How to Spot an Authentic Louis Vuitton Vintage

Louis Vuitton licensed the French Luggage Company to manufacture and sell its products in the United States in the 1970s and ‘80s. The contract between Louis Vuitton and the French Luggage Company didn’t last long, and the products sold within that period therefore remain one of a kind. The tricks you usually use to identify a Louis Vuitton product don’t really work for the French Luggage Company Louis Vuitton bags. These few tips and tricks can help you spot an authentic Louis Vuitton vintage.

  • The French Luggage Company used to sew paper tags onto the LV bags’ side seams. The paper tags should note the company manufactured the handbags under a United States license. Remember, though, that the products date back to the 1970s and 1980s, so the possibility remains that someone ripped out the tag over the ensuing years. Not finding clues about a paper tag does not therefore necessarily indicate a fake bag.

  • Some bags might have a note saying its manufacturing was licensed in the US embossed on the inside. Look for the embossing, but as in the case of the paper tags, the bag is not necessarily a fake you don’t see the identification.
  • The metal bolt or pin heads on vintage Louis Vuitton handbags rarely come embossed. The French Luggage Company used plain rivet heads.
  • The zipper pulls manufactured by the “French Company for Louis Vuitton” have nothing engraved on them. They should appear plain and simple. Fake Louis Vuitton handbags often have the “LV” monogram engraved on the pull of the zipper mechanism. If you see engraving on any part of the pull of the zipper, you likely have a copycat.
  • The “French Company for Louis Vuitton” used to place a patch on the bags as a place for monograms of the personal variety. Though not necessarily a rule, the lack of this patch might indicate a fake vintage Louis Vuitton.
  • If the handbag you examine has any date or production codes, you likely have a fake. The “French Company for Louis Vuitton” did not use this kind of identification to keep track of the products. Louis Vuitton introduced date codes and production numbers in the 1980s.
  • Extremely expensive items do not necessarily spell authentic Louis Vuitton vintage products. Don’t let the price fool you and always make your own examination of the Louis Vuitton bags. The same goes for suspiciously cheap Louis Vuitton handbags. Remember that Louis Vuitton doesn’t have sales and discounts.
  • Buying Louis Vuitton products online can prove tricky. Ask the seller to offer you as many pictures as possible, from all angles, so you can closely examine the handbag before making a purchase. Louis Vuitton states that its makes its products available online only on the official Louis Vuitton website (

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