Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Stresa GM Bag

Expensive Gift Or a Super Fake – Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Stresa GM Bag

Expensive Gift Or a Super Fake? Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Stresa GM Bag.

We received a lot of emails/phone calls everyday from people wanting to sell us something; website design, advertising space, SEO service, bags, web hosting, cups, doormats, you name it. We also receive genuine inquires for consignment private sales, which we welcome. However, recently we received a very interesting package. It contained a brand new, never used, Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Stresa GM Bag its owner offered for sale to us. At a rather high price I might add.

Normally private collectors would send us photos to get a quote before sending the bags over. This bag arrived without any photos sent prior. When the parcel was opened, we saw a gorgeous looking bag. Its leather still pale-new, untarnished. For a used bag this would always be a bad sign. LV leather only looks that pale not for long before it turns into a darker patina. But this is a brand new bag, so its all good. It was so new, in fact, it even had plastic wrapping around the handles.

Hm… plastic wrappers around the handles?   Curiouser and curiouser …



fake damier azure stresa gm bag recieved Bag received

The thing is, new bags from Louis Vuitton stores don’t come wrapped in plastic. It just looks tacky and cheap, and LV is all about style. Well, at least, we’ve never seen such plastic wrappers from any of the Louis Vuitton stores we’ve been to; in Australia, Europe, America or Japan. The owner said that the bag came from an LV store in Macau, and since none of us have purchased from that store before, we examined the bags thoroughly to verify its authenticity.

The bag looked very much like a real Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Stresa GM bag. Normally 99% of fakes can be spotted with just a glance, but this one was a real challenge. It has the right color of stitching, shape, measurements, right number of wall pockets positioned in the right spots of a Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Stresa GM bag. The date code is VI2150 meaning: made in 25th week of 2010. The copy of the receipt was dated on December 20th 2010 so it’s all making sense on paper.

It’s quite amazing how sophisticated some counterfeiters have become. We actually had fun spotting the minute differences between the real LV and this bag. We compared it to  a large number of real Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Stresa GM bags we’ve seen and we want to share the details with you.



Louis Vuitton factories are very consistent with the font, stitching, logo, wording, heat stamps etc on their products of the same model, produced in the similar period of time, which helps a great deal in the authentication process.

  • Wrong date code font: real LV Stresa bags’ date code font is slim and long as shown in the blow photos:
real Louis Vuitton damier azur stresa gm bag (4 of 4)

Real Date Code font is slim and long

This bag’s date code doesn’t possess the correct font. The numbers and letters in the date code are too round compared to real ones and the last 2 numbers “5” and “0” are slightly out of alignment. See the wrong date code font of the bag received in below photo:

Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Stresa GM Bag Fake: Font is rounder, number 0 looks shorter then the rest

  • Wrong heat stamp: real LV Strasa bags’ heat stamps are pressed lightly on the leather. Letter strokes are thin.
Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Stresa GM Bag

Real LV streasa bag heat stamps: light and thin

This bag’s heat stamp is deeply pressed into the leather. Letter strokes are much thicker than the ones on original bags.

Fake: heap stamp pressed deeply into the leather.

Fake: heap stamp pressed deeply into the leather.

  • Counterfeit zipper pull. Real Louis Vuitton Stresa logo pulls have the Louis Vuitton logo nicely engraved on the brass, using a special font with a well-rounded “O”.
Real LV zipper pull: Logos are engraved lightly on the brass with rounder logo font

Real LV zipper pull: Logos are engraved lightly on the brass with rounder logo font

Letters on the zipper pull of the bag received are smaller and in wrong font.

Fake: Louis Vuitton logo

Fake: Louis Vuitton logo

  • The bag has incorrect number of stitches on the side leather tab with brass rivet. Louis Vuitton always have the same number of stitches on the bags of the same model, manufactured in the same period of time. Real Louis Vuitton Stresa GM bags have 9 even stitches on each side of the brass rivet on the side leather tab.
Louis Vuitton damier Azur Stresa GM bag

Real LV Stresa GM bag leather tab has 9 stitches

The bag received has only 8 stitches on the each side of the brass rivet, which appear uneven as shown below:

Fake: leather tab has 8 uneven stitches

Fake: leather tab has 8 uneven stitches

Sadly there are so many “close to real” fakes out there. We don’t accept any item that we can’t guarantee its authenticity.  So we had to bring the bad news to the sender that the gift they bought is actually a fake. A very smart fake but nevertheless, not the real deal. In the mean time, watch out buyers. If you see a similar Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Stresa GM bag for sale somewhere, stay away. It might be this bag’s sister from Macau.

