The art of authenticating a luxury handbag - Part 6


HOW TO TELL IF YOUR LOUIS VUITTON SPEEDY IS FOREVER OR JUST A FAKE

We know our ladies love a bit of Louis V in their lives, but as our Instagram expose revealed: one-fifth of all luxury items advertised for sale on Instagram boutiques are fake. To help bring out your inner detective, take a look at our 7 step guide so you know at first glance whether a Louis is fake or forever.
Thanks to the ladies at Sabrina’s Closet for being our source this week. 
 
OK: let’s go
 
Below, we have a photo of two monogram Louis Vuitton Speedy bags. One is authentic, one is a fake. Can you tell which is which? 
 
 
 
The fake on is actually the one on the right. Hard to tell, right? Keep reading to find out the main differences we noticed between both handbags when comparing them side by side.
 
1 | HEAT STAMP FONT ON LEATHER TAB
One of the first things we always look at is the font of the heat stamp on the leather tab - specifically the 'O'. It's a quick giveaway. The 'O' must be a circle shape and not an oval shape. If this is not the case with a bag you are about to purchase, you can guarantee that it is not authentic. 
In the picture below, you will see the differences in the font with the authentic (left) and the fake (right). 
You will also notice other subtle differences on the leather tab. The stamped logo on the leather tab is positioned closer to the stitching on the authentic Speedy compared to the fake one.
2 | COLOR OF LEATHER HANDLES
 
 
 
3 | DATE CODES & LINING
Just because a Speedy bag has a date code, it does not necessarily mean it is authentic! Date codes on Louis Vuitton Speedy bags can be found behind the inner pocket on a leather tab.
The leather tab should be slightly oval, with the date code embossed and have brass hardware with 'Louis Vuitton' embossed. As seen in the photograph below, the fake Speedy leather tab is too long, it overlaps the stitching too much, and the positioning of the brass hardware is far too high. Something we also noticed that cannot be seen in photographs is that the hardware on the authentic Speedy is convex (curving outward), whereas on the fake Speedy, it is flat. 
There is also a noticeable difference in the color of the lining on both bags. An authentic Louis Vuitton Speedy should have honey-brown cotton canvas lining. The lining on the replica below has a duller brown color to it. 
You should also not be able to pull the lining apart from the handbag - the lining should be one with the outside of the bag. In the fake handbag, you can pull it away from the outside of the bag at the base. 
 
 
 
 
4 | HARDWARE
Don't forget to inspect the hardware. The hardware on an authentic Louis Vuitton Speedy is made from brass metal. When compared to a replica, authentic Louis Vuitton hardware has more of a bronze color and the replicas usually have a golden color.
The brass studs on an authentic Louis Vuitton handbag also have 'Louis Vuitton' embossed. Contrary to the heat stamp, the 'O' on the hardware has a more oval shape.
It may be hard to tell in the photographs below, but there are two notable differences in the shape of the hardware. The brass studs on the authentic Speedy are convex (curving outwards) whereas the studs replica handbag is more flat. 
There is also a difference of the shape of the brass metal piece holding the leather handles and the leather tab together. On the authentic Louis Vuitton Speedy, it has a continuous round shape with no flat sides. On the fake bag, the edges of the brass piece are much flatter with distinct sides. 
 
 
5 | ZIPPER
In the photos below, you can see a clear difference on the zippers of both bags. The back of leather tab on the authentic Louis Vuitton speedy is made from real leather and is much more frayed whereas the replica zip is not. When holding the bags side by side, the "leather" handles and zipper pulls on the replica bag feel much more rigid and plastic. 
 
 
 
 
6 | SIZE STAMP
The size of the Speedy should be stamped under the leather tab of the bag. For example, if you have a Speedy 35, the number '35' should be stamped.  
7 | OVERALL FEEL
The overall feel of an authentic Louis Vuitton Speedy feels soft, supple and light. The replica bag feels more rigid and stiff. 
 

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