Sell Louis Vuitton Boston
Authentic LOUIS VUITTON items are sold to
us  everyday!  This is a guide to help you find
used authentic Louis Vuitton at less than
retail right here in Somerville, Boston..  
Remember, there is an unbelieveable
amount of fakes- both online and off.  eBay is
doing what it can to remove some of them,
but you need to protect yourself.  I can only
help you weed out the more juicy obvious
fakes... and will do my best to help you
defend yourself against the "better" fakes-
which are getting closer and closer to the
look of the real thing.  Here are La Chic's Top

Buying authentic used Louis Vuitton &
avoiding the fakes!
1.  Know your bag!  
Was it ever made by Louis Vuitton?  This
sounds like an easy one, but it's not!  I am a
Trading Assistant here on eBay and had an
eBayer mail me a black vernis Louis Vuitton
Houston to sell for her.  She'd bought it on
eBay and I could still see the glowing
feedback she'd left the seller for the $495
transaction.  One problem... Louis Vuitton
has never done Vernis in black!  Try your bag
on at a boutique, check the VUITTON
website, or Elux, buy a catalog- etc, but make
sure that the bag you are looking for was ever
made by Louis Vuitton.  This is especially
common in Multicolore bags- (there was
never an Multicolor Backpack, Ellipse,
Papillon etc), Cherry Blossom (no CB
Speedy, Alma nor Cabas tote, Pegase),
Cerises (no Papillon, Ellipse, Cabas Piano,
Mezzo or Alto)  or vintage pieces.

Know its parts:  What is it "supposed" to be
lined in?  Should it have feet?  What does the
base look like?  Should it have a d-ring
inside?  Where?  Does it have a date code?
Should it? Where?You can check the Vuitton
website or your local boutique for this
information... you can also purchase more
detailed guides here on eBay that include
such details...  For example:  If it is supposed
to be lined in brown cotton canvas, it needs
to be lined in brown cotton canvas.  There
have never been brown suede linings- even
in the vintage pieces.  Alcantara kind of looks
like a suede-y material, but it isn't suede and
although is found in a greyish mushroomy
color, it isn't found in dark brown.  A Speedy
of any age should have brown cotton canvas
lining, so if you see any other lining- you
know it isn't authentic.  The lining of a Speedy
has NEVER looked like this:

Know its Monogram placement:  Louis
Vuitton has been in production since 1854!  
Their style is classic, and quality-
phenomenal!  The traditional Monogram
Toile canvas that is so popular today- had its
beginnings in 1896.  The monogram itself
can give clues as to authenticity.  Louis
Vuitton is very careful about the way that the
monogram is placed on any piece.  Most of
its styles are the same today as they were
when they first came out- with a few
exceptions.  The actual LV monogram is
usually (with the exception of some vintage
pieces) symetrical from side to side in all
monogram styles (traditional, Multicolore,
Cerises, Mini mono, Vernis etc.) as you can
see in this Louis Vuitton Speedy (notice
where the LVs are in relation to the handles,
sides, quatrefoils etc)...

Watch the stitching:  Louis Vuitton is very
careful with it's stitching.  Stitching should be
very even and regular.  The same number of
stitches will be found in similar locations on
similar bags... for example the leather tab
that the handle attaches onto on any size
monogram Speedy bag will always have 5
regular, even stitches across the top, like this:

Watch the age:  While vintage pieces follow
most of the rules that I discuss in this guide,
there are definite differences in vintage
pieces.  For example, all French Company
pieces vary slightly... so if you are looking at a
French Company Vintage Vuitton piece, it
may differ a bit.  For instance, the FC Speedy
30 does NOT always have 5 stitches across
the top, does NOT have upside down LVs on
one side, and does NOT have Louis Vuitton
embossed in the hardware.  I'm currently
writing a guide to help with these vintage
gems- so watch out for it.

Made in Spain?  Yes, while it is true that
authentic Louis Vuitton is made in France, for
over 25 years, Louis Vuitton has also
produced bags in the USA, Spain, Germany
and Italy.  It is not true that a Louis Vuitton
bag has to be marked "Made in France" to be
authentic.  Here is the embossed markings
of an authentic Louis Vuitton bucket bag,
Made in the USA:

What about the "Upside Down LVs"?  People
email me all the time about this one... Some
styles of authentic Louis Vuitton WILL have
"upside down" LVs on the backside.  The
reason for this is that Louis Vuitton uses one
continuous piece of leather that wraps
around from the front to back, without a seam
on the bottom- and so, the backside has
upside down logos.  This is true on the
Speedy styles (except French Company
Speedys), the Keepalls, Papillons, and some
similar styles.  Most monogram pieces (any
piece with a separate piece of canvas or
leather on the bottom) will have the LVs
rightside up on both sides.  Here is the
backside of an authentic Speedy 25:

What about the patches?  It is true that many
older fake bags had patches on the interior
and exterior that simply were never there on
authentic versions.  Fake exterior patch
followed by fake interior patch:

However, some authentic bags DO have
them!  This is especially true of vintage
pieces where there is a round patch meant
for personalized embossing like this:

Some current bags also have patches
inside, like the Viva Cite:

The Fonts:  Louis Vuitton uses a very specific
font.  I've noticed that a few counterfieters
have begun to do a better job at knocking it
off... so be careful, but current LV fonts will
ALL look like the one on the patch above.  
Notice the VERY round "O"s.  Here is an
example of two straps- one authentic, one a
"better" fake.  Can you tell the difference?

(The bottom one is authentic...)

Due to a limit on pictures and length of each
eBay guide... I have broken this into parts.  
Please click HERE to check out Part 2 for
more of my Top Ten!  Good luck in finding
that perfect AUTHENTIC Louis Vuitton piece
here on eBay!
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