Keepall 45, is it real? Or Super Fake
by Trent Hughes
I recently purchased this LV Keepall 45 from Japan. I've been seeing some videos on Youtube saying watch out for 'super fakes from Japan' eeeeeeeeeeeek. I studied quite a bit before going ahead with the purchase, also because it was a Paypal transaction, the buyer accepts returns. Here are the pictures that were on Ebay and I can verify it is the same bag that I received.
Some things that throw me off is the the date stamp reads VI 0990 which I know is France, September 1990. But given then the age of the bag, it seems to be in too good of condition. Especially the leather parts. I've read that the Japanese Super Fakes are aged intentionally. There are some 'ripples' slightly in areas and a strange marking that runs the length of the side straps from the handles. It's like a piece of clear tape was placed along the leather and then removed because you can see the mmh hard to explain..imagine you took the.. or possibly from a press.
The stitching colour concerned me as I was reading it should be a mustard colour, not bright yellow. But from looking on the Louis Vuitton website, it seems the same. So maybe it's ok. i'm thinking too if it's from 1990, the stitching all over seems in great condition. Still very bright. Inside the bag is spotless, which is weird I guess given the age? Not even one stain?
The brass fixtures all looked aged as you would expect, some with green bits from corrosion. But again I read this can be achieved with the the right chemicals, you'll see the build up of green stuff on the date stamp photo. it's also feels a little stiff. I'm not sure how it should feel, I Imagined somewhat softer and more loose and floppy... I have a real LV Pocket Organiser but it's quite structured so hard to compare. I also read ( maybe I should stop, lol) that sand paper can be used to scuff up areas of the leather to age it.
Anyways, hoping you might be able to assist me. I have more pix if required.
It's an amazing analysis you've already done to your bag. It's heard to add anything. It all sounds very optimistic as for me.
Although if you want a 100% professional answer I would recommend you to go to Louis Vuitton retailers and ask for their assistance.
Another thing to do before you ask LV consultants is actually exploring all the images and all the views of this bag they have on official web site louisvuitton.com.
Sorry, you probably was hoping for a simple answer, but unfortunately there is no shortcut with Louis Vuitton bags.
Good luck with your further investigation and keep us updated.