Wednesday, August 29, 2012
• 12:12 PM •

How To Spot A Fake Longchamp “Le Pliage” tote: The Super Guide

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Literally, there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t see at least 5 people carry a Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ handbag. They are absolutely everywhere! Though, whether the bags are authentic or not is another question. I also have nothing better to do while strolling around downtown that I made a game out of it: the “Longchamp Pliage Authentication” game.

Here’s a super detailed guide to train you to spot a fake Longchamp in a matter of seconds and from a few feet away! It gets tricky because there are so many different types of these fake totes out there with multiple modifications, and the design has become even more sophisticated throughout the years. I know there are already numerous guides on how to tell when a Longchamp Pliage bag is fake, but I haven’t found one yet that I’m satisfied with, probably because most have little to no pictures connected to their descriptions.

Also, if you really don’t think my guide has helped you in any way, or you just aren’t sure of something. Feel free to drop me an email at reallongchamp@snobaffair.com with pictures and I would gladly help you authenticate a Longchamp Pliage for you.

Please note: Purseforum’s Longchamp Authentication thread is not reliable. I’ve seen Authentic Pliage bags labeled Fake when it wasn’t, and Fake bags that were labeled Authentic. It honestly hurts to see those bad judgements being called (mostly by the same person), so I decided to make this guide.

THE EXTERIOR

The Leather:

PATTERN
Authentic: Has a diamond pattern, caused by relatively straight diagonal lines.
Fake: Can have a lightly-indented fish-scale texture, round or uneven pebble-like texture, or smooth.

REAL_Longchamp_front_leather_Pattern
FAKE_Longchamp_front_leather_textureOriginal Individual Photo Credits: snegurochka79 on eBay, Mrs. Martinez, PurseForum

COLOR
Authentic: Has a really rich tan/cognac color, with a red/orange undertone. If you look closely, the leather has a subtle uneven color finishing with lighter and darker area. (It’s a bit difficult to capture this in pictures sometimes. You need a close-up shot like below.) The front snap button should read “LONGCHAMP” and “1948” with a jockey logo at the center.
Fake: Can be one solid color. Even if it isn’t solid-colored, it does not have any light or dark patches like below.

REAL_Longchamp_front_leather_ColorAUTHENTIC. Original Photo Credit: Darkfairy on Flickr
FAKE_Longchamp_front_leather_texturecolorFAKE.

BACKSIDE OF LEATHER FLAP
Authentic: The jockey logo should be indented in. Color is a beige (turns tan after prolonged use) and it has really short hairs to the point that it looks smooth. Note: For medium and larger totes, the indent is less apparent. You can still feel the indent though!  The snap should read “ORIGINAL PRYM 6/4B”. As of 2013, the snap on the backside of these new bags have “LONGCHAMP” written twice.
Fake: There is no trace of a jockey logo; it is completely flat. Can be a light pinkish/dusty rose or a brown and looks like it has “no hairs” or “too hairy”. The snap reads differently then mentioned above.

REAL_Longchamp_backside_leather_flapAUTHENTIC. Photo Credit: PurseForum

REAL_Longchamp_backside_leather_flapAUTHENTIC. Photo Credit: PurseForum

FAKE_Longchamp_backside_leather_flapFAKE. Photo Credit: Mrs. Martinez

FAKE_Longchamp_backside_leather_flap_buttonFAKE. Button reads GUANG TONG.

HOT-STAMPED GRAPHICS
Authentic:
Front: The Longchamp Jockey logo is perfectly centered. The jockey and horse’s head are pointing to the left. The older models have a hot-stamped line underneath the logo, but the newer models do not have this line.

REAL_Longchamp_Front_Hotstamp_OLDAUTHENTIC OLD MODEL. Photo Credit: PurseForum

Back: The hot-stamped words should be spelled like below. Take note of the line breaks. In blue, the name of the size/model changes accordingly:

TYPE “XL”: Short handles, Extra Large. Travel Luggage

LONGCHAMP
LE PLIAGE “SHOPPING” – MODÈLE DÉPOSÉ

LONGCHAMP
LE PLIAGE TYPE “M” – MODÈLE DÉPOSÉ


Check for the hyphen ( – ). Check that the first accent mark on the E is pointing down to the right. The second and third accent marks on the E are pointing up to the right.

Older versions read:
LES PLIAGES LONGCHAMP – TYPE “S”
MODÈLE DÉPOSÉ – MADE IN FRANCE

or

LE PLIAGE LONGCHAMP – TYPE “L”
MODÈLE DÉPOSÉ – MADE IN FRANCE

or

LONGCHAMP PARIS
MODÈLE DÉPOSÉ – MADE IN FRANCE

Perhaps the Longchamp Pliage was only made in France back in the day, but now Longchamp has outsourced the manufacturing to Tunisia and China as well.

REAL_Longchamp_Back_Hotstamp_OLDAUTHENTIC OLD MODEL 1. Photo Credit: PurseForum

AUTHENTIC OLD MODEL 2. Photo Credit: Fuldashop

REAL_Longchamp_Back_Hotstamp_OLD2AUTHENTIC OLD MODEL 3. Photo Credit: PurseForum

– – Back: The words are not spelled correctly or the lack of accent marks on the E’s are indications of a fake bag.

HANDLES
Authentic: The handles are pretty flat. The Diamond pattern should also be visible. The handle’s side edge is painted black/dark brown. You could actually see the division of the folded leather straps, indicated by the dashed (——) lines below. The handles are basically thick leather folded in two, with nothing in between – this is confirmed by a Longchamp representative. If the tote is new, the handles are rather stiff, but with prolonged use, it becomes “soft”.
Fake: The straps are round; almost cylindrical, because the synthetic “leather” is wrapped around a thick rope for reinforcement and shape. If the fake straps did not include a rope, the thin synthetic material would be too flimsy to form an arch shape when hanging the bag, not to mention that the straps would not be able to handle much weight, and rip! Furthermore, the strap’s side edge has binding or poor finishing. The binding is usually the same color as the strap or in some cases, mimics the black edge of the real deal. Just remember, Binding on straps = Fake.

Longchamp_straps

imageAUTHENTIC (Grey, rightmost) leather handle attachment has a smaller stitching area than the Fakes.

STITCHING
Authentic: Front of the flap has beige stitching. Backside of the flap has brown stitching. There is double stitching on corners and edges where there would most likely be strain.
Fake: Front and backside of the flap usually have super white stitching.

Longchamp_Stitching

AUTHENTIC. Brown Stitching underneath the leather flap. Beige stitching in the front of the flap.

SIZE
Authentic: Matches the dimensions of the Longchamp Pliage.
Fake: Handles are too short and size of the bags are smaller or larger than what it should be.

FULL

FLAT

Type “S”
Small_SH_full
Type “S”
Small_SH_flat
Type “M”
Medium_SH_full
Type “M”
Medium_SH_flat
Type “L”
Large_SH_full
Type “L”
Large_SH_flat
Type “XL”
XL_SH_full
Type “XL”
XL_SH_flat
Type “Shopping”, Small
Small_LH_full
Type “Shopping”, Small
Small_LH_flat
Type “Shopping”, Medium
Medium_LH_full
Type “Shopping”, Medium
Medium_LH_flat

IMPORTANT NOTE: Regarding Type “Shopping”, Medium, Longchamp had an earlier version where the tote was larger and had a wider pocket, like below


Dimensions: 13″ x 13″ x 7 1/2″ with a 10 1/2″ handle drop.
Old Medium Shopper is larger than the new version. Stitching of the pocket passes the handles.
New version has pocket stitching between the handles.

Longchamp Medium SizesAUTHENTIC (Graphite) VS. FAKE (Orange). The fake medium handle is too long for the dimensions of the “Short Handle” Pliage, and too short for the dimensions of the “Long Handle”

The Leather Corners

Special note on Type “L” and Type “XL”: You’ll notice that there is a hole on one side on the leather corners (The side where the zipper pull will close up the bag). Even though some people use Type “L” and Type “XL” as an everyday handbag, they are known as luggage bags. The hole is there to lock your luggage, over the zipper pull and hole.


Photo Credit: Purseforum

The Nylon:

COLOR
Authentic: The nylon is rather matte and barely reflects light.
Fake: Can reflect light quite a bit. If it’s too shiny, it’s a no go. Colors that have never been used in Le Pliage Longchamp designs, obviously. Consult the “PLIAGE COLOR CODE TABLE” below.

STITCHING
Authentic: The color of the stitching is more or less the same color as the nylon.
Fake: White Stitching on Nylon (except in the case of having the White or Paper colored Pliage Longchamp bags).

– Is marked with a “YKK” and “T” on both sides of the zipper, and a “45” – The round zipper pull reads “LONGCHAMP” on top of the jockey logo and “1948” below, on both sides. – After prolonged use, the “gold” on the pull wears off and thus becomes lighter. Not sure about the Nickel and Bronze tags. – For the Short-handled totes in Medium, Large, and Extra Large (i.e: Type “M”, Type “L”, and Type “XL”), the zipper pulls are not gold, but are pewter in color (“gunmetal”?) – Older versions use a different font for 1948, so if this is the case, rely on other details instead. – Older versions of the round zipper tag can read “LONGCHAMP” on top of the horse and rider logo while below the logo, “PARIS” is written on one side and “FRANCE” is written on the other side of the round tag. – Does not have a “YKK” and “T” on both sides of the zipper, and a “45”. (Unless the zipper pull has the PARIS/FRANCE engraved like below) – Zipper tag possibly reads “LONCCHAMP”. The font for “1948” could be off. – After prolonged use, the round “gold” pull  has traces of copper-colored discoloration. Not sure about the fake Nickel and Bronze tags.

Photo Credit: PurseForum

AUTHENTIC OLD MODEL. SIDE A. Photo Credit: LowYat 

AUTHENTIC OLD MODEL. SIDE B. Reverse side of previous picture. Photo Credit: LowYat

AUTHENTIC OLD MODEL. No “YKK”, “T”, and “45” marked on the zipper pull.

AUTHENTIC. Photo Credit: LeahDeLeon

REAL_Longchamp_Side_ZipperAUTHENTIC.

FAKE_Longchamp_Side_ZipperFAKE.

REAL_Longchamp_Front_ZipperAUTHENTIC.

FAKE_Longchamp_Front_ZipperFAKE.

