louis vuitton date code

Louis Vuitton Date Code Interpretation

Does a date code ensure the authenticity of a Louis Vuitton Bag? The short answer is no. Some fake bags have completely wrong codes on them. Some other fake bags have date codes that make perfect sense but located incorrectly on the bags or printed rather than discreetly embossed like the original bags… The thing is, you need to know a lot more about a bag than the date code alone. Never the less, understanding Louis Vuitton date code is a vital part to identify a Louis Vuitton bag’s authenticity.

Louis Vuitton date codes indicate the country of production and production time of the particular Louis Vuitton products. Prior to 1980s, Louis Vuitton date code didn’t exist. In early 1980s, Louis Vuitton introduced date codes containing 3 or 4 numbers. Since late 80s, Louis Vuitton date codes include numbers and 2 capital letters (some times A0, A1, A2).



Louis Vuitton has many factories in France and outside France. The two capital letters (sometimes A0, A1,A2) tell us in which country the manufacturing factory located. Some examples are showing in below table, please note this list is not exhaustive and subject to update from time to time. Please feel free to let us know if the code of your original Louis Vuitton bag is not included on the list!:).

Country Factory Codes
France A0, A1, A2, AA, AN, AR, AS, AX, BA, BJ, BU, CT, DU, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, NO,
RA, RI,SA (Also for Italy), SD (also USA), SL, SN, SP, SR, TH, VI, V.I., TS
USA FC, FH, OS, SD (also France), LA
Spain CA, CR, GI, LB, LM, LO, LW
Switzerland DI, FA
Germany LP
Italy BO, CE, FO, RE, MA, RC, RO, SA (also for France), TD

Louis Vuitton Date Code history and meaning.

Before 1980s:

No date code. Louis Vuitton products might have tags or stamps on them sometimes.

1980- sometimes 1990:

Date codes have 3-4 numbers with no letters, later 2 letter (some times A0, A1, A2) with 3-4 numbers.

3 numbers – first two numbers represent year, last number represents month. E.g.:821 means made in January 1982

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Date code of Louis Vuitton Grand Maceau Bag: 821

4 numbers – first two numbers represent year, last 2 letters represent month. 8610 means made in October 1986
2 letters 3 numbers – 884TH means made in France April 1988.

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Date code from a Louis Vuitton Papillon bag: 884 TH

3 numbers 2 letters – 882 V.I. means made in France February 1988.

louis vuitton date code-003

Date code of a Louis Vuitton Saumur bag 882 V.I.

2 letters 4 numbers LL YYMM – TH8906 means June 1989.

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Date Code of a Louis Vuitton Amazone Bag: TH 8911



From sometimes in 1990- 2006:

2 letters 4 numbers LL MYMY – A11903 Means Made in France, October 1993.

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Date code of a Louis Vuitton Rondonnee bag: A11903

From 2007 till now:

2 letters 4 numbers e.g.: DU4037 means Made in France 43rd week of 2007.

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Date code of a Louis Vuitton Diamie Azur Speedy Bag: DU4037

Here are my other useful articles about pre-owned Louis Vuitton:

 

**I don’t offer free authentication service and I’m no longer able to answer your questions regarding Louis Vuitton authentication because of the amount of questions I get everyday and my busy schedule.**

Best, Yvonne

August 2016

390 replies
  1. Kaew
    Kaew says:

    I buying secondhand Louis Vuitton Neverfull gm .
    Code number MP 1026.
    Could you can spot it handbag real or fake . Please.
    Thankful
    Kaew.

    Reply
  2. Nubia
    Nubia says:

    I’m not sure if this bag I have is real I want to sell it on ebay, but it obviously has to be legit. The code is LM555. Thanks!

    Reply
  3. Heather
    Heather says:

    I purchased this handbag and was curious if it’s authentic. I can’t find any information about it. This is the code inside the bag.

    RA -1780- 016
    Thank you.

    Reply
    • Cleo
      Cleo says:

      I have a bag with a similar code… can’t find much info, except this thread which was helpful. I was given the bag from a well-to-do art enthusiast who attended the MOCA LV/Murakami show in 2007 (knowing I love Murakami passed it on to me). Wondering now if “1780” was perhaps related to the show and it’s limited number of bags. My code is similar, the last 2 numbers (of the three) differentiate. Definitely authentic knowing it was purchased at the museum, but no clue what the first part means!

