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How to Spot Fake Louis Vuitton Designer Bags

How to Spot Replica Louis Vuitton Bags?

First things first, to be absolutely sure of getting a genuine Louis Vuitton bag online you need to go to This is the only place you can be absolutely sure of getting a genuine Louis Vuitton bag. This is why it is useful to know how to spot a fake LV bag as there are lots of people offering what they claim are genuine Louis Vuitton bags for sale on the Internet.

So, how do you spot a fake Louis Vuitton handbag ? If you are looking for a genuine Louis Vuitton bag then there are certain signs you can look out for, but to be quite honest , even armed with the tips below, it is still very difficult.

Bear in mind too that Louis Vuitton bags are expensive! If you don't want to pay the high prices LV charges, you may be tempted to look around the internet for special offers.

So here are some tips on how to spot fake Louis Vuitton bags

  • It may seem obvious but if the seller has a lot of bags on offer you should steer clear. Louis Vuitton only makes limited numbers of its bags available specifically to avoid them being re-sold. So anyone who has large quantities of LV bags on offer should be considered with a certain degree of suspicion. Take a good look at the official LV website and get to know the genuine articles, knowledge is power as they say. Some so-called LV bags have in fact never been produced by Louis Vuitton.

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  • The next thing to bear in mind is that Louis Vuitton do not use plastic or bubble wrap to wrap their bags.
  • Thirdly, if the price is ridiculously low then it is very unlikely to be a genuine bag. Louis Vuitton handbags are expensive for a reason, namely, they use high-quality materials and they take a long time to make. Louis Vuitton leather goods are manufactured in Spain, France, or the USA, where craftsmen pay attention to every detail and use only the finest materials.
  • Next, check the quality of the craftsmanship - LV bags are extremely well made and should look as if they are.
  • Look out for creases, wrinkles, logos that are not symmetrical, seams that are obviously poor quality.
  • The Certificate of Authenticity - there should be one, fake certificates also exist of course, but if there is no certificate then this is definitely a bad sign.
  • Circular tags made from cheap looking plastic attached to the bag were never made by Louis Vuitton, LV do not attach their tags. When you buy a bag from LV you get two tags and possibly a care booklet. One tag says "Louis Vuitton" and will state the material of the bag - monogram canvas, epi etc. The other tag shows the model number, the French name of the bag and the barcode.
  • LV dustbags just have the LV or Louis Vuitton logo. Interiors are never made of cheap plastic, or cheap suede.
  • The patterns are always lined up correctly (think wallpaper patterns) so take a good look to make sure everything lines up perfectly. Louis Vuitton never ever have sales or discounts or wholesale prices.

These are some of the signs you can look out for, but, as I said, it is very difficult to know for sure, especially if you are buying online.

The Louis Vuitton website Louis Vuitton state that LV products are only available at Louis Vuitton stores - or from their official websites.

I hope this information was of use - if you are interested in up-and-coming new designer bags please check out my hubpage on Radley Bags

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Louis Vuitton womens handbags are the most popular of the designer bags and also the most widely copied. The reason for this is quite simple, they were the first designer bags ever made.

Louis Vuitton was born in Anchay, France on August 4, 1821.. When he was 14 he left his hometown for Paris where he started work as a trunk maker and luggage packer, working in the prominent Parisian households. His reputation grew to such an extent that he was eventually appointed by the Emperor of France, Napoleon III, as official luggage packer for the Empress Eugenie.

This was how he acquired in-depth knowledge about what made a good travelling case and as a result he started to design his own luggage.

At the age of 33 he opened his own workshops with the aim of providing luggage suitable for the "new age" in which travel was becoming increasingly popular and lugagge was more and more in demand.

In 1854 he created his own brand to design innovative, high-quality lugggage. His watchwords were - functionality, innovation, luxury. He opened his first shop in Paris the same year. The business expanded rapidly and acquired an international reputation and a shop was opened in Oxford Street in London in 1885. The Louis Vuitton brand obtained the bronze medal at the 1867 World's Fair and a gold medal at the World's Fair in Paris in 1889. It was in 1897 that the first stores were opened in the U.S.A.

As a result of being the first designer handbag brand Louis Vuitton is the most sought after and also the most counterfeited brand. It is estimated that 99% of all Louis Vuitton products sold are fakes and their designer handbags are prime targets for the fraudsters.


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Marilyn Kee from Penang, Malaysia on November 19, 2012:

A very useful hub. Informative. Makes me look into it more detail each time I buy a designer's bag.

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JAHARAH on December 29, 2011:

I love knockoffs. I have so many from Gucci and LV. The ones I have a very good quality. I adore handbags TOO much and like to switch up my bags up every few days to spend thousands on just one. Luckily I deal with one person and I get to inspect the bag closely to know I will be happy. And I have had them for a long time and they have held up wonderfully.

Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on November 28, 2011:

Hi Donna- the only thing I can suggest is to get in touch with the Louis Vuitton site at

Donna Blaylock on November 21, 2011:

I have a Louis Vuitton that I love that's geniune the problem is it's craking do you know of a web site to have it refurbished

tom886 on November 13, 2011:

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Ms Cyndi on November 10, 2011:

I was reading some of the responses on here and I seen Susan who asked a about a certifacate when she bought her purse, when you pay for your purse at the store they asked me for my name and home address,and put that information in the computer and they also had the stock number of the purse that i bought, and if you look at your reciept that information is on their too. and I was told that my purse is registered with them

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StephenSMcmillan on August 04, 2011:

Thanks for the enlightenment!Great hub!

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I have also taken down the links to various spammy replica i.e. fake Louis Vuitton sites including yours in Guanzhou

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Designer Handbags on April 18, 2011:

Hi mysisters - thanks for the comment

Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on March 03, 2011:

Hi mysisters - thanks for the comment - nice furniture hubs ! Good luck with the hubbing.

mysisters on March 03, 2011:

Great Hub. These are some great tips on how to spot a fake Louis Vuitton Handbags. I agree that if they have large quantities, that is definitely a red flag and you should steer clear.

Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on October 07, 2010:

Thanks for the info. Tommy - there are so many fake Louis Vuitton bags around any details are good to have

tommyur on October 07, 2010:

Also the leather usually looks darker on fake ones than on the original ones.

Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on September 18, 2010:

Hi Susan - thanks for the comment - unfortunately I don't know anything about Louis Vuitton certificates and whether they provide them or not - the only thing I can suggest is that you get in touch with the official LV website

susan on September 18, 2010:

Hi, truly a handy info.

Anyway, I just bought a speedy from LV official store in Vienna. I didn't get the certificate. When I asked it to the sales girl, she said they never have any certificate. I'm still wondering about it. Pls advise.

Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on September 16, 2010:

Thanks for the comment AnnieMary, as you point out on your hub another reason for buying genuine Louis Vuitton bags rather than fakes or replicas, is that the genuine LV bag will hold its value over time, so it can be seen as an investment too !

AnnieMary from UK on September 16, 2010:

Good information, there really is no substitute for the real thing

Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on August 17, 2010:

Louis Vuitton bags are reliable but expensive - the fake Louis Vuittons are sometimes cheaper (not always) and I don't know how reliable they are

Gigi on August 17, 2010:

I assume they are reliable as if they are not they will not have many customers for their handbags !

ilovehoroscopes from UK on August 02, 2010:

These are very useful info. The replicas are almost perfect but if you will take time in checking the flaws you will see them in due time. Nothing beats the original. Always think that it's worth every cent you have paid for your LV.

Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on May 27, 2010:

Hi - Lilmomo - you are right ! I have taken down the link to google hong kong (pity the Chinese don't allow free speech in that once great country) - I have also taken down the links to various spammy replica i.e. fake Louis Vuitton sites including yours in Guanzhou, GuangDong 510000 ( - do Louis Vuitton know you are using their name in your domain name ? :-) For the rest of my loyal readers - the only place you are guaranteed of getting genuine Louis Vuitton bags on the Internet is at the Louis Vuitton site - see link in text above.

Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on May 21, 2010:

I guess so, personally, being broke all the time, I just learn to live with few desires :-) - Thanks for dropping by !

bigdadd from New York on May 21, 2010:

It's nice to have high quality stuff, it just makes me feel better about myself lol which sounds awful. Anyway it's nice that the internet is at least making it more affordable.

Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on April 30, 2010:

Hi Hopsitalera - thanks for the comment - yes you are right - but apparently the Chinese insist on buying only genuine and expensive Louis Vuitton bags ! They only sell the fakes to foreigners - lol very odd.

hospitalera on April 28, 2010:

Great information, far too much product piracy around! SY

Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on April 11, 2010:

As mentioned above - seems to be dead - you need to go to now for the official website - I assume they are reliable as if they are not they will not have many customers for their handbags !

dre on April 10, 2010:

So - Is reliable? I need a replacement bag ASAP like - by - Thursday! The 15th! Any input?

Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on April 08, 2010:

Personally I think Louis Vuitton handbags are way too expensive, they are good quality but you are paying a lot of money just for a fashion fad. Fake Louis Vuitton's however are often not very good quality at all. Better just to buy a good sturdy handbag that does the job it was intended for - keeping junk in !

Thanks for the interesting $99 site - very generous of you to share it with the wider world.

Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on April 07, 2010:

Yeah fake Louis Vuitton's are everywhere unfortunately - thanks for the link to Google Hong Kong - I'm sure they will appreciate the free publicity !

Johnyboy on February 26, 2010:

Nice hub. I was just posting the same question here on hubpages. Thanks for heads up.

Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on January 13, 2010:

Hi Kerry - thanks for the comment/info. - you are probably right about the quality of the leather - no hubs yet ?

kerrylee on January 05, 2010:

I think the Logo and quality of the leather is the most important.

Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on November 19, 2009:

Wow usual - nice list - would you care to explain the relevance to How to Spot a Fake Louis Vuitton bag ?

Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on July 08, 2009:

No problemo - I recommend your shower and bath information for anybody who likes getting wet !

Bumpkin from Middle of Nowhere on July 07, 2009:

I've always been a handbag fiend - this was very informative, indeed.

Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on June 26, 2009:

You're welcome !

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