More blog posts on Designer Handbag Guide.



42 replies
  1. Maria Bravo
    Maria Bravo says:

    I wish I could have seen your comments before I purchased my fake Stresa. the pictures looked good, but when I received it, it doesnt smell like leather, totally fake. The canvas feels like the real one, doesnt smell like the real one but can pass. the issue is the lack of quality leather. Now Im disputing the case with ebay

    Reply
  2. Matt
    Matt says:

    “…new bags from Louis Vuitton stores don’t come wrapped in plastic. It just looks tacky and cheap, and LV is all about style.”

    Couldn’t agree more! Today, I visited the flagship Goyard store here in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the bags and presentation failed to impress. Not only were the bags scrunched up in tall, bargain basement looking stacks, but they also had their handles wrapped in cheap looking plastic. Not what I would expect from a luxury brand. I was on the fence between getting my wife a Goyard tote or the LV Neverfull, but after seeing both in person, the Neverfull was an easy decision. =)

    Reply
  3. amanda
    amanda says:

    All replica handbags come with a dust bag, a care book and a verification card. These little extras look the same as the originals and only an expert can tell they are fakes. Nowadays, replicas are even made of the same materials as the original bags.

    Reply
  4. new
    new says:

    I blog often and I really appreciate your content.
    This great article has truly peaked my interest.
    I’m going to book mark your blog and keep checking for
    new information about once a week. I subscribed to your Feed too.

    Reply
  5. Guillermo
    Guillermo says:

    Thank you for every other informative web site.

    Where else maay I get that kiind of info written in such a perfect way?
    I’ve a mission that I’m just now working on, and I’ve been at the glance out for such information.

    Reply
  6. Collin
    Collin says:

    What i doo noot realize is if truth be told how you’re not actually
    much more well-preferred than you might be riggt now. You’re so intelligent.
    You understand therefore considerably relating to this topic, made me in my view consider it from nmerous varied
    angles. Its like men and womdn aren’t involved unless it is one thing to accomplish with Girl gaga!
    Your own stuffs great. All tthe time take czre
    off it up!

    Reply
  7. Prodroxatone
    Prodroxatone says:

    I got thius website from my pal who snared with me regarding this site and at the
    moment thhis time I am visiting tis web page aand
    reading very informative content here.

    Reply
  8. Byron
    Byron says:

    Nice post. I used to be checxking continuously this blog and I’m inspired!
    Extremely useful information specially the remaining phqse 🙂 I take care of such information much.
    I was seeking this ceretain info for a long time.

    Thanks and best of luck.

    Reply
  9. brain disease
    brain disease says:

    I have learn a few excellent stuff here. Certainly
    value bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort
    you set to make any such wonderful informative web site.

    Reply
  10. Marine D3
    Marine D3 says:

    Excellent post. I used to be checking continuously this blog and I am
    impressed! Extremely helpful information specially the closing phase 🙂 I deal with suxh info much.
    I used to be seeking this particular info ffor a very long
    time. Thank you and good luck.

    Reply
  11. found youth serum
    found youth serum says:

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upo your weeblog andd
    wanted to mention that I have really loved surfing around your
    blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribin on your feed and I’m hoping you write onfe more soon!

    Reply
  12. Bea
    Bea says:

    I am really happy to glance at this weblog posts which consists of
    plenty of helpful information, thanks for providing
    these kinds of data.

    Reply
  13. free psn Plus Codes
    free psn Plus Codes says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this with all of us you really know what you’re speaking approximately!
    Bookmarked. Kindly also talk over with my website =). We could have a link change
    arrangement among us

    Reply
  14. Jav
    Jav says:

    Excellent way of explaining, and nice paragraph to get information regarding my presentation focus,
    which i am going to deliver in institution of higher education.

