Last Updated on November 24, 2023 by Ch David
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!).
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.
You can verify a Louis Vuitton bag and see if it’s real or fake by checking the “LOUIS VUITTON ®” logo. Fake bags always have thicker text than authentic ones.
When it comes to the interior label, all of the LV bags state the following: ® LOUIS VUITTON made in *country’s name*.
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 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 few) 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.
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.
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.
The replica coin purse has its text pretty much totally crooked and badly font-weighed:
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.
Depending on your bag’s model, you are going to see some inscriptions on the 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.
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.
This tab says the location and the date of manufacturing your Louis Vuitton bag.
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.
There you can input your bag’s code in order to see whether yours checks out or not to the date code’s check.
Note: This won’t tell that you have a real Louis Vuitton bag, as fakes also get the serial number right sometimes. Though, if the code doesn’t scan, then you’re 100% looking at a fake LV bag.
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.
In the image containing the fake vs real Louis Vuitton bag above:
Moving to the Damier print, let’s have a look at the “LOUIS VUITTON PARIS” text inside the squares of the print.
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 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.
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.
As for the legitimate Louis Vuitton bag, you can notice how its inscriptions are thicker since they fit deeper into the metal.
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.
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.
You can tell if Louis Vuitton clothes are fake or real by checking the wash tag’s prints. Bolded and very thick inscriptions always indicate a fake.
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.
Let’s check out the guide!
The neck/waist tag, depending on whether you have a top or a bottom – these are one of the very reliable ways to tell fake LV clothes.
In the image with the fake vs real Louis Vuitton items above:
On the other hand, the authentic Louis Vuitton item has its “LOUIS VUITTON PARIS” 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.
In the picture with the real vs fake Louis Vuitton t-shirts above:
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.
The legitimate Louis Vuitton item has its “MADE IN ITALY” text thinner than the fake one as well.
You can tell if a Louis Vuitton bel is real by checking the “LOUIS VUITTON ®” text engraved inside the belt. Fake LV belts always have their text thicker than a real belt’s inscriptions.
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.
No authentic LV belt was produced with this text there.
You can authenticate a Louis Vuitton by checking the “® LOUIS VUITTON PARIS” text inside the wallet. A fake LV wallet always has thicker inscriptions than a genuine product.
Check out the full guide: Louis Vuitton Sarah wallet.
In the Louis Vuitton wallet fake vs real image above:
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.
You can spot fake Louis Vuitton sunglasses by checking the text printed inside the temples. A fake pair of LV sunglasses always has very thick inscriptions, and sometimes even very thin ones compared to a genuine pair.
For our example, we’ll the compare the real vs fake LV Millionaire sunglasses.
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:
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.
In the image containing the fake vs real Louis Vuitton Millionaire sunglasses above:
As for 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.
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.
You can tell if Louis Vuitton shoes are real or fake by checking the sole’s text. A fake pair of LV shoes always has thicker inscriptions compared to the real ones. Otfen, there’s also not enough space between the letters.
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.
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.
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.
If you need help with the authentication of your Louis Vuitton item, we’ve got you covered.
All you have to do is send us high-quality pictures of your Louis Vuitton item and we will get back to you with the results within 24 to 48 hours. The results will also come with a report on why we believe your LV product is fake or authentic.
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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