LV datecodes 101

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LV datecodes 101

Post by digidog » Tue Jul 04, 2006 8:33 pm

Originally posted by moomoo.

How to read datecodes 101 (what I know so far):

The date code of Louis vuitton bags has two letters and 4 numbers, eg: XX 9999.

The last digit of the date code tells you the year the bag was made in. So if it ends in 6 it was made in 2006. If it ends with 9 it was made in 1999 and so on.

Then it also has the month. The first and third numbers tell you the month and the second and last numbers tell you the year. So if it's 0085, the bag was made on August 2005.

The two letters tell you where it was made. There are heaps of places (codes) and France is the largest producer followed by Spain. YES some Louis Vuitton bags are made in Spain, even Italy and the US! Australia and NZ get lots of Spainish made bags/wallets - but if you go to Asia, it would be really hard or nearly impossible to get one that ISN'T made in France.

Made in France codes are as follows:
AN / AR / AO / AS/ A1 /AC / CT / FL / MB / MI / NO / ND / RA / SL / SP / TH / VI / VR

Made in Spain are:
LM / LO/ CA

The Italian and US ones are pretty much obscure & rare.

Going by the date code, it gets easier to spot fakes. Say a bag has CA (which is Spain) and the tab says made in France, then you know it's fake. Or if the bag was released in 2006 and the digit goes 1003 - you know it's fake.

(I'm not 100% about all of them but that's what I've gathered so far)
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A bit more info on LV

Post by one_with_the_force » Thu May 08, 2008 12:57 am

LV has been using date codes since early 80s so anything pre 80s wont have a date code. During a period from the 1970's through 1991- Louis Vuitton had a licensing relationship with The French Luggage Company in the U.S. These items had different markings that its International counterparts. They also do not have date codes. Date codes weren't used for authentication purposes they were used only for telling when and where the bag was made so relying solely on the date codes isn't really a guarantee as to wether or not the bag is a fake.

In the early 80's Louis Vuitton used only three or four numbers that would represent the month and year that a particular item was manufactured. The first two numbers represent the year, and the last number represents the month. Obviously, if the month were October, November, or December... the last number would actually be two numbers... so a bag made in November of 1983 would have the date code 8311.

Later in the 80's, LV started using a production code that consisted of the same three or four numbers... followed by two letters, these letters are an abbreviation for the factory where that particular piece was manufactured.

By 1990, at least some Louis Vuitton production codes had taken a new format.. Louis Vuitton began staggering the year and the month... so that the first and third number represent the month, and the second and fourth number represent the year.

Again, for whatever reason, Louis Vuitton made another change to the date code format beginning in January 2007. You will still find the same two letters followed by four number format, however instead of using the staggered month and year, Louis Vuitton is now using a staggered Week of the Year and Year formula... so that... a date code that says SD 0077 is not a bag that was made in July of 2007, but is a bag that was made in the 7th week of the year 2007- so mid-to-late February of 2007.

Country codes:

France: A0, A1, A2, AA, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, CT, DU, ET, FL, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SD, SL, SN, SP, SR, TH, VI

USA: FC, FH, LA, OS, SD

Spain: CA, LO, LB, LM, LW

Italy: CE, SA

Germany: LP

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