Vintage VS. Modern Louis Vuitton Saumur Bag

Want to know more about Louis Vuitton date code? Today I’m going to share another date code related question.

Q: …The date code (of a vintage 80s Louis Vuitton Saumur bag we recently sold) is different to what I have seen, just curious. I’d like to know as much as possible…

Now, let’s have a look at the picture of this Saumur Bag’s date code:

saumer bag-002

Louis Vuitton started to use date codes on their bags since 1980s. There are 6 different date code formats in 1980s, unlike the single date code format (2 letters 4 numbers) on modern Louis Vuitton bags that most people are familiar with. One of the date code formats in late 1980s is 3 numbers 2 letters like this: 893 FC, which means Made in France, March 1989.

Also note it says LOUIS VUITTON MALLETIER (Louis Vuitton’s full name which was mostly stamped on Louis Vuitton antique/vintage items) on the little leather patch stitched on this vintage Louis Vuitton Saumur, while on a modern Louis Vuitton Saumur bag you’ll find “LOUIS VUITTON PARIS made in … (France U.S.A etc)” stamped on the leather patch.

Louis Vuitton Saumur bag

Louis Vuitton Saumur Bag Heat Stamps

Louis Vuitton Saumur Bag Heat Stamps

Louis Vuitton Saumur bag has always been popular after since it was introduced. It is shaped like saddle bags and has two separate compartments which makes it a great travel companion or an every day bag. Apart from the classic monogram Saumur bag, Louis Vuitton has introduced many other versions of Saumur bag, the latest being these 2 in Cruise 2012 collection.


(photo from Louis Vuitton Ads)

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