How Old Is Your Louis Vuitton Bag? Check The Date Code!
Owning a genuine Louis Vuitton handbag is a goal for many collectors, but knowing exactly where and when a bag was made gives each piece a history. Thanks to their date codes, you can find out!
That is, if your bag has one. Louis Vuitton did not use date codes on bags and other items prior to 1980, and as of March 2021, they dropped them in favor of microchip identification. Still, date codes are one mark we look for when we want to learn more about a specific bags story.
Where Can I Find My Code?
In most bags, you’ll find the code on a leather tag inside of an inside pocket. It could be on the underside of the flap, or stamped into the lining. If it’s not there, check the inner side of the handle.
I Can’t Find My Code. Is My Bag Fake?
Not necessarily. The code could be missing for one of these reasons:
Bag made prior to 1980 or after March 2021
Tag fell off from wear or cleaning
Code faded out, especially if it was stamped into Alcantara micro-suede
A poor-quality fake
Louis Vuitton date codes should not be considered serial numbers. One example of poor fake is if the country code on the date tag does not match other stamping that says where was made.
What Are the Codes?
Louis Vuitton has used several code formats, and some of them are a little confusing. Let’s clear up what they mean.
Codes from 2007 to 2021
These codes have two letters and four digits. The letters are the factor location. The first and third numbers are the week of the year it was manufactured, and the second and fourth numbers are the year.
A code MM3048 from this era would show a bag made on the 34th week of 2008. The MM code is for a factory in France.
Codes from 1990 to 2006
Like the ones above, it’s two letters and four digits. However, the first and third numbers in this era represent the month. The code AR0988 is a bag made in August, 1998. This is another French factory code.
The earliest use of the factory code stamping starts here. A giveaway for a bag in this era is the letters coming after the numbers. The first two numbers are the year and the last one or two numbers are the month. You might find the factory code and the date code in two separate locations. A date code of 894 would show a bag made in April, 1989.
The first date codes had no factory identification, just 3-4 numbers like the other 1980s code system. Code 8110 would show a bag made in October 1981.
What Are The Factory Codes?
Louis Vuitton has factories all over the world, some of them specializing in a kind of bag or accessory. The current factory codes are:
A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS (Special Order), AH, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, CO, CT, CX, DR, DT, DU, ET, LW, MB, MI, ML, MM, NO, RA, RI, SF, SK, SL, SN, SP, SR, TA, TH, TJ, TN, TR, TS, TY, VI, VX
BO, CE, FH, FO, FP, MA, NZ, OB, PL, RC, RE, TB, TD
CA, LO, LB, LW, GI, UB
FC, OS, TX
BC (Italy and Spain), FH (Italy and USA), FL (France and USA), LA (France and USA), LM (France and Spain), SA (France and Italy), SD (France and USA)
If you know Louis Vuitton made your bag after 1980, try finding the date code to learn more about the story behind your treasured bag.
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