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Louis Vuitton Date Codes: how to read them

First thing to consider when looking for a genuine Louis Vuitton bag? Check it’s date code.

“Does this mean that any bag which has a date code is Authentic?”

No!

But at least you’re a little step further: if you DO NOT FIND a date code in a bag which “looks” younger than 40 years old (from the early 1980’s to today), you can leave it where it is, consult an expert, or ask for professional authentication.

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Below is a list of letters Louis Vuitton used and uses to complete date codes, divided by their production factory and location. You’ll find most of these at the beginning of the codes, and some of them at the end. Following are a few examples of how to read them.

Italy
BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, NZ, OB, PL, RC, RE, SA, TD
For bag charms, jewelry and key holders:
BC, CP, CX, DI, DP, DR, EA, FJ, LE, LK, OB,TE, US

For Scaves:
GM, MR, IL, IS, RT
For Shoes:
AR, BA, BI, BO, BR, BM, CL, DE, EL, FA, FD, GI, GO, JA, LI, MA, MS, MT, ND, NL, NQ, RE, RO, SA, SC, ST, TC, TD
France
A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS (Special Order), AH, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, CT, CV, DR, DU, DT, CO, CT, CX, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, MS, NO, PT, RA, RE, RI, SA, SD, SF, SL, SN, SP, SR, TA, TJ, TH, TN, TR, TS, VI, VX, WL
Germany
LP, OL
Spain
AC, BC, BP, CA, CR, GI, JJ, LO, LB, LM, LW, UB
USA
FC, FH, LA, OS, SD, FL, TX
Switzerland
DI, FA
Belgium
For scarves:
JA
Re-Lined Items (resto
DK

If an item has been re-lined, Vuitton issues a new date code, which starts with DK. This code will not match with the country of origin, since it is a “re-issue” due to new lining.

How to read date codes through examples

2007 to Present Date

First and third digits in the code sequence represent the week. Second and fourth digits represent the year.
2 LETTERS (or 1 LETTER and 1 DIGIT) represent country/factory location. You may find them BEFORE the 4 year and month digits.

Louis Vuitton Damier Graphite District MM, November 2014, Spain

Louis Vuitton Damier District MM

CA (Factory Location – Spain

44 (44th week of the year – end of November, beginning of December)

14 (Year, 2014)

1990 to 2006

First and third digits in the code sequence represent the month. Second and fourth digits represent the year.
2 LETTERS (or 1 LETTER and 1 DIGIT) represent country/factory location. You may find them BEFORE the 4 year and month digits.

Louis Vuitton Saint Jacques, April 1994, France

Louis Vuitton Saint Jacques

A2 (Factory Location – France, special order)

04 (Month – April)

94 (Year, 1994)

Mid 1980s to early 1990s

First and second digits represent the year. Third digit is the month. 2 LETTERS (or 1 LETTER and 1 DIGIT) represent country/factory location. You may find them BEFORE or AFTER the 3 year and month digits.

Louis Vuitton Trocadero 30, April 1987, France

Vintage Vuitton Bag

TH (Factory Location – France)

87 (Year, 1987)

4 (Month, April)

Early 1980s

First and second digits represent the year. Third digit is the month. NO LETTERS with COUNTRY LOCATION.

Louis Vuitton Sac Plat, March 1982

Louis Vuitton Sac Plat

82 (Year, 1982)

3 (Month, March)

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