Checklist to Authenticate a Pre-Owned Louis Vuitton

April 6, 2015
(Last Updated On: April 3, 2023)


Authenticating Louis Vuitton is a valuable skill to have and one I have been fortunate enough to become not only an expert at it but also built a business around it.

Before I had kids studying Louis Vuitton was a hobby of mine.  I had several handbags that I purchased at the store and one Saturday afternoon I was on eBay and came across a vintage trunk that was in my price range.  The economy wasn’t great and luxury goods were moving so I was able to win this trunk for under $1,000!  I became enthralled by the history of this 100-year-old trunk and set out to find as much as I could about it.  Not only did I find out that I was the proud owner of Emily Vanderbilt’s trunk I also instantly became a passionate collector.

In building my expertise I have some go-to authentication techniques that can help anyone quickly spot a fake.  These tips are essential to read through before exploring the world of the online Louis Vuitton auction.  Even with the best education, I urge buyers to be very wary of purchasing Louis Vuitton on eBay.  I can’t tell you the number of sellers who are either knowingly selling a Japanese Super Fake knock-off or are completely in denial about the authenticity of their bag. So how do you ensure that the second hand Louis Vuitton you are looking at is real?  You do your homework, consult an expert, and follow these tips.

Checklist to Authenticate a Pre-Owned Louis Vuitton Bag


While a formal authentication is a process that is driven by years if not decades of experience along with a deep understanding of the brand and construction, it’s not to say that any fashion lover can’t ask themself good questions to identify if the Louis Vuitton bag that they are looking at is real or fake.

The authentication checklist questions below work for new and pre-owned Louis Vuitton bags.

  • Are the color of the straps even throughout? If so, it’s a knockoff
  • Is the patina more prominent around the top of the handle strap? If so, it might be real
  • Confirm that the style and finish are both correct for what Louis Vuitton makes.
  • Is the trim correct? No feet when there shouldn’t be, correct lining inside?  If not, it’s a knockoff.
  • Is craftsmanship flawless? If not, it wouldn’t have made it out of the factory.  It’s a knockoff.
  • Does the pattern match at every seam?  If not, it’s a knockoff.
  • Is the stitching even and consistent? If so, it might be real.
  • Does the bag have patches? Most likely a knockoff, possibly a vintage French company.
  • Is there a short leg on the “L”?  If so, it might be real.
  • Are the “O’s” in the logo very round. If not, it’s a knockoff.
  • Look for the date code. Is it in the right place?  If so, it might be real.
  • Does the date code follow the correct format for its age? If no, it is a knockoff.
  • Is the LV on the monogram logo cut off anywhere?  If so, its a knockoff.
  • Is the LV logo ever hidden under a strap or seam?  If so, its a knockoff.
  • Is there a logo impression heat stamp somewhere on the inside?  If so, it might be real.
  • Do the snaps on the hardware have the logo?  If so, it might be real.
  • Does the hardware have discoloring or is not brass?  If so, its a knockoff.
  • What’s your gut tell you?


4 Tips to Tell if a Louis Vuitton is Real

There are many different techniques to tell if a Louis Vuitton is real but unless you are an expert collector these four main ones should be able to steer you in the right direction of purchase of a pre-owned Louis Vuitton bag.

1. Is the Bag’s Patina Right For It’s Age


When a Louis Vuitton bag is new the vachetta leather handles are soft and sublet almost off-white leather. Over time the oils from your hand and the exposure to the elements cause this soft leather to become harder and the color changes.  This change in color is called a patina.

The patina on bags like the Speedy is beautiful.  I’ve actually had someone once offer to buy my used bag off me in exchange for a new one because she liked the way my patina looked so much better than her brand new bag that she hardly carried (I guess this is an advantage of the longevity of ownership).

A pre-owned Louis Vuitton will most likely have a darker patina.  Although it is possible to clean the leather to lighter it, most people do not do this, especially people who have decided to sell the bag. Even a second hand Louis Vuitton with cleaned leather will still be slightly darker around the handles.





Before and after of vachetta leather straps that have been cleaned to lighten the patina.



2. Know the Styles That Louis Vuitton Produces

This is an easy area for a newbie to feel foolish. You need to make sure that the bag you are purchasing, is, in fact, a style that Louis Vuitton made, and that you are purchasing it in the right color and monogram pattern that is offered with that collection.

Does a speedy bag have feet? Never.  Is the backside of the monogram on a Speedy upside down? Always. Is the lining on the Neverfull tan, red, or orange?  Trick question, it’s all of the above but only for certain bags and certain years. These are questions you should bait yourself with at each buying decision.

Collecting Catalogs

Since I am a somewhat serious collector, I also collect the catalogs.  Each Louis Vuitton store gets a handful of catalogs each year.  The catalog is intended for the sales associates use in-store to assist customers.  You can’t purchase the catalog through Louis Vuitton (trust me I’ve tried) but every so often one appears on eBay and I quickly snatch it up. If you are a collector of vintage Vuitton like I am, you should try to start locating the really old catalogs.  I have one from 1913 that is basically my bible for exotic Louis Vuitton items.



