Authenticating Louis Vuitton
YEARS OF INTRODUCTION:
Damier Canvas was introduced in 1888
Monogram Canvas was introduced in 1896 *
Epi Leather line was introduced in 1985
Taiga Leather line was introduced in 1993
Vernis Leather line was introduced in 1997
Multicolore Monogram Canvas was introduced in 2003
Damier Graphite Canvas was introduced in 2008
LEATHER & MATERIALS CANVAS:
The likes of Speedy and Keepalls will be made by only one piece of canvas so the back of the bag the monogram LV will be upside down
Crisp clean imprinting and lettering on all hardware
Date codes which will either be a small leather tab or will be engraved into lining of bag 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. E.g. "836" would indicate a manufacturing date of June, 1983.
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 (see right sidebar for factory location codes). E.g. "874VX" would indicate a manufacturing date of April, 1987 and factory location in France.
Late in the 1980s, the letters representing the factory location came before the three or four numbers representing the manufacturing date.
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 forth 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 forth numbers representing the year Letters indicate factory location
Check the “Made in XXX” and make sure the code matches factory location
France - A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS, AH, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, DR, DU, CO, CT, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SD, SF, SL, SN, SP, SR, TJ, TH, TR, TS, VI, VX Italy - BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, RC, RE, SA, TD
Spain - CA, GI, LO, LB, LM, LW S.A. - FC, FH, FL, LA, OS, SD
Switzerland - DI, FA
Germany - LP
The tail on the L is very short The O's are a perfect round circle and look bigger than the L The T's are almost touching each other or are so close that it looks like it