Skip to main content

All About Louis Vuitton Microchips

In 2019 LVMH launched AURA,  a blockchain consortium platform that tracks their products. 
 

Does Louis Vuitton still have date codes?

In Spring of 2021 Louis Vuitton did away with date codes in their bags and started using RFID chips. 


What is an RFID Chip?

RFID stands for Radio-Frequency identification Chip. These are tiny microchips that store information and that information can be read with an RFID reader. It's like a name tag for the bag.


Who can read the Louis Vuitton RFID chip?

Only Louis Vuitton has the technology to read these chips properly and they can be read by the staff at the LV boutique.  However, that doesn't mean you can go to the boutique and ask a sales associate to read the chip in your bag.  They will only scan the chip in the event that you are returning the bag - so they can make sure the bag you are returning is the same bag you purchased from them.


What about chip reader apps? 

These apps can tell you that there IS a chip in the bag and the type of chip in the bag. It's like a library  and the the chip reader is a librarian.  They can tell you there is a book in the library, and they can tell you what it looks like and if it's a hardcover, but they can't tell you the information in the book. Only LV can read what's actually in the book. 


Do fakes have chips?

Yes, many newer counterfeit bags have microchips in them. RFID chips are very inexpensive (we're talking pennies) and many counterfeiters have begun adding chips to their bags. Usually a fake chip will show up on the reader with the same information as an authentic chip - it can look exactly the same a as a real LV chip.  The difference is - if you brought this fake bag to a Louis Vuitton boutique their scanner would show that it is indeed fake.  


So how do professional authenticators authenticate bags with chips?

The same way we authenticate all LV items.  The date code (and now the chip) are just one small piece that we look for among a number of other indicators of an authentic bag.  Having the chip scan is just another box to check.


How can I see if there is a microchip in my Louis Vuitton item?

Read our post on How to scan your Louis Vuitton bag for a microchip.

















Comments

Popular posts from this blog

What Pictures of LV are Needed for Authentication?

When you send in a Louis Vuitton item in to be authenticated there are certain pictures the authenticator will need to see.  For some items more pics might be needed but your authenticator will let you know if they need more.  At minimum you will need a picture of the item from the front and the side, heat stamp, date code, zipper pull, rivets, and hardware.  It's very important that this pictures are CLEAR, CLOSE UP and STRAIGHT ON.  This can be frustrating on the smaller parts - but some counterfeit Louis Vuitton can be very well made and telling the difference can come down to the smallest detail.  Below are examples of what pictures are needed for the Neverfull.   First you'll need a full pic of the bag or accessory - front and side.  HEAT STAMP - This is where it says LOUIS VUITTON made in... DATE CODE - Most items made from early 1980's to 2021 will have a date code . ZIPPER PULL - Pretty self explanatory.  This is the part that pulls the zipper. RIVETS - Flat metal b

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do you authenticate other brands? No sorry, only Louis Vuitton. 2. What are your prices? $7 usd - Basic Authentication $15 usd - Certificate of Authenticity Click here to see services. 3. What photos are needed for authentication? Click here to see what pics are needed. 4. Do you offer any authentication bundles?  Yes $50 (usd) for 10 Basic Authentications. $110 (usd) for 10 Certificates  These never expire so you can use them at any time.  5. What's the best way to send pictures of my item? Facebook messenger is the quickest way https://www.facebook.com/lvauthentication You can also email your inquiries to lv@authenticstreet.pro 6. Where are you located? Authentic Street is located in Canada. 7. What currency do I pay in? Since 99% of my clients are American I keep my business transactions in USD.  You can pay in any currency you like though as long as it equals the USD price. 8.Do you offer other ways to pay besides PayPal? Authentic Street is located in Canada so most

3 of the Quickest Ways to Authenticate LV

So, you're strolling though your local thrift store when you come upon a bag that looks like Louis Vuitton.  Could it be real?  Could you really have found a bag worth hundreds or even thousands for only a few bucks? Beginner's Guide to Authenticating L ouis Vuitton Here are 3 quick things you can look for to rule out the obvious Louis Vuitton fakes.  Please keep in mind that there are always exceptions to every rule and getting your bag  professionally authenticated  is always best. Is my Louis Vuitton Real or Fake? 1) QUALITY First look at the overall  quality.  While there may be imperfections here and there depending on where and when it was made - the overall quality of authentic LV should be good and should be reflective of a luxury brand.   So, plastic looking parts and sloppy paint jobs should not be present. Good quality also includes proper alignment of the monogram pattern. Louis Vuitton artisans will line up the monogram pattern as cleanly as possible on their items