HOW TO: Spot a fake Louis Vuitton handbag

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Is it a rounded or oval O? Should it be made in France only? What you need to look for...

Miranda Kerr Louis Vuitton handbag

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If you've scrimped and saved your pay packets to finally get yourself a real Louis Vuitton, the last thing you'll want is to be landed with a fake. Obviously.

So we've rounded up a few tips from our friends over at thevivant.com on how to check if your new LV purchase is in fact the real deal.

Ready for a lesson in Vuitton perfection? Here we go...

TIP 1: Always remember that the O's in Louis Vuitton should have a perfectly round shape— many counterfeits use oval shaped O's instead.

TIP 2: Check that the Louis Vuitton bag you are considering buying actually exists. Sounds obvious, but there have been examples of the Vernis being sold in black even though Louis Vuitton never made it in black.

TIP 3: Louis Vuitton is extremely careful about the way that its monogram is placed, and it is usually completely symmetrical from side to side.

TIP 4: Not all Louis Vuitton bags are made in France, so if your bag says 'Made in USA' don't automatically assume it's a fake.

TIP 5: Some styles such as the Speedy have upside down LVs on the back-side of the bag— the reason being that Louis Vuitton will use one continuous piece of leather that will wrap from the back to the front so one side will have an upside down logo.

What do you think? Ready for the Louis Vuitton handbag exam?

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