While genuine products are subject to limited production or termination of production, replicas can stream freely as much as the demand sets in. I was both startled and impressed by counterfeiters’ new take-on of the covetable yet discontinued semi-vintage Louis Vuitton bags in the 1990s and 2000s. They are not household stables such as the Neverfull, the Alma, the Speedy or the latest Pochette Metis or Petite Malle, but each has its own cult following and significant resale value high enough for counterfeiters to make a fortune.Read More
I realized the latest counterfeits from China were so deceiving even to a pair of well-trained eyes. Angled stitching, almost perfectly engraved hardware and enhanced plating, refined foil stamps and counterfeiters did their due diligence and checked off all the prior mistakes mentioned in popular authentication guides. They even went so far and produced a type of vegetable tanned leather that does change color over time, the No.1 tell-tale between genuine Louis Vuitton vachetta leather and knock-offs.Read More
The Vernis Alma, especially BB and GM in pastel and Amarante have become one of the most knocked-off recent Louis Vuitton best-sellers. Those 1:1 replicas could be priced at $1,000 and sold as “authentic” pieces.
While the Vernis exterior can be somewhat deceptive, a close-up look at these knock-offs will reveal a lot of flaws.Read More