THE INTERIOR

The Lining:

COLOR
Authentic:
– Light or Vibrant colored bags have a white or beige lining, while dark colored bags have a black lining. Refer to the “PLIAGE COLOR CODE TABLE” Table.
– The pocket is the exact same material and color as the exterior nylon.
– The lining has a smooth rubbery texture.
Fake:
– The lining color is different from the official lining color of the particular model or the lining is the same color as the nylon. Refer to the “PLIAGE COLOR CODE TABLE” Table for the official lining color.
– The white, beige, or black lining is not rubbery smooth.

STITCHING
Authentic:
– White Interior: The stitching is white in the areas where the fabric is white. The stitching elsewhere on the nylon (the zipper or pocket area) is more or less the same color as the nylon.
– Black Interior: The stitching is black in the areas where the fabric is black. You might see a few specs of the beige stitching caused from the stitching of the other side (exterior), but that’s fine as long the main stich is black. The stitching elsewhere on the nylon (the zipper or pocket area) is more or less the same color as the nylon.
Fake: The stitching is super white on the colored nylon (the color of your bag).

SNAP BUTTONS
Authentic: Both snaps (interior pocket and at the bottom of the bag) are reinforced with a transparent disc around the snaps.
Fake: Snaps have no reinforcement.

REAL_Longchamp_Reinforced_SnapsAUTHENTIC.

FAKE_Longchamp_SnapsFAKE.

THE TAG
Authentic:
– Le Pliage Longchamp bags should indicate that it was either MADE IN FRANCE, MADE IN TUNISIA, or MADE IN CHINA.
– White Translucent tag with the correct manufacturing locations and style number.

Style Numbers are comprised of a 4-Digit Model Number, followed by 089 (The code for the Le Pliage line), followed by a 3-Digit Color Code (###). Refer to the “PLIAGE COLOR CODE TABLE”

Style Numbers:
Small Long Handle Tote, “SHOPPING”: 2605089###
Medium Long Handle Tote, “SHOPPING”: 1899089###
———-The old version of Medium Long Handle Tote, “SHOPPING”: 2724089###

Small Short Handle Tote, TYPE “S”: Medium Short handle Tote, TYPE “M”: Large Short handle Tote, TYPE “L”: Extra-Large Short handle Tote, TYPE “XL”: Rectangular Tote model (No Zipper), Backpack Model, “SAC À DOS”: 1699089###

Fake:
– Wrong manufacturing locations or incorrect style number.

 

PLIAGE COLOR CODE TABLE

My table of Pliage Color Codes is not complete unfortunately, but I’d say the most common colors you can buy today are there. Help me out please!

Any official names/season of a color I’m unsure of are marked with a question mark.

COLOR NAME

COLOR CODE

LINING

SEASON/YEAR

SWATCH

Black 001 Black Classic clip_image002
Gunmetal 300 White Fall 2013 clip_image036
Graphite 897 Black Classic clip_image004
Lime Blossom  567  Beige FW 2009 clip_image006
Clay 266 White Fall 2013 clip_image036
Grey 263 White clip_image008
Thistle 569 Beige FW 2009 clip_image010
White 007 White clip_image012
Paper 555 White clip_image014
Sand 514 White SS 2013 clip_image016
Beige 841 White Classic clip_image016
Praline 469 Beige FW 2010 clip_image018
Taupe / Slate 015 Black Classic clip_image020
Chocolate 203 Black Classic clip_image022
Red 545 Beige Classic clip_image024
Garance? 270 White SS 2010 clip_image026
Grape 219 Black FW 2011 clip_image028
Burgundy 009 Black FW 2012 clip_image030
Bilberry 645 Black Classic clip_image032
Amethyst 958 White SS 2014 amethyst958
Mauve 358 Beige FW 2010 clip_image034
Lilac 619 White Fall 2013 clip_image036
Lilac 356 White clip_image036
Mediterranean 557 White
Ultramarine 198 White SS 2013 clip_image040
Turquoise 664 White SS 2012 clip_image038
Mint 410 White SS 2014 mint410
Peacock 457 (Gold Hardware), 876 (Pewter Hardware) White FW 2011 clip_image043
Lagoon 456 Beige SS 2011 clip_image040
Ocean 164 White clip_image042
Indigo 506 Black SS 2013 clip_image043
Navy 556 Black Classic clip_image045
Duck Blue 434 Black FW 2012 clip_image047
Fir 749 Black FW 2012 clip_image049
Loden 549 Black FW 2011 clip_image051
Palm Green 454 White SS 2011 clip_image053
Bright Green 849 White clip_image055
Kiwi 466 White clip_image057
Moss 092 White FW 2012 clip_image059
Khaki 292 White SS 2012 clip_image060
Pistachio 895 White clip_image062
Citrine 271 White clip_image066
Curry 432 White SS 2011 clip_image064
Sunshine 620 Beige SS 2013 clip_image068
Camel 226 White FW 2012 clip_image068
Cumin 831 White Fall 2013 clip_image036
Orange 022 White
Orange 450 White FW 2011? clip_image070
Tangerine 477 White FW 2012 clip_image072
Poppy 642 Beige SS 2014 poppy642
Orange 2012 217 White SS 2012 clip_image074
Paprika 461 Beige SS 2013 clip_image040
Terracotta 881 White clip_image076
Rosalie 273 White SS 2010 clip_image078
Peony 559 White SS 2009 clip_image080
Candy 837 Beige SS 2014 candy837
Cyclamen 560 White SS 2012 clip_image082
Hydrangea 643 White SS 2014 hydrangea643
Fuchsia 832 White Fall 2013 clip_image036
Fuchsia 455 White SS 2011 clip_image083
Bright Pink 822 White clip_image085
Pink 409 Beige clip_image087
Hawthorne / Old Rose 566 Beige FW 2009 clip_image089

 

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252 Comments

  1. Karen

    Wow. This really is THE super guide. A friend of a friend sold me a pre-owned LONGCHAMP LE PLIAGE TYPE “M” at a really low price. I got it because I felt that it was a pretty good deal considering the condition of the tote. I checked from the leather, the hot-stamped graphics, the zipper, the snap buttons and I could say that it is authentic EXCEPT for the flap- the jockey logo is not indented BUT I could feel it with my fingers. Maybe because of prolonged use that the leather has turned tan so the logo is no longer visible. (Not that I am doubting the friend; it’s just that there are so many “class A” counterfeits around now. I wouldn’t want to carry around a fake tote even if I got it really cheap.) Anyway, reading this post and checking every detail mentioned above (details that were not mentioned in other blogs -the color of the thread used, the style number on the tag, the “45” on the zipper, the accent marks on the E) I could say without any doubt left that the tote that I got is authentic.

    Thank you very much. I will share this post to my friends.:)

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    • Susan

      Hi Karen! Thanks for your kind words! I’m glad you found my post helpful! As for your pre-owned bag, you’re definitely right that the indents on the leather flap is less visible when it becomes a little worn out. I have a small and medium “SHOPPING” bag, and I noticed that the small version (which is older than my medium one) had a more prominent and visible indentation than the medium. All this to say, if you can feel the indentation, that’s confirmation it’s authentic!

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      • Tracey

        I agree, this was extremely helpful! I recently bought a pre-owned Longchamp bag and I think it is one of the older smaller versions because it reads: LES PLIAGES LONGCHAMP – TYPE “S” MODÈLE DÉPOSÉ – MADE IN FRANCE. However, my concern is that I did not find a tag inside the bag that states where it was made and any other information to confirm that it is a authentic bag. Everything else that I have checked so far assures me that this bag is authentic in terms of the zipper, plastic snaps, flat handles, and since my bag is the dark blue/navy color, the interior is black… I am just having second thoughts as to if this bag is authentic, fake or just an older model. The front flap has the logo and also a line underneath it that looks clean and detailed unlike the emboss logo on fake Longchamps, but underneath the flap, the leather is smooth and a pretty dark tan color that has no emboss on the inside reverse flap. The snap underneath the flap has ORIGINAL (6/4B?) PRYM on the button but that’s it – could it be the bag has been used so much that the emboss has somehow faded? I would really appreciate any help and answers! Thank you in advance and also for this terrific guide!

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    • Cassandra Valderrama

      I’m happy and proud using my long champ….

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    • lilmissmaan

      Hi!does a longchamp le pliage in “rouge” exist? Been planning to buy one in large long handle, only it says that the inner lining is “black” and i cant seem to find “rouge” in your color list…thanks!

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  2. Jen Saavedra

    This is a very informative page, thanks for posting this! I was given a Le Pliage bag last year and thought it was authentic until the zipper pulls started to tarnish all over. It all got the authentic characteristics written above, even the tag codes are correct and YKK on the zipper is there. But when I looked closely on the zipper pull, it says ‘LONCCHAMP’ even the snaps on the leather flap says the same. This is so odd and is now wondering if I have an authentic bag :(

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    • Susan

      Hi Jen! The G on LONGCHAMP is very close to looking like the C. Maybe send me an email with pictures reallongchamp@snobaffair.com ?

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      • Raisha

        Hi, Thanks for the great website. I have used it in purchasing a Longchamp Le Pliage Tote from ebay. I have received the bag and have the same issue. It looks like there is no G in the word Longchamp on the pull tag. It looks like Loncchamp. Would it be okay to send a picture for you to confirm? All of the other points check out on the bag that I purchased. Thanks! Raisha

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  3. Jocelyn

    Hi Susan, thanks for the great tips. I’m verifying that my tote is authentic. Mine has no visible accent marks on the e’s. I think that it may have to do with the fact that the stitching covered it due to positioning. All the other check marks are there on the bag. The accents are the only thing missing. Any advice?

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    • Susan

      Hi Jocelyn,

      The accent marks are really hard to see but it is not hidden by the stitching. It doesn’t help that the the diagonal lines are running across either! But rest assured it is probably there (if you say that all the other indications of a real longchamp are present). Try looking with a magnifying glass!

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  4. Tracey

    Hello! I think I posted my comment on someone else’s response (Whoops) but I just need a bit of help – I recently bought a pre-owned Longchamp bag and I think it is one of the older smaller versions because it reads: LES PLIAGES LONGCHAMP – TYPE “S” MODÈLE DÉPOSÉ – MADE IN FRANCE. However, my concern is that I did not find a tag inside the bag that states where it was made and any other information to confirm that it is a authentic bag. Everything else that I have checked so far assures me that this bag is authentic in terms of the zipper, plastic snaps, flat handles, and since my bag is the dark blue/navy color, the interior is black… I am just having second thoughts as to if this bag is authentic, fake or just an older model. The front flap has the logo and also a line underneath it that looks clean and detailed unlike the emboss logo on fake Longchamps, but underneath the flap, the leather is smooth and a pretty dark tan color that has no emboss on the inside reverse flap. The snap underneath the flap has ORIGINAL (6/4B?) PRYM on the button but that’s it – could it be the bag has been used so much that the emboss has somehow faded? I would really appreciate any help and answers! Thank you in advance and also for this terrific guide!

