Louis Vuitton Metallic Plate...

Are you passionate about Louis Vuitton handbags, but never could save enough money to buy one? This is one of our most common dilemmas. Why should we spend all our savings on a beautiful bag carrying an expensive brand name when we could buy an identical looking replica for far less money? Learn how to find the perfect copy of your favorite purse and make sure that from now on you will always acquire the bag you were craving for. From my point of view, Louis Vuitton is a real pioneer in the field of inventing redundant ways of marking its products with the brand name, logo or initials. This very important quality is also what makes the LV bags so challenging to replicate. One of my favorite ways of stamping its purses with the company’s credentials is by applying a metallic golden plate on the outside part. This metallic plate contains a very long and complex text: “DEPOSE EN FRANCE ET A L’ETRANGER LOUIS VUITTON INVENTEUR 101, avenue des Champs-Elysees, PARIS”, written on 4 distinctive lines.  Another important thing is that it will always be colored in a beautiful yellow gold and the four small screws will be marked with the Louis Vuitton name. So if you are looking to buy a bag that has this marking then make sure you verify it very carefully and that it truly is identical to the original one. I will compare two pictures of the same Louis Vuitton model, one being the original bag and the other just a replica. You will notice from the start that the gold color is quite different. The replica has more of a rose gold color while every reference I found about the original LV metallic plate says that this...

Hardware & Stitches

We women love to own a beautiful and expensive designer handbag. This is also the reason why the prices on luxury purses have skyrocketed. Just the simple existence of a brand name or logo on a product makes it cost a real fortune. Luckily for us there is the alternative of buying a replica. Still, one needs to know the essential differences between the authentic bag and a fake. By knowing all the basics you will be prepared to start shopping for your perfect replica purse. Today we will review the particularities of the hardware on a Louis Vuitton bag and for illustrative purposes we will also compare a couple of photos of an authentic model with the ones of a replica. Let’s start by mentioning that pretty much all metal parts of a LV purse have marked the name Louis Vuitton on them, regardless of their size.  This is a must. Do not buy an imitation that does not have these engravings on its hardware. It will look fake. Additionally, the mark on the metal studs is very detailed and subtly embossed. On replicas these will be noticeably thicker. The first photo is of the original Louis Vuitton purse. The other two are of a knockoff. As expected, all reputable designers use only the most refined materials for their bags. This is also true for the hardware. The hardware of an authentic LV has a precious and elegant look. It is also sturdy and very resistant to daily wear. In these photos the first focus is on the zipper. I must tell you that on a Louis Vutton bag you will most likely find an “YKK” or a “Lampo” zipper. This mark will be stamped at the bottom of the zipper or along or front of it. Just by looking at these pictures we notice a very good quality for the replica zipper. The size, shape and color are very similar to the original bag. Next, looking closer at the metallic studs on the handles we see the same almost perfect look of the hardware. These have the same color, shape and look as the ones of the authentic purse. Also, the Louis Vuitton name is correctly marked. From every point of view, these metallic details seem highly...

Snap Button

For any modern woman a handbag is her most important asset. We wear it all day long and we carry in it all our essentials. Ask any female and she will tell you that a good bag can be a life saver. Of course, appearance does matter and because of this we always look to have the most beautiful bag, a bag that will reflect our personality and style.  This being said, we must also mention the exaggerated prices of designer bags. Some of them cost an actual fortune. So what do we do in this case? The answer is pretty simple. We buy ourselves a replica handbag. Replicating a bag is not that simple. Nowadays, designers invest so much time and effort in authenticating their products inside out that it is an impressive work for any manufacturer to flawlessly clone a luxury purse. For example, Louis Vuitton has a heat embossed leather tag on the inside of the bag where the snap button is placed. It practically centers the snap button, giving it a nice and elegant touch. This authenticity mark is difficult cu imitate because of its particular font so you need to inspect it very carefully before deciding to buy a replica bag. Please see the below two pictures of a Louis Vuitton bag. The first photo is of the authentic product and the second one is of a fake.  By comparison, the first thing that strikes you is the “made in” part. The original one says “Made in USA” while the replica says “Made in France”. Both are correct even if you may feel intrigued by the “Made in USA” printed on the real Louis Vuitton. The explanation is that initially Louis Vuitton was manufactured exclusively in France, but for...