3. Does the Quality of Craftsmanship Match the Louis Vuitton Standard

Louis Vuitton bags are simple in design and construction and have flawless craftsmanship.  The consistency of stitching is executed identically across all bags.  For example, a speedy bag will always have 5 evenly placed stitches across the top. A good trick would be asking a friend who has a store-bought authentic bag to let you count the stitches and then match it up to the bag you are considering.

Yes, you will occasionally see a loose thread on a well-worn bag, but never on a new one.  I’ve put some of my bags through the wringer and still have never seen a loose stitch.

  • If it’s a bag that is less than 10 years old, be cautious.
  • If it’s a bag that is over 20 years old be forgiving.
  • If it’s over 30 years old, let’s talk in a different post because there are many other nuances you need to know about.

louis vuitton quality craftsmanship


4. Is The Louis Vuitton Date Code Accurate?

The date code is the production number or product code for the bag. It gives information to when and where the bag was produced. The Louis Vuitton date code is not a serial number or unique to the bag but it does give you important information about where and when the bag was produced. A fake bag can still have a real date code sequence but anytime you look at a Louis Vuitton you should always read the date code to determine where and when the bag was made. Also, many times you’ll discover that when you check the Louis Vuitton date code that the sequence is not correct and are able to quickly determine the bag is fake.


How To Read A Louis Vuitton Date Code:

Vintage Louis Vuitton*: No Date Codes
Vintage French Company: No Date Codes
Early 80’s: Number + Number + Number + (possibly 4th Number)
Late 80’s: Number + Number + Number + (possibly 4th Number) + Letter + Letter
Early 90’s: Letter + Letter + Number + Number + Number + Number

*Vintage Louis Vuitton trunks depending on the age might have a serial number.  This number can be checked with Louis Vuitton’s Patrimoine department in France.

Date Code Letters:

The date code letters tell you what country the bag was made in.  These letters should always match what country the bag displays it’s “Made in” label.  Although there might be a 1 in 100,000 chance that the bag was made in the US but stamped AA for France because it needed to be repaired, you don’t want to be purchasing that bag second hand anyway.

Date Code Country Letters:

France: A0, A1, A2, AA, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, CT, DU, ET, FL, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SD, SL, SN, SP, SR, TH, VI
Spain CA, LO, LB, LM, LW
Italy CE, SA
Germany LP

Louis Vuitton Catalog Page

Each style listed in the catalog shows the correct date codes for each style.

Photo Guide to Spotting a Fake Louis Vuitton Bag

A picture is worth a thousand words.  See the differences between real and fake Louis Vuitton bags in these photos courtesy of Fashion Pulis

Remove the Risk of Buying a Fake Louis Vuitton

One way to truly remove the risk when buying a pre-owned Louis Vuitton is to have it authenticated.  If you are purchasing through a reputable website they mostly like already use an authentication service to ensure that all the bags they sell are authentic.  The only trade-off with this is that they tend to charge a higher premium for their bags.  To cost-effectively buy a used Louis Vuitton is directly from a seller on a site like Poshmark, or eBay.  Typically this would come with high risk but that is completely removed when you order an authentication.

A good email-only authentication will allow you to use the listing pictures to professionally determine if the bag you are buying is authentic. Having an authentication done before you purchase can save you hundreds if not thousands by helping you avoid buying a knockoff.  With the amount of Japanese super fakes on the market, today and the amount of bags being knocked off to look like they are vintage and confuse people, always having a professional authentication is a must!


The Bottom Line

Don’t let yourself want the bag to be real so bad that you overlook the signs. Sellers might even honestly think that the bag they are selling is real and not realize that it’s a fake. Whether you decide to purchase your bag directly from a seller or through a cosigner like FASHIONPHILE, always do your own research to be an educated buyer.

Have you purchased a Louis Vuitton bag on eBay?  What tips did you use to ensure that your bag is authentic?

In Gratitude Legos in my Louis



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  • Reply Melissa November 16, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Hello. I have an orange graffiti louis vuitton speedy with a date code of LS8642. I havze not been able to find a date code that begins with LS on any of the lists online. Is this fake?

    • Reply Legos in my Louis November 16, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      Hi Melissa! Happy to give insight. If I was required to say fake/ or real off your two sentences alone I would guess fake. To my knowledge the date code doesn’t make sense. The numbers seem wrong and the letters should be SL which would mean a country of origin in France. I’m assuming your Speedy is 2006 because it’s Orange Graffiti. The speedy is heavily replicated because of its simple silhouette which requires less detail and consequently less room for error when replicating. Also I’ve seen a lot of the graffiti styles replicated too.

      But if you want to email me a couple pics I’d be happy to take a look and advise if there is anything I see tipping the scale in their direction.

      Hope this helps!

      • Reply Melissa November 16, 2015 at 8:42 pm

        Sure. Thank you so much. Where should I email it to?

        • Reply Legos in my Louis November 16, 2015 at 10:00 pm

          Legosinmylouis {at} gmail {dot } com

          • Hollie November 4, 2019 at 5:37 am

            I found a metis hobo date code VI2127 everything seems right good patina stitching logos line up, L and O correct

      • Reply Sami June 24, 2020 at 1:00 pm

        Hi i recently purchased a mini looping handbag and the code it M51147. The code means its fake correct?

