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Collector Square authentication and Louis Vuitton date code guide

Collector Square offers you more than 500 Louis Vuitton bags, which, after having been carefully selected for their perfect condition and desirability, are appraised and authenticated by our expert Jérôme Lalande, renowned for his expertise in fine leather goods. Jérôme Lalande has worked with several auction houses for over twenty years, including Hermès.

Unlike Chanel handbags, which have a serial number, Louis Vuitton handbags have a date code, just like Hermès handbags.

Louis Vuitton handbags have a date code stamped on an inside label or on the inside lining of the product.
This code makes it possible to precisely identify the place and year of its manufacture. The latter concerns Louis Vuitton handbags that have been manufactured since the late 1980s.

The majority of date codes are made up of a combination of numbers and letters. The numbers indicate the year and month of manufacture (as well as the week for the most recent models) and the letters indicate the country in which the Louis Vuitton bag was made:

  • Before the early 1980s : no date code for Louis Vuitton handbags.
  • Early 1980s : the date code has three or four digits. The first two digits indicate the year of manufacture and the last digit(s) the month.
    For example, the date code "852" indicates that the Louis Vuitton bag was manufactured in February 1985.
  • From 1990 to 2006 : the two letters precede the numbers, for which the reading configuration has been changed. The first and third digits indicate the month and the second and fourth digits the year of manufacture.
    For example, a code "DR1025" indicates that the Louis Vuitton handbag was made in France in December 2005.
  • Since 2007 : the two letters are followed by four digits with a change in reading; the first and third digits indicate the calendar week and the second and fourth digits the year of manufacture of Louis Vuitton handbags.
    For example, the date code "MA2088" lets you know that the Louis Vuitton bag was made in Italy, in the 28th week of the year, in July, in 2008.
France A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS (Special Order), AH, AR, AN, AS, BA, BJ, BU, DR, DU, DR, DT, CO, CT, CX, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SA, SD, SF, SL, SN, SP, SR, TA, TJ, TH, TN, TR, TS, VI, VX
Germany LP, OL
Italy BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, NZ, OB, PL, RC, RE, SA, TD
Spain BC, CA, LO, LB, LM, LW, GI, UB
Switzerland DI, FA
USA FC, FH, LA, OS, SD, FL, TX

Note that Louis Vuitton handbags with a suede lining can sometimes be harder to read and in some cases the date code may even have disappeared. This can also be the case for antique Louis Vuitton handbags, or if they have been "aggressively" cleaned.

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