      Reply
  4. Puncoska
    Puncoska says:

    I have an oporutnity to buy a L. Vuitton bag (neverfull epi noir MM) with datacode LV4331. Is it fake? I mean so, because the format is strange (43th week, 31st year???). Thank you! Jana

    Reply
    • Yvonne
      Yvonne says:

      If you only look at the date code itself, the format is kind of right – made in 2008 16th week. The problem is Louis Vuitton Artsy bag is fairly new model. It didn’t exist in 2008! That means a real LV Artsy bag will never have a date code saying made in 2008! So unfortunately it’s not real.
      I have a blog post about LV Artsy date code here: http://www.lakediary.com/louis-vuitton-artsy-bag-date-code/

      Reply
  5. Lvoe
    Lvoe says:

    MP followed by four digits is actually the model number or style code for limited edition (or seasonal collection items which means they will eventually stop being produced. I collect a lot of these as they always appreciate in value. The standard model number is usually just the standard M followed by 4 or 5 digits. Hope this helps =)

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  6. luke
    luke says:

    I have the option to buy a Louis Vuitton Damier Brown Canvas Leather Broadway Briefcase with a date code of TH0020. everything seems to match up, colors, The larger O. Thoughts or suggestions?

    Reply
  7. Angel
    Angel says:

    I purchased a keep all 45 and the date code is weird how’s it’s printed
    Ex. V.I.
    6802
    Just like that with the factory code over the date. Is this a legit way of printing as I have never seen this format.

    Reply
  8. authsg
    authsg says:

    Someone is selling a MC Speedy 30 with datecode SP2004
    but it was purchased in 2012.. Is it possible for the 8 years gap..?

    Reply
    • Yvonne
      Yvonne says:

      If they are selling a pre-owned (second hand) bag then yes it’s possible. But if they sell it as brand new bag with original package and receipt then no. Official Louis Vuitton stores don’t sell bags produced 8 years ago.

      Reply
  9. Tina
    Tina says:

    I want to buy a LV Petit Noe bag, date code AR 9001. Is this real? It comes with a certificate from the store as well.

    Reply
  10. Ashley
    Ashley says:

    I recently got the artsy mm as a gift from my parents I’m trying to figure out if my purse is authentic or not. I couldn’t see them buying me a fake purse but I’m just not sure because they’ve never purchased a Louis Vuitton for me either. The Code was on the inside of the pocket. Stamped & it read VI3122

    Reply
  11. Martee
    Martee says:

    Buying speedy damier 25 with a code SP1016, is it authentic?
    And all LV that has a personalized hot stamped considered authentic?
    Thank u

    Reply
    • Yvonne
      Yvonne says:

      There are so many other factors to examine the authenticity of a Louis Vuitton bag. Date code format alone is not enough to guarantee its authenticity.

      Reply
  12. marielle
    marielle says:

    Hi.what is the right location for a neverfull mm ebene ? I have mine horizontally at the back of the pocket. Date code is TH 1009. I see some in vertical.

    Reply
    • Yvonne
      Yvonne says:

      Earlier models of neverfull bags have their date codes placed horizontally. Recently made neverfull bags have vertical date code leather strips behind the inner pockets.

      Reply
  13. Christian
    Christian says:

    Have you heard of a code ST0184 its printed in a louis vuitton michaels bag. Is this authentic or replica? I was offered a reasonable price and want to know if its real.

    Reply
  14. Beth
    Beth says:

    I found a purse hard leather brown with ribbing on the front in a second hand store with a code 884 V. I am curious to know if this is real how do I get it authenticated? help

    Reply
  15. melissa coello
    melissa coello says:

    Hello i just bought 2 preowned bags, one St Cloud GM, date code 871 V.I. And a shopping sac tote NO 8911. What worries me is from all the pictures ive seen online the sacs all have a leather piping along the bottom of the bag where mine has a piping but is the same color as the rest of the mono canvas. She also included a mini pouch in the purchase but cant find a date code anywhere and its bigger than the mini pochette. I havent found a picture of what this style would be called to locate a date code. Please help

    Reply
    • Yvonne
      Yvonne says:

      Those date codes sound right. I’ve seen real LV Sac shopping bags with either leather piping or monogram canvas piping so yours might be real. Some LV Sac shopping bags come with a pouch. Having said that, there are many more elements other than the date code to determine a bag’s authenticity. You need to get those items physically checked out to confirm if they are real or not.

      Reply
  16. Eric
    Eric says:

    Hi, I just purchased a men’s multiple wallet and found out the date code a bit interesting, it’s MI5113 6. I’m wondering what’s that 6 is for. Thank you

    Reply
  17. Vivien
    Vivien says:

    Hi,

    Hi I’m just wondering if a louis Vuitton artsy mm purse with serial numbers AR0067 authentic?

    R letter encircled
    LOUIS VUITTON
    PARIS
    Made in France

    Thank you.

    Reply
    • Yvonne
      Yvonne says:

      Hi,this date code suggested the bag was made in 2007 & I doubt the LV artsy mm bag was even introduced in that year. Also, Date code format alone can’t guarantee its authenticity.You have to look at the font, location etc..

