A Typical Handbag Has a Place for Everything You Need On the Go
A handbag provides space for many things for a busy person on the go. Purses don’t have to be ugly, big, bulky, or out of style. A purse or handbag makes a statement while providing portable storage space for everything you need while out and about.
Learn to prioritize what you need, so you don’t just have a handbag full of clutter and stuff.
A wallet, phone, and keys are a good start. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to check out with the fancies you purchased at a store, and then discover you left your wallet on the counter at home.
Some people like to carry pocket-size tissues just in case of that occasional sneeze or makeup smear.
Depending on the size of your bag, a small cosmetic bag, hair brush, and ties might be in order.
There’s nothing like a notebook and pen to write down numbers, names, or details until you get home and can enter them into your computer.
Inside Louis Vuitton Bags
Let’s talk craftsmanship, not things you put into the authentic bags. You are the go type of person and love to get out and about. You own a collection of Louis Vuitton Bags and have your favorites. What do different Louis Vuitton Bags have on the inside and outside, and what makes them genuine and special?
Louis Vuitton Bag Linings
Louis Vuitton bags use various linings, and the linings are always high quality. The company uses canvas lining in red or honey, fine monogram patterns, cross-grain leather, tone-on-tone polyester, or microfiber suede.
A Louis Vuitton canvas handbag is a coated canvas bag. The canvas is either Louis Vuitton’s famous Monogram pattern or Damier print. Both canvas styles are durable and water repellent. The Damier Evene Canvas bags are lined with red microfiber. The classic Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas is generally lined with brown cotton textile lining.
The pattern on each bag is made of tan LV logos on a dark brown background. Epi leather and Mahina handbags are lined with suede-like microfiber suede, but some Louis Vuitton bags have been relined with non-authentic materials. The original material either matches the exterior of the bag, or maybe includes lining with a contrasting color. Some older bags have a washable lining.
The Louis Vuitton Signature Monogram Canvas
The Luis Vuitton monogram was designed by Georges Vuitton in 1896. It was a branding effort for his luggage business and is now a recognizable mark on each genuine Louis Vuitton bag.
The tail of the “L” is short. The “O” is round not oval and looks larger than the “L”. The “T” should be almost touching and close together.
The LV logo is similar and referred to as the LV monogram.
The signature monogram pattern is never reversed or done with additional colors. The Monogram pattern is symmetrical from left to right, and a counterfeit bag is easily spotted when compared to an authentic Louis Vuitton bag.
The Damier Graphite canvas
This pattern uses a classic block pattern in black and grey. Damier means checkerboard in French. Damier canvas is not leather but a man-made material made of plain-woven fabric. The Damier canvas was reintroduced in 1996 in Ebene color, which is a neutral brown shade. The block patterns always line up.
Upside Down LV
Is this a mistake or do real Louis Vuitton bags have this?
There are original Louis Vuitton handbags with upside-down LVs on the backside. This is because, in the craftsmanship of the bags, Louis Vuitton uses one continuous piece of leather wrapping from the front side to the backside which causes the LV to be upside down. The Speedy bag is a good example of this. It has no seam on the bottom of the handbag.
Date Code Stamp
Louis Vuitton bags have date code stamps if they were crafted after 1980. They are typically located on the interior tags, interior lining, or leather fixtures. Sometimes the date codes are on the exterior in a hidden place and each style of bag has there own date code location.
Reading the Date Stamp
The date code stamp represents when the bag was made and where. The date code is a combination of letters and numbers. The letters stand for the country the bag was made in and the numbers stand for the date. There is a combination of numbers in the date codes that represent different information.
For instance, the Louis Vuitton date codes between 1990 and 2006, the first and third number stands for the month and year the handbag was made and the second and fourth numbers stand for the year. After 2007 the date codes included two letters for where the bag was made and two numbers indicating the week and year the luxury handbag was made.
Here is a date code table from Couture USA.
There are various country codes. There are ten country codes for Italy BC, BO, CE, FO, PL, MA, RC, RE, SA, and TD. The United States has six country code options depending on where the bag was made.
Louis Vuitton – Neverfull Bags
The Neverfull was made after 2007. This bag was roomier to hold all the things the on-the-go person needs whether they are out and about during the day or night or both.
The Neverfull is made from a Monogram canvas with natural cowhide trim. It has side laces that create a sleek look and it can be carried on the arm or shoulder.
The Neverfull Monogram has a tan interior with thin brown stripes giving the handbag a sophisticated look. Originally the luxury handbag was made only with Beige lining in Monogram, Damier Azur, and Red lining in Damier Evene. This remained true from 2007 until 2014. The luxury hand bag has a detachable clutch that can be used on its own or attached to the interior of the purse.
