How to Spot a Fake Le Pliage Longchamp bag

Of all the Longchamp bags, the Le Pliage totes range seems to be copied the most. If you are buying a Longchamp bag online, below are several tips for you to look out for when checking for authenticity of the le pliage bag but it may not be an exhaustive list.

Authentic Longchamp Le- Pliage Bilberry

1)  In general, look at the overall appearance of the le pliage bag. Le pliages are made of water resistant nylon canvas and Russian leather. The material is lightweight, matte finish and crisp to the feel, whereas a fake one may look shiny and thicker. It is a good idea to check out a real Le Pliage bag before hand at their store so that you are familiar with the feel and look of the real one.

2) Take note of the exact dimensions of the particular style in the Longchamp official website. Dimensions include width, length and height of the bag, as well as the handle length. Compare this information to the Longchamp bag that you want to buy.

3) Longchamp has outsourced most of their production of their bags to Tunisia and China to keep up with increasing demand. Therefore, don’t be alarmed if you see that its made in China, its possibly a real one if it fulfills the rest of the check list here.

4) Leather Flap in front: An authentic Le Pliage has the jockey logo embossed on both the logo and the snap. Authentic Le Pliage leather has diamond like pattern if you look closely at the leather part (front flap and edge). Fake leather looks like fish scale patterns. Both the pictures here shows the difference between the leather for the real (picture 1) and fake one (picture 2).

Authentic Leather

Fake Leather

5) Check the wordings on the back leather flap. On the fakes, the words modèle déposé are missing the accent marks. You may see the accent mark on picture below pointed by arrow.

Authentic Le-Pliage

6) Reinforced snaps on the inside of the front pocket. This should be an easy one to spot. Authentic ones have their snaps reinforced with clear plastic discs that extends beyond the snap itself. Le Pliage also have another snap at the bottom of bag.

7) Zipper Pulls: Real ones have detailed picture of the jockey and horse, fake ones may seem to blend together. Longchamp uses YKK zippers and you can see the “ykk” letters at the side of the zipper itself.

8. Inside lining: The inside plastic coating should feel like plastic, not rubbery. The colours of the inside lining depends on what colour is the bag. Darker colours should have brown or black lining. Pastel(light) colours bag should have white lining, not the same as outside.

9) Inside leather flap- fake ones’ leather looks hairy and edges are jagged (picture 2). Real ones are also raw but looks and feel much smoother and ‘cleaner’ (picture 1). Notice the indent of a jockey and horse on the inside flap of real one? The fakes don’t have indent.

Hairy

Clean

By following the tips given above, you should not go wrong with your Longchamp le pliage. That said, these tips above is the opinion of author’s own from her own personal buying experience :)

Disclaimer: Pls note that the author is unable to authenticate websites that sells handbags in order to protect interest of other parties. She may comment on the bag itself based on her own personal opinion if asked, but in no way shall be held responsible for the sole purpose of authentication. Please embark on your due diligence whenever necessary. 

Eloise - October 7, 2011

Hi, thanks for posting.
On#9, this may not be the usual case. I have an original, bought in a Longchamps store in Paris over 10 years ago (Made in France). My flap does not seem to have the indent inside. The tag that says Made in France also has 2 lines of numbers running under it (serial number?). Noted that my zipper is not shiny gold and looks more like antique metal. There is also no YKK, only the number 45 and letter I stamped. The jockey on the leather flap also has a line running under it. The leather, however, is still the same (diamond pattern). Maybe they have modified some of their new designs?

    shop babes - October 22, 2011

    hi eloise, 10 years is a long time. I should think that they modified some of the designs. Thanks for the comment :)

aggie - February 20, 2012

Hi. I have 2 longchamp le pliage bags which i just bought from a sale in singapore. Checked both bags and everything you’ve mentioned, from the diamond pattern of the flap, the jockey logo, to the wordings, inside lining, plastic discs and snap, to the pocket, tag found inside and the zipper pull is correct. Unfortunately, I noticed that the inside flap of 1 of the bags that I bought from the same sale, is a bit hairy and has no indent of the jockey. does this mean that 1 of the bags that i got is fake? Appreciate your feedback as this is my first time to buy such brand. Thanks

    shop babes - February 21, 2012

    Hi Aggie, from what u mentioned about one of the inside flap that is a bit hairy and has no indent of jockey, it doesn’t sound right.
    Perhaps you may attach a picture of it here (via photobucket link etc) or email to me at shopbabes@gmail.com to check further? :)
    Thanks for reading

aggie - February 22, 2012

Hi Shopbabes, I’ve just sent the pics I took to your email addy. Appreciate if you could respond as soon as you can as the company that held this sale in Sg only has a 7 day return policy (bought it Saturday last week) :/

thanks in advance :)

Kylie - February 24, 2012

Hello!

I recently purchased a LongChamp Le Pliage bag from eBay. After reading your article, I am afraid it is a fake. I haven’t sent my money in yet, and was wondering if there is any way anyone knows of that I can get out of the deal? Is there anything I can do period? I feel like it was falsely advertised, and my naive self didn’t do much research beforehand.

Thank you!

    shop babes - February 25, 2012

    Hi Kylie

    Sorry to hear about that.
    Perhaps you can email them (seller) to request to cancel the transaction? Might be good not to mention your suspicion
    Otherwise, contact ebay for help?
    Hope this helps and thanks for reading :)

shop babes - March 3, 2012

Hi Marina

Thanks for reading my article :) Pls note that I am in no position to comment on other websites that sell bags but I can only comment on the bag itself. This is to protect other parties and my opinion are based on my own personal buying experiences :)
If u are interested to get authentic bags, pls email me at shopbabes@gmail.com as we do have occasional sprees to UK/Europe thanks

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