Watch our authenticity video below, we discuss the popular LV Speedy style.
Please note we provide this information so you can self authenticate your LV bags. We are unable to respond to individual queries. We suggest reaching out on the excellent Post Forum.
Since the making of this video we have received some new information added and we need to rectify a few comments made during this video:
- Speedys have been around since 1930s
- Speedy styles are based on the ‘keep-all’ large travel bags, the speedy is much smaller and practical versions of the ‘keep-all’ intended for city ‘every day’ use hence the name ‘speedy’.
- When I was demonstrating the asymmetric patterning I should have said ‘starting with 1/4 of fleur de lys ending opposite side of the bag on ¼ fleur de lys’ – not ½ fleur de lys!
- When I was demonstrating the date stamp code on my vintage speedy 25 I should have said the 2nd and 4th digit represents the YEAR not 3rd and 4th digits.
LOUIS VUITTON DATE STAMP CODES
As promised in the video here are the country codes and different variations of Louis Vuitton date stamping.
|France||A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS (special order), AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, DU, CO, CT, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SD, SL, SN, SP, SR, TH, TR, VI, VX|
|USA||FC, FH, LA, OS, SD, FL|
|Spain||CA, LO, LB, LM, LW|
|Italy||BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, RC, RE, SA, TD|
PERIODS WHERE NO DATE CODE STAMPS WERE USED
Few people know that Louis Vuitton had a licensed relationship with The French Luggage Company in the United States, from the 1970’s-1991. Items manufactured from this licensing agreement do not have date coding and instead other markings distinguishing themselves.
Louis Vuitton did not use Date Stamp Codes, instead just using ‘LOUIS VUITTON’ stamping. Assessing authenticity requires inspection of all other aspects of the bag, materials, stitching, hardware, lining, stitching…
Numbers YYM: e.g821 = January 1982 4 numbers YYMM: e.g 8312 = December 1983 2 letters 3 numbers CC YYM: e.g TH 863 = France March 1986 3 numbers 2 letters YYM CC: e;g 865 TH = May 1986 France 2 letters 4 numbers CC YYMM: e.g TH 8812 = France December 1988 4 numbers 2 letters YYMM CC: e.g 8910 TH = October 1989 France
1990S TO 2006
2 letters 4 numbers CC MYMY = e.g TH 1920 is December
1990 2007 – TO PRESENT
2 letters 4 numbers CC WYWY = e.g TH 3077 is 37th week of 2007
SOMETHING TO NOTE
With vintage bags SD can stand for either USA or France. SD was the marking for France up until 1995, when there was the opening of a Louis Vuitton factory in San Dimas, California, therefore SD became USA. To establish which country the SD stamp relates to, is dependant on the date stamping being either before 1995 or after.
Often at Vintage Heirloom we receive bags with contradicting date codes. This does not necessarily mean the bag is a replica. Often owners have interiors restored after they have become damage. If an owner has a Louis Vuitton bag restored in Italy, the bag will be issued with a new serial number. This is due to Louis Vuitton never repeating date codes whilst repairing bags. The bag will be issued with a new date code and can therefore have conflicting information such as a ‘Made in Paris’ stamping on the bag, yet a date code for Italy.
By knowing the history of a bag, and whether or not the bag has been restored it is easier to authenticate Louis Vuitton bags. It is also important to note that over time Louis Vuitton codes especially in vintage bags can wear away and a bag without a date code does not necessarily mean it is not authentic.