As a trusted online source of the best in designer handbags, shoes, and accessories, LAB guarantees the authenticity of our items. Here at LAB, each consigned item is carefully selected to meet our high standard of quality. In many cases, our items come with original certificates of authenticity and/or dust bags from the original purchase.
When shopping our site, please read the descriptions of each bag carefully and look at all of the photos provided. We show all of our handbags as they are, so please note the size. Colouring of bags may be slightly different onscreen vs. in-person due to varying computer-monitor calibration.
All of our handbags are guaranteed authentic, or you will receive a full refund
If you feel the handbag you purchased from LAB is not authentic, you must contact us within 7 days of receipt of your item/s in order to initiate the refund process. To receive a full refund, we require that you return the item and include official documentation that proves the designer handbag you purchased from us is not authentic. You can obtain such documentation from a recognized authenticator service or expert at the original designer store. We will attend to any matter and work together with you to resolve it.
If you have any questions about a purchase or about a return, please feel free to contact us via email at email@example.com.
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|
Chanel Date Code Guide
Chanel will typically include an interior hologram sticker with date codes that correspond to the year of manufacture, as well as “slashes” on the number zero corresponding to the particular year of manufactured, and font serifs on the number one.
Note: Hologram stickers do fall off on occassion and the lack of a sticker does not mean that the bag is not authentic.
|Serial Number||Year Manufactured||Number labels|
|14XXXXXX||2011||zero strikethrough, 1 in serif font|
|13XXXXXX||2009-2010||zero strikethrough, 1 in serif font|
|12XXXXXX||2008-2009||zero strikethrough, 1 in serif font|
|11XXXXXX||2007-2008||zero strikethrough, 1 in serif font|
|10XXXXXX||2006-2007||zero strikethrough, 1 in serif font|
|9XXXXXX||2005-2006||zero strikethrough, 1 in serif font|
|8XXXXXX||2004-2005||zero strikethrough, 1 in serif font|
|7XXXXXX||2003-2004||zero strikethrough, 1 in serif font|
|6XXXXXX||2000-2002||zero strikethrough, 1 in serif font|
|5XXXXXX||1997-2000||No zero strikethrough on 52X* – 56X*|
|4XXXXXX||1996-1997||zero strikethrough, 1 sans serif|
|3XXXXXX||1994-1996||zero strikethrough, 1 sans serif|
|2XXXXXX||1991-1994||zero NO strikethrough only until 27X*, 1 serif font|
|1XXXXXX||1989-1991||zero NO strikethrough, 1 in serif font|
|0XXXXXX||1986-1989||zero NO strikethrough, 1 in serif font|
Hermes Date Code Guide
Hermes will typically feature an embossed stamp of a letter and a geometric shape (either a circle or a square) that represents the period it was manufactured. Hermes made prior to 1970 will have no shape, and just an embossed letter.