Since luxury brands are expensive, there are some who take advantage of cost and try to sell fake bags that appear more affordable. While some consumers buy a fake bag because they don’t want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on the real thing, there are others who think they are purchasing the real thing for a deal. When shopping for a Louis Vuitton bag, look for certain key details to determine if the bag is real or fake.
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Purchase the bag at a reputable retail store. High-end retail stores are authorised sellers of the bag, which will ensure you are buying the real thing.
Look for a serial number sewn along the inside seam. Louis Vuitton gives each bag a serial number and counterfeit bags do not incorporate such details.
Analyse the bag materials. An authentic Louis Vuitton bag is made of canvas, but the details like piping and handles are light cowhide leather with red edges. Authentic bags use yellow stitching. Fake bags may be faux leather and canvas, which will look and feel slightly like plastic. After use, the authentic leather will age and turn to a deep brown. Knock-off bags will never change colour, since the leather is fake.
Look at the colour of the piping and handle leather. If they are different colour leather, it is fake. Authentic Louis Vuitton bags have identical quality and coloured cowhide leather.
Check the price. If your bag is less than £195, you are buying a fake bag. There are never any deals on authentic Louis Vuitton bags, as fake dealers try to claim.
Look over the entire bag to see if the monogram is uneven or crooked. With a fake Louis Vuitton, the monogram may be crooked or sewn into the bag seams. An authentic bag never sews, creases or places detailing over an "LV" monogram.
Check the zipper pull and snaps for a monogram on the heavy, brass hardware. Fake bags may also feature the "LV" monogram, but not on authentic brass material. Check the stitching around the zipper and buckles; if it is not straight, your bag is not authentic.
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