As a luxury bag lover myself, I was especially concerned about this widespread especially when a large number of people apparently believe these items are authentic. Since I’ve always wanted to do a side-by-side comparison of a genuine bag and a high-end fake, I made this essential guide for other luxury bag lovers out there to avoid being the victims of these online sellers.
With the Louis Vuitton Bumbag as an example, here’s how you can tell a fake Louis Vuitton bag from a genuine one.
5 Easy Ways to Spot a Fake Louis Vuitton Bumbag
1. Check the Front Label
The front part of the bag is probably the first thing you will notice right away when buying online.
Carefully check the front label for major differences. The real Louis Vuitton Bumbag should have the logo printed at a bigger font, with a distinct “O.” Meanwhile, the super fake uses a smaller font for the logo and it’s engraved lightly.
Furthermore, you should count the stitches used at the top of the label and it should be a total of 10 stitches. If you have counted an odd number, that’s instantly a no-no.
2. Examine the Hardware
In the Louis Vuitton Bumbag, there’s a buckle in front of the bag. On the high-end fake, there’s the distinct LV logo engraved on the hardware. The authentic LV doesn’t have the engraved name of the brand.
One more thing you should check is the side buckle. The fake Louis Vuitton Bumbag has a noticeably longer buckle compared to the genuine handbag.
3. Inspect the Belt
Even if it’s a super fake Louis Vuitton Bumbag, it still couldn’t perfectly copy the original one. For instance, the authentic Bumbag should have 7 holes in the belt part. So if you see one with only 6 holes, it’s a foolproof sign that the bag is a fake.
Do also consider the cut of the loop of the belt. It must be connected with two stitches compared to the replica’s metal bar.
Furthermore, check the glazing of the belt at the side of the bag, especially if it’s a monogram styled bag. The fake Louis Vuitton Bumbag usually has bright red glazings but the real one used a deeper shade of red.
4. Look at the Interior
I’m really not sure if this is applicable to other fake Louis Vuitton bags but usually, the interior fabric used is different.
In this particular super fake LV Bumbag that I bought, the fabric used is a brown canvas material. However, the authentic bag should have black canvas interior.
Another thing to look out for is the logo inside the bag. The replica’s logo uses a large font in contrast to the authentic’s visibly smaller font.
Last but not the least, check the date code to tell if your bag is authentic or not. The real Louis Vuitton Bumbag has the date code placed on the zipper portion found on the back instead of its fake placement on the main compartment.
5. Feel the Exterior Leather
This technique is really helpful for those who are buying from a used physical store as you can easily spot a fake Louis Vuitton bag through the quality of its leather.
If it has a buttery and soft texture, it’s a genuine bag. Meanwhile, the counterfeit bags usually use leather that is tough which makes them heavier than the authentic bags.
With these points I have discussed, I hope you learned something important to ultimately avoid buying expensive knock-offs. After all, you only just need a few more bucks to purchase an authentic Louis Vuitton Bumbag so why not save up for it.
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