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How to tell if a Louis Vuitton handbag is real

Louis Vuitton is a high-end designer brand known for its luxurious handbags, luggage, and other accessories. When it comes to designer handbags, the name Louis Vuitton is certainly among the top 3 - even for those who are not interested in branded goods, they will have certainly seen the distinctive and eye-catching design of the bags. 

Interested in hunting down some treasures? See our selection of used and new designer handbags by clicking the button below - or keep reading to understand how you can buy luxury goods from Japanese websites that do not ship abroad.

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Unfortunately, the popularity of Louis Vuitton products also makes them a target for counterfeiting. It's important to be able to spot a fake Louis Vuitton handbag to ensure that you're getting an authentic product and not a poorly made knockoff. 

Thankfully, Louis Vuitton is also one of the most loved designer handbag brands in Japan. For Japanese people, especially young people, if they want to invest money in a luxurious bag, it will be a LV bag. Therefore, there is no more reliable place to buy beautiful genuine LV handbags than Japan - secondhand or new!

In this article, we will give some tips on how to tell if a Louis Vuitton handbag is fake and how you can find the best deals and buy directly from Japan with ZenMarket.

...And perhaps drinking fancy coffee at the cool Louis Vuitton cafe in Osaka?


How to tell if a LV bag is fake

These signs can be a giveaway on whether your Louis Vuitton bag is real or fake. Since you are buying from a distance, make sure to buy from trusted sellers - we will give you some recommendations afterwards!



Handy Tip: Our customer service can help you communicate with Japanese sellers - and you can also request our photo service to confirm the products once you finished your purchase.

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1. Craftsmanship

One of the biggest giveaways of a fake Louis Vuitton handbag is poor craftsmanship. Authentic Louis Vuitton bags are made with high-quality materials and attention to detail. Look for straight and even stitching, a well-constructed handle, and smooth and even edges on the bag. If the bag has uneven stitching, rough edges, or a poorly constructed handle, it's likely a fake.Check the logo: The logo is one of the most recognizable features of a Louis Vuitton handbag. On an authentic bag, the logo should be clear and crisp, with clean lines and sharp edges. A fake bag may have a blurry or distorted logo, or the letters may be misaligned.


2. Check the logo and font

Another way to spot a fake Louis Vuitton handbag is by checking the font. On an authentic bag, the logo should be clear and crisp, with clean lines and sharp edges - the font used on authentic Louis Vuitton bags is unique and distinct. If the font on the bag looks different or off in any way, it's likely a fake.


3. Check the price

While it's not always a guarantee, the price of a Louis Vuitton handbag can be a good indicator of its authenticity. If the price seems too good to be true, it's likely that the bag is a fake. Authentic Louis Vuitton handbags can be expensive, so be wary of deals that seem too good to be true.




How to buy genuine Louis Vuitton bags on Rakuten Japan

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Rakuten is among the top 3 of Japan's e-commerce platforms, competing head-to-head with Amazon Japan. Rakuten's strength is that the site has the widest network of genuine vendors and stores in Japan, including both domestic and foreign brands.

Products are carefully checked before being posted on Rakuten, especially for branded items such as bags and fashion. This is the point we really like when buying in Japan, because the law controls fake goods very carefully, making the shopping experience more secure for our customers.



An added benefit is the ZenMarket Rakuten Cashback Promotion, where you'll get cashback on every purchase on your Rakuten including trendy and classic Louis Vuitton bags!

Shopping on Rakuten is easy, but most likely the vendors there won't ship outside of Japan. This is where ZenMarket comes in to help you.

ZenMarket is a service for buying goods in Japan. We order, pack and send products to customers outside of Japan. To make the shopping experience as convenient as possible for our customers, we have integrated the Rakuten website, so that anyone can search, choose and shop right on ZenMarket's website. 




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If you see a beautiful handbag that you like, click on it to see the product  details. Here are some things you need to pay attention to:

  • Price: The price will automatically be displayed in Yen, but if you want, you can change it to any currency you like. Just scroll to the top of the web page and you'll see a currency converter in the top toolbar.
  • Products on the original page: You can click here to see the original product page on Rakuten. Going to the original product page can help you read reviews, some very useful details of the product.
  • Ask a question about the product: If you have a question for the seller, please use this button and ask your question in English or one of our other languages - and we will send it to the Japanese seller on your behalf.
  • International Shipping Cost Estimator: This is a great tool to help you get a rough idea of how much you'll need to pay to get your item shipped to your home. Estimate your shipping cost from Japan →
  • Description: This is an automatically translated section from the product's original page. If the description does not have all the information you need, you can click the Ask a seller question, as instructed above.

After finding your favorite designer handbag, click Add to Cart so we can check the price - we will notify you in your ZenMarket profile and per E-Mail as soon as we confirmed everything. 


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Buy from official Louis Vuitton website / online shop

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Louis Vuitton has a website dedicated to the Japanese market, with a shopping cart for viewers to order immediately. This is the number 1 trusted address for people who love this legendary handbag brand - you can find exclusive Japanese items or save money thanks to a weak yen

The first thing you need to do - if you don't know Japanese - is to use Chrome's automatic translation tool. By right-clicking on the website, and then choosing Translate to English, you can read most of the important information on the website.

Right from the homepage, you will see the following important items. These will be very useful directions for you to view and select products.

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You can browse the entire Japanese Louis Vuitton collection - including exclusive collaborations and editions. Please select the filter "Can order online" to be sure we can help you buy. From there you will be able to see and see the best genuine LV bags! In addition to bags, Louis Vuitton's website also sells other items such as shoes, genuine LV fashion clothing for men and women.

After choosing the LV bag model you like, copy the URL link of the product page, and paste it into the search bar on the ZenMarket site. After you add the product to the cart, we will check the price and report back to you as soon as possible.


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Bonus: How to buy new LV Bags on Yahoo! Auctions Japan

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Think you can only buy used goods on Yahoo Auctions? Don't worry, you can find and buy brand new LV bags on Yahoo Auctions. And because this site is an auction, you never know - you might find really nice bags at a bargain price. Just make sure to click the button below or enter the search terms in Japanese for ideal results!





Not only that, an outstanding advantage of Yahoo! Auctions is the sheer endless selection of of rare and valuable luxury goods - Louis Vuitton handbags are no exception. However, along with the pluses, there are also minuses. Shopping on Yahoo Auctions isn't always safe. That's why, do your research and protect yourself through the steps we've shown here, to make sure you're looking at a reputable seller. Check out our guide on Yahoo! Auctions listings.


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Conclusion: Genuine new and used designer LV bags can be cheaper when buying from Japan

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So you already know how to buy genuine LV handbags from two of the most reliable and reputable sources in Japan! Not only is it easy to buy at the original price, you can also be assured of the quality.




Moreover, ZenMarket will accompany you to help make every genuine handbag you order arrive in your hands completely.

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Article| 22/12/2022 | HandbagsDesigner BagsLouis VuittonFashion


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