  • Reply Federico Sebastian December 3, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Melissa.Great blog you have! I’d like to ask you about my vintage LV Epi 45 bag. The code the date code is VI8903 which seems fine to me.The colour is red but the all stitches are black. I have other LV bags in say blue and the stiches are also blue. I got it more than a year ago from one of those Japanese E-bay sellers you mention on your post. Any piece of advice from you would be much appreciated! Many thanks.Federico.

    • Reply Legos in my Louis December 3, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      Hi! It’s Betsy, Melissa was just another commenter I was helping with an authentication. I’m happy to take a look if you want to email pics over. Authenticating vintage has a different set of challenges so standard rules don’t necessarily apply. Send pics over

      • Reply keshia January 21, 2016 at 10:56 am

        Hello, I have a vintage lv purse and wanted to know if its real or not. Could you pls help? Thanks

        • Reply Legos in my Louis January 22, 2016 at 10:41 pm

          Keshia send me an email of you haven’t already.

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  • Reply Jenna December 18, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I need your help to see if this is real. I believe it may be a fake though I can’t find out the legitimacy of this website anywhere. A lot of blogs recommend it which was why I initially jumped, but regret being so trusting… It is
    This is the bag:

    The date code says: TH0052 which suggest made in 2002. They list the color as rogue. But I read rogue didn’t appear until 2006…. So I am concerned I have purchased a fake. And will probably return. :-/

    Thank you so much for your help!!

    • Reply Legos in my Louis December 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      I can’t speak to the overall credit ability of trendlee but I can comment on the production year. The Riviera beauty case (this bag) was produced in the red epi leather in 2004. I’m going straight off the Le Catalogue from that year which is pretty much the Louis Vuitton bible. I don’t have or can’t find 2002 but I don’t imagine it’s that dissimilar. I don’t see anything pointing towards your bag being a replica so I would still go forward with your purchase as long as you can get a refund if you don’t want it when it arrives. Snap some phone pics when it comes if you want me to look at the details on your bag.

      • Reply Jenna December 18, 2015 at 1:57 pm

        Thanks so much for your quick response. This makes me feel better. I can get a full refund as long as I file a request within two days of its arrival so I’ll take some photos and send them along when it arrives.

        This is truly kind of you to do for people, thanks. 🙂

  • Reply Phung December 18, 2015 at 8:47 pm


    I purchased a never-full on eBay. I did not do a lot of research until I received the bag. Is there a website you suggest that I can use to check if my bag is real?

    Thank you.

    • Reply Legos in my Louis December 18, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      Hi! There isn’t one website that you can go to for a full authentication. This blog post is very useful for most and fashionpile also has deep resources. I’ll be doing a blog post on the Japanese Super Fakes towards the start of 2016 so keep an eye out because it will have lots of info. You can also email me at LegosinmyLouis (at)

  • Reply windy stenzel December 26, 2015 at 3:57 am

    hello Betsy, I was wondering if you could help me out with figuring out if my purse is authentic. I have the LOUIS VUITTON DENIM NEO SPEEDY. I have went through many checklists but I’m still unsure. Currently the only things I have found that say its not authentic is the fact that the fabric on the inside of the pockets are not dark denim but the same as the outside and that there is no code on the inside. If it would be easier to give me your opinion with pictures let me know and I’ll get them to you. Thank you for your time!

    • Reply Legos in my Louis December 26, 2015 at 7:28 am

      Windy from your description it sounds like the bag might not be authentic. But feel free to send me an email to LegosinmyLouis (@)

    • Reply Mary jane Toleco May 11, 2017 at 8:08 am

      hello can you help,if my bag real or fake?thank you

  • Reply Maura December 27, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    My mom bought me a vintage Louis Vuitton bag at an estate sale and I can’t figure out whether it’s real or not. I can’t seem to find a photo of the bag anywhere through Google and there doesn’t appear to be a date code on the inside. I would be more than happy to post pictures. Any ideas?

    • Reply Legos in my Louis December 28, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks for the email Maura!

  • Reply Jenny Chun January 22, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Hi there, came across this while trying to authenticate a pre-loved speedy 25. May I send you some photos for your opinion? Thanks!

    • Reply Legos in my Louis January 22, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      Sure thing Jenny. Use the email I provide in the thread of comments

    • Reply Legos in my Louis February 9, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Sure thing Jenny

  • Reply Dalila January 22, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Hi I would like to know if Date code SD3098 is real

    • Reply Legos in my Louis January 22, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Dalila, that date could should mean the bag was made in USA or France in the 39th week of 2008. Obviously it’s just one piece of the authentication puzzle but that should help guide you towards authenticating

    • Reply Legos in my Louis February 9, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Dalia- that date code is possible for a bag newer than 2007. However, date code alone can’t determine the authenticity so definitely give the bag a good review

  • Reply Cheryl Miller January 24, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Hi, I would like to know it date code SR061-10 is real please

    • Reply Legos in my Louis February 9, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Cherly – I commented on the other one you left. I don’t think it’s real.

