Ever wonder exactly
how you can tell if a Louis Vuitton
bag is real—as in authentic, manufactured by Vuitton and not faked in a random unsavory sweatshop somewhere? Online consignment site The Real Real
created this video to help their customers understand their authentication process—which primarily involves four signifiers: materials, hardware, construction, and looking for a particular date code. Of course, there are other, unspoken ways of knowing that both Vuitton and pro inspectors won't publicly reveal—just to keep counterfeiters on their toes. But this video is pretty informative, at least for the basics!