Louis Vuitton - Speedy

It's one of the most recognizable designer purses out there, and definitely one of the most copied on the counterfeit market. Storied brand Louis Vuitton has become synonymous with luxury, and is one of the most sought-after handbag brands in the world. To really be able to spot a fake, you should get to know the real deal, either by visiting an authorised dealer, or spending some time looking in consignment stores that specialize in guaranteed authentic designer luxury goods.

Still feel like you need a little help spotting that fake Louis in the crowd? Here are a few more tips to remember.

1. The trim should always be leather. Yes, many of the classic Monogram bags are actually made of coated canvas, but the actual trim itself should be leather if the bag is authentic.

2. The pattern on the bag should always match. Whether you are looking at a classic Monogram bag or one of the checkerboard Damier purses (two of Louis Vuitton's most popular styles), the patterns will always match at corner seams and on the bottom of the bag; the mark of the kind of careful craftsmanship that goes into an authentic Louis Vuitton bag.

3. The details of the print and stitching should be perfect. If you detect any imperfections or inconsistencies either in the size of the stitching or quality of anything that might be printed on the bag, the specimen is likely counterfeit. The exacting standards of the design house would never send a bag with imperfections to market. Be wary of anyone selling “factory seconds” at a discounted price.