  • Reply Sam Ng February 2, 2016 at 12:30 am

    I just bought a Alma epi Pm and its an 09 yr it doesn’t have feet. Is this correct?
    Also the inside of the painted area of the handle seems to attract lint and sweater lint. Is this normal? How can I stop this? Thank you

    • Reply Legos in my Louis February 9, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Sam – the older style Alma does not have feet nor does it have the smooth base. I think you are talking about the interior alcantara lining. If so yes it’s beautiful but also shows long.

  • Reply Marta February 4, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Hi! Could you tell me if the date code SR061-5 is real? I can’t find anything about a hyphen in the date code. Thank you for your help!

    • Reply Legos in my Louis February 9, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Marta – that date code does not appear to be real.

  • Reply Dahlia February 14, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I am considering purchasing a LV off Mercari. A Tate Thame PM bag. I noticed one of the LV does have not a stitch but the leather lining over it. Could it still be real?

  • Reply Dawn February 19, 2016 at 7:27 am

    This is a very knowledgeable write up. I recently purchased a Alma GM bag that I’m trying to authenticate to see if it is real or not. I purchased it through a well known re-seller that hasn’t had bad reviews for selling fakes, but I am having a hard time finding the bag anywhere although it is one of the classic models. Do you know if the Alma was produced with the Icon monogram canvas in the GM model in 2013? I have only been able to track down one other one and I question that one too. I can send you a link to photos of it via e-mail response.

    • Reply ALEXINA August 11, 2017 at 10:59 am

      The Alma is a classic LV bag and has been continuously made for decades. The GM vs MM ?

  • Reply Amanda February 19, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Hi, I’m considering purchasing a pre owned LV Speedy. The seller says it does not have a date code bc it is vintage and made in the 80’s. Can this be possible? She sent me several pics and bag comes with the lock and key. Thanks!

    • Reply Alexina December 26, 2017 at 4:18 am

      Yes very possible. Early and pre-1980’s bags had no date code.

  • Reply Reana February 20, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Hi! My LV Neverfull Monogram Ramages has a pouch with it. Could you tell me if the bag date code VI7014 is real? However the pouch date code is VI2125, I know it means week 22 of 2015. Thanks for your help.

  • Reply Julie February 21, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Betsy, Thank you for your information…it was very resourceful. I have purchased a Luco Tote and a Galleria GM recently and would love for you to take a look. You mentions the LV is not cut in a seam. Both my Galleria PM and GM have them in the seams…just looking for a good eye! Thank you, Julie

  • Reply Elizabeth February 23, 2016 at 9:02 am

    My friend and I found an old LV in her great uncles garage. She gave it to me and I’ve been hanging onto it for years. I thought I might see if you thought it was real. Her great uncle was a silent picture actor, so you know the bag is old, his name is written inside the luggage tag. The stitching is coming undone but the handles are slightly discolored. There is no date stamped in it. All the brass buttons say Louis Vuitton, actually I just looked at them and they say a LOUIS VUIITON. Hmmmm. What do you think? I’m happy to send pictures.

    • Reply Legos in my Louis February 23, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      Happy to take a look. I love the really old stuff.

      • Reply Elizabeth March 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm

        Where can I send pictures of it? Thanks!

    • Reply Alexina December 26, 2017 at 4:22 am

      Elizabeth; very early Louis Vuitton models did not usually have the name stamped on the brassware nor anywhere else on the bag or luggage. The VUIITON means obviously counterfeit.

  • Reply Maria February 25, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Just saw this forum and was wondering if you can tell if this bag is real or fake. Sadly I already bought this 🙁 Thank you.

  • Reply ROGREEN February 27, 2016 at 8:16 pm


    • Reply Lina January 27, 2021 at 12:59 am

      Hello, Į find in vintage store this very very old bag. But it doesn’t have a number. Just graved name on the inside. And the zipper and other buttons say the name. It look quite quilite. But very old. Its a crossbody, white with blue detales. And old golden LV on the outside. Maybe Į can send a picture?

  • Reply Tina February 29, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Hi! Could you tell me if the date code SR0054 is real? Louis Vuitton Monogram Monceau Bag

  • Reply Beki Howe March 1, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Hello, I just received a Louis Vuitton Saint Germain monogram 24 cross body bag. I already have an Artsy MM…this new bag is very stiff and on the front the LV it cut off by the front pocket and the button clasp is covering the LV on the interior. I have always read if hardware or sticking ever cuts off the LV its a fake, however, I have understood that this monogram Saint Germain is a vintage model and I cannot confirm anywhere. Also, the date code – I believe because the letter I cannot read clearly, is NO 0962. I just want to make sure that it feels weird because it’s vintage and not because I just bought a fake one.

    Thank you!


    • Reply ALEXINA August 11, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Vintage items often have monogram icons cut , especially depending on the style. Look on Google image search for your model and compare.

  • Reply Lady Fer March 5, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Hi , I need your help regarding the speedy 30 that got , I just wondering the brass was dark ? Anybody can help me for this please & where I can send the picture?

