Louis Vuitton is a luxury designer brand that has been in business since the 1800s. It started in the 1850s as a high-end luggage company, offering high-end products for royalty and wealthy customers. Since then, the brand has expanded to include bags and other fashion accessories. LV is an expensive brand that is associated with prestige, wealth and status. As such, counterfeiters produce similar, but fake, items that lack the original value of a Louis Vuitton product. Some counterfeiters have gotten so good at mimicking specific items that it can be difficult for the untrained eye to distinguish between them. How do you detect a fake Louis Vuitton product? Here are 10 ways to avoid becoming a victim of a scam.
1. See the specifications of the individual Louis Vuitton item.
Codogirl notes that Louis Vuitton has made hundreds of different types of bags in its rich and storied history. It is best to search for the individual item, especially if it is advertised as a vintage bag to get the specs and view a picture of an authentic bag for visual clues as to the authenticity and authentication number.
2. Carefully examine the posture, shape, and proportions of the item.
Louis Vuitton luxury bags are of the best quality. A fake bag or other items usually have some telltale signs. The shape of the bag may have odd reading or proportions, or any imperfections that can be visually inspected. These are red flags that you are dealing with a knockoff.
3. Even seams
When you compare authentic Louis Vuitton bags and suitcases to an imitation, it is often easy to see the differences. There may be a different length between the seams of a bag. The colors of the yarn or other materials may be slightly different in tone or color. There are almost always physical gifts that you will see on fake LV items.
4. Watch for an oversight in the bag
Louis Vuitton bags are made with perfect proportions. When you see any indication that a bag is bent, it is a clear indication that you are looking at a fake. This also applies to used bags. Sagging occurs when an item is not properly cut into the proper proportions and it also occurs when different materials are used in its construction. Louis Vuitton bags are made to be tear resistant and to maintain their original shape through the years.
5. Observe the angle of the stitch.
It is also useful to note that Louis Vuitton bags are sewn by hand. This creates the smallest angle for each stitch. When you look at an imitation, they are most likely machine stitched and there will be no angles in the stitches. If they are perfectly straight, you are surely eating with a fake.
6. Look for the quality of the materials
Love to Know states that there are certain characteristics to look for in the materials used in the creation of the bags. They are premium materials that include premium leather, crocodile camel skin, lambskin and treated canvas. Fake items are made from cheaper materials that can include vinyl, faux leather, or other synthetics that can have a stiff or rough feel. Louis Vuitton products are made of materials that have a smooth, smooth feel. The trim used in Louis Vuitton bags is made of Vachetta leather that develops a tan patina as the product ages. If you see light tan edging or edging that doesn’t change over time, the bag is a fake.
7. Placing the monogram
The monogram on all Louis Vuitton items is carefully and evenly placed on all of them. It will be perfectly positioned and will never fold in the bag. Each bag has the monogram placed in the same place without fail. Also, you will never see a seam running down the middle of the item.
8. No labels on the bag
Louis Vuitton never places a label on a bag. If you see a label on a Louis Vuitton bag, it is false without exception. Although labels are included, you will only find them inside the bag or dust bag. Louis Vuitton does not place labels with pins or plastic.
9. Hardware inspection
Perform a thorough visual inspection of the hardware. Louis Vuitton only uses brass or gold metal hardware. It is never made of gold painted plastic. Additionally, the hardware will have an LV logo imprint. A dust bag is included with all Louis Vuitton bags sold. The dust bag is soft with a tan color. It will have the Louis Vuitton logo affixed …