      Reply
  18. Michele Nihen
    Michele Nihen says:

    I purchased a LV Ludlow wallet code CT0034. Great condition. Can you tell me the age? In your opinion is this code legit?
    Thank you.

    Reply
  19. boyhapay
    boyhapay says:

    Hi, my husband recently purchased a preowned LOUIS VUITTON Monogram “Pochette Bosphore” Shoulder Bag Pouch M40044 with date code MI3170. If i base my judgement from your article and other forums i read, the date code does not make sense, however, besides the issue on the date code, all of the indicators (quality, stitching, monogram symmetry, embossed tags, hardware, inside etc.) seems legit. What do you think about it?

    Reply
  20. Rebekah
    Rebekah says:

    Hi would a horizontal date code for a monogram neverfull gm reading sp2308 be legit? I thought they were vertical after 07? Thanks!

    Reply
  21. Jacqueline
    Jacqueline says:

    I have seen a LV St Cloud MM for sale. It is listed as made in France with a serial number of 824. Does that make sense??

    Reply
  22. Susan
    Susan says:

    Hi, I’ve boughten a used Louis Vuitton neverfull monogram gm with the Serial number of, SP0138. Does that mean it is fake?

    Reply
  23. Becca
    Becca says:

    I have a Lv bag someone gave me. I’m trying to find out IG its authentic and what the value is. The code is RA-1780-003. Thanks for your help!

    Reply
  24. Anne Linn
    Anne Linn says:

    Hi, my keepall 45 is numbered V.I. 882 inside, is that correct? Under the one “flap” where the zipper ends the number is 45.
    Thanks for your help 🙂

    Reply
  25. Jen r
    Jen r says:

    I bought a lv neverfull pm bag from ebay your date code is inside the zippered pouch, not underneath it, the code is AR0036, do you think. It’s real??

    Reply
  26. EH
    EH says:

    Hi,
    I am about to purchase a preloved Eva clutch in damier azur.
    Everything looks good, but it is the date code…
    It is: SN2112
    The receipt says purchased in June, 2012.

    What do you think?

    Reply
  27. Bobbi G
    Bobbi G says:

    I purchased a Delightfull PM, the seller swears it authentic, and had many other purses. I have bought many in past, and thought I new, but just wanted to make sure. Do you know??

    LV Delightful PM
    Made in France
    RC 1110

    Reply
  28. jhezi
    jhezi says:

    i am about to purchase a speedy bag with date code AR5113, the seller says it’s authentic but somebody emailed me saying it’s fake… is it fake?

    Reply
  29. Macayla
    Macayla says:

    Hello,

    I have two bags one is a drawstring and the other is a messenger. The drawstring is RA-1780-003, and The messenger is M51163. Are these Authentic or Knock-Offs ? Thank you in advance !

    Reply
  30. Macayla
    Macayla says:

    Hello,
    I have two bags wondering if they’re authentic or not.One is a Messenger and the other is a Drawstring. Messenger – RA-1780-003 and the Drawstring is M51163. Are they Authentic or Just knock-offs.Thank you in advance!

    Reply
  31. Armis
    Armis says:

    Hi, was thinking of buying and LV bag (dont know the model) its has a date code printed in 3 places 874 A2. I guess it says that it was made 1987 april? Is that possible to get the bag of this year?

    Reply
    • Yvonne
      Yvonne says:

      Yes the code means made in April 1987. If the model is not discontinued, you can get the bag of this year from a Louis Vuitton store.

      Reply
  32. Cher
    Cher says:

    Hi. Im buying pre owned LV NF GM damier with this code AR5113 would you know if this make sense?
    Is it authentic? There comes with a inner wallet/pouch too. Thanks

    Reply
  33. Marie
    Marie says:

    I have an LV Monogram Neverfull; horizontal date code MP1026. I thought it was fake as it doesn’t correlate to any country of origin. But I see conflicting reports, some say these were seasonal by LV and limited production. Can you tell me if this is so? If so, where are they made? Or are they fake? Thanks.

    Reply
  34. Jing
    Jing says:

    Hi, i bought a speedy 30 bandoliere with date code CR1153. i was told made in italy. is it real? thank you!

    Reply
  35. AndreeaM
    AndreeaM says:

    It’s a Louis Vuitton Multicolore Whisper bag with this code LD 0036..Is this real? thank you for your answer!

    Reply
  36. Olga Palhares
    Olga Palhares says:

    Hello, I was told that my Louis Vuitton is not authentic because in 2009 the Neverfull were not yet manufactured. Please, when the first Louis Vuitton Neverfull were manufactured?
    Thanks.

