Hardware & Stitches Feb21

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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.

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Authentic

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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 authentic.