It’s no secret that Louis Vuitton date codes can be tricky to find. Date codes are generally used for internal purposes and are not actually designed to be totally visible to most consumers. Typically, they’re located in pretty discrete locations, such as the inside of a pocket, tucked into a corner, or hidden beneath a strap.
They’re placed in discrete locations so they don’t take away from the overall design of the bag. But as consumers, we know that date codes are an important component of the authenticity of the product. We’ll go over a few of the most popular Louis Vuitton bags and how to locate their date codes. Keep in mind that the location and style of date code can vary, and it all depends on the style of the bag, or the year when the bag was produced.
Where To Find The Date Code On A Louis Vuitton Bag
Below you will find a quick guide to help you identify where the date code on some of the most popular Louis Vuitton bags are located. As you read through the guide keep in mind that most replica bags will still have date codes. Those fake bags will also have their date codes in the correct place and using the date code alone to determine a bag’s authenticity is not a best practice.
The Neverfull Date Code
The date code in the Neverfull bag is located underneath the flap pocket. One of the most common mistakes when searching for the date code on newer Neverfull bags is lifting from where the pocket is stitched down. Be sure you are lifting directly beneath the upper leather trim toward the top of the bag, rather than toward the center of the pocket:
The date code will be stamped on a small, rectangular leather label. If the bag is made in 2007 or earlier, the date code will be stamped on a horizontally shaped label. If the bag is made after 2007, the date code will be stamped on a vertically shaped label:
If your Neverfull bag comes with an attached pouch, there will be another date code located inside. Search inside of the pocket – it will be stamped onto a rectangular leather label. Don’t panic if the date code on this pouch doesn’t match the date code on the bag – they’re not required to match!
To learn more about real versus fake Louis Vuitton Neverfull bags check out this blog post – A Step By Step Guide To Authenticate A Louis Vuitton Neverfull
The Speedy Date Code
Date codes on Speedy bags are fairly easy to spot. They should be located in the interior of the bag, beneath the zipper rail, stamped directly onto the leather tabs where the rivets are attached. The exact leather rivet tab where the date code is stamped varies depending on the year of the bag, but in most newer bags you can simply lift the interior flap pocket:
Keep in mind that in some older style Speedy bags, the date code may be separated into two leather rivet tabs:
As noted, Louis Vuitton date codes can vary based on style and year. On the Empreinte Speedy, the date code is found inside of the pocket, on a rectangular label:
Travel Keepall bags carry date codes in similar locations as the Speedy, on the leather rivet tabs:
And below are examples of Infiniti Keepalls carrying date codes on rectangular leather labels:
Example of the Jeff Koons Van Gogh Keepall with its date code stamped directly into the leather:
To learn more about real versus fake Louis Vuitton Speedy bags check out this blog post – Authenticating a Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 Handbag
The Pochette Metis Date Code
The date code in the Pochette Metis is located in the back side of the bag, inside of the exterior pocket. You’ll want to search by the inner seam of the pocket. It might be tricky to read the date code if the lining is stitched down, so we recommend searching under brighter light, or using a flashlight.
To learn more about real versus fake Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis bags check out this blog post – An Authenticators Guide to Real Versus Fake Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis Bags
Palm Springs Date Code
In the Palm Springs backpack, the date code is located on a small, rectangular leather label, inside of the pocket:
Noe Date Code
The date code on the Noe bag can vary. They can be tucked into the base of the strap at the exterior of the bag, right between the body of the bag and the strap. To locate the date code, gently pull the strap outward. The date code will be stamped directly on to the strap:
Date codes on Noe bags can also be found in the interior of the bag, stamped directly into the lining, or stamped on a rectangular leather label:
The Nano version of Noe bags are much smaller and their date codes are super easy to spot. Search on the inside of the bag, at the bottom corner:
Alma Date Code
The date code on the Alma bag should be located inside of the pocket, toward the seam. It might be tougher to read if you can’t pull the lining out, so we recommend searching under brighter light, or using a flashlight.
The Bottom Line
Locating a Louis Vuitton date code is an important step to help determine if a bag is real or fake. However, there are always know exceptions for a Louis Vuitton not having a date code like when a bag has it’s lining replaced or the code has worn off. It is always important to keep in mind that most knock off bags will still have accurate date codes found in correct locations. A bag simply having a date code does not qualify it as authentic so the best way to accurately determine if your Louis Vuitton is real or fake is by having your bag professionally authenticated by our team of experts.