Padlock

Designer handbags are all about trends and sensations. This being said, no one can argue the fact that Louis Vuitton has made a real stir in the “bag-aholic” world with its padlock purses. Every woman on this planet has craved at a specific moment in her life for such a handbag. The little LV lock with its matched key is truly iconic, and for many fans it is a real symbol of fashion forward sense. The most important thing you need to make sure of is that the replica you are looking to buy has a shiny brass and not a brushed finish. Only a poor quality knockoff will have a brushed finished lock. When this little padlock isn’t shiny and glossy, for any connoisseur, it will look really cheap and fake. As a short observation, Louis Vuitton makes this small metallic embellishment only from real brass, gold or silver. Furthermore, on the front of the lock there should be a big LV mark, on the back it should be embossed “LOUIS VUITTON PARIS MADE IN FRANCE” and on the bottom besides the keyhole there should be stamped a unique lock number. Regarding the series of numbers you will find on the bottom of the padlock, these should correspond and be identical to the ones stamped on the keys that come with the bag. If this unique code does not match then it will be pretty easy for anyone to spot your bag as a fake. The font used for the text embossed on the lock is also very distinctive. The Ns, As and Vs are quite pointy while the Os are quite round. So pay attention to the markings as well because these could indicate how authentic the replica really is. Below you will see two photos; the first one shows the padlock of a real Louis Vuitton purse and the second one the lock of an imitation product. The two differences we notice from the first moment are the shine of the metal and the font of the LV mark. The original lock has the specific precious and glossy beautiful shine while the replica seems a little bit brushed or with a matte finish. The font is also off. The authentic bag has the left side lines of each letter thicker than the right or bottom lines. This makes the logo look dynamic and stylish. On the replica the letters are not so clearly defined and embossed. Actually, what surprises me the most is the sloppiness with which these were stamped. The V letter is a real   mess. Its right side is wavery and all scratched up. It is all in the details. Finding a well-made replica bag means looking very carefully at every small thing and comparing it again and again with the original product until you are sure that it is 100% correct. It may seem like a lot of work, but buying a Louis Vuitton for a couple hundred dollars instead of spending a small fortune on the real bag definitely makes everything worth...

Outside Leather Tag

Nowadays it is all about the tag. It is all about the brand name stamped on your most prized possessions. Everything you own, wear, eat or drink has a name tag. The louder the name echoes the priciest they get. And admit it, ladies, you are dying to own the most expensive, luxurious, beautiful and sophisticated brand name bags. But let’s not forget that a real fashionista recognizes beauty regardless of its price tag. You probably have noticed that designer handbags are over-stamped   with the brand name and logo. Everywhere you look there is a reminder of the company’s name. This is also the case with Louis Vuitton, one of the world’s most renewed fashion designer house. Many of its bags have a leather tag on the outside which has a heat embossed “LOUIS VUITTON PARIS made in France” mark. This iconic text is written on three lines and has the letter R in a circle, positioned above it. For comparison I will present two photos. The first one is of a genuine Louis Vuitton bag and the second one is of its replica. Both pictures show the same part of the purse, the outside heat embossed leather tag.  As you can see, on the genuine product the letters are very clear and perfectly printed. There are no deviations, smudges or any type of imperfections. On the second one the text is not so legible. You can barely make out the words. It is obvious that the quality of the heat embossed technique is quite poor. Additionally, “France” is written with a lower case “f”. To wrap it up, the yellow stitching covers the circled letter R and the “VU” from “VUITTON”. The overall leather tag looks messy, sloppy and, frankly, quite ugly. Indeed,...

Embossed Leather Stamp...

We all get carried away by the beauty of an expensive designer handbag. The outside is so captivating and gorgeous that we sometimes forget that what matters most is on the inside. For purses, most often the more important authenticity markings are on the inside and might make a huge difference between a nice looking replica and an authentic imitation bag. These being said, let’s unzip our biggest fantasy and see how believable it is. The heat embossed leather stamp which can be found on the inside of every luxury handbag is one of the essential authenticity markings. Before purchasing any replica you need to make sure it has this mark and that it looks accurate. For example, on a Gucci this will say “GUCCI made in Italy” while on a Louis Vuitton it will read “LOUIS VUITTON PARIS made in France”. Both leather tags will have a small R in a circle above the brand name. Another particularity of these stamps is that while GUCCI writes this text on two lines, Louis Vuitton embosses it on three distinct and spaced out rows. A well-made clone bag should respect these basic rules. To exemplify the differences that you may find between a replica and an original bag I have enclosed below a couple of photos of Gucci and Louis Vuitton bags, and I will compare the cloned hot stamped leather tag to the authentic one. The purpose of this comparison is for you to know how to spot the big flaws and, eventually, to be able to identify and buy an accurate knockoff. On the fake Gucci bag, even though the quality of the leather tab is quite nice, the actual embossing is incredibly poor. On a real purse the writing “GUCCI made in...