A Brief Glimpse Into: Louis Vuitton

Founder:
Louis Vuitton
Year:
1854
Most Noted For:
Trunks and monogram canvas handbags
Owned By:
LVMH
Creative (Artistic) Director:
Pharrell
Notable past creative directors:
Virgil Abloh: 2018 – 2021
Marc Jacobs : 1997 – 2009
Kim Jones: 2011-2018
Manufacturing Locations:
France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, USA, Germany
Learn More:
Wikipedia
LouisVuitton.com

 

When looking at a date code, depending on the age of the bag, there will be two letters which will tell you what country your bag was made in. Below is a list of those manufacturing facilities.

France: A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS, AH, AN, AR, AS, BA, BC, BE, BJ, BO, BU, CO, CT, CX, DK, DR, DT, DU, ET, FL, LA, LM, LU, LW, LY, MB, MI, ML, MM, MS, NO, RA, RI, SA, SD, SF, SK, SL, SN, SP, SR, TA, TH, TJ, TN, TR, TS, TY, VI, V.I., VM, VT, VX

Germany: LP, OL

Italy: AK, BC, BM, BO, CE, CX, DI, FA, FF, FH, FK, FN, FO, FP, FW, FX, FY, FZ, IK, LE, MA, NZ, OB, PL, RC, RE, SA, SC, TB, TD, US, VL

Spain: AC, BC, BP, CA, CY, GI, JG, JJ, LB, LM, LO, LW, UB

Switzerland: DI, FA

USA: FC, FH, FL, LA, OS, SD, TX

 

How to read a Louis Vuitton Date Code

Early to Mid 1980’s
842
84 ~ Year the bag was made
2 ~ Month the bag was made

 

Mid to Late 1980’s
891 FC
89 ~ Year the bag was made
1 ~ Month the bag was made
FC ~ Factory Location (France)

 

Early 1990’s-2006
SR0013
SR ~ Factory Location
01 ~ Month Made
03 ~ Year Made

First and Third numbers denote the Month the item was made.

 

2007 to 2022
SR0013
NZ ~ Factory Location
22 ~ Week Made
19 ~ Year Made

First and Third numbers denote the Year the item was made. RFID was fully implemented in 2022 but launched in 2021.

 

Authentic Date Code Image Examples

From the inception of date codes in the 1980’s, fonts and factories have changed or closed. Below is a general representation in alphabetical order of those but note that I am not including all font changes. If you would like to see those and multiple examples of most all date codes, I’ve published a guide with hundreds of image and more details about the Louis Vuitton brand and available on Amazon.

France

France

France

France

A2 – France

AA – France

AC – Spain

AH – France

AN – France

AR – France & Italy

AS – France

BA – France & Italy

BC – France

BE – France

BJ – Spain & Italy

CA – Spain

CE – Italy

CR – Spain

CT – France

CV – France

DK – France

DR – France

DR – France

DU – France

ET – France

FC – USA

FH – USA

FK – France

FL – France & USA

FN – Italy

FO – Italy

FP – Italy

FW – Italy

FX – Italy

FY – Italy

FZ – Italy

GI – Spain

GR – France

LA – USA

LB – Spain

LM – Spain

LO – Spain

LP – Germany

LU – France

LW – Spain

MB – France

ML – France

MI – France

MM – France

MS – France

NO – France

NZ – Italy

OL – Germany

PL – Italy

RA – France

RC – Italy

RE – Italy

RI – France

SA – France & Italy

SD – France & USA

SF – France 

SL – France 

SN – France 

SP – France 

SR – France 

TA – France 

TH – France 

TJ – France 

TN – France 

TR – France 

TS – France 

TX – USA 

TY – France 

UB – Spain 

VI – France 

VT – France 

Louis Vuitton Employee Purchase Stamp

Item sent to a member of the media

Louis Vuitton Employee Purchase Under Special Condition Stamp

AA – France
Exotic/Special Order

AS – France
Exotic/Special Order

Louis Vuitton Heat Stamps

A Heat Stamp is the stamping of the Louis Vuitton name, Registered Trademark symbol, Paris and the Made In location. Every Louis Vuitton bag will have a heat stamp somewhere, with truly vintage bags (before the heat stamp) a Tyvek type tag which is when Louis Vuitton items were produced under a special license under the French Company.

Fonts have changed over the years and you can visually see the differences in the following images from the early 1980’s to present time. Note the R in Paris on vintage pieces. This makes the rule on the R not applicable on older pieces but these also have been counterfeited so look at the item as a whole to determine authenticity.

Depending on the material and stamping, the lettering may not be perfect but the more you learn, you will see how foil stamping is different to heat stamps to stamping on different interior materials.

Vintage Heat Stamps

Made in France Heat Stamps

Made in Spain Heat Stamp

Made in Germany Heat Stamp

Made in U.S.A. Heat Stamp

Heat Stamps – Alcantara Lining

I wanted to add this in separately due to the fact that over time and wear, seeing/reading the heat stamp that is located in a bag that has Alcantara lining can be impossible over time.