    Reply
  15. Ej
    Ej says:

    I dont have anything against buying a replica lv because lv quality is now degrading. There are lv replica bags that are more sturdy than the real one. Some fakes are even better in quality and are even handmade like hermes (and please dont give me that reasoning that it’s used for illegal activities, no, some counterfeiters do not use the money to fund illicit activities) , for a fraction of the cost of the real deal, and this says a lot about louis vuitton. As soon as lv became a big conglomerate, the quality degraded slowly over time.

    Reply
  16. skinnybunny
    skinnybunny says:

    Lovely information about the details. I purchased an LV Stresa GM four years ago and still wondering if its authentic or not although I owned new LV bags. There are a lot of super fakes on online shops so still wondering if its authentic. Bought it on ebay for 900aud they called their shop brandoff from Japan. Luckily, upon reading your blog it helped me that the bag is authentic.. super happy. Your article is very informative. Thank you!!!!

    Reply
    • Yvonne
      Yvonne says:

      That’s so good to hear darl. Glad you you’ve got the real deal:) Yeah Brandoff from Japan usually sell authentic preowned bags though it’s always good to double check like you’ve done.
      Enjoy!

      Reply
  17. vistaprint spedizione gratis
    vistaprint spedizione gratis says:

    Wow! Finally I got a web site from where I can really take helpful
    data concerning my study and knowledge.

    Reply
  18. Bobby
    Bobby says:

    Woah! I’m really digging the template/theme of this website.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s tough to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and visual appeal.
    I must say that you’ve done a awesome job with this.

    Also, the blog loads very fast for me on Safari. Outstanding Blog!

    Reply
  19. legalsounds
    legalsounds says:

    Excellent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous
    to and you are just too great. I really like what you have acquired
    here, really like what you’re stating and the way in which you say it.
    You make it enjoyable and you still care for to
    keep it smart. I can not wait to read much more from you.
    This is actually a terrific site.

    Reply
  20. code de réductions
    code de réductions says:

    Hello, yup this paragraph is actually pleasant and
    I have learned lot of things from it on the topic of blogging.
    thanks.

    Reply
  21. irrigador dental
    irrigador dental says:

    It’s genuinely very difficult in this busy life to listen news on Television, thus I simply use internet for that purpose,
    and obtain the latest information.

    Reply
  22. pakistan video song mp4
    pakistan video song mp4 says:

    Hello, the whole thing is going perfectly here and ofcourse every one is sharing data, that’s genuinely excellent, keep up writing.

    Reply
  23. FIFA Mobile Soccer Android
    FIFA Mobile Soccer Android says:

    In life we have to play the role of a goalie when it comes
    to guarding ourselves from being hit by negative thoughts.

    Reply
  24. harga v natural temulawak
    harga v natural temulawak says:

    I am genuinely delighted to glance at this webpage posts which carries tons of useful facts, thanks for providing these kinds of
    information.

    Reply
  25. Modesta
    Modesta says:

    Quality articles is the secret to attract the viewers to visit the website, that’s what
    this web page is providing.

    Reply
  26. Gus
    Gus says:

    After checking out a number of the blog posts on your web
    site, I truly like your way of writing a blog. I book-marked it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back
    in the near future. Please visit my website too and tell me how you feel.

    Reply
  27. Katherine
    Katherine says:

    Great info. Lucky me I recently found your blog by accident (stumbleupon).
    I have book-marked it for later!

    Reply
  28. Wayne
    Wayne says:

    Hello to every one, the contents existing at this web page
    are truly remarkable for people experience, well, keep up the nice work fellows.

    Reply
  29. estimating
    estimating says:

    Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your
    site and in accession capital to assert that
    I acquire in fact enjoyed account your blog posts.

    Anyway I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently fast.

    Reply
  30. hutchankhonghcm.com
    hutchankhonghcm.com says:

    Hi there to every single one, it’s in fact a nice for me to pay a visit this web page, it contains helpful Information.

    Reply
  31. legal help new jersey
    legal help new jersey says:

    Thiѕ design is wicked! You οbviously ҝnoѡ һow to қeep ɑ reader
    entertained. Βetween yoսr wit and үour videos, I ᴡas almⲟst moved to start my own blog (well, ɑlmost…HaHa!) Fantastic job.
    Ӏ realⅼy enjoyed ԝhat you had to ѕay, and more tһan that, һow yoᥙ prеsented
    it. Too cool!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.