    Reply
  37. coni
    coni says:

    Hi, i just bought three LV bags and wanted to know if you could tell me if the codes were right to see if they are authentic bags. The first one is a Saumur 35 with the code ¨8906 V.I.¨ exactly printed like that. The second one is a Vernis Monogram Columus tote bag with the code ¨CA0979¨. And the third one is a Monogram Bucket PM shoulder bag with code ¨AR0938¨. Could you help me out please. Thanks in advanced.

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  38. coni
    coni says:

    Great, that’s super good news!! So the fact that the inner lining of the vernis bag is not yellow as well as the exterior doesn’t mean it’s fake? Because all the ones i’ve seen online have yellow interior lining.

    Reply
  39. Jen
    Jen says:

    Hi Yvonne, a lady asked about a date code AR 9001 a while back, this is in fact a correct format as the change on date codes happen sometimes during 1990, so a bag from January 1990 would read AR9001. I have a Saumur 30 with this code and saw a 43 on fashionphile with the same one, both authentic. Cheers and thanks for a great blog!

    PS- DK is also a valid code used on repairs on new linings.

    Reply
  40. Julie Kuhl
    Julie Kuhl says:

    I bought a Louis Vuitton Monogramed Neverfull Gm used, the description included the term “Bin 8” and the date code if SD4007. I have 4 days to cancel the transaction and I’m nervous Ive been duped.

    Reply
  41. Jenna
    Jenna says:

    Louis Vuitton damier speedy 25 azur. Date code SP1016. Looks good, 9 checkers in between the LV stamp, 5 stitches on the top portion of the handle tab, all hardware seems to be marked appropriately, good patina. Price and condition seem too good to be true. Thoughts?

    Reply
    • Yvonne
      Yvonne says:

      Hi Jenna,
      Need to see the bag itself or super clear pictures of the details. Chances are if it seems too good to be true, normally it is. There are so many super fakes out there.

      Reply
  42. Malou
    Malou says:

    I just bought second hand Dameir A. Speedy 30 with a date code M41526. Am wondering if its fake. Please help…what is this M stands for? Saw many LVs with date codes starting with letter M then followed by 5digit numbers. Thanks

    Reply
  43. Gemma
    Gemma says:

    Hi, I have gorgeous Louis Vuitton Epi in a very unusual shape and the code is TM 1983 on a little tab inside the bag (I interpret the date as 18th week 1993) . It is made in France I am sure it is real but why is the ‘TM’ code not on your list?

    Reply
    • Yvonne
      Yvonne says:

      Hi Gemma,
      This doesn’t look like a legit date code to me. As it interprets as 18th month 1993 (LV only changed to the weekly count from 2007) which can’t be right.
      Hope this helps.

      Reply
  44. Cynthia
    Cynthia says:

    I am looking for a vintage monogram LV Speedy 40 on an online consignment shop. The date code is MB 9001. They state the date as January 1990, made in France. Is that correct? I thought the first and third number indicate the month, but 90 is not a month. Is this a correct date code? Thank you for your help!

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  45. Cynthia
    Cynthia says:

    Hi, I recently purchased a pre-loved Louis V uitton Damier Centenaire Chelsea. The date code is: AS1906. Does that mean it was made in France, October 1996? Thanks!

    Reply
  46. cynthia
    cynthia says:

    Hi,
    Can you tell me what this date code means? It’s on a pre-loved Louis Vuitton Cabas Alto, AR0091? I know the AR is France, but not sure the year or month. Thanks again for your help!

    Reply
  47. nikole
    nikole says:

    was wondering… i just purchased a bag off tradesy.. i was looking back at the pictures and saw the date code was all numbers? this was the number under the pocket… 802134 (so i believe the picture was kinda of blurred) … do any LV just have numbers now? its a Speedy 30 Damier. Thanks!!!

    Reply
  48. Emily
    Emily says:

    Hi, I was wondering if this LV bag was real or fake. I can’t ask my mom where she got it do to a stroke that left her paralyzed and un able to speak. The code I found is RA 1780-018 it says that it is made in France. Is it real or fake?

    Reply
  49. Cynthia
    Cynthia says:

    Hi, I am looking at a vintage monogram LV Speedy 35. There is no actual numerical “date code.” The inside tag only shows SD. I was told that some LV bags prior to 1980 did not have actual numbers for the date code. Is that correct? Thanks!

    Reply
      • Briah Holbrook
        Briah Holbrook says:

        I just bought a Keepall like this too!! Everything is telling me it’s real, except the date code which only shows “SD.” I’m so confused!

