The Difference between Real and Fake Louis Vuitton seems to be something that confuses or baffles many people, judging by the number of questions I receive each week. But how can you tell if a Louis Vuitton Purse is fake, how can you tell if a Louis Vuitton is real?
Here are some things to look out for when you are trying to spot the difference between real and fake Louis Vuitton - sort of a 101 lesson on "How to Tell a Real Louis Vuitton."
Firstly, if you are looking for a particular bag or purse, do your homework so you know what you should be looking at.
Let's take the Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas French Purse as an example, we'll walk through it's signs together.
Your first port of call should be to the only official website that sells authentic Louis Vuitton online, www.eluxury.com.
Enter "Louis Vuitton French Purse" into the search box.
Now, check the picture of the purse, don't just look at it - study it. Spend a few minutes working out how the monogram pattern fits onto the purse. (If eluxury has sold out of their current stock and have no image to use then you'll be able to find on at the vuitton.com site - but always try eluxury first, their images are much better.)
How many LV symbols are there visible on the front of it? Where are they in relation to the other shapes, the quatrefoils and fleur marks?
Where do all the different symbols sit in relation to the edge of the purse? Are they flush to the side or in a certain distance?
Do the shapes make any sort of symetrical pattern at all? Many times LV sybmols will form a pattern. If the pattern isn't there then it's most likely a fake.
From looking at the image on eluxury we can tell the following points to look for which will help us spot the difference between a real and fake Louis Vuitton.
1) There is only 1 LV symbol showing on the front. The top of this symbol should be on a line with the bottom of the snap closure tab.
2) There are 8 of the plain quatrefoils (without frames) along the front, two rows of four. On each of the quatrefoils on the end of the line the stitching should cut across the outer most petal! In the top row, the two quatrefoils in the centre should just have their petal tips in the shadow of the tab.
3) The two round enclosed fleurs on the top - note how the top edge just lies along the stitch line.
4) The two framed quatrefoils in the middle can be measured both against their position to the LV symbol as well as being centred under the spaces of the top row of unframed quatrefoils.
5) On the inside of the purse there should be 4 slots for cards, a billfold section and the snap closure coin purse. Use the image to check the color, placement of the LV imprint and the general layout and appearance.
All these points - plus others you should be able to deduce yourself are the common ways we can tell the difference between a real and fake Louis Vuitton - by comparison against a known authentic item.
Also, if you can, join one of the online forums, detailed on the Louis Vuitton Forums page. You should find that the people on there are very helpful and may be able to supply you pictures of what you are looking for. In the French Purse example, a fellow member may be able to post pictures for you of the front, back, side and insides. Studying them will help you see what to look for.
Whilst on the forum, don't be afraid to ask others for their opinion on whether a particular item you are considering buying is authentic or not. No one will flame you or give any caustic type answer. They are all there to share their interst in LV and can spot things for or against an item that you may have missed.
By using this means of comparison, you should find that not only do you quickly learn how to tell the difference between a real and fake Louis Vuitton, but you'll also start to spot the fakes easier and quicker purely by noting easy giveaways such as quality of the leather, colors used and shape of the item.