Whether you are a fan of fashion or not, you’ve most likely heard of LV or of Louis Vuitton in the past – it’s that brand with the notorious brown pattern with yellow flowers and “LV” letters all over. This is basically the most famous fashion house all around the world.
As you may know, Louis Vuitton is one of the most revolutionary brands when we refer to fashion, especially in the subdomains of high-end designer items, bags, clothing, shoes and accessories.
As cool and as popular as LV is, there’s a huge amount of replicas out there, and when you want to get yourself a new Louis Vuitton product, you most likely want to know whether it is authorized or if it is a counterfeit.
That’s why we’re here. We have compiled this ultimate guide on how to spot fake Louis Vuitton products so that you’d easily know whether the item you’re looking at is a real or fake LV.
Throughout this post, we are going to link more steps on how to spot fake Louis Vuitton bags – these steps are what we consider to apply to most of the models of LV’s bags.
At the same time, for the rest of the product types, we are going to rank the 1 or 2 authenticity factors (depending on the item that we’re talking about), as the whole story on how to authenticate these specific items can be found in the library of guides.
Speaking of which, we have a free forever library of guides on how to spot fake Louis Vuitton items, and if you want to see a detailed real vs fake LV guide for your item, please have a look here.
Don’t worry, it isn’t hard at all to spot fake Louis Vuitton items, especially because we are going to link reference real vs replica LV images that will give you a major idea of what the best fakes look like, as well as what do the real products look like.
So as to keep this organized, we are going to start comparing and telling you the flaws of the fake products by LV’s most popular types of products, in the following order: bags, clothes, sneakers, sneakers (hey, that’s the same as the title of the post!).
To put it shortly, the fastest way to spot fake Louis Vuitton items is to have a look at the inscriptions on the tags and at the labels inside the item. Each and every Louis Vuitton bag, cloth, accessory and shoe must have a little code or print on the interior side, and the problem is that the fake LV products always have their inscriptions at the wrong font weight and kerning in-between the characters, while the quality of the genuine items speaks for itself, hence why you’ll never see a flawed real LV item.
As we’ve previously mentioned, we are going to start the fake vs real Louis Vuitton guide with the bags, and after that, we’ll talk about the rest of the product types as well.
Louis Vuitton’s bags are known to be very detailed and to be labelled with the brand’s name on pretty much every little detail, so there’s going to be a bit of stuff to talk about when it comes to spotting fake LV bags.
The very first place which we always suggest people look at is the interior side’s label/s. Depending on your bag’s model, you are most likely going to see a square label on the interior side.
When it comes to the interior label, all of the LV bags state the following: ® LOUIS VUITTON made in *country’s name*.
As we’ve said before, the square label is the most common one, but in order to cover all of the other popular types of labels inside the bags, we are going to talk about the rest too, just a little bit later. For now, let’s focus on the square ones.
Back to our interior labels, for your reference, in the image below you can see the most common style of the interior label seen on almost every LV bag, and the example in this image is the real vs fake LV Metis bag.
As you can see from the replica vs authentic Louis Vuitton Metis bag comparison image above, the counterfeit bag has its text and stitching at the wrong thickness.
Starting with the stitching, you can see how the threads on all sides of the label at way thicker and bulkier than the authentic bag’s thinner stitches.
Looking at the text, we have pointed out how all of the lines of text on the replica Louis Vuitton Metis bag are too thick.
In fact, this flaw occurs on the fake LV bag because the “® / LOUIS VUITTON / PARIS / made in” was fit too deep inside the bag, and as a consequence, the characters look too thick.
On the other hand, the authentic Louis Vuitton Metis bag has its characters thinner, as they fit less deep inside the leather, unlike the fake bag’s thicker text.
Also, please bear in mind that the country of manufacturing the bag doesn’t affect the thickness of the text on the label.
So, whether your bag’s interior labels state that it was made in France, Italy, Spain or other countries, the thickness of the characters should be just like the one in the authentic example above.
