A Thorough Real-Fake Comparison and List of Things You Need To Pay Attention To
When buying a stunning preloved Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis, you don’t want to be trapped and get a replica. At first, identifying a non-authentic bag may seem to be tricky, as they might easily pass as real. This article is designed for you to understand all ins and outs of buying an authentic Pochette Metis. Let’s get started!
Legendary Pochette Metis was launched in 2013, and since then has become a timeless symbol of luxury and elegance. Over time, producers worldwide managed to make top-grade replicas, which are hard to distinguish from authentic bags.
The exterior of Pochette Metis is simple: three interior compartments, a short handle, a long strap, and a zip pocket on the back of the bag. The size of the bag is 9.8 x 7.5 x 3.5 inches (or 25 x 19 x 9 cm). All joints, stiches, materials, and hardware of a real Pochette Metis are of extremely high quality. All patterns are always symmetrical. A bag that does not match these parameters is likely to be a counterfeit.
As you can easily see from the pictures below, the real Pochette Metis tilts a little bit to the front. In contrast, the non-authentic bag is perfectly straight. Additionally, the back section of the authentic bag is slightly bigger than the replica one.
The pattern on the front side of a real Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis is always the same, consisting of nine rows of ornaments. The pattern on the backside of the bag is always upside down. Keep in mind that many fake Pochette Metis bags have only half-size fleur de lis at the very bottom of the backside.
The colour of the new original Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis is bright and clear. Many people believe that if the leather of LV Pochette Metis does not darken a bit over time, this is a fake. However, this is not always the case, as many high-quality replicas are made of real leather that gets darker over time. Read more about the colours, leather, and other exterior features of LV Pochette Metis in our reference guide.
The glazing on the authentic Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis bag is slightly brighter than the fake one. In addition, the real bags may come with some imperfections in glazing (‘sloppy’ glazing) due to how it is constructed, while the glazing on a non-authentic LV bag always looks flawless.
The depth of the Empreinte imprints on a real bag is not the same: they are shallow on the bottom and deep on the top. In contrast, the imprints on a fake LV bag always look the same all over the item.
The hardware of the bag is another feature that helps you understand whether your LV Pochette Metis is real or fake. Hardware should be real shiny metal with a high-quality coating. Plastic hardware or tarnished metal are the warning signs that this is a fake. The bag’s zipper should have the LV logo with the original font.
Fonts (Brand Name, Heat Stamp, “Made In” Tag)
The official trademark ® on a non-authentic bag is usually bigger than on real ones. Moreover, a fake bag handle has an oval letter O (it is round on a real bag handle).
An original font should have the following features:
- Letter O is extra round (not oval) and looks slightly bigger than letter L.
- Each letter looks crisp and thin.
- T’s are located very close to each other.
Date code is one of the key factors when identifying a real bag. Each code has 2 letters and 4 numbers. The letters tell you where the bag was manufactured (country). Numbers 1 and 3 indicate the week of production, and numbers 2 and 4 show the year. For example, code A0 0087 means that the bag was produced in France on week 8 of 2007. Be sure to always check the date code, as you may come across replicas made in 2024!
Here are all the existing country codes:
- France: AA, AAS, A0, A1, A2, AN, AH, AS, AR, BU, BJ, BA, DU, DR, DT, DR, CT, CX, CO, FL, ET, LW, MI, MB, NO, RI, RA, SF, SD, SN, SL, SR, SP, TH, TJ, TS, TR, VX, VI
- Spain: CA, BC, LO, LB, LW, LM, GI, UB
- Italy: CE, SA
- Switzerland: FA, DI
- Germany: OL, LP
- USA: FC, FL, FH, OS, LA, SD
The date code in the original bag is always located in the back pocket. Also the letters and numbers of the date code on the fake bag are thinner than those on the original bag. To be more certain that you are buying an authentic Pochette Metis check our ultimate guide to Louis Vuitton date codes.
Most of Louis Vuitton Monogram Pochette Metis bags were created in France, Italy and USA.
Stitches on the authentic Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis bag are flawless, with each thread having the same length and spacing between each stitch. Additionally, the stitches must be slightly angled to the right side.
Before buying your Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis, make sure that you are getting a 100% authentic high-quality bag. Check out our items at stock here and get yourself a unique iconic Louis Vuitton bag that will never go out of style!
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