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Where to find your date code

Depending on your item, the date code can usually be found on a small leather tab inside the bag or an outside pocket, on the back of a belt or accessory, or stamped beneath the pockets in a wallet or purse.


On the Speedy, the date code should be on a tab underneath the internal pocket.  On a Keepall, you will find the date code on a leather tab inside the end of the bag, just above a metal rivet.  On the Daniel and Renzo messenger bags, the date code is on a leather tab sewn into the seam of the external pocket.


What does the date code mean?

The date codes found in Louis Vuitton items manufactured since the beginning of 2007 consist of 2 letters followed by 4 numbers, in the following format:-


LLWYWY


The first two characters in the date code refer to the location, which tells you in which country and factory the item was produced.  For a list of location codes and the countries they refer to, see ‘Location codes” below.


The first and third numbers in the date code tell you in which week (1 to 52) of the year the item was manufactured.


The second and fourth numbers tell you in which year (20xx) the item was manufactured.

Example

In the photo to the left, taken from a Louis Vuitton Multiple wallet, we can see the date code is stamped in silver under the credit card slots, ‘CT5018’


CT is the location code, which tells us that the item was manufactured in France (see the table below).


The first and third numbers are 5 and 1, meaning that the item was manufactured in week 51.  The second and fourth numbers are 0 and 8, telling us that it was made in the year 2008.  So, this item was manufactured in France in Week 51 of 2008.

Items produced between the years 2000 and 2007

In the early 2000’s, Louis Vuitton used a date code just as the one currently in use,  but with the first and third numbers representing the month of manufacture (1 to 12) rather than the week.


Items produced prior to 2000

In the 1990’s, Louis Vuitton used a date code in the format:-


LLMYMY


Basically the same format as is used today, only the first and third numbers tell you the month (01 to 12) rather than the week in which the item was manufactured.


In the 1980’s Louis Vuitton used several different formats of date code consisting of either 3 or 4 numbers in the format YYM or YYMM giving the year and month of production without the location.  Items can also be found with the same format and two additional letters, giving the location.  The letters can be placed either before the numbers as in LLYYMM or after the numbers, as in YYMLL.


Prior to the 1980’s, Louis Vuitton did not use date codes, there was simply a tag inside the bag with “Louis Vuitton, made in Paris”


Location codes


France

A0, A1, A2, AA, AN, AR, AS, AX, BA, BJ, BU, CT, DU, ET, FL, GR, LW, MB, MS, MI, NO, RA, RI, SA, SD, SF, SL, SN, SP, SR, TH, TJ, TN, TR, TS, VI.


U.S.A.

FC, FH, OS, SD, LA.


Italy

BO, CE, FO, RE, MA, NQ, PL, RC, RO, SA, ST, TD.


Spain

CA, CR, GI, LB, LM, LO, LW.

 

Louis Vuitton date codes explained.

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Louis Vuitton Date Codes Explained

What is a date code?

The Louis Vuitton date code is a four to six digit (depending on the year of production) code that can tell you where the item was produced (the country and factory) and in what year, week or month.


While originally meant for Louis Vuitton’s own, internal use, it can also be used to determine the age of your item and can be a great aid in determining authenticity.


Louis Vuitton first began using date codes in the 1980’s and have changed format several times since.

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