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  5. Germaine

    Hi, I’m just wondering is there is a way to determine if one is made in china versus one made in france? I really want one made in france, not china. but its just so hard to determine which is which…. and nordstroms, are theirs from france or china?

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    • Susan

      Hi Germaine, I’m not sure where you are from but I know most of the Longchamp Pliage bags in the States and Canada are Made in China. The ones made in France are typically distributed in Europe. But in terms of quality, they’re all the same, so you can’t tell that they are made in China except for the white tag inside the bag that says Made in China. Any luxury brand has quality control over their products!

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      • Frances

        Hi! My husband bought me an authentic Le Pliage from Switzerland a few months ago, and its version is “Made In China”. So it sounds like they would’ve brought in the China versions into Europe as well?

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        • Susan

          Wow I guess so! Thanks for the info!

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          • San

            Hi! I find your post really helpful. I guess the made in China bag are everywhere now. Went to Paris just last month and both the Longchamp outlet and boutique inside Paris have made in China bag.

            I wasn’t surprise when I saw it at the outlet, but boutique…

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  7. Carla

    Hi Susan,

    I just bought a longchamp “cabas” off of ebay, and everything checked out (including style numbers and small details such as the accents on the words), except the feel of the leather is different than my other longchamp bags. Also, the gold snap button on the front flap is upside down…

    Do you know if any older versions of the bag would have this? I e-mailed the seller and am awaiting a response. There is not a lot of info on the cabas bags :(

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    • Susan

      Hi Carla! It would be helpful if you can email me a photo of your Cabas (reallongchamp@snobaffair.com). Is your bag new? Because the recent pliage leather flaps are rather rough. The gold snap button on the front.. isn’t always super upright. The one I have is up right, but some of my other ones are at an angle. So just because it isn’t straight doesn’t mean it’s fake. Just shoot me an email for a better verification :)

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  8. Syahirah Atiqah

    Hi Susan. I’ve just received my longchamp bag that i bought online. They sell only the original bag. However i have sone doubts about colour of the leather. I’ve checked all the other features and it matches on the aunthentic ones. Btw thank you on your tips. I’ll email u the pictures.

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  9. Ange

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  10. tory T

    I wish there could be this type of information on “Louis Vuitton” thank you Susan!

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  11. Sam

    Hi Susan –

    Thanks so much for this helpful guide! I bought a “new” Longchamp on ebay, and everything on it matches up to the authentic descriptions you wrote about. However, I read on another site that the handles NEVER come with a plastic lining/cover on them when bought new. Mine do have plastic. Does this mean it’s a fake?

    Thanks! -Sam

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  12. Andreas

    Hi Susan.

    Thank you for this very detailed guide. By far the most helpful I’ve seen! I recently bought a medium Le Pliage Longchamp bag on eBay. After seeing this guide, it is very clear that the bag I received is a fake. I made a claim through PayPal to get a refund and send the bag back. PayPal is now asking that I obtain a letter from an expert such as yourself confirming that the bag is fake. If I email you a few pictures, will you be able to write a letter confirming it is fake? I can write a template if it helps. It is very obvious and shouldn’t take long at all, e.g: pattern on leather flap does not have diagonal parallel lines, no plastic reinforcement on inside buttons, stiffening rope inside the handles, and Guang Tong written on the button. Thank you so much Susan, I hope you can help me. Andreas

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  13. fernata

    Great Site. Tried to find info about the purse I picked up at a thrift store. I haven’t seen one like it. If I send you pictures, could you tell if it’s real. Not too familiar with Longchamp. What leads me to believe it’s real, even though it was in a thrift store, I also found some other high end clothes and a pair of Mezlan shoes that I assume came from same person. It is older purse, but new with tags. A striped canvas, more like a burlap. The card inside says Sophie, so I guess that is the name of the bag. Thanks

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  14. Ro-Ann Misericordia

    very helpful. god bless

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  15. BubblyContessa

    Have you ever seen a light blue, exclusive “Air France” version with black leather? I am looking at a used one that does not match any of your color codes, and the leather has no diagonal markings. The logo has a line under it, so it would be an older version.

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  16. Lex

    Hi Susan.

    I recently bought my wife a victoire. It has all the markings to make it authentic via your guide but I fear that this might be a replica. Reason is my wife said that all Longchamp bags have a pocket inside the bag and this one doesn’t. Have I been duped?

    Thanks!

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    • Susan

      Hi Lex! Sorry for the delay! Anyways. the Longchamp bags do normally have pockets, but the Victoire (Limited Edition of the Planètes line) does not have one. So if all other details match up, You’re good to go!

      Susan

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      • Princess

        Hi Susan – Very helpful guide! Found myself looking at each and every detail of my Le Pliage as I read along. Satisfied that I got an authentic one, I continued to read through the comments and came across this. I recently bought a Victoire from an online seller and it has a pocket inside, same side as the flap. Does this mean what I bought is a fake? :(

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  17. Elena

    Hi Susan,

    I really appreciate this guide. Unfortunately, it appears I have purchased a fake over eBay. Every little detail is perfect except that there are no accent marks over ‘e’s in MODELE DEPOSE on the back of the flap and the flap is the wrong size. I have a Longchamp I purchased from Nordstrom, and it is obvious that the flaps are not the same. Would you be wiling to provide me with a letter ascertaining that the bag is indeed fake? I can provide comparison pictures… I would REALLY appreciate it.

    I am going to submit a claim to Paypal.

    Thank you so very much,
    Elena

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    • Susan

      Hi Elena, Sure! Please send over the pictures to Though I hope you took a good look at the accent marks, because they are hard to see after all! Susan

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      • Elena

        Thank you! I sent pictures over – let me know if you need any other shots.

        I really appreciate it!

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  18. Al

    Hi. I was just wondering whether you were aware of any fake Le Pliage Cuir bags being produced yet. Thanks!

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    • Susan

      Hi al! Sorry I have no idea yet!

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  19. Gen

    Hi Susan!

    THanks for your helpful tips. I just bought a longchamp bag and it matches your description. :D

    However, it did not come with a care card and your post did not mention anything about it. So, can I say that my bag is authentic eventhough it does not have a care card?

    Thanks in advance. :)

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    • Susan

      Hey gen! Yes you can assume that your bag is real if all the details match whether or not you have the care card. I find the care card is trivial because it’s too easy to copy. And for those people who bye preowned bags, most of them probably don’t have a care card. At the end of the day, you’re wearing the purse and not the card. Loll. But I’m so glad my guide was helpful to you!

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      • Gen

        Thanks for the response, Susan. BTW, I found the care card, it’s in the pocket :D Now, I can say that my bag is 100% authentic.

        ” At the end of the day, you’re wearing the purse and not the card. Loll.” — I so agree with this. haha! Thanks for your help :)

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  20. Ellaine

    Hi Susan!

    I just received my Lonchamp Le Pliage today and while reading the info about your blog some of it doesnt matched. Like the style number. i will right down below the link.. Kindly check if its authentic.. I am still worried.

    http://iloveeverythingaboutit.blogspot.com/2013/01/longchamp-le-pliage-fake-or-authentic.html

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    • Susan

      Hi Ellaine! You’re code is 2605089450. So it’s a Small Long Handle Tote (Code 2605) (089=Pliage line). If you check in the Pliage color code table, the color “450” does exist and matches the color on my table. So it’s real. Don’t worry! -Susan

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      • Ellaine

        Hi Susan! OMG! It is real!!!! Thank you for your response! I am so happy to know that!

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  21. Enah

    This is really nice! I have one right beside me right now and while I am reading this article, I am comparing it to what I have here. Fortunately, mine is authentic. Thanks.

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  22. Kris

    Hi Susan..I just checked my Longchamp after reading your blog and i can’t seem to find the color code on your chart/table…mine shows 2605089876..its a medium peacock with longhandle..please help.

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  23. Nina

    Thank you Susan.

    Because off this guide i was able to buy an older model pliage handbag, that is real and looks like new.

    I bought it on a dutch site; marktplaats, for only €5,-.

    Many thanks from Nina, Amsterdam / The netherlands- Holland

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  24. Dianne in Australia

    Susan, you are a gem, thank you so much for producing this fantastic report.

    I now have no need to send my poor, long suffering ‘He Who Must Not Be Obeyed’ into the Longchamp Boutique (because I am recovering from major surgery) to ask the girls in there if my recently arrived (eBay AU) purchase is genuine. Indeed it is authentic, and at a fraction of the cost elsewhere. I’m delighted and your report just increased my delight 10 fold. Best wishes, Di (Now to go and purchase the RIGHT size, this one is massive lol).

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    • Susan

      Aww thanks for your kind words Dianne! Haha getting another Longchamp? You are not alone!

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  25. Lydia

    Hi there – great site, thank you! Looking for style number 1696089894. It’s a mustardy color. I was concerned regarding authenticity, am no longer, really – everything else but this hard plastic tag doesn’t check out – it’s missing the Longchamp Paris above Made in China…

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  26. cynthia

    many thanks for sharing all these info-very enlightening! would you know if the small short handle comes in mandarin color and if so, what is the code? pls reply asap because i just ordered one on-line after seeing it in one of the longchamp distributor stores, so i can have the chance to cancel my order .

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    • Susan

      Hi. A small short handle tote starts with 1621089, the 3 numbers following that is the color code . Check on the pliage color code table. I don’t know if “Mandarin” is “Tangerine: but if its one of these ones like “022” “450” “477” or “217” then its ok

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    • cynthia

      Hi Susan, I just got my small pliage today and I’m so glad it passed all the tests in your site. The mandarin color turned out to be orange since the color code is 217. I’m now saving for one more and two more and three more….lol. As they say – work hard and shop harder. Many many thanks again Susan for your great site.

