This is a question often asked by people who are looking into getting a fake Louis Vuitton purse, and I actually had the exact same question myself! Unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to google any blogs back when I first started buying replicas so it was more of a trial and experience process for myself. I have purchased MANY Louis Vuitton fakes over the years and have definitely learnt a thing or two about what you can realistically expect from a faux bag.
The most important feature I would say to look for in a replica Louis Vuitton purse is the patina ability of the bag as this will tell you a lot about the quality of the purse overall. The patina basically refers to the ability of the handles to darken over time. My authentic Louis Vuitton purses patina beautifully in that the handles age over time and gain this darker look to them. This is basically one of the indicators as to how you can tell a new Louis Vuitton from an old or aged one. Below you can see a picture between my old LV Totally MM Monogram Canvas which has patina’d over a 6 month period vs the new Louis Vuitton Totally GM in Damier Azur I just received a few days ago from my latest order. I bought the bag for a trip and have abused it quite a bit but it has been an amazing travel bag and I would definitely recommend it! The two pockets on the side make it even an ideal diaper bag I would say if you have little ones and need a nice big bag to throw all of their junk into – I will definitely be using the Totally as a fashionable diaper bag if I am ever in the position to have little hands around!
Louis Vuitton bags look much more gorgeous with age, in my opinion at least. I personally don’t love the sight of a new Louis Vuitton with the super light handles as I don’t think it looks as sophisticated as bags with the patina that have an overall darker look. When you are shopping for a Louis Vuitton handbag whether it be real or fake make sure you check to the handles for the color to get an idea of the quality of the bag. If you are buying a fake the buyer or company should mention that the handles are made of real cowhide leather and thus able to patina. I have tend to found that if the bag is AAA it is usually made of plastic handles (I bought a horrible Speedy in the past that did not patina no matter what I did!) which do not patina but if the bag is a counter quality model then it is made of real cowhide handles and will patina. A bag that will not patina is a telltale sign of a fake handbag so stay away from any seller that does not promise or claim their bag will patina!
If you want your bag to patina more quickly there are a few things you can do including putting olive oil on the handles and leaving it out in the sun for a bit! You will notice the handles darken a bit and loose their super light color. Otherwise if you don’t want to force the patina you can just the bag be and enough use over several months will cause the color to naturally change on the handles. Overall remember that if you want to buy a fake or replica Louis Vuitton make sure the handles will be capable of patina-ing if you don’t want to waste your money!
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