Of course, little variations (but very little) should occur from one authentic bag to another, but since Louis Vuitton cares a lot about the quality of their items, the text should be very, very close to the one in the legitimate LV Metis bag image above.
Let’s leave the square label aside because now we have to chat a bit about the other really common type of interior label, which is narrower and generally shape more like a rectangle rather than the previous square.
More precisely, the label which we have to talk about right now can be seen on bags such as the real vs fake Louis Vuitton Neverfull bags.
In the real vs fake Louis Vuitton Nerverfull image above, we have pointed out the fact that, on the counterfeit LV Neverfull bag, you can easily notice how the text is flawed.
By that, we mean that the fake Louis Vuitton Neverfull bags are most common to have the “LOUIS VUITTON / PARIS / made in France” text looking too thin, and as you may have noticed above, this flaw is present in the real vs fake LV Neverfull image above, on the fake LV bag.
We have especially pointed out the letter “N” in the “VUITTON” print in order to show you how the fake Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag appears to have its letter “N” crooked at the bottom.
On the authentic LV bag, you will always see the letters printed correctly, with no such flaws as the fake Louis Vuitton bags.
Then, the second hand-emoji pointer is for the letter “m” in the “made” text, which on the fake Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag, it is looking a bit thicker on its first leg compared to the letter “m” on the authentic LV Neverfull bag, which has the same font-weight for every letter.
Leaving the text aside, you can also notice how all around the leather label, there is stitching on both the fake vs real LV Neverfull bags.
On the fake bag, it is visible how the stitching is thinner compared to the authentic Louis Vuitton bag’s stitching, which is a bit thicker.
Lastly, the third type of interior label is the printed one, and this can be seen especially on the tinier bags such as inside the Louis Vuitton Multi Accessories bag’s coin purse.
As you can see, in the real vs fake LV Pochette coin purse image above, we have pointed out how the replica coin purse has its text pretty much totally crooked and badly font-weighed.
First of all, talking bout the shape of the characters on the fake bag, you can see how the letters in all of the lines of text are too thin, as they don’t have perfectly curved and perfectly straight shaped sticks to craft the letters.
At the same time, this is an effect caused by the background leather material on the interior label of the bag, but as you can see, the authentic bag is visibly high-quality, since the text isn’t wavily shaped.
With this being said, the authentic Louis Vuitton Pochette coin purse’s interior print has its letters at the right font weight and shape, since they are looking on point.
On the fake bag, not only are most of the letters too thin but there are a few letters that are too thick.
In fact, you can look at the letter “O” in the “LOUIS” text, where it is visible how the letter is too thick when compared to the authentic word’s letter.
With this being said for the interior print of the coin purse, let’s move on to the next step of the guide on how to spot fake LV Pochette bags.
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Depending on your bag’s model, you are going to see some inscriptions on the strap.
While not all of the bag models have this inscription, we’ve ranked this as the second step since the most popular ones do have this text, such as the Keepall, the Speedy and many other bags.
Before proceeding to explain what happens in this image, we need to mention that we are first going to talk about the text on the strap, and right after that, we’ll have a look at the stitching on the top and the bottom sides of the strap.
In the image with the authentic vs counterfeit Louis Vuitton bags below, you can see the reference Keepall bags that are compared with each other.
First, on the top of the leather hanger, in the “®” character, the circle is too big and too thick on the fake LV Keepall bag, and on the other hand, the legit “®” character and its circle are thinner.
Then, on the second text line, the “LOUIS VUITTON” printed text, the letters “L” and “N” are too thick on the fake leather hanger, and on the legit bag, it is exactly the opposite.
Lastly here, in the “made in France” text, the letter “m” is thicker and bigger than it has to be on the fake Louis Vuitton Keepall bag.
Let’s move on to the real vs fake Louis Vuitton Nevefull bags, where we want to talk about the stitching within the same sort of strap.