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  27. ashie

    Hi Susan,

    I find this very helpful. I just recently got my LONGCHAMP bag purchased in INSTAGRAM. and good to know that the one I got is authentic!! Thanks for your help Dear!!!! :)

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  28. Frances Huxley

    Hi

    I have a couple of Longchamps and I was wondering if you could tell me if they are real? Thank you this is a great site.

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  29. cynthia

    Hi Susan, What’s the code for the patch poney pls? Cynthia

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    • Susan

      Hi Cynthia!
      The patch pony code is 1899525016 !

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  30. Constance

    Hi Susan, I just bought a Longchamp Le Pliage online, small long handle, at a low price, my bag passed all the test above, but I heard some people says that a new Longchamp Le Pliage can stand properly, and the nylon not too soft, but my bag can’t stand and the material also quite soft, my bag is Made in China, does it means that my bag is fake? Except this my bag passed all the test that you mentioned. I appreciate for you reply, thanks a lot.

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  31. galuh

    Hi susan,,, Ur blog so helpful,,I just got this bag from my sister in law..I hv no idea this is authentic or fake.checkin on internet n then I found ur blog.. This bag passed all the test include YKK,45,code color,flat handheld,brown stitching at the bottom,,,except one thing..just wondering about the mark on the E letter.. It just my eyes can’t see that mark or this bag is fake one?

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  32. mrsd

    I have purchased 6 totes (diff sizes, diff colors- one of them being the planetes) from the Longchamp boutique on Madison Avenue here in NYC. I found the praline backpack online and find myself a bit skeptical. A backpack for 50% less than what I can expect to pay here is tempting, but I worry not only about the authenticity, but the security of these websites. Any recommendations? I think the praline is discontinued and I really want that specific color. Thanks in advance!

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  33. Winnie

    Hi Susan! Thanks for your guide; it was really detailed and helpful! Mine says 1602089HT001 though (it’s black so the colour code is right but 1602 doesn’t match any of those you mentioned… Mine’s type ‘M’, short handle. Is it still authentic?

    Thanks in advance! :-)

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    • chris

      Mmm i also have this code number…. :( pls help

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      • chris

        PLs help.. urgent

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        • Susan

          Hi I’m sorry I need pictures! Please email them to be at This has to be a limited edition pliage at least!

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          • chris

            HI SUSAN…. I have sent the pictures to u.. Pls help… let me know the picture is sufficient. tks

  34. Tanya

    Hi, I recently bought a bag size L, every detail you posted matched my bag, the tag, stitching, hole for the lock, plastic around snaps on the inside etc. except the 45 on the zipper, instead it is written 5No or 5N0 or SN0, whichever of these combinations it is hard to read. I am guessing it is still authentic, can you confirm? Thank you, and thank you for the blog!

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  35. kim tarbox

    Hi Susan, These appear fake to me. Agree? Love your very helpful blog. Thanks, Kim

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  36. Rebecca

    If the interior of the Longchamp Le Pliage is white, while the exterior is say, Black, Yellow, or Chocolate – does that mean the bag is fake?

    Thanks so much!

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    • Susan

      Well darkers colors usually have black lining while bright or light colors have white lining. There are a few with beige lining as well. But yes it would be fake if black had a white interior, for example. Check the table! I too a lot of time to research that!

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  37. Shiela Cueno

    Hi, i sent you an email regarding my LC. Can you help me authenticate it?

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  38. Jessica

    Thank you so much for this! Very informative, just bought a couple of Longchamps online and everything checks out except for the color and lining of one of them! Would you know what the lining should be for color code 896? The outer is close to code 456 and the lining is….brownish…is that what the beige looks like?

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  39. cynthia

    Hi Susan, Are the pliage large and XL available with long handles? Many thanks again, Cynthia

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    • Susan

      Hi Cynthia! No the Large and XL do not come in long handles. There are only 2 sizes for the long handle totes. The larger of the the two, comes closest to the size of the short handle medium. Though, if you manage to find the old “medium long handle tote”…the size of the bag is bigger! But they’re hard to come by!

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  40. cynthia

    OMG so many sites advertising large and XL with long handles (sometimes called luggage). Longchamp sisters take note ! Many thanks again Susan.

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  41. D Mad

    This was very informative! I bought a Longchamp Le Pliage some time ago on eBay and just REALLY found out after reading your assessment that it is indeed a REAL Longchamp! My daughter wants one, so now I know what to look for – unfortunately, when I go to look on eBay I am going to have to ask A LOT of questions – may be worth just going to the ‘trusted’ sites where LongChamp are sold. Thanks again for all of your research!

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  42. Jenn

    Hi! Thanks so much! This site has been really informative! I do have a question though; My bag is presumably an older model(due to the zipper pull reading Made in Paris, Made in France), handed down to me by my cousin several years ago.(Perhaps at least 8 years ago) I was just wondering if, regardless of if it’s an older model or newer model, the bag should come with a plastic tab on the inside? Pretty much, every other detail looks good, but that tab is missing. Also my bag does not have the indentation on the other side, but I read that the older models do not have the indentation. Thanks in advance!

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    • Susan

      Send me an email with pictures to reallongchamp@snobaffair.com

      I have heard of cases where people don’t have tags…but they all had old bags too so maybe that’s something in common

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  43. A

    Thanks a lot for this blog post, it was very helpful in confirming and verifying the legitimacy of the Longchamp bag I purchased!!! Much appreciated.

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    • Susan

      yayy im glad you found it helpful!

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  44. Mandy

    Hi, just wondering if you can help with my query. I recently bought a large black Eiffel Tower tote (1899) with white print. It has all the authentic elements you mentioned on your website except it is made in China. Could this still be authentic? Thanks heaps for your help

    Mandy

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  45. Alex

    Thanks for the wonderful guide Susan! Can i share this on my site? :)

    Cheers,
    Alex

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    • Susan

      Hii Alex! Of course you can! share away!!

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  46. Emily

    Wow – fantastic post! Thanks for such a comprehensive guide!

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  47. rafedzah

    Very helpful indeed! tq

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  48. Samantha

    Hey Love! I just wanted to jot a line and say I hardly ever really leave comments on blogs and guides, but this one was so intricate and magnificent! It helped me authenticate a bag. Thanks for taking the time to do something like this, much love!

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    • Susan

      Aww thanks Samantha. That means a lot!

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  49. Sheila

    Hi Susan,

    Thank you for the very nice review. :) I’d like to ask if are there any LC that are LLH? I’ve seen so many posts in sulit.com that are claiming to sell “authentic” large long handle longchamp bags (am eyeing to buy a patch poney)..

    Please help.

    Thanks!

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  50. Andrea Valencia

    Hello! First of all, many thanks for writing this amazing guide to spotting fakes – it’s proved essential these days, as I have been buying some new and second hand totes from eBay. And while I’ve gotten a few good apples, I’m afraid I just received 2 rotten ones :( The bags have several good things going for them – the zippers seem the real deal, there’s that plastic disc behind the button closure, the stitching seems the right color… BUT… but… I’m having problems with the LE PLIAGE “SHOPPING” – MODELE DEPOSE part. I’m comparing the embossing from one of the bags I know to be genuine (which is boldly embossed, where you can read the writing very clearly, and all the letters are evenly spaced and exactly the same size) with the embossing of the 2 funny ones – and there’s a problem, I think. For one, the embossing is a bit “lighter”, less “imprinted” into the leather. Is that a bad sign? Also, while there are accents in all the right places, the word DEPOSE bugs me – there is a little too much space between the P and the O, and the OSE part of the word seems to be slightly smaller and a bit askew. In the one I know is real, the O is big, round, fat even, and sits nicely between the P and the S… but in these, there’s that odd spacing. Do you need pictures to see this better, or is this enough of a sign that I got fakes? A million thanks!

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  51. Andrea Valencia

    Oh, and something else, one of the shoppers seems overly “fuzzy” on the suede-like overleaf of the leather closure flap… and I can’t see the reverse ghost imprint of the horsey on it either! Oh dear, this IS getting worse, isn’t it?

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  52. Charlene

    Hi Ms. Susan! Is there really such size as Large Long handle? Cause all I read here are short long handle and medium long handle. Thanks.

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    • Susan

      Hi Please send me an email with pictures

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  53. Jen

    Thank You Susan! Very impressive!

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  54. Erin

    Hi! I recently got a Longchamp from Nordstrom so I’m quite sure it’s authentic. I’ve had it for a few months and have recently noticed that the bottom side seam is split. I’m pretty upset considering that this is an expensive bag. Have you ever heard of any Longchamp’s being defective. And do you know if anyone repairs them? I really love my bag and am disappointed. I just ordered a medium short handle (my other one is a large shopping) and maybe wouldn’t have purchased it if I had known the quality wasn’t going to be that great.

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    • Susan

      Hi Erin, I haven’t heard of any bag splitting like that. What does happen often (it happened to mine) is: “Bottom corners: A common occurrence in used totes, both the Les Pliage and Les Planetes models are tiny wear holes on the bottom four corners of the totes. These holes are caused from wear when the totes are filled and/or are used to carry heavier items such as books.” Sorry this happened to you, maybe if you still had the bill, you can talk to Nordstrom customer service. You might have gotten a really defective one. (OR worse, someone bought a real one and returned it with a fake one) I’ve abused my bag quite badly by putting heavy things like heavy textbooks and my laptop at the same time, almost on a daily basis, and its still good after 3 years!

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  55. Sandy

    Hi, I just bought a longchamp from a seller who used to collect longchamp bags and decided to sell them. I am guessing i got a older versions?… everything passed the authentic test you posted except for the handles, the handles on these were firm, uniform, and sort of round… the tag inside the bag said it was made in china and the code was consistent with the code you have put on for the older verson medium. The handles are kinda ticking me off though…. is it possible that the older versions have firmer handles?

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  56. anj

    Hi Ms. Susan, been following you on Twitter, I found this site of yours very informative and helpful. Been using your guidelines for my purchases online, however I need ur help on something. I recently acquired a maroon le pliage (maroon says its seller) everything matched your description only I couldn’t find the maroon color in ur code list, the lining is black and the last 3digits is 545 (in ur code it is red), do u think its authentic? Also one in orange, everything matched including the serial except for the 2nd E of Modele Depose instead of pointing right its on th other side. Please help. Thanks more power!

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  57. Ana

    Hi, this article is very informative! I was wondering if you can do one on backpacks too, it’ll be great to read it. Or are the backpacks exactly the same as the totes? :)

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    • Susan

      you mean the “sac a dos”? because it can be applied! i do refer to it in the article!

