Louis Vuitton Authentication Guide & Date Codes

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When a Louis Vuitton date code is present, it allows you to determine where and when that item was manufactured and this guide has been created to teach you how to read them correctly from when they first started appearing in the 1980’s to the present time.

Date Codes cannot solely be utilized to authenticate a Louis Vuitton item as vintage pieces will not have a date code, relined items will have a new date code and several Louis Vuitton handbags are known to have the same date code. Learning where certain Louis Vuitton items are manufactured along with knowing how to disseminate the coinciding numbers; this guide is a great tool to teach you not only what the letters and numbers mean but also whether they make sense for that factory and will allow you to actually learn and see if that item was actually manufactured at the correct place and time.

This guide was created by combining all of the best information found online from the top websites and several discussions with true industry professionals. Without Louis Vuitton’s input, there is no way to know every date code but this guide will allow you to understand and read date codes enough to know if that bag is authentic.

 

Date Code Timeline

Early 1980s and Before: No Date Codes

Louis Vuitton did not use date codes before the early 1980s

Early to Mid 1980s Date Codes: Three or Four Digits

The first two numbers indicate the year, and the last one or two numbers indicate the month.

Mid to Late 1980s Date Codes: Three or Four Digits with Two Letters

The first two numbers indicate the year, and the last one or two numbers indicate the month.

Early 1990 to 2006 Date Codes: Two Letters with Four Digits

The first and third numbers represent the month, and the second and fourth numbers represent the year.

2007 to Present Day: Two Letters with Four Digits (Number System was Revised)

The second and fourth numbers represent the year. The letters continued to represent the specific factory where the item was manufactured.

1990s: 2 letters 4 numbers (TH 1920) = December 1990

TH is the factory location while the 1st and 3rd numbers are the month and the 2nd and 4th are the year of production

2007: 2 letters 4 numbers (TH 3077) = 37th week of 2007

TH is the factory location while the 1st and 3rd numbers are the week and the 2nd and 4th are the year of production

French Company: No date code – Tyvek tag

Saks Fifth Avenue: No date code. – Saks Fifth Avenue stamp

Fabric Design: No date code – stamp

 

Deciphering 1980’s Date Codes

 

3 numbers (821) = January 1982 (3rd number is the month, 1st two numbers are the year)

4 numbers (8312) = December 1983 (Last two numbers are the year, first two are the month)

2 letters 3 numbers (TH 863) = France March 1986 (First two letters are the factory code, last number is the month and first two are the year)

3 numbers 2 letters (864 TH) = April 1986 France ( Last number is the month, first two numbers are the year and the two letters are the factory code)

2 letters 4 numbers (SP 8811) = France November 1988
(First two letters are the factory code, first two numbers are the year and last two numbers are the month)

4 numbers 2 letters (8910 AA) = October 1989 France
(First two numbers are the year, second two numbers are the month and the two letters are the factory code)

 

 

Louis Vuitton Factories

France – A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS (SO), AH, AN, AR, AS, AX, BA, BJ, BU, DR, DU, DT, CO, CT, CV, CX, ET, FL, GR, IT, LA, LW, MB, MI, MS, NO, RA, RE (also Italy) RI, SA (also Italy) SD, (also USA) SF, SL, SN, SP, SR,TA, TH, TJ, TR, TS, VI, V.I., VX

Germany – LP, OL

Italy – BA, BO, BC (also Spain), CE, FA (also Switzerland), FO, LE, MA, NQ, NZ, OB, PL, RE, RC, RO, SA (also France), ST, TD

Spain – BC (also Italy) , CA, CR, GI, LB, LM, LO, LW, UB

Switzerland – DI, FA (also Italy)

USA – FC, FH, FL, LA, OS, SD, TX

Restoration & Date Codes: If an item has been restored by Louis Vuitton, it will be issued a new serial number. If you find an item with conflicting date codes, this could be why (date code for an item made in France but interior logo states Made In Spain)

 

Picture courtesy of ProAuthetnicators

This is just an example that Louis Vuitton can make mistake in stamping and forget the fact that they’re perfect. They can make mistake. toiletry with the mistaken date code stamped. It was bought in 2007 but Louis Vuitton stamped to 2017 by mistake.