The only difference from above is that the Neverfull bag has narrower straps, hence why they look different from the Keepall bag’s straps.
In the image with the genuine vs replica Louis Vuitton Neverfull bags above, we have noted how the fake bag has its stitches improperly weighted.
By that, we mean that the fake bag has its stitching looking too thick, while the legitimate LV bag has its stitching on the strap looking thinner.
Proceeding to the third method on how to authenticate Louis Vuitton bags, as you may know, over 99% of the real bags have a little tab on the interior side, and this tab states two letters and a few numbers.
The truth about this tab is that it mentions the location and the date of manufacturing your Louis Vuitton bag.
First of all, regarding the appearance of the inscriptions, the real bag’s serial number seems to use a different font for the number “1” character compared to the one used on the replica bag. This is because the stick of the “1” that’s too long on the fake bag.
Also, the visibility of the fake Louis Vuitton Keepall serial number is worse, and the authentic serial number is more opaque.
Second of all, if you look at this website, you can see a list that tells you the precise combinations of the date codes which the authentic bags use, and there you can also input your bag’s code in order to see whether yours checks out or not to the date code’s check.
For the fourth method of the guide on how to spot fake Louis Vuitton bags, we are now going to talk about two of the most notorious LV patterns, the classic Monogram and the Damier prints.
Let’s being with the real vs fake Louis Vuitton bags that have the Monogram pattern, and right after that, we’ll quickly mention the Damier bag as well.
In the image containing the fake vs real Louis Vuitton bag above, we have pointed out the flowers and the “LV” classic logo on the fake bag being improperly shaped.
The shaping problem on the replica LV bag’s pattern is caused by the fact that the flowers and the “LV” classic logo are too thin and small when compared to the authentic pieces’ details, which are thicker and bigger.
Moving to the Damier print, let’s have a look at the “LOUIS VUITTON PARIS” text inside the squares of the print.
In the fake vs real Louis Vuitton Neverfull Damier bag image above, we have pointed out the fact that the fake bag’s “LOUIS VUITTON PARIS” printing is often thinner and too big inside the squares, compared to the authentic LV bag’s print, which is a bit thicker and smaller.
Yes, even the little details matter, just like the zippers on your bag.
Even though they seem like a meaningless spot to check, the zippers can tell you whether your bag was made with care or not.
Let’s have a look at the real vs replica Louis Vuitton zippers in order to see what should the real ones look like, as well as how the fake ones look.
In the LV bag fake vs real image above, we have pointed out how the fake bag has its “LV” inscriptions on the two zippers looking too thick, as they come out of the metal too much.
On the other hand, the authentic Louis Vuitton bag has its “LV” letters on the zippers looking thinner, and they do not come out of the shoes as much as the fake bags’ zippers.
The keychain is yet another one of the most common details seen throughout real bags, and it is most likely that your bag has one of those as well.
The LV bags have their keychains engraved with the “LV” and with the “LOUIS VUITTON” inscriptions, depending on what side of the metal keychain you are looking at.
Now we are going to look at the authentic vs counterfeit Louis Vuitton bags on the side with the “LOUIS VUITTON” text, and right after that, we’ll also check the “LV” text’s side.
The replica Louis Vuitton bag has its “LOUIS VUITTON” text on the keychain looking too boxy and thick.
On the other hand, the authentic LV bag has its “LOUIS VUITTON” text on the keychain looking bigger and thinner than the fake bag’s text.
Now it’s the time when we should also check the side of the keychain that states “LV”.
In the image with the fake vs real LV bags above, we have pointed out how the fake bag’s keychain has its inscriptions looking too thin, as they fit too little deep into the metal.
As for the legitimate Louis Vuitton bag, you can notice how its inscriptions are thicker since they fit deeper into the metal.
No matter the lighting in which the fake vs real Louis Vuitton bags are held, in most cases you are going to see the fake LV hardware details shining either too much or too little.
