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  • How to Read Louis Vuitton Date Codes

    We often receive emails requesting an explanation of the date codes/ serial numbers on the handbags and accessories we offer for sale. This blog post will teach you how to read and understand these codes on Louis Vuitton pieces.

     

    In the early 1980s, Louis Vuitton used 3 or 4 digits that were representative of the month and year that a particular item was made.

    The format was YYM or YYMM. (Y=Year) / (M=Month).

    See, for example, this Trousse Toilette PM toiletry pouch. The date code says 834, meaning it was made in April of 1983. Had the stamp been 8310, that would mean it was made in October of 1984.

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    In the late 1980s Louis Vuitton updated their date code system. It was as above, with the exception that it was started or followed by two letters which represented the country of origin.

    See, for example, this St. Cloud shoulder pouch. The date code says MI881. This means that it was made in France in January of 1988.

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    See, also, this St. Cloud shoulder pouch. The date code says 874VI. This means it was made in France in April of 1987.

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    Date code letters and their corresponding countries:

     

    Country of Origin (Made In)

    Abbreviations

    France

    A0, A1, A2, AA, AH, AN, AR, AS, AX, BA, BJ, BU, CT, DR, DU, ET, FL, GR, IT, LW, MB, MS, MI, NO, RA, RE, RI, SA, SD, SF, SL, SN, SP, SR, TA, TH, TJ, TN, TR, TS, VI, V.I.

    Germany

    LP

    Italy

    BO, CE, FA, FO, MA, NQ, PL, RC, RE, RO, SA, ST, TD

    Spain

    CA, CR, GI, LB, LM, LO, LW

    Switzerland

    DI, FA

    USA

    FC, FH, FL, LA, OS, SD

     

    In the 1990s Louis Vuitton revamped their date system to 2 letters followed by 4 digits. These 4 digits were ordered where the first and third digits represent the month, and the second and fourth digits represent the year (MYMY).

    See, for example, the date code on this Speedy 30. The date code says SP1924, meaning it was made in France in December of 1994.

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    See, also, the date code on this Reade GM tote. The date code says TH0050, meaning it was made in France in May of 2000.

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    This date code system is the most common one found and lasted until 2006.

     

    In 2007, Louis Vuitton revamped their date code system once again. While they kept the same 2 letters to indicate the country of origin, the first and third digits no longer represent the month, but instead the week of the year. The second and fourth digits still represented the year (WYWY).

    See, for example, the date code on this Delightful PM bag. The date code says TS4140, meaning it was made in France in the 44th week of 2010.

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    Condensed Version:

    Years

    Format

    Example

    Early 1980s

    YYM, YYMM

    811 is Jan. 1981, 8211 is Nov. 1982

    Late 1980s

    XX YYM, XX YYMM, YYM XX, YYMM XX

    VI891 is Jan 1989, Made in France

    1990-2006

    XX MYMY

    FL0037 is Mar 2007, Made in USA

    2007- Present

    XX WYWY

    TH3028 is 32th week in 2008, Made in France

     

    (M=Month) (W=Week) (X=Letters) (Y=Year)

    Conclusion

    While the codes don’t demonstrate authenticity -- counterfeit bags have date codes too! -- knowing how to read the date codes can help you spot a counterfeit bag that has a code that isn’t in the proper format. Also, if you come across a bag that has a date code that says for example CA0054 (May 2004, Made in Spain), and the bag says Made in USA, you know something is wrong!

     

    We hope that this guide is helpful in learning how to read Louis Vuitton date codes!

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  • Comments on this post (163 comments)

    • Looks of Luxury says...

      Hi Tari,

      Unfortunately MP1026 is not a valid date code.

      If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact us!

      -Looks of Luxury

      On March 21, 2014

    • Looks of Luxury says...

      Hi Leia,

      While there’s no way to tell if the Bosphore is authentic or not based solely on the date code, SP0066 is a valid one.

      If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact us!

      -Looks of Luxury

      On March 21, 2014

    • Tari baker says...

      I received a Louis Vuitton bag as a gift. I found a date code inside. It read MP1026 just checking to see if this is a valid code. Thank you.

      On March 20, 2014

    • Leia says...

      Sorry the was a typo. I meant Louis vuitton bosphore bum bag with code SP0066 (not SP0026). Is this real?

      Thanks

      On March 18, 2014

    • Leia says...

      I bought a Louis Vuitton Bosphore bum bag few years back. Code is SP0026. Is this real?

      Thanks

      On March 18, 2014

    • Looks of Luxury says...

      Hi Marie,

      While there’s no way to tell if the Noe is authentic or not based solely on the date code, AR0050 is a valid date code and you are correct in saying it indicates a bag made in May 2000.

      If you have any additional questions regarding authenticity of preloved pieces, please feel free to contact us!

      -Looks of Luxury

      On March 15, 2014

    • Looks of Luxury says...

      Hi Sammy,

      There is a possibility that the wallet was relined, thus the reason for the different date code. You can email us at customercare@looksofluxury.com with photos of the front, bag, stitching, date code, zipper pull, and “Made In” stamp and we’ll see if we can help.

      -Looks of Luxury

      On March 15, 2014

    • Marie says...

      Hi, just put a bid on a Louis Vuitton Noé (the big size) in Monogram canvas with date code # AR0050.

      So if I guess correctly is made in France, May 2000?
      Do you think it is an authentic based on the date code?

      Would really appreciate the help!

      On March 15, 2014

    • sammy says...

      Hi,

      I received a LV Zippy Wallet as a gift with the code CA0180, but the stamp says made in france. Does this mean that it is a fake?

      On March 14, 2014

    • Looks of Luxury says...

      Hi Karen,

      While there’s no way to tell if your Favorite MM is authentic or not based solely on the date code, DU2183 is a valid date code.

      If you have any additional questions regarding authenticity of preloved pieces, please feel free to contact us!

      -Looks of Luxury

      On March 07, 2014

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