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Spotting Fake Louis Vuitton Handbag Leather [II]


Monogram symbol color: Beware of Louis Vuitton items that have incorrect symbol hues. The LV symbols have a distinct hue that often times the counterfeiters will get wrong. [1]

Figure 1:
Authentic Louis Vuitton symbol hue

Figure 2:
Fake_Louis Vuitton symbol coloring

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Damier Geant Canvas Bags
Damier Granite Canvas
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Louis Vuitton manufactures their leather goods with an oxidizing natural cowhide. This cowhide will turn into a darker golden-honey color as time goes on.[3]

[Figure 1] is the authentic leather, and the color appears to be darkening, and the honey hue is coming out. This is in contrast with (Figure 2) which looks as if the color is changing slightly orange.

Figure 3: Three Louis Vuitton monogram symbols from three different bags:

[A →] [B →] [C →]

[A] Is the fake (aforementioned) example with the orange looking hue.
[B] Is the authentic example with the dark honey hue.
[C] This is another example of fake_Louis Vuitton leather. However in this case, different from the example A (orange), this example appears to be turning a shade of green. Therefore when placed next to each other {A,B,C}, the contrast of the symbol hues becomes quite clear. Both fakes have incorrect colors in relation to the authentic hue, and also very different hues from each other.

(i) Note that the symbol pattern [seen on C] is asymmetric. The symbol sequence starts to drift down as it moves to the right (getting sliced off by the leather edge).
(ii) Also take note of the texture. The fake (A), has very deep creases compared to the authentic crease lines of the leather in (B). This is generally a sign of low quality or artificial leather.

Handbag Packaging: Concerning Louis Vuitton, there are some fairly well understood rule-of-thumb guidelines: Authentic Louis Vuitton should not come with tags fastened on the handbag.[2] And probably the most univerally heard point is that there should be no manufacturing plastic wrapping on the handles (more on this below).

Figure 4: Example of manufacturing plastic on the handles of fake Louis Vuitton:

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Damier Geant Canvas Bags
Damier Granite Canvas
Embossed Leather
Louis Vuitton `Embossed
Louis Vuitton Epi Leather
Louis Vuitton Mahina
Monogram patterns
Louis Vuitton Monogram Cruise
Louis Vuitton Monogram Damier
Embossed Leather
Louis Vuitton `Embossed
Louis Vuitton Epi Leather
[ebay]

FAQ about plastic handle wrap:

Q: Could an authentic Louis Vuitton handbag ever have plastic wrapping on the handles?

A: Yes, but just as in the case of the monogram symbol LV, these are exceptions. And again, these exceptions are rare. The authentic-plastic-handle scenario would entail someone getting a bag from the back of a retail Louis Vuitton shop from the sales associate. This is certainly not unheard of. But you have to consider how this would relate to e-commerce purchasing. It would seem however, to be a highly unlikely event for a Louis Vuitton aficionado to release a newly purchased item on an auction website. (Such that the aficionado would have had to purchase a brand new Louis Vuitton model just as it touched down in the shop, requesting that the sales associate bring one out from the back with the manufacturing plastic still in place). If this event happened, it would be odd then for the buyer, after going through all this effort, to turn around and inject this authentic Louis Vuitton bag into the marketplace with the manufacturing plastic still in place for a reduced auction (or Buy it Now) price. In this case we would have to consider that the aficionado never used the bag, (never removing the plastic from the handles), but then for some reason just let it go. This makes little sense. More likely, the bags that have the plastic on the handles are simply fake bags.

That said, there are two scenarios that come to mind whereas you might find an authentic, never before used, Louis Vuitton with plastic wrap on the handles on eBay. The first requires a disgruntled girlfriend (or boyfriend), and the second requires a thief.

  • 1) In the disgruntled girlfriend scenario, the girl gets a gift from a boyfriend, who purchased the authentic Louis Vuitton from the store, (which upon his request) was brought to him from the back with the plastic left on. He gives this gift to the girl. They break up. The ex-girlfriend proceeds to sell the Louis Vuitton on eBay brand new with the plastic still on the handles.
  • 2) Scenario two is simply that the item is stolen. From a shipping truck, train etc, and is now sitting on eBay with the plastic.

Keep in mind, these particular scenarios represent a small fraction of the possibilities. So yes, it is possible to encounter an authentic Louis Vuitton with plastic on it. However, for the vast majority of the cases, an authentic Louis Vuitton handbag discovered on eBay (or any e-commerce site) with the manufacturing plastic still on it will be a fake Louis Vuitton.


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References:

[1] Quick Tips for Spotting Fake Louis Vuitton, [ http://spotfakehandbags.org/spot-a-fake-louis-vuitton-handbag.html ]
[2] Snagged by a Phony LV Bag?, [ http://spotfakehandbags.org/spot-phony-louis-vuitton-heat-stamp.html ]
[3] LouisVuitton.com