THE REASON FOR LOUIS VUITTON MICROCHIPS
For Louis Vuitton, date codes only tell you where it was made and which month it was manufactured. What’s more, these items are not unique, a code can be shared with other items in the same batch. Therefore, IN ORDER TO PROPERLY AUTHENTICATE AN ITEM, YOU NEED ADDITIONAL RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE BRAND AND PRODUCT.
Because codes are not unique to each item, it has become easy for counterfeiters to bamboozle people who lack the necessary knowledge to authenticate designer items from brands like Louis Vuitton. This is the very reason why Louis Vuitton upgraded to RFID chips in a market that is flooded with counterfeit items. The main reason these were implemented is to assist store assistants with returns and repairs. Since Louis Vuitton store assistants are not professional authenticators the ability to scan the chip assist them with authentication of returns.
WHAT INFORMATION DOES MICROCHIP STORE?
Louis Vuitton’s microchips store a lot more information than just date codes. Some of these details may include:
- The country and factory the item was made
- Style of the bag
- Description of the bag
- When the bag was sold
- Who the bag was sold to
- The store or website the bag was purchased from
IDENTIFYING THE LOUIS VUITTON MICROCHIP
If you’ve bought a Louis Vuitton item produced after the 1st March 2021, the item will likely have an RFID tag inside of it. However, these microchips are tiny, they’re small in size and thin as paper, they are also often placed under the lining of the bag and therefore cannot be seen.
There are app's which can be downloaded to scan for the chip but the information stored on the chip is only available through a Louis Vuitton staff application not available to the public.
HOW TO AUTHENTICATE A LOUIS VUITTON BAG?
Unfortunately, even microchips can be faked - especially since the original authenticating software is not available to the public. So, THE ONLY WAY TO BE ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT AN ITEM IS AUTHENTIC IS TO BUY FROM LOUIS VUITTON RETAIL STORES OR FROM A TRUSTED LUXURY RETAIL STORE LIKE .
Our authenticators have years of experience reviewing Louis Vuitton and other designer brands. This includes its materials, features, styles, codes and so many other essential details that may not be detected by the average consumer. Even without the code, our talented authenticators look at every single detail from the fonts to the grain of leathers and canvas, a great authenticator can distinguish a fake from the real deal.