The infringement is a violation of intellectual property rights in that reproduce or imitate something without having the right or stating or implying assume that the copy is authentic. The notion of counterfeiting often has a pejorative connotation, implying something of poor quality.
Recognize a Louis Vuitton counterfeit bag, suitcase, leather goods, trunk, satchel, luggage…
This luggage is so copied that one always has apprehension when one sees a second-hand sale offer.
Buying directly from Louis Vuitton is of course always possible, this guarantees the authenticity of the product. But for collectors of old pieces with patina over the years, it becomes more complicated.
This article aims to give some advice so as not to make a mistake by buying the authentic cheaper…
Of course, you should avoid items that are too new, packaged in plastic, inexpensive, or even on sale, because Louis Vuitton never has sales .
Counterfeiting is such that paid authentication sites have sprung up to help you buy the right product, beware of certificates of authenticity as they have no value.
The question may make you smile, but many counterfeit Louis Vuitton bags are models whose design does not exist.
Like for example the Louis Vuitton cap: this product was never in the Vuitton catalog.
100% of Louis Vuitton caps are therefore counterfeit.
In contrast, the steamer bag does not exist as a fake, its production is too complex ( saddle stitch stitching ) and its audience is reduced, because it is not a handbag or a bag that can be worn. easily on the street.
Conclusion it is currently the only non-counterfeit Louis Vuitton bag.
The new edition inspired by the historic Steamer bag PM and Steamer backpack are counterfeit.
So we have to determine the model we have in our hands.
The canvas is centered in height and width, the lines that form the pattern are parallel to the edges of the luggage. Luggage, bags, suitcases, up to the smallest objects such as key rings are sized accordingly.
In the case of personalization, the initials are also centered with respect to the vertical axis
On the canvas in the center in both axes, at the ends of the bag the LV motifs are not cut, or very rarely. Only flowers can be.
Louis Vuitton leather is vegetable tanned cowhide leather(VVN), it oxidizes with UV rays and time passing from a very light new beige becomes a caramel brown after several years, it is a very nice patina.
The fake bags are often made of leatherette type plastic, so no patina.
Regarding the monogrammed canvas of Louis Vuitton trunks, there have been several fabrications, canvas:
On the handbags only the PVC coated canvas version exists.
Looking closely we see that the impression is not continuous. The patterns are printed with an oblique weft that leaves small lines.
On each bag, trunk or small leather goods a Louis LOUIS VUITTON PARIS marking appears.
It can be directly hot stamped on the leather lining, or attached to a label.
Rigid luggage such as trunks and suitcases, the tag is often paper or leather
In the cases and in the soft luggage the label is in leather.
The quality and typography of the font is a good way to identify the authenticity of a bag.
The "L " is very short and the two " T " of "VUITTON" must almost touch. The LOUIS VUITTON PARIS marking is always in upper case, only "made in France" is written in lower case.
The lock number for trunks, or the Louis Vuitton serial number for bags is also a way to verify the authenticity of a bag.
Before 1980 : no codes or letters only the provenance
Between 1980 and 1990 : three-digit, two-letter code XXX FO
From 1990 it was set up.
The serial number stamped / engraved on leather or on the inside guarantees a certain authenticity.
It allows to indicate the factory , the week and the year of manufacture, it is generally composed of two letters and 4 numbers.
XX O O O O
TH 3162 = France 36th week of the year 2012
AR 4048 = France 44th week of 2008
FL 0031 = France 3rd week of the year 2001
|France||A0, A1, A2, AA, AN, AL, BA, BU, CI, CT, ET, FR, GG, MB, MI, MX, NO, ND, OU, RA, SL, SN, SP, SR, TH, VI, VR, VX... etc|
|Italy||BO, MA, RO, SA (is also used for shoes)... etc|
|Spain||AC, BC, BP, CA (leather Epi Vuitton), CR LM, LO, MO (M-color)|
|Swiss||TC, TO, FA, DI (Manufacture of brass jewelry))|
|Spain||CA (leather Epi Vuitton) LM, LO, MO (M-color)|
|USA||FC, FL, FH, FF, LA, OS, SD|
Special code (France):
This designation means that it is a special order made in the historic workshops of Asnières sur Seine, a workshop dedicated to rigid luggage (trunk, suitcase, box ...).
The "Louis Vuitton tailor-made" section AAS: Ateliers Asniéres Spéciale
If your product is still in the catalog, it is also possible quite simply to check the positioning of the canvas on the bag or luggage with the photos from the official Louis Vuitton website.
All Vuitton bags have a unique positioning of the Vuitton canvas.
If in doubt, you can go to a Vuitton store to have the product authenticated or contact customer service free of charge.
To help you and make sure you don't buy a fake Louis Vuitton bag: Contact Louis Vuitton customer service
Since fake bags are complicated to resell, a new generation of counterfeiters is now producing small accessories.
Some are more or less faithful "copies" of others of the totally imagined models like this bulldog keychain offered at 10 € on Chinese sites.
Unbelievable ! Even Louis Vuitton VIP gifts are copied many years after their creation. Example this Stokowski secretary trunk snow globe offered in 2011 to Louis Vuitton customers. The copies appear on the market 8 years later!
On these copies, the errors are:
The Vanity Case, a bottle box, is one of the most copied rigid Louis Vuitton items.
Example of an authentic Louis Vuitton Vanity.
The design has not changed since its inception.
Always a central lock and two clasps on the sides.
The lozine is nailed…
Another example of a fake Louis Vuitton vanity for sale on the internet
Everything is false. Uncentred pattern, cut logo, unmarked studs ...
Fake Louis Vuitton Trunks
Produced in small quantities, often in garages by fans of the monogram brand.
Even if of very poor quality, these trunks can deceive many buyers.
This photos are from an Italian Instagram account.
Anonyme upholstered trunk LV
Anonymous trunk upholstered in Louis Vuitton canvas
Sometimes the Louis Vuitton canvas that was added is genuine, other times it is fake.
In both cases it is trunks are counterfeits and have no value of collection or decoration. More and more numerous.
Another example of a counterfeit on an American site of a non-old trunk, Louis Vuitton counterfeits from A to Z.
LV counterfeit canvas, poorly positioned.
The lozine nails are too far apart.
there is only one nail per face on the corners this model should have two.
Nails too large in diameter compared to the Louis Vuitton standard.
Conclusion: everything is wrong.
Fake Louis Vuitton Supreme. suitcases.
More and more fake Louis Vuitton rigid luggage is being manufactured.
A new generation of merchants prints canvas
Even worse than the repainted canvas, fake checkered Louis Vuitton canvas and fake Goyardine canvas printed on plastic sheeting.
We also saw false canvas printed directly on paper which is then varnished ... a plague.
Real piece assembly
More Vicious and more complicated to recognize
Assembly of real parts (lock, handles, clasps), with new fake canvas. No collection value.
There is no Louis Vuitton trunk
leather border and steel corner.
These photos were found at an American merchant, we saw several French merchants offering false trunks by assembly. So beware!
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