At the same time, the legitimate hardware details are always supposed to shine the same, since they’re all made out of the same materials, just being added to the different bag models.
In the fake vs real Louis Vuitton Pochette bag image above, we have pointed out how the fake bag has its chains looking too shiny, while the legitimate bag has its chains less shiny than the fake bag’s chains.
For the eighth method on how to spot fake Louis Vuitton bags, we are going to look at the buttons since they also have the classic buttons “LOUIS VUITTON” inscription as well.
In the image with the replica vs authentic Louis Vuitton bags above, we have pointed out how the fake LV bag has its text at the wrong font weight.
By that, we mean that the fake bag has its “LOUIS VUITTON” text looking too thick, while the authentic bag has its text looking thinner than the fake bag’s text.
Automatically, since the letters on the fake bag’s buttons have their text too thick, the spacing between the letters is too little.
On the other hand, the authentic bag has its text thinner, and the amount of kerning between the letters is bigger than the one between the fake bag’s letters engraved into the buttons.
From t-shirts to hoodies, jackets and many other clothes, Louis Vuitton always comes up with lots of creating clothes that stand out and shine from the rest of the brands.
No matter whether you have a pair of shorts, jeans or maybe a t-shirt, whatever clothing piece you have from Louis Vuitton, this guide should apply to your item.
The neck/waist tag, depending on whether you have a top or a bottom – these are one of the best ways when it comes to spot fake Louis Vuitton clothes.
Throughout every Louis Vuitton item, the neck tag is pretty simple and almost the same for every item, as they often say “LOUIS VUITTON PARIS” and that’s just about it.
In the image with the fake vs real Louis Vuitton items above, we have pointed out how the replica item has its “LOUIS VUITTON” text looking too thick, and how the authentic item has its text thinner.
Besides the thickness, the replica LV Planes item also has its letters too wavy, meaning that the orange threads are not placed straightly, and so, the letters have this bumpy look.
On the other hand, the authentic Louis Vuitton item has its “LOUIS VUITTON” text properly shaped, as all of the threads are placed in straight lines, so the text is visibly nicer than the one on the replica tee.
Then, the word “PARIS” on the counterfeit Louis Vuitton t-shirt is too thin, and the genuine tee has its word “PARIS” thinner and slimmer.
Going to the second way on how to spot fake Louis Vuitton clothes, we are now going to talk about the wash tags.
As their name states, the wash tags offer information on how you should wash your Louis Vuitton item.
In the picture with the real vs fake Louis Vuitton t-shirts above, we have pointed out how the fake tee has its text on the wash tag at the wrong thickness.
Starting with the “MADE IN ITALY” text, you can see how the fake item’s text is a little bit too thin and too narrow.
On the other hand, the authentic Louis Vuitton t-shirt has its “MADE IN ITALY” text looking thicker and wider than the one on the fake item.
Then, looking at the “Iron inside out” and the “Wash inside out” two lines of text, you can see how the fake LV item has its text too thick, and so, how its letters are placed too close to each other.
This time, the legitimate Louis Vuitton item has its two lines of text looking thinner than the ones on the replica LV tee, and not only that, but the legit tee’s letters also have more space in-between.
Lastly, at the bottom side of the wash tag, we have the last line of text, and on the replica LV tee, the line is too thick (the most visible on the letter “R”), while the authentic item has its text thinner.
Stepping aside from the clothes, we are now going to talk about another one of the most loved product types from Louis Vuitton, and this time we’re focusing on the accessories.
Precisely, we are going to begin speaking about the LV belts, about the wallets, then about Millionaire sunglasses, and lastly, we’re going to have a quick talk about the LV earphones as well.
The Louis Vuitton belts are literally products that anybody might’ve seen at least once, as the two little initials are extremely popular on the belts.
Moreover, that’s why we’ve chosen the real vs fake Louis Vuitton Initials belts for the comparison on how to spot fake LV belts.
