Up until 2019, 2021, all Louis Vuitton handbags had a date in them. This would tell you where and when that item was manufactured. This was also another great way to authenticate the bag. As of March of 2021 (with a few stragglers left) all handbags will have an RFID chip in them and NO date code. What is RFID? Let me explain.
RFID or Radio Frequency Identification Technology uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. An RFID system consists of a tiny radio transponder, a radio receiver and transmitter.
From the artist, @etai.la Louis Vuitton RFID chips taken from authentic items.
Now, don’t freak out. These chips are tiny and to dispel the rumors, they cannot and will not track you or are dangerous. These hold the information for that handbag like when and where it was manufactured and a host more but you as a consumer cannot read what was written on the chip, only Louis Vuitton employees can. When these first came out, an employee posted a video online of what they see when the chip is detected and you can watch that here but you’re not completely lost!
There are apps on IOS and Google that can detect an RFID chip which at this point in time is helpful but this will change as the counterfeiters get better at their game.
The NXP App for iPhone is the one that I have found to work the best and really all you are trying to do is detect that a chip is present. No discerning information will be shown but if you receive a newer Louis Vuitton and are having a heck of a time trying to locate the date code, try this.
To locate a RFID chip, we’ve create a simple visual which give you a general idea as to where they are located on different Louis Vuitton styles.
We hope this gives you a better understanding of what and how Louis Vuitton is using technology so don’t fret if you cannot find one in you new bag, scan for the chip!