    • Reply ALEXINA August 11, 2017 at 10:53 am

      The brass is nearly always dark on vintage bags, so use Brasso to clean off the tarnish.

  • Reply Maria March 7, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Hi i have a m41528? Do u know if its real or fake??

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      Do you know the answer yet? Please let me know too, thank you

  • Reply fiona benishty March 13, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    I have a few estate sale bags, but I am not sure if they are real. One is a French company, can I email you pictures ?

  • Reply Legos in my Louis March 14, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Thank you to everyone who has taken such an strong interest in the post! Unfortunately I am going to pause my personal authentication services via comments and email. I’m getting flooded with requests and it’s simply too much to handle at this time. Thanks for your understanding while I create a solution to continue to help people with their authentications.

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  • Reply Lindsay Taylor February 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Hi, Betsy! I’m kind of new to the Louis world (I just bought a Drouot bag last year). I’m thinking about purchasing another bag off of Tradesy, but I’m not sure if it is real. I would love if you would look at it for me before I purchase it. Spending so much money as a college kid really makes me nervous, but my excuse is that this purse will be an investment 😉


    • Reply Anna Moore May 23, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Hey Lindsay.
      I just purchased a garment bag from Tradsey. I had some issues with delivery being very late; they sent me a totally different garment bag; and they said that I didn’t meet the window for a refund request, which I did and have e-mails to prove it. Then they tried to convince me that I should be happy to receive the garment bag that I did because it’s original value is more than the one I actually purchased. These things and the fact that it took them weeks to deliver makes me question the authenticity of the item. There is very small loose threading in the stitching of the patches which the handles are connected to; the piece that the hangers go on has small chips , which has me believing the gold was painted on. I explained this to them and they want me to send them pictures before the consider giving me credit not a refund.
      Ordering from the has been a pain and inconvenience.

    • Reply Anna Moore May 23, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Forgot to ask; did you purchase from Tradsey? If so, how was your experience?

  • Reply Kathy Colley February 17, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I have a quick question regarding a discontinued LV Lockit pm vertical tote. The date code seems real, SD0066. It’s hard to find pictures of the inside so my question is will this have the inside “D” ring? I have found some offered for sale on sites that authenticity is guaranteed, but again, sometimes the inside isn’t pictured. I have seen the d ring on items made in Spain codes that start with CA. Everything else seems legit, stitching is straight and even, correct count , symmetrical, heat stamp font follows your rules, patina is turning, leather is smooth and supple, not plastic feeling. In fact, the bottom and handles feel really lovely, it’s this darn d ring thing that has me wondering. Can you give me a quick shout out. Thanks. Kathy

  • Reply Sarah March 7, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Hello i have a louis vuitton monogram with the numbers on a metal gold button on the inside N0.8833313 then the letter a capitalized inside a circle. After that N0ATD8831628 the logo is upside down in the back ?authentic or non authentic

    • Reply Alexina December 26, 2017 at 4:26 am

      The LV Monogram ??? which bag.
      The number sequence you describe does
      not seem to be genuine.

  • Reply Luz Buray March 13, 2017 at 5:08 am

    HI i have an LV Monogram Luco LS8642 is this real or fake?thank you.Luz

  • Reply Chanel March 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Hi I purchased a speedy 30 in monogram it’s supposed to be vintage I just wanted to know if it’s authentic or not the date code on it is vi831 if u can please find out for me I would appreciate it thanks

  • Reply Susan April 13, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    I understand that a date stamp is located in these LV bags but I am baffled as to why mine doesn’t have one. I am 100% certain that the bag my husband gave me in 2015 is authentic. My 12 yr old daughter was with him at the LV store in CT and she helped choose the Totally MM instead of the Neverfull…she told her father and the salesperson that it was probably better to get me a purse w/a zipper closure. I also received an email from our credit card company within a few days of the purchase that confirmed the “luxury item” was purchased at the mall in CT. It noted the full price my husband paid including tax. It retails for $1430 but with tax it came to $1530.10.
    I have thoroughly examined the purse, the box, the little LV note card that came with it (he left it blank) and everything checks out as authentic. The only thing that I can’t find on this bag is the date stamp.
    Can you confirm with me whether or not this particular style is supposed to have one? I have only used this purse one time. Not sure I want to sell it – but whether or not I do it’s driving me nuts that it doesn’t have this date stamp. Maybe I am not looking in the right place.

    • Reply ALEXINA August 11, 2017 at 10:51 am

      It should be hidden on one of the seams on one of the outside side pockets.

  • Reply Janine mcmiller April 13, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Hi I purchased a 55 keepall SP1927 from Tradesy which has a turn around return of four days If you could please help me authenticate it before the four day return period is up I would greatly appreciate it

  • Reply shirlyn April 18, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Hi. Im planning to purchase a keepall 45 with a date code SA 842 which is a vintage piece. However im not sure if it is authentic. Im purchasing it from one of the members on the page on facebook. The seller posted “guaranteed authenticity” but because this is the first time for me to buy a preloved item im a little bit nervous.

  • Reply Rasheda Young April 25, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Hi I purchased a luco bag SR1010 from Trendlee and I am wondering now if it’s real or fake.

