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Louis Vuitton Date Code Guide
Louis Vuitton date codes or authenticity codes began appearing after the 1980s. Vintage Louis Vuitton manufactures prior to 1980 would not have any date codes, and can only be verified as authentic by looking at various factors: evaluating when the style was introduced, looking at the exterior leather, and inspecting the lining and stitching.
We have incorporated a chart that is used by Louis Vuitton to identify and authenticate their products according to:
- Date the product was manufactured
- Location of the manufactured product
Other methods of determining the authenticity of the Louis Vuitton product include where the code is located for that particular item and the apperance of the code. For example, they can appear either on:
- separate leather tab that stick out of the inner lining with the code embedded
- directly embossed on the inner lining and close to the inside seam of the product
- directly embossed on the under side of the D-ring (typical of Speedy)
- directly embossed on Alcantara lining (suede material on inside of Epi leather bags)
- stamped on the inside lining close of the seam of canvas leather lined bags (usually in an offset dark color)
Note: Fake bag manufacturers are getting better at replicating the authentic products, so it is important to always evaluate the exterior, interior, grommets, hardware, lining etc., as date codes can be easily replicated. However, fake bag manufacturers do not focus on quality-made products and often forget to include specific details, as they typically mass produce their items.
|Early '80s||3 or 4 digit date codes, representing the month and year that the product was manfuctured.|
|Late '80s||3 or 4 digit date codes (as above), followed by two letters representing the location that the product was manufactured.|
|1990-2006||First two letters represent the location where the product was manufactured, followed by four numbers:- First/Third number = Month; Second/ Fourth number = Year|
|2007-onwards||First two letters represent location, followed by four numbers: First/Third number = Week; Second/Fourth number = Year|
|France||A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS (Special Order), AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, DU, CO, CT, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SD, SL, SN, SP, SR, TH, TR, VI, VX|
|Italy||BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, RC, RE, SA, TD|
|Spain||CA, LO, LB, LM, LW|
|USA||FC, FH, LA, OS, SD, FL|
Where To Find Louis Vuitton Date Codes
But where exactly are these date codes? Finding a date code on a Louis Vuitton bag isn't easy... They are always tucked away along seams and inside pockets. Get ready to look in every nook and cranny of your LV. If you’re having a hard time locating a date code, here are some tips for finding Louis Vuitton date codes:
• Embossed on a leather tab attached on the interior lining of the bag
• Embossed on a leather tab attached on the interior seam of a pocket
• Stamped on the directly fabric along a seam or pocket edge
• On exterior leather strap close to the strap brass hinge
• In wallets, stamped on the inner edge of bill compartment
• In agendas, stamped under the flap closest to a seam
Common Date Code Locations on Popular Louis Vuitton Bags:
Louis Vuitton Speedy bag: Inside the bag under the pocket, stamped on a leather tab
Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag: Date code is located inside the bag, along the interior edge of the zip pocket, stamped on a leather tab
Louis Vuitton Alma bag: Date code is located inside flat pocket, stamped on a leather tab
Louis Vuitton Artsy bag: Date code is located on the fabric of the lining inside one of the wall pockets, not on a small leather tag.
Louis Vuitton Date Code Fonts, Colors, and Material
Louis Vuitton has used a variety of fonts throughout the years for date codes to identify the location/manufacture date and to trick counterfeiters. You'll find serif and sans serif fonts on date codes depending on the year and factory location (for example, different Speedy bags have both serif and sans serif date codes).
A single style may have multiple locations of date codes through the years (a Speedy bag may be produced in France, Spain, and USA). A date code may look slightly different depending on whether it is stamped into Alcantra fabric or a leather tab, stamped and colored (as on Epi pieces). This can throw a buyer off in terms of whether the date code looks correct or not, but it's intentional to ward off counterfeiters.
Chanel Handbag Authentication Guide
Authentic Chanel handbags from the mid 1980s on come with authenticity cards embossed with a serial number (pictured on right). The serial number matches the serial number appearing on a sticker placed somewhere within the handbag’s interior lining. The serial number sticker has Chanel logos and was protected by a clear tape with hologram security feature from approximately 2000-on. The sticker, Chanel logo, and hologram design varied with the manufacturing date (see chart below).
Hermes Date Code Guide
Every Hermes item is handmade and therefore has its own intricacies based on the craftsman and leather. Each Hermes item will be embossed with the logo stamping in the natural, gold or silver with Hermes Paris logo. Everything should be lined up - evenly and centered with the Hermes name.
Hermes leather items should have a blind stamp. Hermes uses letters in alphabetical order to date the bags surrounded by a shape. From 1945 to 1970, no shapes were used. From 1971 to 1996, a circle shape is used. From 1997 to present, a square shape is used. The list shows the year made, and the letter that would be stamped on the bag based on that year. At the top of every list is the shape that the letter would be framed inside.
Additional numbers/letters appearing next to the blind stamp indicate the section at the atelier where the bag maker works.
Hermes Blind Stamp and Year Reference Guide
|1945 A||1971 A||1997 A|
|1946 B||1972 B||1998 B|
|1947 C||1973 C||1999 C|
|1948 D||1974 D||2000 D|
|1949 E||1975 E||2001 E|
|1950 F||1976 F||2002 F|
|1951 G||1977 G||2003 G|
|1952 H||1978 H||2004 H|
|1953 I||1979 I||2005 I|
|1954 J||1980 J||2006 J|
|1955 K||1981 K||2007 K|
|1956 L||1982 L||2008 L|
|1957 M||1983 M||2009 M|
|1958 N||1984 N||2010 N|
|1959 O||1985 O||2011 O*|
|1960 P||1986 P||2012 P|
|1961 Q||1987 Q||2013 Q|
|1962 R||1988 R||2014 R|
|1963 S||1989 S||2015 T (no square)|
|1964 T||1990 T||2016 X (no square)|
|1965 U||1991 U||2017 A (no square)|
|1966 V||1992 V||
2018 C (no square)
|1967 W||1993 W||2019|
|1968 X||1994 X|
|1969 Y||1995 Y|
|1970 Z||1996 Z|
* Note some Hermes bags including the Evelyne and Double Sens left the factory with a "JO" stamp in a rectangle instead of O stamp in square.
Authentic Hermes hardware or metal accents on their handbags are usually plated in precious metal. The use of precious metals means that the metal on an authentic Hermes handbag will not tarnish. A small hallmark will appear next to the "Paris" stamping on gold plated hardware.