        Reply
  50. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    Hi Yvonne,
    I’ve yet to receive my LV Noe I purchased on EBay. Confident at purchase but now leary about the code date and its positioning.
    My bag has an A2 (france) which sits above a grommet while the code date 8910 sits staggered below the grommet. 89 being slightly lower than the 10. I did read that it’s possible to have a staggered date but I was wondering if it jives with the country of origin?

    Thanks! 🙂

    Reply
  51. Cynthia
    Cynthia says:

    Can you tell me what this date code means? It’s on a pre-loved Louis Vuitton Cabas Alto, AR0091? I know the AR is France, but not sure the year or month. Thanks again for your help!

    Reply
  52. Jess
    Jess says:

    Hi Yvonne,

    I am interested to purchase a preloved LV Ebene Eva. It comes with receipt of purchase from Queen Plaza, Brisbane on 1st April 2010 and code no. DU0190. Is it authentic? Thank you.

    Reply
  53. Angela Merry
    Angela Merry says:

    Nice site Ouestion? Do some of the new 2015 Louis Vuitton Artsy MM handbag now have a tab with a date code? I have seen a couple I always thought it was in the pocket however my frien said one had a tab in the LV store? Is this possible?

    Reply
  54. Rachel
    Rachel says:

    Hello I am needing help to authenticate a purse I’m looking to purchase from a friend she got it as a gift so we are unsure if it is fake or not but the bag is a white Multicolored monogrammed Louis Vuitton the Date code is RA-1780-003 .. I’m not 100% sure of the style or type of purse it is I can’t seem to find it online but I do have pictures I could send to help authenticate it.

    Reply
  55. Catherine
    Catherine says:

    about to purchase a favorite PM bag. everything else seems correct but the date code is AR5113. Is this fake or real? the price is really cheap only 300 for a brand new bag seems sketchy not sure if i should trust it or run

    Reply
  56. Greg
    Greg says:

    Hi Yvonne,
    I purchased a LV shopping bag/tote at a garage sale and would like to know if it is real. Can I send you a couple of pictures?

    Reply
  57. Patricia Schmitt
    Patricia Schmitt says:

    I have a white leather Suhali lockit Mm size(I think)bag with a horizontal tag inside a jacquard nylon inside lining pocket that reads FL0046, is this for real? I have had it for quite some time now. Thank you for your help!

    Reply
  58. Marcela
    Marcela says:

    Hola me compre una cartera Lv supuestamente y me gustaria saber si es verdadera o falsa. Mira en el cierre trae el Lv y en una esquina de la cartera por dentro trae un cuerito que dice RA 1780-025. Y si esta fuera no imitación me gustaria saber que edad tiene. Eh buscado fotos de la linea pero eh visto de tidas menos de esta desde ya agradecida por su ayuda.

    Reply
  59. Minna
    Minna says:

    Hi Yvonne, do you know when LV stop producing Saumur 35, please ? I have to find it from pre-owned market, and it is a jungle out there 😀 Thank you.

    Reply
  60. Minna
    Minna says:

    hi Yvonne, it is me again. If you have time, could you have a look at this one for me, please ? After hours of web research, I now think the date code looks good, but not sure about the label stamp, e.g. the Paris does not start where I’d expect it to …. but saw a similar stamp on another bag sold on a site ….. also the repair receipt paper size looks a little too long ?

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/201532016410?euid=489573c3b1174cca8895270c87d4b6f8&cp=1&exe=13851&ext=35416&sojTags=exe=exe,ext=ext

    Thank you in advance !

    Reply
  61. Jc
    Jc says:

    Hi. I’m looking at a saumur 35 with date code MB0021. Does that mean the 21st week of year 2000?

    Or February of 2001? Thxs

    Reply
  62. Jaja
    Jaja says:

    Hi,

    I am buying a pre loved speedy monogram 30, with date code TH 0091. Seems authentic and all…can anyone help confirm pls.

    Reply
  63. Marlee
    Marlee says:

    Hi Yvonne about to purchase an Artsy MM and the date code is SD1165 . I ahve heard the date code is suppose to be heat stampedin the lining of the pocket… but I have also seen the leather tab. Everything about the bag legit. Are you about to tell me anything about the date code? Thanks

    Reply
  64. carlene
    carlene says:

    Can u plz help me I was given a vintage LV from my grandmother recently. I’m being told it’s fake n to me the straps don’t look right but it’s never been used and besides the straps I wanna believe it’s real. When I search the style this is the closest LOUIS VUITTON
    Monogram Canvas Monceau Briefcase Bag. My numbers are on a strip of leather on the left center of the inside.RA-1780-003. Not only that but the inside is lined in a light brown swade. Need help please

    Reply
  65. sam
    sam says:

    hi I got a monogram LV speedy 30 date code is SD0120. does that make sense? also, it is very light compared to my LV Beverly MM so it makes me question is it real because the patina leather is also very light and soft

    Reply
  66. Linda
    Linda says:

    I purchased a pre-owned LV Monogram Trousse Toilette 23, date code
    TH 8906. Authentic? It also has an odd odor. Is this normal?