Louis Vuitton’s Hardware
The hardware used for Louis Vuitton bags is usually in brass, golden brass or silvery metal. There is a school of thought that Louis Vuitton hardware doesn’t chip, tarnish, or wear off. Unfortunately, this is an urban myth and isn’t true. Most of the hardware used today is plated metal but it does tarnish.
Louis Vuitton Zipper Pull
The zipper pull on genuine Louis Vuitton bags will have a clear lv stamp on the pull. All Louis Vuitton bags manufactured since 1991 have golden brass zipper hardware with the LV logo. Prior to 1991 zippers were Swiss-made, Eclair, or made by other companies. The top pull will have deeper embossing than the bottom pull.
Louis Vuitton zipper pulls do tarnish and they may need to be replaced. Louis Vuitton will replace the zipper pulls and will be done on site free of charge. If the whole zipper needs to be replaced the bag will need to be left while the repair is made.
Louis Vuitton Handles
Vachetta leather is used for Louis Vuitton bag handles. The latter is a natural toned cowhide that transforms into a rich honey color as the purse ages. Air contributes to the change in color. The handles have an even layer of glazing applied. The leather handles with some darkening indicate a real Louis Vuitton bag with real handles. The authentic Louis Vuitton Alma has five stitches across each of the tabs that secure the handles. The tabs do not have any back and forth or zig zag stitching, and the perfection of the stitching is exquisite
Louis Vuitton Bag Stitching
Unique to the Louis Vuitton bag is that the stitching count never changes. The number of stitches is matched to the location of the stitches. Like explained in the above paragraph, the leather handles on the Alma is exactly five, no more – no less. The stitches are mustard yellow in color.
Classic bags have stitching, the was made with white thread made from linen, dyed yellow and reinforced with beeswax.
Louis Vuitton Bags
In 1859, Louis Vuitton started a journey to becoming a company recognized within the fashion world. By 1925, a dome-shaped designer purse was designed for personal use. The purse was in high demand, and today many women carry genuine Louis Vuitton purses.
Reaching a younger generation with a need for trendy sophisticated style, Louis Vuitton offered limited edition luxury handbags, which quenched the appetites of the customers.
LV bags are available directly through their official website louisvuitton.com and a high-end department store like Saks, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdale. Louis Vuitton does not discount their purses. In fact, Luis Vuitton burns unsold pieces to protect their rare and desired products.
Unsold LV bags
Authentic Louis Vuitton bags that are not sold are part of the products disposed of. Another reason Louis Vuitton engages in an end of the year burn is because of the “duty drawback” law. The law states that if a product is imported into the US after paying a duty on it, it is destroyed after customer notification and the duty is paid back to the company.
LV bags are expensive, and the duty is about 15-25%. By burning the unsold purses, the company makes up some of their loss by getting the duty back.
Where to Buy a Louis Vuitton Handbag
A real Louis Vuitton handbag can be expensive. They are an exclusive brand that continues to attract customers who want to buy one for their own personal use or add to their Louis Vuitton collection. Vintage Louis Vuitton bags and modern LV handbags in style for 2022 with a dust bag and an authenticity card will both demand a high price.
There are online stores that sell gently used Louis Vuitton bags at a reduced price. The bags are mailed to you after they are paid for. A drawback is the authenticity process used for these bags. Nothing would be worse than paying the price for a gently used bag to find out it is one of the many counterfeit bags on the market today.
Visiting a trusted pawn shop may create an option for you to get an authentic bag and save money in the process. Pawn shops buy, sell, and loan against luxury items. This includes luxury handbags. Louis Vuitton bags are often brought into the shops with their dust bags and receipts to secure quick cash. Depending on the situation, they are then placed on the retail floor for sale or listed on the pawn shops’ online store.
If you are looking for a specific bag, a Louis Vuitton bag made in France, or one of the many beautiful Monogram bags, check R & J Jewelry and Loan. The shop specializes in luxury bags and authenticates the bags that come into their shop.
R & J Jewelry and Loan is a family owned pawn shop providing an alternative financial option to the community since 1978. They have built a reputation on personalized services and huge jewelry selections. They provide a range of prices on all jewelry items, providing customers with the opportunity to save money.
When money is tight, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help, but the answer could be sitting right in your own closet. Your luxury handbags and accessories can be used as collateral for pawn loans at R & J Jewelry & Loan pawn shop. We offer pawn loans in San Jose, CA that allow you to borrow against your luxury items and receive a low-interest cash loan with a four-month repayment plan.