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 we always have apprehension when we see 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.
The purpose of this article is to give some advice so as not to make a mistake by buying the authentic thing cheaper… Of course, you must avoid items that are too new, packaged in plastic, not expensive, or even on sale, because Louis Vuitton does never 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: until 2018 this product was never in the Vuitton catalog. 100% of vintage 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 small, 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. We must therefore determine the model that we have in our hands.
Since fake bags are complicated to sell, a new generation of counterfeiters is now producing small accessories. Some are more or less faithful "copies", others are totally imagined models, such as 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 canvas is centered in height and width , the lines formed by the pattern are parallel to the edges of the baggage. Luggage, bags, suitcases, even the smallest objects such as key rings are sized accordingly. In the case of personalization, the initials are also centered in relation to the vertical axis.
On the canvas in the center in the two axes , at the ends of the bag the LV patterns 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.
Each brass piece such as nails, rivets, buckles are stamped Louis Vuitton. Except the small diameters and the tips holding the lozine. On the handbags, these jewelry and hardware are in solid brass polished gold mirror .
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's " of "VUITTON" should almost touch each other. 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 of verifying the authenticity of a bag.
The serial number stamped / engraved on the leather or on the interior 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 = USA 3rd week of the year 2001
|France||A0, A1, A2, AA, AH, AN, AL, AS, AR, BA, BU, CI, CT, CV, DU, DR, ET, FR, GG, GR, MB, MI, MS, MX, NO, ND, OU, RA, RI, SF, SD, SL, SN, SP, SR, TA, TJ, TH, TR, TS, TX, TY, VI, VR, VX|
|Italy||BJ, BO, CE, MA, NZ, RO, PL, SA (is also used for footwear)|
|Spain||AC, BC, BP, CA (Epi Vuitton leather), CR, GI, LB, LM, LO, MO, UB|
|Swiss||TC, TO, FA, DI (Manufacture of brass jewelry))|
|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
Spécial stamping "P" :
The letter P is a special marking used to indicate that this bag has been offered to a member of the "PRESS", media...
At the start of 2021 , Louis Vuitton removed the serial numbers from some of its items in order to integrate an RDFI (radio frequency identification) microchip . This is sewn inside the bag during its manufacture, undetectable to the touch, because it is as thin as a sheet of paper. It provides information on the traceability of the product:
No information is added to the chip after manufacture, so it does not hold the identity of present or past buyers, nor the date of purchase ... Its functions are:
The integrated chip was developed by Aura Blockchain Consortium . This non-profit consortium brings together the groups:
Now, this chip generates a unique identifier for each item and places them on a blockchain (like Bitcoin). They cannot be copied or modified without breaking the whole chain. Thus, no one from the outside can add new elements to the database, a veritable tamper-proof digital passport .
While this digital certificate does not prevent counterfeiting, it will prevent a customer from buying a counterfeit product without knowing it. The stake for brands goes beyond the fight against counterfeiting since this certificate also makes it possible to monitorcustomers more effectively commercially, even if the product has been offered or resold.
Currently, there is no official application yet to read the information of this chip, nor to interact directly between the current owner and the brand. However, some apps can read bullet points and display item information:
It is therefore not the same information that appears when items are scanned using the phones of employees in Louis Vuitton stores.
Two of these free apps are:
Neither, however, guarantees the authenticity of the chip. But everything suggests that Louis Vuitton is offering in the coming months or years an official application that will revolutionize the second-hand market and fight against counterfeiting.
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.
Attention to the site between private individual: ebay , Leboncoin, vinted, collective cloakroom ... On classified ad sites between private individuals, each year thousands of counterfeit bags, suitcases, vanity cases and trunks are offered for sale. 95% of the ads are either fake , or the person will not send the product in picture but a fake. Let's not be naive, a new bag at half the price does not exist.
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
If the trunks and rigid suitcases were copied in an anecdotal way by isolated illegal cells, it is now over! Counterfeiting has become a major activity of the mafias , comparable to trafficking in drugs, weapons or human beings. These activities finance organized crime and terrorism. Just like luxury leather goods ( Hermès ,Louis Vuitton, Goyard, YSL, Chanel ...), and Swiss watchmaking (Rolex, Patek ...) criminal networks have now attacked the market for monogrammed trunks and suitcases.
If between 1990 and 2010 the fakes cost only a few tens of euros, of very poor quality, sold on the sly, spotted several meters away, it was very easy even for a novice to detect the true from the false. At Malle2luxe our expertiseis for you the guarantee of the authenticity of the products sold on our online store.
The Vanity Case, a bottle box, is one of the most widely copied Louis Vuitton rigid 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 down ...
Another example of these fake Louis Vuitton vanities for sale on the internet. Everything is false. Non-centered pattern, cut logo, unmarked studs ...
To create the illusion that the trunks are old. More and more these counterfeits produced in small quantities, often in garages by fans of the monogram brand. Even if of very mediocre qualities, these trunks can deceive many buyers . 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, these trunks are counterfeit and have no collector or decorative value.
Much more dangerous , on a real old trunk , the canvas was replaced by a false Louis Vuitton canvas . Difficult to detect this kind of scam for an untrained eye. Another scourge, the repainted canvases.
Expert tip : Check the regularity of the grains forming the checkerboard or the LV logos, flowers, and rhombus. And The color, example on this photo the checkerboard was never red.
A new generation of merchants prints canvas
Even worse than the repainted canvas, Louis Vuitton faux checkered canvas and faux Goyardine canvas printed on plastic tarpaulin. We have also seen fake canvas printed directly on paper which is then varnished ... a plague.
We must not confuse restoration and destruction of heritage.
Real piece assembly
More Vicious and more complicated to recognize, assembly of real parts (lock, handles, clasps), with fake new canvas. No collection value.
There is no Louis Vuitton trunk with a leather border and a steel corner.
These photos were found at an American merchant who resells on Ebay, we saw several French merchants offering false trunks by assembly. So beware!
Denounce certain indelicate practices. We help you avoid the pitfalls! It is a question of fighting against the destruction of the heritage which affects the world of the restoration of old trunk.
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