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  58. Leah

    Susan,

    I have refered to this page multiple times when looking to purchase a Longchamp on eBay. I had to purchase one on eBay because I like the older, larger size. I knew exactly what to look for in the pictures! I just wanted to say thanks!

    -Leah

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  59. Ria

    Good day!

    Susan,

    Your article was really helpful and I really find the details relevant to checking my friend’s. I’d just like to ask if planetes ad le pliage are closely the same? If not can you please advise what is best to check to confirm that it is authentic.

    Thank you!

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  60. Sandy

    Hi Susan, thank you so much for all your hard work on making this informative article! I recently bought a longchamp bag from a seller, and the bag looked incredibly real and I really thought it was real, until I read about the handles from your post. I was like if this was a fake its such hell a very good quality fake, (everything from zipper, to tag, lining everything matched ur descriptions of a real bag), except…. I felt a tube inside the handles, I freaked out… So I emailed longchamp asking whether the bags should have a tube in the handles, and turns out the answer is yes! They do!! The following is what the associates responded

    Dear Ms. Tse,   Thank you for your message and for your interest in our product.   We do not recommend shopping at retailers that are not authorized to sell Longchamp products but the serial number you provided appears to be a correct serial number from us. Our Le Pliage nylon bags comes with the tube underneath or inside the leather handles to ensure stability and sturdiness for the straps.   We hope this information was helpful for you and please feel free to contact us for any further questions.         Respectfully, Herieth S.  Customer Service Longchamp USA E-Shopping (888) 828-8081 Monday-Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM EST. http://www.longchamp.com

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    • Susan

      Hmm good to know! Well it’s still pretty flat. no thick rope for sure!

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  61. coco

    hi susan…

    could you help me authenticate my Black Longchamp Le Pliage MSH. i already sent you an email as well.

    http://s59.photobucket.com/user/ooh1220/library/LONGCHAMP%20LE%20PLIAGE%20MSH?sort=3&page=1

    thanks for being around

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  62. Michelle

    Hi Susan, thanks for your guide. I have checked thru my bag using your guide nd there is one thing I am unsure of, which is the zipper without the “45” but “5NO”, does that mean it is a fake one? Please advise.

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  63. Karen

    Hi, I send pictures of Longchamp Autour de Halong MSH. Please help me figure out if its authentic or not.

    Thanks

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  64. Karen

    Geesh! I can’t send pictures. By the way, would you just please give me the code of that model?

    Thank you, it will be a big help.

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  65. Summer

    Hi, I stumbled upon this blog and I fell in love! This is indeed a super guide! Though I am very much aware on how to spot an authentic bag vs a fake bag, I learned a lot MORE from your post! Thanks for sharing. I randomly checked my totes and indeed it contains everything you just said.

    Here’s something I would like to get help from you though – almost all of my bags are bought from the store either here or in a different country. However, there is one which I bought from an online seller. All authentication points matched up. Except that it has this MODÈLE DÈPOSÉ instead of this MODÈLE DÉPOSÉ. What do you think about that?

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  66. Carmel

    Your guide has been super helpful but I’d like you to personally take a look at a green Le Pliage I bought online. Everything, from the flap, stamp, handle, stitching, zipper, buttons all seem legit, but when I looked at the code (1899089645) it’s for the shade Bilberry. And the shade of green itself doesn’t seem to match any of the colors, the closest is Loden. The nylon as well also looks a bit shiny, the plastic tag was hard, see through plastic and the care card looked a little cheap. I’ll send you an email with the photos. I really need your feedback. Thank you sooo much!

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    • Susan

      send me an email with pics! but to be honest it does sound a bit off! reallongchamp@snobaffair.com

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      • Carmel

        Hi Susan! I did send you an email with the pics last Saturday. Can you please confirm if you received it? If not, I can always re-send it. Thanks again!

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  67. April

    I just bought a le pliage from an online store and I compared with the existing bag that I bought in air port. I found out that there is small gap between the zipper that attached to the ground of the bag zipper. Which make that part looks like c. While the one I bought from air port is tightly sealed. Any guide for this ? :(

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  68. anj

    Hi there susan, unfortunately I wasnt able to send you the photos of my maroon pliage, I returned it instead since im not reall sure of its authenticity, however can u help me with planetes? The seller swears its authentic but im not really sure. Thank you in advance :)

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    How do I know if my LC LM metal red authentic, is the outside & inside material hard ?

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  71. Jessica

    Hi Susan, I was really glad to find all of this info on Longchamp Les Pliage. Just got into Longchamp after a recent trip to Paris. Found I really like the Medium handheld, bought one there and just needed more as soon as I returned home. Found an excellent condition navy blue bag on eBay from a seller with great feedback. It seems it is an older model, based on your info, and everything seems spot-on, EXCEPT there is NO inside tag. None what-so-ever. And, I am not 100% convinced of the stamping authenticity. It seems a little flat? Not as embossed as the older version you have shown, certainly way less embossed than the one I bought in Paris. Also I can only find 2 accent marks over the E’s. It is admittedly hard to see if there is a 3rd or not. Is this fishy? Or is due to the fact it is an older bag? It is the France/Paris zipper pull, with “Les Pliages Longchamp Type “M”” on the back. Appreciate any knowledge/feedback in advance.

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    • Susan

      Hi Jessica, send me an email with close up shots!

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  72. Kha

    I stumbled on this page when googling how to authenticate a Le Pliage, and I am so happy I did! Your guide helped me weed out the fakes and I am glad to say I have I got a great deal on eBay on a medium long handle tote and a pouchette!

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    • Susan

      That’s great!! It is totally possible to find a great deal out there and not just assume that a good price means fake. Glad I helped!

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  73. Michelle

    Hi, really glad to find all these informations about Longchamp! I’ve bought a Le Pliage M with long handles in taupe, but there is no tag inside? Is it a fake?

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    • Susan

      No it doesn’t necessarily mean its fake. Some old models come without a tag. Please send me an email for confirmation!

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  74. Dianne

    Hi Susan! I was checking on your website and it’s quite impressive how you managed to spot all the differences between the fake and the authentic one. I bought a le pliage online as well. 2 actually and same as Carmel’s situation, I’m quite confused. The other one I bought looked like teal to me, and the code matched the one on your table. But the other one I bought was sort of royal blue. the color matched with the indigo but the code isn’t the same. The code was for the bilberry one. But everything else seemed legit. I’m confused. Can you help me? I’ll send you an email about this. Thanks!

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  75. Leeta

    Hi,

    How do I know if my LC LM metal red Large is authentic, i bought it from Q0010. I checked all the above, like zip , flap, finish, there’s a white plastic tag inside too.. everything is authentic like the way u advised above. just that this LC LM Metal red large bag has a white fabric lining. I did bought a LC LM Metal in black, small in Korea. it has a brown fabric lining. so im just concerned if there is a difference. Hope to hear from u.

    Thank You.

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  77. Aaliyah Gomez

    Hi! All those mentioned matched my bag, as in everything! The only problem is the product code. The color doesn’t match the last 3-digit code. The bag is graphite but the code is 1899089001. And it seems authentic when it comes to workmanship; I had it for 2 years and been using it almost everyday, but the bag is still intact — very sturdy indeed! Help!

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  78. Tina

    Hi! Many thanks for your detailed guide on spotting fakes. I recently asked a friend to purchase Longchamp Planetes in Large Long Handles, would you know what’s supposed to be stamped on the back part of the flap? Mine says: Longchamp Modele Depose. Is rhat correct? Many thanks! :)

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  79. kareni

    Hi Susan!! Thank you for this very informative post! I sent you an email regarding my LC that I bought online. Hope you can check it when you have the time. Thank you!!

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  82. Laney

    Thank you so much for this information Susan. I paid full price for my medium longchamp tote and at the time had no idea that there were fakes out there. I love the simple bag because of the stylish design and functionality. Your guide helped me confirm its authenticity. I plan on purchasing another soon.

    Wonderful and extremely thorough, definitely wish you had one of these for other types of bags.

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    • Susan

      Thanks Laney! I’m glad it helped!

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  83. Sheena Elaine Borreo

    Hi, your guide really do help. Just wanna know if le pliage large long handle really do have hole in the side corner?? Because mine doesnt have one.

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    • Susan

      The hole is only on the short handled large and exrta large ones. Your “large” long handle tote is comparable to the size of a medium (in the short handle version). But because there are only two sizes in the long handle version, you call it “large” but it’s actually like a medium size. I hope that makes sense

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      • Kat L.

        Good thing you discussed this. It’s very helpful. Thank you. I was just a bit confused with the sizes you have shown as official longchamp website shows dimensions of the large tote as that of what you showed as medium. Does that mean that it’s fine if the code on the tag of my LLH says 1899089560? It should also refer to a Large Long Handle Le Pliage, right? Appreciate your immediate feedback. Thank you.

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  84. Vera lim

    Hi. I’m planning to buy a Longchamp online. I checked all the parts and it’s seems real. But at the back of the flap, it’s written ‘Longchamp’ then below ‘Le Pliage Shopping – Modele Depose’. Is there really an authentic longchamp like that? Thanks!

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    • Susan

      Ya if you check the guide, it does state that the newest versions are written like that!

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  85. Mary Galang

    Hi Susan! Would you know how to identify if a Planetes is authentic or fake? Is it similar to the details of a Le Pliage? I just bought a Planetes online and I would like to make sure that it’s authentic! Thanks in advance for your help

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  86. Sstan

    Is bilberry look like dark purple color?

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  87. Lydia

    Hi Susan!

    Wow! Thanks for such an informative guide! I nearly sold my small “shopping” tote, but after realizing that it’s the older model and made in France, I don’t want to part with it now!

    Do you know when the older models were manufactured? Would they be considered vintage?

    Thanks!

    Lydia

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  88. Richelle

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  90. Herman

    Hey there, I would just like to know that whether is there any edition of the tote bag with a full colored striking gold one which is being used by my girlfriend. As far as I am concerned, there is not one image or person is carrying the same bag or is on the website nor shops I can find. Please help me out, =D

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  91. vg1212

    Thank you for this post!

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  92. trish

    260589001 is it a fake black medium long handle?

    kindly help.. tnx.. ive already sent a photo on you’re email..

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  93. trish

    260589001 is it a fake black medium long handle?

    kindly help.. tnx.. ive already sent a photo on your email.

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  94. trish

    how to spot a fake LM?

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    • Debbie

      Hello Susan.

