What Does a Louis Vuitton Date Code Mean?
- Before 1980s. Louis Vuitton items made prior to 1980 have no date codes. Some of the vintage bags are made by the French Comp
- Early 1980s. Three or four numbers with the first two numbers representing the year and last number(s) representing the month. E.g. "818" would indicate a manufacturing date of August, 1981.
Early to late 1980s. Three or four numbers followed by two letters with the first two numbers representing the year, the next number(s) representing the month and the last two letters representing the country (see right sidebar for factory location codes). E.g. "8511VX" would indicate a manufacturing date of November, 1985 and factory location in France. Late in the 1980s, the letters representing the factory location came before the three or four numbers representing the manufacturing date.
1990 to 2006. Two letters followed by four numbers with the first two letters representing the factory location, the first and third numbers representing the month and the second and forth numbers representing the year. For example, “VI1025” would indicate a factory location in France and a manufacturing date of December, 2005.
2007 and newer. Two letters followed by four numbers with the first two letters representing the factory location, the first and third numbers representing the week of the year, and the second and fourth numbers representing the year. For example, “FO3057” would indicate a factory location of Italy and a manufacturing date of the 35 week (or May) of 2007.
Louis Vuitton Manufacturing Country Codes
Note this is not a complete list. It's collected from open sources by Louis Vuitton enthusiasts from our team.
|France||A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS (Special Order), AH, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, DR, DU, DT, CO, CT, CX, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, MS, NO, RA, RI, SD, SF, SL, SN, SP, SR, TJ, TH, TN, TR, TS, VI, VX|
|Spain||BC, CA, LO, LB, LM, LW, GI, UB|
|USA||FC, FH, LA, OS, SD, FL, TX|
|Italy||BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, NZ, OB, RC, RE, SA, TD|
Where Are Louis Vuitton Date Codes Located?
Generally, a date code is located inside the handbag's pocket near the sews.
To find your item's date code, first examine the inside pockets. In 80% of the bags, you'll find your date code either printed on a small leather tag inside the pocket or just stamped onto the lining. Look carefully especially if your item has alcantra lining as the date code may be very faded and almost invisible.
Here's where the most popular bag's date codes are located:
Speedy: Under the internal pocket on one of the two the leather tabs
Neverfull: Under the pocket on the right (if you're facing the pocket)
Neverfull Epi: on the handle (the place where it meets the top leather trim
Are Louis Vuitton Date Codes Unique?
No. Several items can be produced on the same factory and on the same week. It's quite normal to see an item with the same date code though it doesn't happen frequently.
Does Louis Vuitton Put Date Codes on Receipt?
No. The receipt has the item number that looks like M12345. The date code is not printed on the receipt.
However, by reading the date code you can do a legit check of the receipt by checking if the item was purchased after it was manufactured.
How to Verify That Louis Vuitton is Authentic Using Date Codes
A lot of people believe that if a date code is legit, the item is authentic. Unfortunately, it's not true. Counterfeiters learned to copy the date code logic so a date code on a fake can be fully legit.
How can you check authenticity? You need to take into account multiple factors and you can learn how to authenticate in our Louis Vuitton authentication course. When it comes to date codes, you need to take into account not only the fact that the date code is legit but also the date code font, font color, its location and other details.
Here are some popular fonts for each of the date codes. Please be aware that the list is not full.
Louis Vuitton Date Codes (Made in Spain)
|Factory Code||Approximate years active||Description|
|1997-2019||CA also looks as CR. Used on a variety of items, including bags, accessories and on limited edition items too.|
|2012-2019||Kusama items, Artsy MM, Ikat items, Giant Monogram items.|
|circa 2002-2003||Seen mostly on accessories like belts|
|Circa 2001-2006||Vintage factory code. Seen on bags, monogram hobos, vernis bags etc.|
|LW||Circa 1999-2000||Vintage factory code, not valid at the moment|
|UB||2016-now||One of the most recent date codes.|
Louis Vuitton Made In Germany Date Codes
|OL||Circa 2010-2011||This Germany factory code is quite rare and it's been mostly seen on limited edition items.|
Louis Vuitton Made in USA Date Codes
|FH||1992-1995||Vintage factory code, currently discontinued|
|LA||Circa 2000-2001||Vintage factory code, currently discontinued.|
Until 1995 France)
|SD date code is valid for a French factory until 1995. From 1995 SD date code was used as a factory code for USA factory.|
|FL||1987-now||One of the most popular French factory codes.|
|TX||2017-now||The newest factory opened in the USA in Texas has the TX factory code. Can only be seen on bags from 2017|
Louis Vuitton Made in France Date Codes
|Factory code||Photo examples||Years active||Comment|
|A2||Circa 1988-1994||Vintage factory code, discontinued|
|AA||Circa 2000-now||French factory, ongoing date code|
|AS||Circa 1997-2013||This code can still be found on the newer bags.|
|BA||Circa 1995-2007||Vintage factory code, discontinued now|
|BJ||Circa 2000||Vintage factory code, discontinued now|
|DR||CIrca 2011-now||Newer factory code, can be found on Pochette Metis and other popular bags|
|DU||Circa 2007-now||A long-time French factory code|
|CO||Rare vintage date code|
|CT||Circa 2004-now||Ongoing factory code, seen on Speedy, accessories.|
|CX||Circa 2011-now||Modern factory code seen mostly on accessories (bag charms)|
|ET||Vintage factory code used in the 1980s|
|MB||Circa 1999-now||Long-time French factory, ongoing code|
|MI||Circa 1991-now||Long-time French factory, ongoing code|
|MS||Circa 2010-now||Ongoing factory code|
|RA||Circa 1997-now||Mostly seen on accessories|
|RI||Circa 2005-now||Rare factory code, not seen too much|
|SF||Circa 2016-now||Newer date code, often used for pochettes|
|SL||Circa 1991-2004||Vintage factory code, discontinued now|
|SN||CIrca 2004-now||Long-time French factory. Can often be een on high-quality fakes.|
|SP||1984-now||The most popular factory code for France, old factory|
|SR||Circa 2000-2013||Used for monogram and limited edition items. May also be valid currently.|
|TJ||Circa 2010-now||This factory code is still ongoing|
|TH||Circa 2001-2009||Vintage factory code used in the 2000s|
|TR||Circa 2010-2017||The factory code can still be valid now|
|TS||Circa 2015-now||Factory code used on newer items|
|VI||1984-2011||This factory closed down in 2011. Fakes often use this factory code with newer items.|
|VX||Circa 1984-1999||Vintage French factory code|
Louis Vuitton Made In Italy Date Codes
|OB||Circa 2010-2015||Mostly used for accessories (bag charms)|
|RC||Circa 2005-2013||A modern factory code, can still be in production|