Designer handbags are all about trends and sensations. This being said, no one can argue the fact that Louis Vuitton has made a real stir in the “bag-aholic” world with its padlock purses. Every woman on this planet has craved at a specific moment in her life for such a handbag. The little LV lock with its matched key is truly iconic, and for many fans it is a real symbol of fashion forward sense.
The most important thing you need to make sure of is that the replica you are looking to buy has a shiny brass and not a brushed finish. Only a poor quality knockoff will have a brushed finished lock. When this little padlock isn’t shiny and glossy, for any connoisseur, it will look really cheap and fake. As a short observation, Louis Vuitton makes this small metallic embellishment only from real brass, gold or silver. Furthermore, on the front of the lock there should be a big LV mark, on the back it should be embossed “LOUIS VUITTON PARIS MADE IN FRANCE” and on the bottom besides the keyhole there should be stamped a unique lock number. Regarding the series of numbers you will find on the bottom of the padlock, these should correspond and be identical to the ones stamped on the keys that come with the bag. If this unique code does not match then it will be pretty easy for anyone to spot your bag as a fake.
The font used for the text embossed on the lock is also very distinctive. The Ns, As and Vs are quite pointy while the Os are quite round. So pay attention to the markings as well because these could indicate how authentic the replica really is.
Below you will see two photos; the first one shows the padlock of a real Louis Vuitton purse and the second one the lock of an imitation product. The two differences we notice from the first moment are the shine of the metal and the font of the LV mark. The original lock has the specific precious and glossy beautiful shine while the replica seems a little bit brushed or with a matte finish. The font is also off. The authentic bag has the left side lines of each letter thicker than the right or bottom lines. This makes the logo look dynamic and stylish. On the replica the letters are not so clearly defined and embossed. Actually, what surprises me the most is the sloppiness with which these were stamped. The V letter is a real mess. Its right side is wavery and all scratched up.
It is all in the details. Finding a well-made replica bag means looking very carefully at every small thing and comparing it again and again with the original product until you are sure that it is 100% correct. It may seem like a lot of work, but buying a Louis Vuitton for a couple hundred dollars instead of spending a small fortune on the real bag definitely makes everything worth it.