  • Reply Daisey Ford April 27, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Hi! I am about to purchase a green epi carry all dufflle. The date code reads V.I. 8910 and seems authentic. My questions are: did LV make a 60? I see a lot of 45, 50 and 55 but hardly any 60’s. Also, I see some with black writing stamped on luggage tag and some with just an imprint into the tag. Do you know which is real? Thanks so much!

    • Reply ALEXINA August 11, 2017 at 10:48 am

      It might be a Borneo green Epi Keepall. And yes LV dis make a size 60m Keppall and I think they still might do so.

  • Reply Kathy April 28, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Today I got in the mail my Babylone from Tradesy. Imagine my shock when, Aside from the anticipated sticky pocket, it was nearly pristine. So red flags went up. Date code is vI 0915. The straps and leather are perfect for a 22 year old bag. The date and logo do not seem to be indented. I expected variations in leather and some cracking. Sounds odd, but I would be more confident in my purchase. I have four days to return. Any thoughts on authenticity? thanks for comments. Oh. When I called Tradesy they said I got it from one of their corporate dealers who pre authenticate.

  • Reply Cynthia May 2, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Hi – thank you for ur blog. I recently came across a LV Noe in a resale store – not consignment. it was made in france in 1992 based not the date stamp and I wondered if you had any info about this style and what to look for upon purchasing. Thank you

  • Reply bobby harrington May 5, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I ran across a older style vintage louis vuitton luggage bag. It has the french company sticker inside. Talon on the zipper.
    It came with a key. But it obviously fits a larger l.v. trunk.
    The bag is a combination leather with what appears to be wood on top amd bottom. The substances are harder
    Im curious to see if i did good in buying
    Jewel. Its truly beautiful. I do so love louis vuitton vintage items

  • Reply Shelley May 13, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I have a Louis Vuitton Monogram Mirage speedy noir bag. I do not know much about this bag and have been trying to find information to determine if it is authentic. Can you please help? Thanks

  • Reply Alessia Kirillova May 15, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Thanks for this article. There are many useful tips we can learn to authenticate LV bags we are selling truth our online platform
    I have a lot of knowilegh about authentication of Chanel items but not that match about Vuitton, a specially vintage pieces is hard to authenticate. Happily we have got help of a certified LV expert.

  • Reply Jeri May 20, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Hi betsy just a newbie here when it ccomes to collecting pre owned LV i got an Ellipse PM MI0012

  • Reply Shawn Melton May 22, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Can I get a LV handbag checked by pictures to know if it’s real or not.

  • Reply Lana May 31, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    is a Louis Vuitton clutch with the number M51980 real?

    • Reply Desirae December 27, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Hello I bought mine at a thrift shop and it has the exact same date code was wondering if you where ever able to get it authenticated? Thanks

  • Reply Cheryl August 2, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Nice post, thank you. I’d like to know why a real Louis Vuitton manufacture label would read “Made in France” (in English). Why wouldn’t it say “Fabriqué en France”?

    • Reply ALEXINA August 11, 2017 at 10:43 am

      All LV Bags state Made in France. In ENGLISH!

  • Reply Kimberly Switzer September 14, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    I woild really love to knw if my Louis Vuitton is real. I have wanted one for so long, so excited when I finally found one.
    Number SP 0634. I wanrt so bad for ot to be real. I can send pictures if necessary. PLEASE AND THANK GOD…

  • Reply Elle October 3, 2017 at 6:47 am

    The lady is selling this bag for $300 its vintage she bought it from another person, can you tell me if it’s real or fake? The serial #is AR8909 ? Thank you!

  • Reply Deandra December 20, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Is it plausible that my inside pocket to my 91′ speedy would have “MADE IN FRANCE” stamped into where the pocket opens? Purchased from a consignment shop and another patron in the store who was carrying a 2017 LV checked it out for me before I went through with the purchase. I saw one other bag from the same year with the same marking for sale on Tradesy. Please advise.

  • Reply Nancy Fairweather January 14, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    I have a bag that has M92009. I think it’s a fake

  • Reply Ivana January 15, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Hi, I have a original LV Graceful hobo bag… red inside… but I can’ find serial number. Can You please tell me where should I look? Thank You

    • Reply Betsy January 20, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Ivana! Most likely the date code should be on the interior of the bag along the inside seam that runs down the side. I’d be happy to help you authenticate the bag. We would just need images and for you to sign up through our authentications page. Just let me know if you have any questions:

  • Reply Chelsea May 1, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    I just bought a Lv Marceau bag off of Poshmark! Seller has great feedback but the bag is vintage and there’s obviously no date code.. makes me nervous! Anyway you could give insight?!

    Thank you,

  • Reply tom May 25, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Is MB3098 an authentic date code?

    • Reply Betsy May 26, 2018 at 8:10 pm

      Hi Tom! I’d be happy to help you authenticate the bag. The date code alone doesn’t tell if you the bag is authentic. A real bag can have no date code visible and a fake bag can still have a real date code. We would just need images and for you to sign up through our authentications page. Just let me know if you have any questions:

  • Reply Xieana June 13, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Hi I wanted to know.. do all L.v bags & purses need a date code for them to be real?