      Could you give us the same to-check list for LMs? I have the gold one and i’m worrying it’s a fake. The flap does not have the diagonal pattern or any pattern at all. It’s just smooth but appears to be an authentic cowhide leather.

      Please help.

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  95. Alen

    Hi. MJQ Enterprises just sold several Le Pliage thru Metrodeal online. Some buyers in Manila have started to receive their bags and have declared it to be fake ones. I have yet to receive mine. One said that the indent of the jockey on the backside of the flap is not there but everything else checks out. Could it be possible that the ones Made in China with the more recent models do not have the indent anymore? I am starting to have doubts though I have yet to see for myself once I receive mine. One of the lines from the blogger who wrote to LongChamp directly kept ringing in my ears…the part where LongChamp replied “We do not recommend shopping at retailers that are not authorized to sell LongChamp……” Well, we shall see! I will definitely check back on your site once I receive my LC. Many thanks!

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  96. camille

    hi ther allen! i bought LC too in metrodeal and got it earlier..i was toooo late to read all the negative feedbacks about metrodeal selling fake LC and helllll YEAH its is so trrrrueeee! mine’s fake. cause i have an original one.im about to email their support team, cause i was advised to do so cause im demanding for a refund. so pls everybody who bought fake le pliage on metro deal… call them now and tell them your concerns,for them to be ashamed selling fake bags! grrrrrrr.

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  97. Alex

    Hi Susan! I just bought my first ever Longchamp Maroquinerie Gold. And I am having doubts about it’s authenticity but all specifications indicated in your blog matches my longchamp. However, I am quite doubtful with the flap, its backside doesn’t have indent of the jockey. And the zipper pull indicates “Longchamp 1948″ on both sides. Also, the back hot stamped indicates “Longchamp Modele Depose” with its correct stresses. And also, is the thing inside the bag a plastic transparent one? Can you please help me with the code of it? Hope to hear from you. Thanks!!

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  98. Joanne

    Hi Susan, thank you for your guide! It is great and very informative! I have a question…Do you know if the “super old” longchamp les pliage shopping bags (the ones that have “France” on one side of the pull and “Paris” on the other, not ykk zipper, but has the 45 on it) have the plastic clear tags inside? I found a les pliage shopping bag that has everything you described to be authentic from the zippers, to the size, to the leather, the stitching, to the handles, etc….the only thing is that there are no clear tags. Any thoughts? Have you ever come across a really old authentic bag with no clear tags inside? Thanks!

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    • Susan

      Hi Joanne, the super old longchamps pliage bags, like the one you described, has the potential to not come with an inside clear tag. I’ve definitely come across some. So if the other details match perfectly, you got a real one!

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      • Joanne

        Wow! Thanks Susan! I consider myself super fortunate to have found an old one in such awesome condition. Every detail about it matches your description of the older ones perfectly. Thanks again!!

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  99. Dess

    Hi Susan and thank u for the tips. I’ve been looking everywhere for a black backpack,not the new one which is too small in size, but the one which is discontinued and it’s rather bigger. Longchamp doesn’t sell those anymore so I’ve been trying to find it online either used or new. Any idea where to find an authentic one? How about this website? Any chance these might be authentic? http://www.longchampsoutlet2013.com/

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    • Susan

      Hi Dess the link you provided sells fakes. It’s obvious even in the pictures. Your best bet is to try ebay. The listing should have a lot of detailed pictures. If you come across one, I can authenticate it. But steer clear from “outlet” sites, some might show a picture of a real one but they might send one that is fake!

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  100. eve

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  101. Alen

    Hi Susan, my Le Pliage finally arrived from EJQ/ Metrodeal and everything checks out. The indent on the logo on the backside is there although not as prominent but you did mention that it is so in the type M and L, right? My question is this: should the stitching be perfect? I ordered for the classic red and the red stitching on the nylon doubled up on the corner of the pocket. This is just right below the flap on the outside. Also the white stitching inside doubles up also in some parts. Is the quality control not up to par?

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    • Susan

      the stitching does double up on corners and in some other areas because those areas can have a lot of strain if you carry a lot of weight. So that’s normal

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  102. Marie

    Hi Susan! I purchased an older model off of ebay and everything matched up perfectly except for when I received it the interior handles where they connect to the bag are not exposed leather…it is the same type of diamond pattern leather on the flap. Have you ever seen it where it is finished like that? Thank you so much! You are such a fabulous resource!

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  103. Ritz

    Hi, i sent u an email and photos about LC autour da halong my friend is selling it to me for $89. Hope u can help me authenticate. Thanks!

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  104. Tina

    Hi, I recently bought a Longchamp online. Everything seems perfect comparing to your post just that it doesn’t come with a care card and also the wording has no accent mark at the E’s. Can that be fake?

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  105. Che

    Hi Susan, i really admire this page, never saw anything like this, i thought tat already have a tained eye, but this one gave points, i never thought of. I have this taupe le pliage for about 3-4years now, which i never doubted to be fake, i use it really ofeten and put heavy things and it does not break or wear our, my concern now is that its code end in 556 and not 015,im confused now, i hope to hear from you, thank u so much.

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  106. Ally

    Hi Susan,

    WOW! What an amazing guide. I have a cabas in orange that I bought about a year ago. It follows all of your rules. Yay! I just had one question. Should the lining be white? Thanks!

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  107. VIEE

    Hi susan! Just recently i got my LC longhandle Le Pliange medium fuschia from IG and now im having second thoughts if it is an aunthenticate LC . I cant seem to find the color code on your chart/table,mine shows 1899089545….pls help. Can u tell me if mine is a fake one? I will sent photos on your email..Thanks :)

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    • jekky

      hello viee! On what IG account did you buy? I have plans of buying also but got afraid of fake ones. Is yours authenticated already? just want to know a shop that truly sellsn”authentic” ones. Thank you!

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  108. Erika Ng

    Hello Susan! Thank you for the really insightful guide. BEST I have seen… I bought my new Long Champ bag online. I checked everything and it is authentic except the back flap. Although I can feel the indention I cannot see the logo. My bag is new and unused so it hasn’t turned tan and basing on your description above, there should be a indention. PLEASE HELP. Thank you soo much!!

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  109. Mercedes Flores

    Great information. Super!!!!!

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  110. Jenn Katherine

    Hi! All of this information was super helpful! I was wondering if you could provide me with some links to websites where I could get an authentic longchamp bag. I live in the states and just want to make sure I get a real one! I saw Bloomingdales and Nordstrom have them…they can’t sell fake ones right!? I also watched this YouTube video – Jenn

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  111. aimee cruz

    Hi susan,

    Thanks for the tips! It’s really helpful. I just want to ask if you have any tips on how to know if a Longchamp Maroquinerie in navy blue is authentic? Also, i would like to verify My seller’s statement. I would really appreciate your help.

    “hi, the bag you bought is a model of LM (long champ maroquinerie) that is Made in China. its not made in france. Material is different and even stitches. Regarding with the glossy, navy blue is really glossy of lm metal made in china. and material is not that thick. Limited Edition long champ has 4-folds care card, it does not show there how to fold, only le pliage have care card with how to fold. your bag is sold on deal sites which has strict quality control and authenticity is proven”

    Thanks,

    Aimee

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  112. porcelain

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for this awesome site. Its very informative. I’ve just purchase my very first Longchamp Le Pliage. I was really very apprehensive as it is after all the one of the most imitated bag in the world. But true quality triumphs whatever misgiving I was having. Finally gave in and got myself one and I love it!!

    I am confuse by the size I got as the one display seems larger,maybe coz it was stuffed with fillers to look better on display. While the one I bought after inspecting it, it was folded and wrapped up after I paid for my purchase. Only after unfolding it at home, I was confuse by the size. Came online looking for information and came across your site.

    The serial number matched the one you have listed ending with in my case since it was black thus it was 001. However you have listed that “SHOPPING” model Long Handle, there is only Small & Medium Tote.

    However according to this site And several others have listed it as Large as my bag fits the measurement. I am quite sure I have gotten “SHOPPING” model Large Tote with Long Handle, based on the European Large Shoulder Tote size. Just a suggestion, perhaps you will like to include a note, or I may be totally wrong due to the different variation(large/medium) for different region(Europe/US) scenario? Sharing my findings as a fellow shopper.

    Keep up the good work.

    Cheers
    Porcelain

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  113. princess

    hi Susan,

    What you’ve done here is really helpful. I just confirmed that my first longchamp le pliage bag is authentic! yay! Now I just bought a LM pink gold medium short handle. My LM has an inside tag that is made in china. and it doesnt have the inner indentation for its flap. i cannot feel any indentation at all. all other details seem to prove that its authentic, except that indentation. pls tell me if its fake?

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  114. jannah

    hi susan,

    i bought an lm metallic medium short handle pinky gold from facebook seller..just found out there is no jockey indented in the cover flap.but i find the bag perfect.thats my only concern.please help.thank you

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  115. jannah

    Actually this is my third longchamp bag purchased from her,it seems all of my bags are pretty authentic.i bought from here plain le pliage,and the combination of planetes victoire which seems all have the jockey indented at the back flap.but im not sure with the lm because this is my frist to see the lm bag in actual…although im pretty sure that the seller is a facebook powerseller and has a credible site and shop.i would really want to know if my new lm is real…thank you so much. :)

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  116. Kay

    Hi susan! Thank you so much for your very detailed review on authentic longchamp bags… I was just confused with one of your replies here in your blog with cynthia’s concern on whether L and XL sizes come with long handle. I just bought a long handle one in large size at metrodeal online… All the comparisons with your review show that this one is authentic but when i got to read your reply with cynthia that large and XL sizes do not come with long handles, i got really confused. Does this mean that the large tote i’ve just purchased is fake?

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  117. Era

    Hi! can you please help me authenticate this?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/72614581@N07/

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  118. Kristen

    Hey! This is such a helpful guide! I recently bought a longchamp bag on ebay but I’m questioning its authenticity. Do some of the special edition models not have words imprinted on the back? I haven’t received it yet, but I can tell from the pictures it’s missing the imprinted words indicating what model it is. It’s one of the orange bags with tortoise shell like leather. Thanks so much!