    Reply
  67. Vicky
    Vicky says:

    Hi
    I about to buy tivoli GM but date code is VI3120 normally on that series that I see it MB so anyone know about that ?

    Reply
  68. Vicky
    Vicky says:

    Hi
    Hi
    I about to buy tivoli GM but date code is VI3120 normally on that series that I see it MB so anyone know about that ?

    Reply
  69. Zzumbadiva
    Zzumbadiva says:

    I just purchased a Tivoli GM from a reputable seller. The date code on it is MB0039. MB is legit, from France. I didnt receive the bag yet in the mail, however, as I look at the code, the two 00 is different. I was wondering if the bag authentic?

    Reply
  70. Linda Candotti
    Linda Candotti says:

    Hi, I’m liking to purchase a “LV Neverful GM Monogram” from a reputable website that assures you that the items are checked thoroughly for authenticity before shipping. The date code in the bag is SP1009. Can you please tell me if this bag is authentic Louis Vuitton? Also if you have any other tips for spotting a fake LV Neverful GM monogram that would be great! Thanks in advance..

    Reply
  71. Theresa Barka
    Theresa Barka says:

    I am about to buy a Tivoli GM with a date code of SP1668. I am thinking it is fake after reading this. Am I correct?

    Reply
  72. Helena
    Helena says:

    Hi!

    Could you please help me confirm if the handbag I want to by has a legit code. The bag is a Louis Vuitton Noé large. One of them has the code AR9001 and the other one A28907. What does your expertise say?

    Thank you so much in advance!

    Reply
  73. Fatos
    Fatos says:

    Hi
    I will buy second hand LV neverfull so date code is N41361. Could you tell me Is this fake or not ?Thank you
    Fatos

    Reply
  74. Pani
    Pani says:

    Hi totally MM DATE CODE: VR0120
    Inside top seam vertical.
    Slightly slant made in France. Not crisp.

    Is this right date code for totally? Thanks in advance x

    Reply
      • Pani
        Pani says:

        Thanks Yvonne. eBay has vr in date code list. Some others do not so am confused? But SA @lv store NZ say it might be their old one! But he said piping is not leather and made in stamp is slanting and not crisp. Do you agree?

        Reply
  75. my
    my says:

    Hi I just bough a zippy wallet with serial code CR1099. Can you help me figure out if its legit or not? I’ll appreciate it. Thank you!!!

    Reply
  76. Tamara
    Tamara says:

    I am looking at two deauville’s, this would be my first LV purchase(and a dream some true).. the date codes are VI0978 & MB0959. They are both listed on the app Mercuri.. I’m skeptical, but I can not afford one otherwise. Thank you!

    Reply
  77. Heather
    Heather says:

    Thinking of buying a used Louis Vuitton Neverfull Damier, Size MM. It’s advertised as authentic with a date code of AH2114. Would appreciate your views on its authenticity. Many Thanks.

    Reply
      • rajesh
        rajesh says:

        1. VI1011 -Louis Vuitton Alize 24 Heures Monogram Canvas Travel Bag
        2. Louis Vuitton Cruiser 40 Monogram Canvas Travel Bag LK316 code – SP1001
        3. Louis Vuitton Monogram Cruiser Bag 40 Travel Bag Luggage Bag M41139 - 
        SP0948,
        4. Louis Vuitton Monogram Sirius 50 Travel Bag Suitcase M41406-SP1909
        are these authentic ?

        Reply
  78. Louie
    Louie says:

    Hello Yvonne. Planning to buy an LV District PM Damier Graphite Men’s Bag online. The seller seems legit. He sent me numerous photos of the item and one of them includes the date code. It says CA0154. Would truly appreciate your opinion on the code. A huge thanks.

    Reply
  79. Louie
    Louie says:

    Hello Yvonne, thanks a lot for your quick reply. However, I read your blog posts and did additional research on the internet and found out that a CA date code means the bag is manufactured in Spain. However, the inside stamp and the stamps below the handle of the bag I am planning to buy are marked “made in France.” Is it possible that a date code and the stamp will sometimes contradict? Or that inconsistency alone should cause an alarm. Again, a huge thanks.

    Reply
    • Yvonne
      Yvonne says:

      It’s fake Louie. That’s why date code format alone is not enough to determine whether a bag is real or not.

      Reply
  80. Maika
    Maika says:

    Hello there,
    I’m thinking about buying a pre owned LV neverfull mm demier the code is AR1145.can you please tell me if the bag is real?really appreciate it.than you so much.

