How to check for a genuine Louis Vuitton handbag

How to check for a genuine Louis Vuitton handbag

Louis Vuitton are one of the most sought after and respected fashion designers in the world. Their products, such as the vertical and horizontal Louis Vuitton Batignolles bags, retail for over $750 and are in very high demand worldwide, with stock sometimes being hard to come by.

Official Louis Vuitton retail outlets are undoubtedly the best places to buy. You are guaranteed a brand new and genuine Louis Vuitton handbag, with after sales service that matches the excellent pre sales service you can expect to receive from one of the most respected brands in retail.

With such expensive consumer items, there is an opportunity for cheap imitations to make their way into the market, and at a significantly lower price point, the temptation is to turn consumers away from official outlets. These replica or fake Louis Vuitton bags can be difficult to spot in isolation and a potential buyer should know how to identify the original product before making a purchase.

If you want to verify that your LV Batignolles handbag is an original LV product and not a fake, you should look for a date code that is printed on a leather tag inside the bag’s zippered pocket. This will be a two-letter, four-digit code or a one-letter, five-digit format that indicates the country, month, and year of manufacture.

Country of manufacture

The first two digits indicate the country of manufacture. For France the digits will be A0, A1, A2, AA, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, CT, DU, ET, FL, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SD, SL, SN, SP , SR , TH or VI. For the US, the numbers will read either FC, FH, LA, OS, or SD. For Spain you should look for CA, LO, LB, LM or LW. Germany is marked with the code LP, while if your LV handbag is made in Italy, the code will be CE or SA.

Month and year of manufacture

The last four numbers refer to the month and year of manufacture. The first three indicate the week, while the last digit indicates the year. For example, a Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Batignolles Vertical with date code SP0329 would be manufactured in France during the 32nd week of 2009.

We hope this article has given you the free advice you need to vet your potential LV bag purchase.

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