It’s no secret that the fashion industry is a lucrative one, and counterfeiters know that fact all too well. Everyone wants brand new designer handbags so much that they’ll search high and low for the real deal. If they happen to find one at a fraction of its retail price, then it's all the better.
This demand for discounted authenticity presents a great opportunity for rip-off artists to cash in on the unsuspecting fashionistas, and their weapon of choice, by and large, is the Louis Vuitton handbag. Of all the designer handbags, Louis Vuitton has the unfortunate distinction of being the most counterfeited. In fact, it was recently determined that nearly 90% of all LV bags sold on eBay are fakes. Therefore, any person who has their sights set on an authentic Louis Vuitton had better do their research beforehand.
If you’re in the market for such a bag, here are a few tips to keep in mind so you don’t end up getting duped.
Shoddy stitching is a major indicator of fake handbags, no matter what the designer. The size of the stitches should be consistent throughout the bag, and in the case of Louis Vuitton, the color of the stitches should be a signature mustard yellow. This seemingly innocuous quality is one that counterfeiters tend to overlook, often by using bright yellow thread instead.
Not all yellows are the same, so familiarize yourself with the right shade before you buy.
Another distinct trait of LV bags lies in their hardware. Zippers, chains, and buckles are made from high-quality metal brass and have a noticeable amount of weight to them. Fakes often use gold-painted plastic, which of course feels much lighter.
In the case of zippers specifically, Louis Vuitton goes to great lengths to make sure the teeth line up seamlessly. In doing so, the zipper should move very smoothly and effortlessly. Zippers that catch or get stuck and require a little tug are a classic sign of a fraudulent bag.
There are subtle qualities to the Louis Vuitton heat stamp that often slip past counterfeiters. For instance, the lettering of “LOUIS VUITTON” should have an “L” with a very short tail, and the “O” should be so round it almost seems out of place among the rest of the letters. The “T’s” should be close; so close it looks as though they are touching. Familiarize yourself with the font and layout beforehand, and you should have no trouble distinguishing the real deal from the fakes.
These are only a handful of qualities to look out for when purchasing a Louis Vuitton bag, so it's usually best to leave it to the experts! Looking to invest in a Louis Vuitton bag of your own? You can always trust the selection here at LePrix. By only working with vetted boutique partners and industry professionals, we make sure each and every bag in our inventory is given a thorough inspection, so you don’t have to. You can take a peek at our 100% authentic, and most importantly, affordable, LV collection here!