    • Reply Betsy June 17, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      Hi! Most of the time yes a real bag will have a date code. However, there are some exceptions so the date code alone is never a good indicator of if it bag is authentic. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Sarika June 19, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Hi I have Louis Vuitton SR061-9 is it real ? It’s cherry red bag

    • Reply Betsy June 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      I’d be happy to help you authenticate the bag. The date code alone doesn’t tell if you the bag is authentic. A real bag can have no date code visible and a fake bag can still have a real date code. We would just need images and for you to sign up through our authentications page. Just let me know if you have any questions:

  • Reply Nerei August 19, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    I have a damier ebene with date code SD1017. Not sure if this code is correct. It looks real. Ive looked at all the details. The brass on handles is a little tarnished and scratched but the bag inside and outside looks really good. The brass handles are curved and not straight. The stitching looks good as well.

    • Reply Betsy August 22, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      Hi Nerei! The date code alone will not determine a bag’s authenticity. A fake bag can still have a real date code. It’s just one piece of the puzzle in determining a bag’s origin and authenticity. We would be happy to authenticate your bag. If you haven’t already just go ahead and sign up to have your bag authenticated through our Louis Vuitton Authentication services page:

  • Reply Betsy September 30, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Hi there. I recently bought an Alma PM from Poshmark and it was authenticated by Poshmark concierge service. I started looking at more Alma’s in the same site and came across one that had the same exact date code as the one I purchased however, it’s different. The one I purchased has a cell phone pocket. The other one does not. Date code BA 0033. Should I be concerned? Thank you.

    • Reply Betsy October 21, 2018 at 11:53 am

      Hi! Poshmark does have excellent authentication services so I wouldn’t initially worry too much. But I would reach out to them and inquire about your question so that they can confirm the variation. There might be a style variation that you aren’t aware of. But you are on the right track, identical style and identical production country and time should have identical bags. So the variation is likely the style being different.

  • Reply betsycottle October 27, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you very much! I will send them a message.

  • Reply Sherri Silver November 2, 2018 at 5:26 pm


    I have what might be a vintage Louis Vuitton handbag, but I cannot find another one like it anywhere online. Could I send you a few pics to have you take a look at and let me know what you think?



    • Reply Betsy November 6, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      Hi Sherri! We do authenticate vintage (one of my favorites!). We would just need images and for you to sign up through our authentications page. Just let me know if you have any questions:

      • Reply Sherri Silver November 15, 2018 at 12:38 pm


        I just purchased an authentication, but am not sure what email address to email pics to.



        • Reply Betsy November 16, 2018 at 10:21 am

          Hi Sherry! You should have an email or two from us that came from hi (at) Feel free to email us back there and we can get your ordered started once we have the images.

  • Reply Alicia November 5, 2018 at 4:14 am

    Hi Betsycottle,

    I just purchased Westminster GM not from LV store and I would like to know if it is authentic or a replica. Should I be worried?
    Data code : DR 1163

    Thank you for your Kindly feedback.

  • Reply Grady Elliott November 21, 2018 at 6:02 am

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  • Reply Marife Legria Thune November 29, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Hei!! My old friend give me a Luis vitton TH0915 but inside the bag is color beige .I want to know if this fake or real.

  • Reply Amanda January 17, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Hi there, my boyfriend bought me a bag in England at Louis Vuitton store in Harrods. It’s the speedy b 25. The bag says made in France but the date code inside is LA4188. Can you please verify if my bag is a fake. I’m worried because the date code doesn’t match with the made in.

  • Reply jaja February 6, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Hi Melissa, just bought Louis Vuitton Ellipse MM. Has serial number but upside down? not same I saw in others LV Ellipse MM.

  • Reply Maribeth February 18, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Hello! I am considering purchasing a pre-owned LV Looping GM. I am curious if the bottom should be 1 piece of material? I thought it should, but I watched a YouTube video of someone who had hers authenticated and it has 2 pcs. of material on the bottom…….

    Thanks for any insight!

  • Reply Pam March 13, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    I have a vintage large speedy bag. It has burgundy suede leather as the lining. I bought this bag over 25 years ago at aresale shop. It has real leather. Looks authentic. Have they ever made bags with suede lining.

    • Reply Betsy March 19, 2019 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Pam! Vintage bags can be tricky because there are more variations than if you were trying to authenticate a bag made in the past year. The counterfeit market was very strong even 25 years ago and I’ve hear so many stories of bags from “aunts who bought them in Europe” only to help to tell our authentication customer that their aunt actually purchased a knock-off and carried it around for decades as if it was real. So, even if it doesn’t fit the mold for a real bag, or even if it does, always get vintage formally authenticated when you want to know for certain. We’re happy to take a look at it for you and give you that same peace of mind in knowing:

  • Reply Jared L April 1, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Hey Betsy,

    I’m Looking to purchase a hard shell LV Briefcase and I want to make sure its authentic how do I know. I can send you some pictures if needed

  • Reply Celine Coyle May 3, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Hi betsy! So happy I stumbled across this page 🙂 I have been looking for a LV mini backpack for so long and finally found options both at 450! can I send you pictures to help me confirm? The app I found it on is offerup so I don’t think they do an authentication.