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  119. Tracey

    Hi susan! I just bought myself a Le Pliage tote from the Longchamp store in Sydney and I’m pretty confident that everything is authentic because they’re pretty much the only places that stock Longchamp bags here in Sydney (thanks Australia for overpricing everything because of the cost to ship goods here). Besides everything looks fine and matches your guide. Only minor issue I have is that there’s no tag inside that indicates where the bag is made in. Honestly not too fussed about it because in this day and age almost everything is made in China thanks to globalisation and all. I just wanted to know out of curiosity. Bought the clay grey colour and was told it’s a seasonal colour

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  120. kim

    hi I just purchased a navy Le Pliage Tote and tag inside does not say longchamp paris it just has made in china 0687240 CLA LIG 02 1621089006 and the horse is a little off center is it a fake ? thanks

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  121. Yari

    I have done the same thing Kim I bought one too and it is from china. the texture of the bag feels to hard. definitely a fake

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  122. kim

    will a authentic longchamp bag with a nickel pull have a gold snap? thanks

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  123. Mary

    Does the tag really fade over time? I’ve had my Longchamp bag for about 6 months now and I never checked its authenticity as it was a gift from my hubby. Everything looked authentic though :) Thank you for this guide, really helped a lot!!

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  124. Grace

    Hi, Susan,

    This is an incredibly helpful website-thank you!!! Unfortunately, I found it AFTER I already purchased two bags on ebay. I’m pretty sure one is real, but the other one seems to be an older model because the jockey has a line underneath. I emailed you the two links separately. The question I wanted to post on here for helpfulness to everyone is, do you know approximately what year Longchamp stopped putting the line under the jockey? I’d love to at least guess how old the one I bought is. It seems like it’s in great condition, so if it’s 10 years old, that might be kind of fishy. Thanks again!

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  125. Aj

    Hi- just wanted to let you know I’ve sent a link to an Ebay listing, if you have time I’d love to hear your opinions! Purple Le Victoire bag. Thanks! Awesome website!

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  126. Claire

    Hi Susan,

    I found this Longchamp Planètes bag on EBAY AU and really like it. But the material of this model is quite different. Could you help me to make sure it’s authentic?

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Original-Packaging-Longchamp-Planete-Tote-Bag-Medium-Black-/281168253061?pt=AU_Makeup&hash=item4176ef1085&_uhb=1

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    • Marianne

      Don’t know where you live. But this seller does not ship to the US

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      • Claire

        Yes the seller does ship to the US, the rate is AU$20. I live in Sydney, Australia though, the same city the seller located :) If the seller actually doesn’t ship to the US, because the international shipping rate could be quite expensive I guess?

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        • Marianne

          Lucky you, I did contact her,since I would be sending this to Denmark, so I wasn’t doing it for myself, her ebay shipping info said she doesn’t ship to the US. She did respond very quickly to my other questions, and the bag looks like the real thing. Did you ever hear from Susan about what she thought?

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  127. Lena

    Hi Susan. Thanks for this helpful site. I looked at many aspects of this bag on eBay and it seems to be authentic but I could use your input, thanks!

    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Original-Packaging-Longchamp-Tote-Bag-Large-Burgundy-/281167241571?pt=AU_Makeup&hash=item4176dfa163

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    • Marianne

      This ebay seller is the same seller that Claire ( just above is looking to buy from) and dowsn’t ship to the US. Wonder why?

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  128. Marianne

    I have a question that perhaps someone would be able to answer. My daughter is studying in Denmark for the semester. Would like the long handled tote/purse model 1899-089- retails for $145. Is she better off getting it thru a duty free shop or something on-line or would the on-line prices be better. Thanks

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    • Aj

      Marianne- I just bought this same bag last week, $89 at the Edinburgh airport- not sure what they run at other airports but in my experience always much less.

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      • Marianne

        Thanks. I can stop making myself crazy and just let her pick it up while she is there.

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  129. Charlotte

    Hi Susan! I went to Paris recently and bought a medium sized navy LongChamp. It says it was made in Framce so I guess I got EXTREMELY lucky!

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  130. Kathleen

    Hi Susan – this is an amazing website. Thanks for all the effort you’ve put into it, the photos and descriptions are thorough and amazing. Am thinking of purchasing this one on eBay and the seller has agreed to let me inspect it before purchasing but can you please let me know if you think it’s a fake or real and are there any key aspects of the bag I should look out for when I make my inspection? By the way, I am located in Australia, as is the seller. Thank you in advance!

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BN-Longchamp-Classic-Le-Pliage-Large-Tote-Guarantee-Authentic/200963836142?_trksid=p2047675.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222002%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D11%26meid%3D1475694469744787834%26pid%3D100011%26prg%3D1005%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D5%26sd%3D190896153870%26

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  131. Arcee Miranda

    HI!

    I really learn a lot in your blog I also impart on our site the part (I write your blog so that some of my clients would know where to check and read also your blog) about the style number for my clients to check the item we are selling is really authentic. Hope to hear from you soon.

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  132. Angel

    Hi Susan, Ur such a good help. I just bought my bag and i find it authentic based on the details on your blog. However someone told me that the bag the real one dont come with plastic on the strap when new but mine comes with plastic on the strap when delivered to me. Does it mean mine is fake. Your help would be appreciated. All the best.

    -angel

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  133. Nicole

    WOW! Thank you so much for the in depth information! I have always wanted one of these totes….we are headed to Europe next year, and I’m hoping to get one while I’m there. I was at my local Goodwill last week and picked up an AUTHENTIC Type “S” short handle tote for $3 and it’s in brand new condition. Not sure how I lucked out, but this stay at home mommy (on a very tight budget) did the happy dance right in the middle of the isle! LOL It’s a blue color and will be perfect for keeping in my larger handbag while at the airport and traveling to the market while over there. Keep all that GREAT and HELPFUL info coming! It is VERY appreciated! ;-)

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  134. Nicole

    PS…..my “authentic” has absolutely every needed above mention to be “authentic”….Even the tag numbers match up and the tag says MADE IN FRANCE. Still LOVE the versatility of the bag, even if it would be a fake. ;-) Are there “fakes” that will match up with all of your above? I know the only REAL guarantee is purchasing my self from an authentic retailer, and this was just a thrift. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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  135. MelT

    I purchased a Longchamp at a boutique in Germany. There was an official display and all. My bag matches all the above items to be authentic except the inside snap on the flap. It says Longchamp top and bottom. I did not see mention of this in other posts. Again, everything else indicates it’s original. Could you please verify?

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    • jessie

      My recent purchase from an authorized retailer also says longchamp on the back side of the button instead of original prym 6/4b. Did somebody else ever come across this?

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  136. Eva

    Thanks for ur entry, it was really helpful for me! Can you do one for Planetes? I recently bought a Planetes that turns out to be a fake, it had all the right zips, buttons, tag, and even the emboss!

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    • Grace

      Hi, Eva,

      I’m just wondering, how did you figure out it’s a fake if all of those details matched up?

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  137. Andrea

    I appreciate this post. I just want to inform you that there are lots of “Class 7a” out in the market. I recently ordered a Le Pliage online. I was assured of its authenticity by the seller when I inquired about the product, however, what I received is just a very high quality replica. What surprised me was that my bag “passed” all the “visual requirements” It even has ykk and 45 on the zipper. Those minute details will make you believe the bag is authentic! You’ll only notice the difference when you actually get hold of the bag. Poor quality of leather and nylon. I wish you could also blog (and warn people about) high quality replicas which are usually sold 50% off than its original price.

    I should have known, if the price is too good to be true, then it must be fake.

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      You’re right there are a lot of quality fakes out there. But there is always something off visually (I can see if it’s real leather but it’s obviously easier to smell and touch leather to confirm if it is). The Longchamp Pliage has been around for 20 years and it is a fairly simple design. Let’s be real here. People who manufacture fakes can afford to buy a Pliage to examine the details closely. It is relatively easy to SEE the differences, but to manufacture it with the same specific details is another story. I’m sure these manufacturers of fake bags have had years of experience in perfecting a fake version. But the problem is fake manufacturers can’t afford to stitch it as nicely, or get the right shade and finishing of leather, or use the right nylon with a lining and buttons, because it then becomes time-consuming and expensive. So the point is to get the details as close as they can and profit off people who won’t know what the details are. But let’s get something straight here. The quality of the Pliage has declined. Trust me. Even within the past few years. I compare my Pliage from 3 years ago with the ones made today, and the quality – mainly the leather just isn’t the same. The demand for the Pliage is HUGE and they need to supply these demands FAST. That’s why Longchamp is selling them cheaper – the Pliage bags are oversaturating this world lol! So too many people already have a Longchamp and if the price is reasonably low, people would have the tendency to buy a real one in stores.

      I never recommend people to buy off those “Longchamp outlet” sites, because they use stock photos of real ones and they could easily send you a fake one. But I’ve looked at thousands of Pliage bags, and yes even the really good ones…have something off just by looking at it…to me at least. That’s why I have an email where people can send me photos. I try my best to authenticate them asap but there’s just so many it takes a while!

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      • Sue

        Hi Susan,please help soon, I bought a xl travel tote on ebay,it has stiff plastic handles and the zipper not45 but the word sno, is this bag fake?

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  138. Veadra

    Wow, amazing post, Susan! You’re the new queen of detail. I love the site, keep up the awesome work!

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  139. Roz

    Thank you for the information you provided meticulously.. great help..

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  140. M Lin

    Thanks heaps for the sharing this very educational and detailed post!

    Re: made in france. One way to get a made in France would probably be to buy a limited edition. Someone i know recently bought a regular le pliage and a limited edition when they were in Paris. The limited edition is made in France, while the regular one is made in China. Both bought from same outlet! I have a limited edition from a few years ago and it too says made in France.

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  141. Cristal

    Super thanks for this article! been looking for guides on how to spot on fake Longchamps. Sad to say, I bought a fake one after I checked on the details on the bag that I purchased, from the zippers, buttons, leather texture and the color…

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  143. Carolyn K-R

    Hi Susan, Awesome info….clearly my purchase off Tradesy is a total ” F A K E “. Since I am new to Tradesy, I will voice my concerns. I not only bought the Longchamp, but other bags too. Not sure if I’m able to return the fake, however I will be sharing my concerns since the site is suppose to have a good reputation for selling only authentic items. Maybe instead of trying to save money, I should have bought an original Longchamp at Bloomingdales…….cyber Monday, extra 25% off. Makes one wonder if it is worth all the problems ! Again, thank you sooo much for the great information. You are the best,,,,,, CR

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  144. Belle

    Hi Susan, got my new le pliage tote bag in medium size.. got confused for the “depose” wherein the first s accent doesn’t pointed up. Same on the color code, it states 1623089271, based on your color code “271” intended for citrine while mine is kinda old rose /pink shade..i dunno if its a new color shade but the fact that 271 is for citrine, that got me more confused.

