How to Authenticate a Longchamp LE PLIAGE Cosmetic Pouch with top handle

"Unveiling the Differences: Authentic vs. Fake Longchamp Le Pliage Cosmetic Pouches"
I've recently discovered a strong passion for Longchamp Le Pliage bags, especially their cosmetic pouches with top handles. Over time, I've actively built up quite the collection. However, there was one particular color I couldn't find in-store, leading me to explore alternative sources. I stumbled upon a seemingly perfect option on Vinted, but to my surprise, it turned out to be a counterfeit. In this article, we'll go through a detailed comparison between an authentic pouch purchased from the store and a fake one. This guide aims to equip you with the knowledge to authenticate your own Longchamp Le Pliage bag. Let's dive in, point by point, to unveil the discrepancies.
As I inspected the pouch I purchased from Vinted, the first thing that stood out was the stitching around the zipper. It was a clear indicator that this wasn't the real deal. Take a look at the picture I've provided, and you'll notice the stark contrast. The stitching on the counterfeit pouch featured notably thinner and longer threads compared to the authentic version.
After I noticed the glaring stitching issue, I decided to take a closer look at the entire pouch and found several other disparities. In the images below, I've prepared a side-by-side comparison of the flaps. It becomes evident that the stamp on the fake pouch is not as deeply embossed as the authentic one, and the stitching is noticeably less precise and clean.
As my inspection progressed, I decided to scrutinize the hardware, and the distinctions became even more pronounced. Upon closer examination, you can observe that the hardware on the fake pouch appears less refined and, well, somewhat cruder in comparison to the authentic piece.

As I worked to confirm the pouch's authenticity, I turned my attention to the buttons. It's essential to note that there are two types of buttons used in real Longchamp Le Pliage bags: one with stripes and the other with circles. But, when it comes to the Le Pliage Cosmetic Pouch with a top handle, only the button with circles around it is used. This is a critical detail to consider when checking if your pouch is genuine.

Additionally, it's important to mention that the "original" button is indeed used in Longchamp's products but not in this specific Le Pliage model. The "original" button can be found in larger Le Pliage variations like the XL and travel ones.


I peeked inside, and there it was – a clear giveaway. The stitching and overall finish inside the fake pouch were just sloppy, nowhere near the neatness you'd expect from an authentic Longchamp.



And now, for the inside tag – a quick giveaway. The fake one proudly mentions "Made in France." But here's the deal, these little pouches aren't made in France. They come from China, Romania, or Tunisia.


I hope this article has been helpful in guiding you to authenticate and distinguish between genuine and counterfeit Longchamp Le Pliage cosmetic pouches with top handles. Feel free to share your experiences and any additional insights in the comments section. You can also send pictures via email; we'd love to hear from you.

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