    • Reply Betsy May 15, 2019 at 8:07 pm

      Hi Celine! I would definitely advise getting an authentication for a Palm Springs mini backpack. Unfortunately, about 1/2 of the ones we authenticate are fakes and we keep seeing the same replicas pop up over and over again. We are happy to help and you’d just need to get the listing photos for us to review. Here is the link to our authentication services page if you want to sign up:

  • Reply pumella May 29, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Hi! I adore your blog about L V. I am thinking about buying a neverfull & the code is SP2127 can you tell me what it means pls. Thanks a lot

    • Reply Betsy June 4, 2019 at 8:02 pm

      Hi! Thanks so much for the nice compliment and for reading. The date code specifies the country year and month of origin for an item. We have a really handy guide to read date codes here: Just keep in mind that many fake bags can have real date code sequences. So don’t use that as the single point of determination for a bag’s authenticity. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Babe June 14, 2019 at 3:45 am

    Hi, are you able to tell if MP1026 neverfull mm that i bought off depop is real? Thank you

  • Reply Babe June 14, 2019 at 4:55 am

    Mp1026 lv neverfull monogram do you think this bag is authentic?

    • Reply Betsy June 16, 2019 at 11:54 am

      Hi! Thanks for commenting. The code alone cannot determine a bag’s authenticity. Fake bags can have real date code sequences and in particular, the Neverfull generally will appear to be real by date code and general assembly but the details, font embossing and craftsmanship are not that of an authentic bag. I always recommend for bags like the Neverfull, Pochette Metis, and Palm Springs that you never buy used without getting it authenticated first. Hope that helps!

  • Reply pkchic October 7, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I have a general question about Louis Vuitton Favorite bag. Did the damier ebene favorite bag ever come in the brown/burgundy lining or has it always been red?

  • Reply Komal October 31, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    60017 is it fake or authentic

  • Reply Elisabeth Cotter November 25, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Hi! I’m trying to sell two vintage Vuitton luggage cases for my boss who is 90 yrs old, and wants to let go of things he no longer uses. He bought both at the flagship store in Paris in 1974. I have been searching all over the web for authentication sites so I can properly identify which bags they are ( i.e. “satellite”, etc????) since he can no longer recall. Do you have any tips/sites/advice? Thanks. His wife and son died this year, so he has had quite a year and I’m just trying to make things easier on him.

  • Reply Ali Odeh April 16, 2020 at 9:08 am

    Hey. I have a galaxy print LV belt with the date code of CA2138 and everything looks good about it but the box was a lighter orange color that the one I just received from LV for a coin pouch and the blue was shinny blue and not flat .. just wondering am I tripping did the box just get swapped out or is all of this right for the year and style..?!? Just confused lol thanks

  • Reply Faith May 27, 2020 at 2:54 am

    Thanks for creating this blog. It was of great help to me due to what I was searching for online. The photos of your Louis Vuitton designers bag are beautiful and attractive. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to share my view on it.

  • Reply Paul October 18, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Hi got a date code LS0035 on speedy it looks genuine but can’t find LS

  • Reply luana abreu March 4, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Hey! thanks for your tips! i found a vintage boulogne bag, but the code is erased by it’s age (it was printed in the lining). I checked up all the details and they seem legit. Do you think it’s a good idea to purchase the bag?

    • Reply Betsy June 3, 2021 at 9:57 pm

      Hi Luana! Thanks for your kind words. It’s not uncommon for a vintage bag to have a date code that is worn with age. Especially when it was stamped onto the lining. But in the absense of the date code we do recommend that you get the bag reviewed by an authenticator so that you have peace of mind without a date code. Hope that helps!

  • Reply ingo June 2, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    My wife is interested in a vintage LV Dr. bag. The antique shop that is selling it claims it’s likely 1950’s. It has wood at the opening of the bag. It also has a seem that runs the length of the bottom, which caused me to do additional research. My understanding is there is not seems / stitching on the bottom of LV that runs down the center? I’ve seen a lot around authentic LV bags using date codes. What’s the best way to validate older bags?

    • Reply Betsy June 3, 2021 at 9:54 pm

      Hi! A bag from the 1950’s especially one that sounds as special as the one you are looking at won’t follow the traditional rules that people advise for authenticating Louis Vuitotn. For older bags it’s recommended to have someone with an expert eye take a look at it so you have peace of mind. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Dominika June 30, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Does the logo stamp inside an authentic Louis Vuitton bag have to be hot stamped into the leather or can it just be painted onto the leather? I am looking at a vintage Epi Tilsitt bag and it seems to have the logo painted on. Thank you so much for your help!

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  • Reply Rebecca January 9, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Hi I have a louis vuitton purse it has a stamp 60017 no letters I’m quite sure it may be fake it’s a long check brown purse any ideas there’s no letters just numbers stamped on the inside into the leather has the red foil looking stamp inside too

  • Reply Carrie May 23, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    I just picked up this LV at a thrift store, it was very cheap, but looks well made. Can you tell me if its authentic? M51365

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