Make sure that all of the inscriptions on the interior side of the belt can easily guarantee the authenticity of an LV belt, so we recommend that you always check these inscriptions when you have to authenticate one of these belts.
Check out the full guide: Louis Vuitton Initiales belt.
This heat stamp that we are talking about refers to the print that can be found on the rear side of your Louis Vuitton belt. The stitching richness on the left side is different from the authentic belt to the fake one.
The fake belt has less stitching on the left rear side. Overall, the text font is thicker on the fakes, and the “®” is also different.
For the second-best way how to spot fake LV belts, let’s have a look at the interior side of the buckles and let’s see if there is any text there on the fake belts.
If your Louis Vuitton belt has this text on the rear side of it, then it is a counterfeit Louis Vuitton belt. This kind of text should never ever be found there. No authentic LV belt was produced with this text there.
The Louis Vuitton wallets are considered to be one of the fanciest ways to store your cash and other payment methods, as the LV wallets can bring you pretty much the most style when storying money in your pocket.
Check out the full guide: Louis Vuitton Sarah wallet.
In the Louis Vuitton wallet fake vs real image above, we have pointed out a few font-weight flaws on the fake LV wallet.
First of all, looking at the “®” registered trademark symbol at the top of the text, you can see how the fake wallet has its whole symbol looking too thick when compared to the one found on the authentic wallet’s label.
At the same time, we have also pointed out in the real vs fake LV wallet image above how the fake wallet’s letter “R” is not centred in the middle of the circle.
On the other hand, the authentic Louis Vuitton wallet has the letter “R” centred in the middle of the circle.
Up next, we have pointed out in the “LOUIS VUITTON” main text how the fake item’s letters “L” and “N” are too thick, and how the rest of the letters are too thin.
Going to the authentic LV wallet, all of the letters have the same thickness, and no letter is either thicker and/or thinner than supposed to be.
On the “PARIS” text, one line lower, we have spotted in the fake vs real Louis Vuitton wallet image above how the fake wallet’s text is also too thin.
The same flaw with the thin text applies to the last line of text, “made in France”, where you can see how the fake item has its letters looking too thin, except for the letter “e” in the “France” text, which is too thick.
The authentic Louis Vuitton wallet has all of its letters on the last rows of text at the same font weight as well, unlike the fake wallet.
Eyewear is yet another domain in which Louis Vuitton works, and the most popular sunglasses that they produce are the Millionaire 1.1 pairs.
For instance, we are actually going to compare the real vs fake LV Millionaire sunglasses in the guide below.
As for the first step of the guide on how to spot fake Louis Vuitton Millionaire sunglasses, we are going to look at the temples for their inscriptions.
Keep in mind that the authentic sunglasses must also have all of their inscriptions at the same thickness.
Check out the full guide: Louis Vuitton Millionaire.
In the image with the real vs fake Louis Vuitton Millionaire sunglasses above, we have pointed out how the fake item has all of its inscriptions at the wrong font weight.
Starting with the product ID Code on the leftmost side of the temple, you can notice how the letters and the numbers on the fake pair are too thick and too big.
On the other hand, the authentic LV Millionaire 1.1 sunglasses have their inscription looking thinner and smaller than the one found on the fake pair.
At the same time, due to the symbols being too thick on the fake pair, you can see how there is too little space between the characters.
Since the letters on the authentic LV Millionaire 1.1 are thinner, you can see how the letters and the numbers have less space between them than on the fake item.
Then, so as not to overwrite it all, if you look at all of the other inscriptions on the left temple of the fake item, you can notice how the characters are too thick, and how on the real deal, they are thinner.
With this being said for the first step of the guide on how to spot fake Louis Vuitton sunglasses, let’s move on to the next way.
As for the second way of the Louis Vuitton Millionaire authenticity check process, we are going to move to the right temple of the two sunglasses and check out their details as well.