    Reply
  81. Diane
    Diane says:

    UB4195 was a pic on the date code sent to me on an epi neverfull. I can find anything to say this is a “real code”. Tks.

    Reply
  82. Alicia
    Alicia says:

    Just purchased a LV, but not sure whether it is fake or not. The code is: RA 1780 017. Is this a legit code or a fake? Please help- thanks in advance!

    Reply
  83. Liz
    Liz says:

    Yvonne, your amazing, I’ve read your thread and keeping at it all is time must get exhausting!

    I have two authentic bags that I seldom ever used A Cartouchiere MM from 1989 France and Alma 1994 USA both in near excellent condition. Can you recommend a site to evaluate value. I am planning on down sizing and may consider selling (emphases on might). Even though I never use them I still have a hard time giving them up. ????

    Reply
    • Yvonne
      Yvonne says:

      Hi Liz!
      Thank you for stopping by. It is quite time consuming to keep this blog going:).
      To answer your question – I don’t have a particular website to recommend to evaluate value but you can take your bags to your local auction house and ask for a free appraisal.
      They can sell for you with a reserve price (in case you don’t want them to go at low prices) too.
      Hope this helps!

      Reply
  84. Kevin Dever
    Kevin Dever says:

    M40102  lv monogram hand tote bag
    Date code FL 4037
    I check everything else seems legit.. stitching etc.
    I bought for my girlfriend just want to make sure..
    Kevin

    Reply
  85. Ruby Fowler
    Ruby Fowler says:

    I have a vintage “loop” LV with date code M51147 . I saw previously where you told a girl this doesn’t sound like an authentic code one letter followed by 5 numbers, but I’m pretty sure mine is authentic. Please advise Also France is spelled with little f

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  86. Kim
    Kim says:

    Hello Yvonne,

    Thank you for creating this page! I actually have two questions. I have a vintage speedy 25, which is my first Louis Vuitton purchased from LV mid 80’s, when I look at the code, it is not located under the pocket, but when looking at it the left side is 051 the right side has SD. It is marked made in France. I am confused with the 051?

    The second question is I recently purchased a pre owned speedy 30 the date code is SD0014, tag is made in USA so that seems accurate – however the location is on the left side – not the right? It is centered, evenly spaced, appears the correct font, but somewhat small and all the images i researched only shows it on the right side. Have you or anyone else familiar with authentic Lv seen this? Thank you!

    Reply
  87. Joanna Kovesdy
    Joanna Kovesdy says:

    I have a white Louis Vuitton but I don’t know if it’s real and I don’t know what the name of the purse is.
    The number on the inside is –
    RA-1780-003

    Reply
  88. Heather Leah
    Heather Leah says:

    Hello 🙂 I was wondering if you could also help me with a date code.
    LD0036
    It is a large white bag with the multi colored monogram and gold hardware.
    Thank you for your time, I live in Alaska and dont even think we have anyone up here to Authenticate.

    Reply
    • Heather Leah
      Heather Leah says:

      Still have not found a place in Alaska to get my bag checked out. The red interior seems to be rubbing a little onto the white leather part that touches on the open sides of the zipper.

      Reply
  89. Jeanette
    Jeanette says:

    Hi! I have a Louis Vuitton bag and I’m wondering if it’s real. Has a tag inside that says RA-1780-003. Ithe says made in France and has a wallet inside attached by a gold chain. I’ve had it for a looooong time and never carried it. Please help!

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  90. Rey
    Rey says:

    Hi I’m just wondering if a louis Vuitton artsy mm with serial numbers TH1009 authentic?

    R letter encircled

    LOUIS VUITTON
    PARIS
    Made in France

    Thank you.

    Reply
  91. Chantal
    Chantal says:

    Hello, I found a really great deal online for an LOUIS VUITTON EVA DAMIER AZUR but am afraid it’s fake there a picture with the code SN2171 >is it a real bag? Thanks in advanced!

    Reply
  92. Kris
    Kris says:

    Hi Yvonne, I purchased a Neverfall LV bag second hand. It came with receipt and box and cover. It says bag was purchased in Dec 2015. Its serial number has me stumped though. Its SA3175, I know SA is for Italy but I can not figure out what the date is. Can you help me figure out if its real or not as the receipt I guess could belong to any bag as the serial number isn’t on it to match unless you know if there is something I should be looking for on it to match it to the bag. Thanks

    Reply
  93. Zeina
    Zeina says:

    Hi Yvonne,
    Capucine M48870 with a Date Code MJ2022 states made in France. Any info is appreciated and thanks for your website.

