It's been more than a year since last time I personally tapped into the high-end 1:1 replica market and after a recent visit back to the secret marketplaces both online and offline, I was completely overwhelmed by how much a beast it has grown into and the quality of some of the best fakes made me speechless and my jaw drop. I was particularly amazed by the technology advancement in their hardware molding and finishing as well as heat stamps.
I have a lot to say about Louis Vuitton replicas but I wanted to send out a quick update first on the latest Supreme x Louis Vuitton collabo and my advice is if you are not an experienced professional authenticator, do not attempt to buy any Supreme x LV online and never never snap up a "good deal", most likely you will be paying a slightly less absurd price for a piece of insanity. This batch of replicas I am about to reference is of top notch quality and rare to source. The intended goal of them is to get sold at jacked up resell price as the real ones through marketplaces that outsource authentication services such as Tradesy, StockX, Rebagg and etc.
I wanted to call out three most popular Supreme x LV handbag styles for your attention - Apollo camo backpack, Christopher backpack and Keepall luggage. Unfortunately, before counterfeiters stop mass producing these models, I will refrain from any detailed explanation or comparison.
1. Many versions of hardware, excellent molding; one version actually resembles that of Chanel that Louis Vuitton does not make. Good hybrid!
2. Vachetta leather accent is getting so much better but tone is off for specific models.
3. Stitching is getting closer too but still off for various reasons.
4. Date code is still one of the major tell-tales. I actually covered up the image of the fake date code and you can email me if you are interested in taking a closer look.
I almost wonder if suppliers or manufacturers of genuine products have been somewhat involved in the counterfeiting process. The improvements are more than leaps and jumps and the hardware is just so real that I got scared myself!! It will be more and more difficult to authenticate luxury handbags using our bare human senses, luckily technology breakthroughs in anti-counterfeiting are at the dawn.