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  145. Andrea

    Hello Susan- Thank you for this helpful site with so many clear images. I received a Le Pliage Longchamp Type “L” bag from a generous student years ago. The details are all checking out as authentic expect the clear inner tag. Here are the numbers on the tag: 0632533 NAC RUC/ 02 1624089840. The color is bright blue with a white interior. The clear tag also does not have a “made in X” location listed although the hot stamped words say MADE IN FRANCE. Do you think it’s authentic? Also, the bag sat in a cold closet in my home for many years. While it is has never been used it now has pox-looking bubbles in many places. Have you ever heard of Longchamp fabric poxing? I am happy to send photos if need be.

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  146. Nelo

    Wouldn’t this misfortune of getting a fake longchamp bag be avoided by buying it from the longchamp website or from a reputable store like Bloomingdales or Nordstrom?

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  147. Alexa mv

    Could you check if this longchamp bag is authentic!?

    —-> http://m.ebay.com/itm?itemId=200999774181

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  148. Rae

    Dear Susan,

    Your super guide is a godsend for Longchamp Le Pliage lovers like myself!

    Thank you so much for your article. Now I simply refer to your guide (especially the color coding) everytime a new piece arrives.

    And I own 10 Le Pliages!!

    Thanks a million!

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  149. anne flores

    Hi,

    This article is so helpful, IMO this is the most detailed guide I’ve seen I checked all the details of my short handle medium le pliage, it fits the description and so far I can say mine is authentic. I am just concern on the shiny description of the nylon. The color of my le pliage is Taupe, and I find it shinier than the other colors I’m seeing in websites. Is the color taupe really shinier? My friend bought in Longchamp in Heathrow airport.

    Thanks!

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  150. Preppyboy

    Hi susan, Just wanted to ad that i just purchased a very good fake online today. Price was too good to be true but seller insisted it was 100% authentic from the USA. What is scary with this bag is that everything see,ed to check out at first but wheny ou compare to a bag that you know is authentic, the “defects” start showing up. This bag had all the right hardware (ykk zipper with markings, plastic snap protector, original prym buttons, model codes, colored stitchings, rounded leather end tabs, leather pattern markings, etc..) But once you feel the material, it is obvious that the naylon material used is thinner/flimsier, quite shiny and the color of the leather seems to have been painted/lacquerd on insteD of having been tanned. I would also like to add that the leather is quite stiff and thick as compared to the genuine russian leather used by longchamp. Lastly, the dimensions are off a full inch (depth and height) . The differences are quite subtle rally and i can only i,agine if you did not have a real one to compare it would be almost impossible to tell. So buyer be warned!

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    • Emz

      hi can u send me whos that seller :) thanks

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    • vanille

      Hi. Do you have the name of the seller? I think I just got one like yours. :(

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  151. Yee

    Hi Susan , recently I have bought 3 longchamp bags, and the bag had the right hardware as what you mentioned but there is a clear strip inside said longchAmp Paris made in china , it is still consider as synths tic? Could you give me your email address that I can send you the picture and you can verify for me ? Thanks

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  152. Ec

    Hi susan. I sent you an email regarding my concerns abouth the longchamp i bought few days ago. Hope you can help me out if its authentic or fake. Thanks much

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  153. Ma. Teresa A. Cabanus

    Hi It’s great to have found your blog while looking for the prices of Long Champ here. My sister bought some bags from an outlet in Paris and I am planning to sell them but she lost the receipt so I am searching online trying to find the right prices …I managed to find some online re-sellers but I am not sure if they got the Authentic ones. I guess I have to go to Rustan’s personally to check the prices. Anyway,your blog is a great guide too when it comes to the details and authenticity of the bags. Thank’s a lot.

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  154. Lanie

    Hi Susan, great blog and truly helpful. Please help me. I’m wanted to buy from this certain online store a LC bag. They claim to sell the authentic ones and even have lot of good feedbacks. I just wanna clear this thought, is it normal to have the transparent plastic cover for the handles. It just bugs me.

    Hope to hear from you the soonest.
    Thanks.

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  155. Jhanette Buquia

    Hi how could I check if my new purchase Long Champ Metallic is authentic. I recently purchase it on IG. Give me some tips. Will send you some of photos on it. Many thanks.

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  156. april

    Hi Susan,

    Do you have a guide for Long champ LM?

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  157. lani

    Thanks!!!Its really a super guide…now i know that mine is authentic :-)

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  158. Cris

    Hi Susan! I got a Long Champ Metal (Navy) and upon checking your very helpful website, mine passed the test…. except that the diamond pattern is cause by not-so diagonal lines, more of horizontal lines. Help! Thanks.

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  159. Emz

    Hi susan, I just puchased Medium Longhandle (peacock)ive noticed that my code is 1899089876 but it was gold hardware.. but in your list 876 is for Pewter Hardware. itmeans my LC is not authentic ??? :( any feedback.. thanks..

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  160. Leez

    Hi Susan, thank you for your very informative and indeed helpful blog in identifying the authenticity of the Longchamp Bag! I recently bought my second longchamp Bag online, and this time is Medium Shopping Bag. There are few things that is not to my liking, which could mean its fake, until proven not. I am not using it yet,in case it is indeed fake and i cannot return it to the owner of the merchandise. Firstly, the letter G on the “LONGCHAMP” lettering on the pull zipper indeed appeared as G and not C, Secondly the year 1948 ,the number 9 is not as per the old font and thirdly the color code does not match the actual code. I bought Burgundy color but the code is 219, which is Grape color. This bag is made in China, could there be a different in the code color for different country. Worst still could my bag be a fake? Please help and Many many thanks for your time and good heart in responding to mine and other on this. Cheers:))

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  161. Josselyn Martinez

    Hello, Wow, great article!! I gladly can say my Le Pliage Shopping Modele Depose in Camel (Medium Long Handle Tote, “SHOPPING”) is authentic. This is my first Longchanmp bag, I bought it last month in the airport and I love it. :)

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  162. Ja-yeon Kaang

    Hi Susan! I think mine is authentic from what you posted but I read from other post that if the bag handles were wrapped in plastic then its fake. Is it true? Thanks

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  163. Caelliso

    Thank you sooooooooo much! I was listing a Longchamp Le Pilage Purple tote on Ebay and while searching for more info ( since I am not familiar with Longchamp) I stumble across your Website. The one I have acquired is “FAKE”. WOW, so glad I read this. I pride myself on selling authentic items and would have hated to pass this on to someone else. Luckily I only paid a few dollars at a garage sale. But I must admit….it is very cute and a great replica. Thanks for posting those subtle details , you are a great resource. I’ll just keep this one to carry grocery’s.

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  164. June

    Hi! I would like to know where can i send a pics of my long champ i received as bday presents?. Honestly i have 2 Long champs which I bought in one of the authorized here in the Phils (Rustan’s) but I cannot differentiate these gifts to my authentic one. Every detail in this site seems to tell me it is real except for the long handles. Long handle is almost flat but with tube inside.

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  165. May

    Hi Susan, I just bought a LC on ebay. The seller said it’s 100% Authentic and upon checking all your guidelines it does seem real. However, the handles were wrapped in plastic when it came. Is that a red flag? Also, she claimed it’s red but when it came, it’s grape (219, according to the tag). So I told her and she said it’s actually wine red. Is that another term for grape? Also it came in a LC paris dust bag. I hope you can tell me as soon as possible if I got duped so I can return this bag right away. Thanks.

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  166. How to SPOT: Longchamp | The Bag Investigator

    […] Longchamp Le Pliage  Please check this website for more photos of the fake and authentic. http://snobaffair.com/susan/2012/08/how-to-spot-a-fake-longchamp-le-pliage-tote-the-super-guide/ […]

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  167. Nadiya

    Hello Susan, I just bought my Longchamp Le Pliage online. I’ve checked every details that you mentioned in the article above. Everything seemed to be fine except for the code as it’s not listed under the table neither on Longchamp official website. Since this is my first time buying Longchamp, i really hope to get your view on its authenticity. Mine is Le Pliage small long handled with the code 2605089018 and it’s pink in color. Thank you for your help.

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  168. grace

    Hi! I just bought a pre owned longchamp and checked with your description if its authentic but there’s one thing that didnt match with your description. The tag inside. Its made in france but the code doesnt match it reads 1602089HK015. Thanks.

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  169. Graceful Mist

    Hello. I am going to sell my new and authentic Le Pliage bag in Rose but that color isn`t in your table.

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  170. venny

    hi,

    as much as this post is very helpful for people who want to authenticate their longchamp purchases, you have also helped the people who produce fake longchamps with all these minor details. pleaseconsider to take this post down.

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  171. dolly

    Thank you so much for the really helpful information! One question: when you list the dimensions of the “M” — you say it’s 20.5 inches long lying flat, but also that it’s 20.5 inches from zipper pull to zipper pull! I think you mean that it’s 18.5 inches lying flat? I mean, the bag itself will be less wide than the measurement between the zipper pulls, right? It seems to be for all the other models. :)

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  172. Zhleaphria

    This guide is truly amazing! I actually realised a Longchamp bag that’s given to me was actually fake! My goodness.

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  173. quadey

    Hi Ms. Susan!

    Thank you for this very helpful article! I recently bought a LC Le Pliage SLH at a very cheap price. It actually has all the “authentic” characteristics based on your criteria however, the “made in” tag is semi-transparent and plastic-like not the usual white cloth material. The codes are good though and it says made in France. Have I bought a fake version? Pls help. Thanx!

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  174. Summer

    Your blog helped me a lot of times and I’m sure majority of the Filipino bag lovers often resort to reading your blog to check the authenticity of their bag. Thank you! WARNING TO ALL FILIPINOS: a lot of high end replicas are sold online (facebook, instagram, deal websites) here in the PH!

    http://dblackbitch.blogspot.com/2014/09/spotted-fake-longchamp-le-pliage.html

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  175. Marie

    Hi Susan, I recently bought a small le pliage pistachio short handled tote. Everything matches to authenticate this bag except the lining inside according to the color chart is off. The chart states white but mine is beige. Could they have started making pistachio with beige lining instead of white?

    Marie

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  176. tin

    this is very helpful! thank you for this!

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