    Reply
  94. Valentina
    Valentina says:

    Hay! Louis Vuitton JEUNE FILLE CROSS BODY Monogram Canva Code MI 884 .
    I bought it I was told that the original 100% .. Can you please say it is original or fack ? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Valentina
      Valentina says:

      Hay! Louis Vuitton JEUNE FILLE CROSS BODY Monogram Canva Code MI 884 .
      I bought it I was told that the original 100% .. Can you please say it is original or fake ? Thank you.

      Reply

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  95. Valentina
    Valentina says:

    Hay! Louis Vuitton JEUNE FILLE CROSS BODY Monogram Canva Code MI 884 .
    I bought it I was told that the original 100% .. Can you please say it is original or fake ? Thank you.

    Reply
  96. voltaire
    voltaire says:

    is LF0035 for a porte document bag in monogram authentic?
    i did not see LF in ur table specifically for one “made in France”
    THANKS

    Reply
  97. MariaT
    MariaT says:

    Hi Yvonne, I was given a LV by my husband and I don’t want to hurt his feeling the code is SA 0091 located underneath the key ring holder. On the Top of it, it says LOUIS VUITTON, with an R circled, then PARIS, made in France. I’m very suspicious cuz he didn’t pay a lot of money on it. Im curious about the authenticity. Pls help!

    Reply
  98. Angelica
    Angelica says:

    Hi I have a bag which was a gift given to me and I’m wondering if the date code is legit. I haven’t been able to find this bag on the internet before because I don’t even know what to call it. Date code stamped inside pocket is FL0046

    Reply
  99. Catherine
    Catherine says:

    I have a Louie Vuttion messenger bag. According to one source it is real but I’m attempting to sell it tomorrow and wanted to make sure the code inside is
    RA-1780-003

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  100. kat
    kat says:

    Please help! bought a keep all from Tradesy. the leather date code reads ML 862 then there is a white stamp code on the inside lining by the zipper that looks to possibly read 0186-Louis said if it’s a knock off it’s the best they have seen bc the only issue is the stamp. Leading them to believe the zipper may have been replaced…but either way, I don’t want to carry a bag I’m unsure of. Have you ever seen this white code not match the leather stamp inside the bag> thank you!

    Reply
  101. Kristena
    Kristena says:

    Just purchased a “vintage” speedy 30 and the date code is 824 which tells me it could be true vintage but in another Stan opposite of this on the inside is S. A

    What are your thoughts?

    Reply
  102. Billie
    Billie says:

    Very old Speedy 35 date code is VI over top of what appears to be 862
    I have been unable to find 2 letters over t of 3 numbers

    Reply
  103. OTHMAN
    OTHMAN says:

    Hi, I’ve boughten a used Louis Vuitton ONLY WITH THIS MODEL M80002 BUT I CAN NOT FINFDTHE DATE CODE IS REAL OR FAKE

    Reply
  104. Tina pauco
    Tina pauco says:

    Hi a date code of SP1094 which is stamped on the endstrap of a speedy bandou ebene is it good or supposed to be inside ? Thanks a lot

    Reply
  105. Patricia Short
    Patricia Short says:

    Hi I have a LV which I purchased in Harrods in the 1990’s it is a black Epi with a suede like fabric lining. The bag is a medium drawstring classic. Can anybody tell where I may find the date code or any form of authentication. My daughter thinks it must be a fake but that is hardly unlikely considering where it was purchased. Any help would be really appreciated . Thank you

    Reply
  106. Merylou
    Merylou says:

    I have I really big question I have a bag and i was wondering if you can tell me if its a fake the date code says (M40044) please I really need to know..

    Reply
  107. Cristina
    Cristina says:

    Hi I bought a Saumur 35 date code is AR0915? is it made in 1995?
    But the other Saumur 35 that I have is AR9002 means 1990 or 2002- the format is different. Please advice. Thank you

    Reply
  108. Cristina
    Cristina says:

    Hi I buy my purse whit this code
    RA -1780-003 made in París France can you tell to me is real o flake please

    Reply
  109. Maria
    Maria says:

    Please help! I want to purchase a lv pochette metis with date code DU5115, but inside the bag writes Made in U.S.A. Is it fake?

    Reply
  110. Wawa
    Wawa says:

    Hi Yvonne
    I want to know this is a real LV
    M41577 Delightful GM Monogram Hobo. Code SD4120. Can you check for me please.
    Thank you

    Reply
  111. Narcisse
    Narcisse says:

    Bonjour Yvonne
    J’ai un Neverfull GM avec un code FH0168.Ce code est placé en dessous de la poche intérieur.
    La couture jaune du contour d’ouverture du sac ne semble pas être tout à fait régulière et à un certain endroit, le morceau de cuir s’arrête et se superpose avec un autre qui continue le contour.
    Est-ce un vrai quand même?

    Reply

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