 

Factory Abbreviations and Materials

 

A2 (France) Mono Canvas, Epi
AA (France) Mono Canvas, Vernis, Damier Ebene
AH (France) Empriente
AR (France) Mono Canvas, CB, Damier Canvas, Epi, LV Cup, Suhali
AS (France) Suhali, Epi, Vernis, Mini Lin
AX (France) Mono Canvas
BA (France) Mat Mono, Vernis, CB, Damier Ebene, Mono Canvas, Damier Azur
BC ( Spain & Italy) Pending
BJ (France) Mat Mono, Epi, Vernis
BU (France) Mono Canvas
CA (Spain) Mono Canvas, CB, Epi, Mini Mono, Vernis, MC, Damier Canvas, Mat Mono, Damier Azur, Suhali, Glace, Groom
CB (?) Mono Ambre
CE (Italy) Vernis, Damier Sauvage
CR (Spain) Damier Canvas
CT (France) Mono Canvas, Cerises, Mono Groom, Damier Canvas
DR (France) Vernis, Damier Canvas
DU (France) Mono Canvas, Mono Mirage, Damier Canvas
ET (France) Mono Canvas
FC (USA) Mono CanvasFA (Switzerland, Italy) Monte Carlo Loafer, Damier Azur ballerinas
FH (USA) Mono Canvas
FL (France, USA – rare, lining replacement?) Mono Canvas, MC, Damier Canvas, Mono Denim, Epi, Vernis, Damier Azur Canvas
FO (Italy) Damier Lune,Paris
GI (Spain) Mono Canvas, Damier Ebene
IT (France) Epi
JA (France) Patent sandal from 2009 RTW
KU (?) Taiga desk set
LA (USA & France) Monogram & Pending
LM (Spain) Mat Mono, Vernis, Damier Canvas, Suhali
LW (Spain) Vernis
MA (Italy) Balmoral Heels
MB (France) Mono Canvas, Damier Canvas, Damier Azur, Mono Charms, Mono Motard, Idylle
MI (France) Mono Canvas, Mini Mono, Vernis, Mat Mono, Damier Canvas, Epi, Damier
Azur, Mono Dentelle, MC, Damier Centenaire, Mono Perfo, Cerises
MS (France)
NQ (Italy) 2007 heels
NZ (Italy) Pending
PL (Italy) Motard Minaudiere
RA (France) Mono Canvas, Damier Canvas
RC (Italy) Mono Denim, Nimbus
RI (France) Vernis, Tobago
SA (Italy & France) Mono Canvas, Damier Azur
SD (USA & France) Mono Canvas, MC, Damier Canvas, Damier Azur
SF (France) Mono Canvas, Damier Ebene Canvas
SL (France) Mono Canvas, MC
SN (France) MC Wish Bracelet, Mini Mono Wish Bracelet, Vernis Wish Bracelet
SP (France) Mono Canvas, Mini Mono, Damier Canvas, Epi, Mono Denim, MC, Cerises, Damier Azur, Mono Perfo, Mirage, Mini Lin
SR (France) Mono Canvas, Mini Mono, MC, Mono Satin, Epi, Vernis
TA (France) Mono Canvas
TD (Italy) loafers
TH (France) CB, MC, Vernis, Mat Mono, Suhali, Damier Canvas, Mono Canvas, Damier Azur, Mono Mini, Epi, Mono Leopard
TJ (France) Mono Canvas, Damier Canvas
TN (France) Mahina
TS (France) Vernis
TR (France) Vernis, Monogram Canvas
TX (USA) Damier Ebene ~ additional materials pending
UB (Spain) Epi ~ additional materials pending
VI (France) Mono Canvas, Mini Mono, Vernis, Damier Canvas, Epi, Mono Denim, MC, Damier Azur
VX (?) Mono garment bag born in April 1988 FC, FH, LA, OS, SD, FL

Date Code Notes:

BA – Mostly France but there have been some LE pieces made in Spain
CA – Mostly Spain but there have been some Vernis made in France in 1999
FC – USA bags made in 1980’s
LA – USA bags which are largely discontinued (have appeared on Boulogne 30, Montsouris Moyen, Papillon 26, Speedy 30, Pochette Orsay)
SD – France bags prior to ~1995 until opening of San Dimas when SD became USA

Date Codes Seen On Special Order Items:

AAS 11339 (France) SO Epi item
AAS 12655 (France) SO Epi item
DU… (France) SO Damier Looping
AAS… (France) Mono wallet

Date Codes Seen On Re-Lined Items

DK… (USA)
DK 1047 (France)
DK 4077 (France)
DK 2907 (France)
DK 1068

Date Codes Seen On Accessories

DT 0120 (France) Bolt Key Ring 2010
CX 0132 bag charm
DR 0112 chain

*SO = Special Order

 

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Louis Vuitton can and will change how date codes are arranged and where they are located in different items so when shopping resale, always make sure you are purchasing froma reputable reseller or at least, have your items authenticated.

Information to create this guide was taken from several websites and you can visit them below:

Authentication Files

Couture USA

Material World

Yoogis Closet

I do hope this was helpful in teaching you how to to read a Louis Vuitton date code and if you have any questions or ideas for other guides, please feel free to reach out!

Cheers!