Just as always, let’s first have a quick brief on the reference real vs fake LV Millionaire 1.1 image below in order to easily notice the differences between the pairs.
In the image containing the fake vs real Louis Vuitton Millionaire sunglasses above, we have noticed how the same font-weight flaw applies to the right wing as well.
Basically, all of the letters, numbers and other symbols are too thick on the fake item, while on the legit pair, they are thinner.
At the same time, one new flaw in the fake item is the font used for the text. In the real vs fake LV Millionaire image above, you can see how the fake piece uses the wrong font for its text.
Due to the font flaw, it is noticeable how the characters in the “PARIS, FRANCE” text and the line below are too big.
Talking about the authentic Millionaire LV sunglasses, you can see how their characters are smaller than those on the fake piece.
Yes, it may sound a bit strange for those who don’t know this, but Louis Vuitton makes… AirPods?
Not quite. Louis Vuitton also makes earbuds with their own label and as similar as they may be to the popular Airpods, the Louis Vuitton Horizon earphones are a unique product of their own that stands out in terms of quality and in terms of the coolness factor.
Check out the full guide: Louis Vuitton Horizon Earphones.
The picture with the fake vs real Louis Vuitton earbuds above shows you how the fake pair’s “LV” inscription looks too thick.
Surprisingly or not, the authentic Louis Vuitton earbuds have their “LV” inscription thinner, slimmer and finer than the thick text sen on the replica LV buds.
We’ve finally reached another one of the most popular product types that LV crafts, and that is the shoes/sneakers.
Sneakers usually seem more complex when it comes to legit checking them, but trust us, it is pretty easy to authenticate Louis Vuitton trainers.
First of all, we’d like to say this: the stitching is one of the best spots to look at when you want to check the authenticity of a pair of LV trainers.
We’re saying this because quality and attention to detail are one of the signatures of Louis Vuitton, and all of their shoes are basically flawless when it comes to stitching.
For the first best way to spot fake LV sneakers, we are going to take them as a guest the Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh 408 sneakers.
There is stitching on the sneakers which outlines the LV print box and the line that crosses the sneakers. In fact, there is some missing stitching on the sides of the LV print and the crossing line on the fake sneakers.
The real Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh sneakers have stitched all around the shoes, as there are no jump stitches.
The authentic stitching is more detailed and present on every side of the LV print and the line that’s across the sneakers, while the fake pairs miss this.
At the curve of the line that’s across the sneakers, the stitching is somehow stopping on the fake pair, and on the authentic LV Virgil Abloh sneakers, the stitching continues.
As for the second-best step of the guide on how to spot fake Louis Vuitton sneakers, we are going to move inside the shoes and inspect the printed text on the insole.
For your reference, this time we’ve taken the real vs fake Louis Vuitton Archlight, which is also another really popular pair of LV trainers.
As you may have seen in the fake vs real Louis Vuitton Archlight image above, the replica LV sneakers have their insole looking quite different.
The copyright (R) print at the top of the text on the insole is placed a lot closer to the “LOUIS VUITTON” print below, while on the legit LV sneakers, the (R) print is placed higher from the “LOUIS VUITTON” text.
Then, you can see how on the fake LV sneakers, the letter “L” is placed too close to the letter “O” in the “LOUIS” print, while on the legit sneakers, there is the same distance between all of the characters.
On the “VUITTON” print, you can see how the letters look a lot thinner than they have to be, and how on the legit sneakers, the text looks a lot thicker.
As for the last spot on the insole, you can see how the counterfeit Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers’ insole “PARIS” print has the same spacing problem, as the first two letters are too close to each other.
Not only that, but even the shape of the letters seems to be different from the shape of the authentic Louis Vuitton Archlight’s insole text.
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With all of this being said, we’ve reached the end of our guide on how to spot fake Louis Vuitton items by just looking at the few main spots. We hope this guide is helpful in your Louis Vuitton authentication.
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