Louis Vuitton Date Code
The newest bags also have date codes consisting of 2 letters followed by 4 numbers. The 2 letters once again represent the country of construction. The 1st and 3rd number represent the week of manufacture, and the 2nd and 4th number represent the year.
Using the above example (CA4171), we know that this item was made in Spain due to the CA. It was also finished in the 47th week of the year 2011.
Louis Vuitton Country Code Letters
France – A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS, AH, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, DR, DU, CO, CT, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SD, SF, SL, SN, SP, SR, TJ, TH, TN, TR, TS, VI, VX
Italy – BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, PL, RC, RE, SA, TD
United States – FC, FH, LA, OS, SD, FL
Spain – CA, LO, LB, LM, LW, GI
Switzerland – DI, FA
Germany – LP
Just because an item has a date code, it does not mean that the bag is authentic.
However, if the country code letters don’t match with the “made in” stamp located on the bag or wallet, the item is certainly fake. Example: A bag with date code FL1011 stands for France November 2011, but the item has a made in Spain stamp instead. In this case, you KNOW that the bag is counterfeit.
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