Louis Vuitton Date Codes

Many believe that Louis Vuitton handbags have serial numbers, but the stamp inside your Louis Vuitton is actually a date code. These date codes can either be just numbers or a combination of letters and numbers. The letters indicate the country the item was produced in (see chart below) and the numbers represent the week/month/year that the item was produced. Most Louis Vuitton items have a date codes with the exception of vintage items and some accessories. Below is some additional information about Louis Vuitton date codes over the years:

French Company (1970’s – 1991): During this period Louis Vuitton had a licensed relationship with The French Luggage Company. Date Codes were not present on Louis Vuitton items produced during this era.

Prior to the early 1980’s (vintage): Louis Vuitton items produced prior to the early 1980’s did not have date codes.

Early 1980’s: Date codes present on Louis Vuitton items in the early 1980’s will include 3 or 4 numbers. The first two numbers represent the year and the remaining numbers represent the month the item was produced. Example: “8311” would indicate the item was produced in November of 1983.

Middle to late 1980’s: Date codes present on Louis Vuitton items in the middle to late 1980’s will include 3 or 4 numbers followed by 2 letters. The first two numbers represent the year and the remaining numbers represent the month the item was produced. The letters included in the date code would indicate what country the item was produced in. Example: “898SR” would indicate the item was made in France in August of 1989.

1990 to 2006: Date codes present on Louis Vuitton items from 1990 to 2006 will include 2 letters followed by 4 numbers. The letters included in the date code would indicate what country the item was produced in. The first and third numbers represent the month and the second and fourth numbers represent the year the item was produced. Example: “SD1928” would indicate the item was made in the United States in December of 1999.

After 2007: Date codes present on Louis Vuitton after 2007 will include 2 letters followed by 4 numbers. The letters included in the date code would indicate what country the item was produced in. The first and third numbers represent the week and the second and fourth numbers represent the year the item was produced. Example: “CA3078” would indicate the item was made in Spain on the 37th week (September) of 2008.

Date codes alone should not be used to determine if a Louis Vuitton item that you have purchased is authentic, however the placement and font of the date code can help you in the authenticating process. There are several online resale websites that sell authentic Louis Vuitton handbags, wallets and accessories but prepare yourself with knowledge to avoid purchasing a non-authentic Louis Vuitton.

Country Letter Abbreviation
France: A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS (special order), AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, DU, CO, CT, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SD, SL, SN, SP, SR, TH, TR, VI, VX
Germany: LP
Italy: BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, RC, RE, SA, TD
Spain: CA, LO, LB, LM, LW
Switzerland: DI, FA
USA: FC, FH, LA, OS, SD, FL

Here are a few examples of authentic Louis Vuitton date codes:

20 23 22 21 19 18 17 9 10 1 2 3 11 12 4 5 13 14 6 7 15 16 1 (2) 8

 

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