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How to Spot a Fake Louis Vuitton Bag; Speedy & Speedy Bandouliere

February 7, 2021

Louis Vuitton handbag

Louis Vuitton has so many counterfeited and second hand market also keep growing day by day. Sometimes it can be very difficult to determine the authenticity. Louis Vuitton Speedy and Speedy Bandouliere is the most classic and popular of all time among the Louis Vuitton bags.

General misconception

1. Fake Bag = Low Quality + Fake at first Sight?

Nowadays, high quality replica bags are made out of similar materials (canvas, lambskin, etc.) and some even tear the authentic bag apart and make the exact same patterns based on the original. That is why it is hard to tell whether the bag is real or fake by just looking at it.

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2. Louis Vuitton Canvas: Color, Texture. Are they always the same?

Short answer, NO. Canvas color, texture and thickness are not always the same, on the contrary, they vary from batch to batch (especially the color, because different batch of the canvas has slightly different color codes), style to style, year of production etc. For new model of LV bags, they will have thinner canvas compared to older vintage LV bags. You may find different styles have slightly different color of canvas.

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3. Mismatched Speedy Bandouliere Hardware

Many people complain that the hardware on Speedy Bandouliere bags are mismatched between straps and the bag itself. Ironically, it’s so common that if you find a matching one, it might be fake.

How to spot fake Louis Vuitton bag?

1. Canvas

Even the color & texture might be different, but the prints will always be the same. For example, on the front/back of Speedy 25 Monogram bag, there are 6 solid flowers in one row and 3 hollow + 3 LV in one row. On the front/back of Speedy 25 Damier Ebene & Azur, there are 15 square checks in one row (8 & 7 dark or light squares respectively). The two bags below are all authentic Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere.

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Louis Vuitton Speedy

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2. Chap & Stitching

Stitching is the important part because every Louis Vuitton bag will have a perfect stitching. Some more, the number of stitching on the particular style are always same.

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Speedy

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Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Speedy

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The flat chap and the small button is on higher position above the stitching for the old model, while for the new model, the chap is more puffy and the button is inside the stitching.

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The number of stitching is also different between the two versions. The older model, Monogram & Damier Azur have 5-4-5 stitches while Damier Ebene has 6-5-7 stitches.

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The chaps on all the newer models are more puffy  than the old models, the chap on the Damier Ebene (treated leather) is more puffy than Monogram & Damier Azur (vachetta leather).

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Louis Vuitton Chap

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Louis Vuitton Speedy Chap

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Authentic Louis Vuitton Speedy

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As the photo shown below, you can see that the replica bag (it’s actually a very high quality one) got the stitches right, but some of the stitches are doubled, which should not happen on an authentic Speedy bag in most cases.

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Replica Louis Vuitton Speedy

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3. Date Code

Most date codes are a combination of letters and numbers. The letters indicated the country in which the item was made while the numbers indicate the month/year of the production date.

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The format of the date codes:
•Prior to early 1980s. No date codes.
•Early 1980s. Three or four numbers with the first two numbers representing the year and last number(s) representing the month.
•Early to late 1980s. Three or four numbers followed by two letters with the first two numbers representing the year, the next number(s) representing the month and the last two letters representing the country.
•1990 to 2006. Two letters followed by four numbers with the first two letters representing the factory location, the first and third numbers representing the month and the second and fourth numbers representing the year.
•2007 and newer. Two letters followed by four numbers with the first two letters representing the factory location, the first and third numbers representing the week of the year, and the second and fourth numbers representing the year.
•Louis Vuitton Factory Location Codes:
France: A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS (Special Order), AH, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, DR, DU, DR, DT, CO, CT, CX, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SD, SF, SL, SN, SP, SR, TJ, TH, TR, TS, VI, VX.
Germany: LP, OL. Italy BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, OB, PL, RC, RE, SA, TD.
Spain: BC, CA, LO, LB, LM, LW, GI, UB.
Switzerland: DI, FA.
USA: FC, FH, LA, OS, SD, FL

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The difference between authentic and fake bag can be seen where the letters and numbers are thicker and spread more widely on authentic bags the font also looks different.

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Louis Vuitton Speedy Date Code

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4. Other Letter Fonts – Hardware, Brand Name and “Made in” Tag

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Made in Tag

The “made in” tags usually inside Louis Vuitton bags, but for Speedy bags, they are actually on the outside. For Speedy bags, it’s on the “tongue” on the edge of the bag; for Speedy Bandouliere, it’s on the bottom of the vachetta on the side where the straps are connected to the bag.

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Firstly, the registered trademark symbol (®) is slightly smaller on the authentic Louis Vuitton. As to the letter fonts, the biggest differences are “O” and “e”.

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The authentic Louis Vuitton always has round and large “O” and it applies to all Louis Vuitton bags. On the replica bag, especially VUITT”O”N, the letter is not as round and full as the authentic one. The lowercase “e” is quite difficult to stamp on because it is so small, you can see that it almost closes on the replica Louis Vuitton Speedy while there is plenty empty space on the authentic bag.

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Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere

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Please note that some models of Speedy Bandouliere only have “LOUIS VUITTON PARIS” with no “made in xx”.

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Louis Vuitton Speedy

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Hardware: Buttons

The finishing of the hardware is not an authentication standard, the imprints are. The imprints on the authentic button is much smoother than the replica. The letters on the authentic button is much larger and closer to the edge. There are also noticeable differences with letters “U” and “S” as they are more “square” on the authentic button. Believe it or not, hardware is the hardest part to get it right when making a replica Louis Vuitton bag.

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Louis Vuitton Speedy Button

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5. Stitching

This about the overall stitching of Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere bags. Let’s take another look at the picture of the connecting vachetta leather on the side of the bag.The difference can be seen. Remember the signature Louis Vuitton stitching: each thread is the same length and it’s slightly angled where the left is lower and the right is higher. The replica Speedy Bandouliere, however, it’s just a straight line with slightly thicker thread.

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Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere Stitching

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6. Other: Glazing and general Hardware

Glazing and general hardware on the replica Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere sometimes are pretty good and there are barely any differences compared to the authentic. However, there are some places that many replica bags may show the signs. For example, you should not see the burgundy glazing around the edge of the chaps when facing front; the buckle that connects the chap and handle should have round edges.

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Spot fake Louis Vuitton Speedy

Summary

With all the explanations and photos, hopefully it can help you a little bit if you decide to purchase a Louis Vuitton Speedy bag online or elsewhere other than Louis Vuitton Boutiques. If still not certain the item is authentic or not, just use an online authenticator.

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