the most notable ways to identify an authentic Louis Vuitton. But without full authentication research, it’s actually one of the many ways that people make an inaccurate assumption about a bag.

Just because a bag has what appears to be a date code does not mean the bag is automatically authentic. One of the easiest tricks for people who make replica bags is to put stamp some letters and numbers onto the bag and forge a date code. But what they don’t typically take the time and effort to do is evaluate the information that you defer from interpreting the code.

Are Louis Vuitton Bags with No Codes Real or Fake?

Well, if you are looking at the date code alone to determine a bag’s authenticity you have about a 50/50 chance of guess it right.  You might as well just flip a coin because you are missing so many important details in the authentication process.

  • Can a real bag have no date code?  Yes.
  • Can a fake bag have a real date code?  Yes.
  • Is there a ton of exceptions to this?  Absolutely.

These codes, while not unique to the bag, will tell you both the country year and in many cases week of production for a piece. While useful in helping determine real versus fake bags it’s intended to help the company track production inventory, materials and many other facets of the manufacturing side of the business that actually have nothing to do with the consumers and replica bags.

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Note that unlike brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton does not include (and has not historically included) authenticity cards with its handbags.

Find the Date Code


The date code is typically stamped onto a leather tab and sewn along a seam of the bag interior. For bags with an alcantara lining (a soft, microsuede) the date code will be stamped directly onto the lining. For this material, in particular, the code is known to wear or fade over time making it in many cases nearly impossible to distinguish with the naked eye (this is part of why photographing your bag is important). While almost all non-vintage Louis Vuitton will have been stamped with a date code, there are exceptions to the rule in regards to their visibility. For codes that you can locate, use the steps below to help you interpret what the code is telling you about the bag’s origin.


Reading The Date Code

The first step when evaluating a date code is to determine what the code is saying is the country and year of origin. Below you’ll see a diagram to guide you through reading your code.


Exceptions for Bags with No Date Code

  • Will a brand new bag produced after 2000’s not have a date code? No
  • Can a date code wear off? Possibly
  • Can a real bag be relined and cause the date code to not be present? Rarely, but possibly
  • If my bag has a real date code sequence is it real? Not necessarily.
  • My bags date code looks just like the code on a real bag, is it real? Not necessarily.

As with any good rule, there are always exceptions. Take for example the code SD. Depending on the year of origin SD would represent France or San Dimas (city in California, USA ). Bags produced after 1995 should say SD with a marking for U.S.A. CA doesn’t represent California or San Dimas but instead is generally Spain but there has been Vernis made in France in 1999. As you authenticate your item, one exception might be just that – an exception. But a bag with multiple
exceptions in multiple areas of examination are typically more often than not a replica.

To learn more about exactly how to authenticate a bag with no date code check out our


The Bottom Line

While finding the date code and determining where and when a bag was made is a fun historical treasure hunt, it is not a sound way to determine a bag’s authenticity. With Louis Vuitton date codes not being unique to each individual bag, they are incredibly easy for someone to put on a replica Louis Vuitton. When authenticating a Louis Vuitton bag or wallet do not look at the bag having a date code as a factor in authentication. For the investment you will make purchasing a pre-owned Lous Vuitton it’s imperative that you follow a concise authentication process.


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  • Reply Harry Bryan October 7, 2019 at 11:55 am

    What about Date Codes in the Zippy Wallets? I know a lady trying to sell one on Posh Mark with only four digits and no letters. The center coin pouch is held together with GLUE and the ends of the coin pouch aren’t even sewn in place. FAKE?

  • Reply shenez33blogshenez May 7, 2020 at 4:09 am

    hi where can find date code in a Batignolles Horizontal Canvas in grey?
    cannot see it for the life of me!!!
    yet it has been authenticated by REBELLE.COM

    • Reply Elle August 31, 2022 at 1:50 pm

      The newer Louis Vuitton bags, made after 2020, have micro chips, not date codes.

      • Reply Betsy October 24, 2022 at 2:55 pm

        Yep, the new bags do have microchips. It makes it much more challenging for an untrained eye to determine authenticity. However, if you are looking at an older style or a bag with signs of use or patina, that’s a first sign that you should probably still be able to locate a date code because the item is likely pre-2020.

  • Reply Nancy August 15, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    I have a Sologne Cross Body Bag that I bought New in Beverly Hills at the Rodeo Drive Store. I probably bought it in the 2003 or 4 time frame . I would have to go to store to find out date. M42550 style. There is no date stamp that I can find. I did have the leather replaced by Louis Vuitton last year. But I can’t find a date stamp anywhere..

    • Reply EHMERICK VILLEGAS HERRERA April 7, 2021 at 9:37 am

      Hi i have lv backpack mini montsouris but have pocket inside same in gm pocket but dont have date code but the heatstamp its good is this possibly fake?

  • Reply Dawn Hipolito March 15, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    I purchased a new graceful mm bag in a lv store and I cannot located date code. Please help me

    • Reply Betsy June 3, 2021 at 9:55 pm

      Hi Dawn. Depending on when you purchsaed there might not be a date code. Louis Vuitton had made updates to how their bags and are phasing out date codes and switching from using heat-stamped date codes to integrated micro chips and RFID chips in all of their products. That could be what you are seeing with your new Louis Vuitton bag not having a date code.

      • Reply Michelle June 21, 2021 at 11:58 am

        I hope you are correct a out the RFID. I just purchased a new Graceful MM and there is no date tag to be found.

  • Reply Antonia Lake October 28, 2021 at 7:23 am

    I purchased a second hand loop bag with code SR1021 suggesting it was made in France December 2001 , these bags were launched in 2002 …is it possible this was made before launch year? Help!!

  • Reply AnnMarie Sosaya May 26, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Hi purchased a LV garment bag. It has a stamped tag with number and says original handmade Louis Vuitton Paris. Made in France and then the #’s are underneath that.

  • Reply annabel curry August 29, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    Hello, i have LV like design of never fall but it has zipper on it and there is a TH435

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