Can Louis Vuitton Store Authenticate?

Whenever you're buying a preloved Louis Vuitton handbag for the first time in your life, you're afraid. Your only question is:

Is this Handbag Authentic?

On the one hand, you want to save but on the other hand, how can you confirm that the bag is authentic?


How to Check a Louis Vuitton Bag Authenticity?

A lot of people believe that you can take a bag to the Louis Vuitton boutique and ask the managers to verify its authenticity. Will Louis Vuitton store authenticate the bag in question?

The logic is simple: the company that released the purse is well aware of how to determine if the bag is authentic or not.

However, there's one loophole in this logic. Louis Vuitton is interested in selling more of their new handbags. They're not interested in helping private sellers or consignment boutiques sell their items. Why would they authenticate the items?

If you think about it, to be able to check an item's authenticity, not only you should be an expert in what authentic items look like but you should also know what the fakes look like. Now imagine you come to Louis Vuitton and there's a manager who's been with the company for 10 days. How can he be sure if an item is authentic?

Once and forever: Louis Vuitton forbids its personnel to check anything! If they took this responsibility, can you imagine how many claims they would have got? They’d have to examine hundreds of bags every day, getting zero dollars out of all these transactions.

Louis Vuitton store also doesn’t issue an official letter of authenticity.

If you’re looking to buy a preloved bag and a seller urges you to go to the boutique and check the bag, it actually means nothing.

If you go to the Louis Vuitton boutique, unless you have a great sales assistant, they’ll tell you that they cannot comment on the item’s authenticity.

The only proof that they’ll ask for is a receipt.

However, there is a different way that you might consider. Large Louis Vuitton stores have a repair department. They also offer to heat stamp the bag with your initials for free.

What you can do is bring the bag and pretend you want to repair the bag or put a heat stamp on it. 

If the bag is an obvious fake, LV SAs won’t confirm repairs saying that this item was not manufactured by Louis Vuitton. They'll give the purse back to you.

That will be an indirect authentication. However, with lots of mirror fakes on the market, it's not that easy to identify a fake bag.

There were also stories when an official Louis Vuitton repair service accepted a fake for repair. You can read about these cases on Purse Forum.


Louis Vuitton 2016 Policy

Now from 2016, Louis Vuitton is asking for a receipt and the original purchase information (who bought the item, where and when).

If they can find this information in their database, therefore, they can confirm the fact that the bag was purchased in Louis Vuitton.

But guess what scammers do? If they are professional, they buy/steal original receipts and get a bag that would match this receipt (manufactured before the date on the receipt).

If you go to their official service, they might say it's authentic cause the receipt is real but in fact, that does not mean anything regarding the authenticity of the bag.

It turns out (paradoxically) that official Louis Vuitton can not confirm the bag's authenticity.

To authenticate a bag, seek the help of a professional authenticator. Authenticators are people who work with the brand for years and seen thousands of authentic bags so they know what an authentic Louis Vuitton bag looks like.

Order an authentication by messaging us on Facebook. It's only $10 for the peace of mind.

If you'd like to learn how to authenticate, you might be interested in our Louis Vuitton Authentication Course.


Want to Authenticate Your Luxury Handbag?

If you need to authenticate a Louis Vuitton item, please order one of the three types of authentication:

Verbal Authentication $10

  • good when you need a certificate for any reason,

Certificate of Authenticity $20

  • good when you need a certificate for any reason, either to sell the bag with the peace of mind or to return a fake bag to the seller if you purchased a fake
  • includes a permanent certificate on

Certificate of Authenticity with a thorough explanation $30

  • good when you need a certificate and you need to know why the bag is authentic/not authentic for any reason, either to sell the bag with the peace of mind or return a fake bag to the seller if you purchased a fake.
  • includes a permanent certificate on
  • includes an explanation of why the item is fake (detailed pictures and comparisons with an authentic bag, more than 10 pics included)




  • Posted by Amy Nevins-Wolff on

    Please authenticate my Lv wallet I bought off of ebay

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  • Posted by Gracie Bacon on

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