The Truth About Buying Replica Bags

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I recently received an email from a blog reader that said,

Hello! I bought my first replica from Purse Valley because the pictures they posted on their website looked pretty good, and it looked like they have a decent return policy, but when I received my Prada double bag bag, I could immediately tell that it was fake. The label was crooked, and both the zippers started malfunctioning within a month. They gave me two options: I have to pay $70 in shipping fees to return or exchange the item or accepting a $80 credit and a zipper, I chose the latter.

I am certainly not surprised about the comment about Pursevalley (if anyone has read anything on this blog about them they will know they sell garbage), but after reading this email I feel compelled to share some general, plain, factual, and really important truths about buying replicas and the replica market in general. Firstly when you are shopping for replicas please keep in mind that 99% of the replica market sells junk. By junk I mean super cheaply manufactured bags that put the fake in fake. In other words these are bags that should have never been made in that they are utter junk. Most people are starstruck when it comes to buying replicas so they do not pause to think about quality and go for the first good deal they spot – this is the wrong way to shop for replicas and a surefire way to end up with a junky bag you’ll be embarrassed to take out of your closet. It has personally taken me about 7 years before I became very good at buying replica bags without getting ripped off by paying for something which would end up in the trash bin as soon as it arrived. 7 years is a long time and it shows you how hard it is to navigate the replica market. Now you might think, “Angie is crazy” and “it is not that hard to find a good seller” but my checklist for a good seller goes beyond finding a bay that generally resembles a good fake. I look at the leather weight, stitching details, hardware etc. and these things factor heavily into my replica purchases because I want a bag that will last as long as the real thing. There are many brands out there that have copies of specific models that are the perfect dupe for an original (e.g. Chanel, LV etc.) and I have seen these with my own eyes but finding them online is like navigating a minefield. That is why I was inspired to begin this blog.

Basically I want to encourage any shopper to be extremely vigilant and you can end up with a good bag – with patience and research!

I also really encourage you guys to send any reviews with photos to me at thepursequeen@hotmail.com as the more information we can share with one another, the better shoppers we can become!

-Angie

Louis Vuitton Trocadero Handbag in Empreinte Replica Review

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Hello everyone! Hope February is rolling well for y’all. I started a Louis Vuitton replica bag haul series of posts last month but due to life getting in the way I was never able to finish posting my last review for the Trocadero handbag – which I totally LOVE and is my go to bag for work right now. It is a very structured bag that has a lot of room inside for documents and laptops making it amazing for work if you handle a lot of papers! It is one of Louis Vuitton’s new creations so you most likely haven’t heard of it or seen it as much – but then again the empreinte line is generally a rarer sight on the streets compared to the classic Monogram canvas looks! But at the same time it does not compromise my inner fashionista’s needs and gives me that super chic style vibe that Louis Vuitton’s empreinte range generally exudes in my opinion at least. Anyways I got this bag from Counterlux as well – the same place I bought my Babylone PM. This bag is also on my 10/10 replica list – meaning the bag is pretty much a perfect dupe and lacks all those usual nitpicky things that are wrong with replicas and I have become very good at picking apart over the years.

I went with the taupe color because I am obsessed with neutrals – they are super safe and just work with my overall style which is also generally to stick with safe colors (I know I’m kind of boring but oh well). If you are looking for more loud colors I would totally suggest the Aurore – it looks lovely and in retrospect I kind of wish I went for that color instead, but hey since it’s a replica I always have the option to buy a second if I wish since I am paying significantly less than the $2,880 USD sticker price shown on the Louis Vuitton website. I will let the photos speak for themselves in the rest of this post. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Louis Vuitton Babylone PM Mahina Leather Replica Review

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Ok so it is time for me to officially share my FAVORITE and most stunning replica Louis Vuitton bag purchase this month. As you all may already know I previously shared that I kinda went all out on LV bags this month and I have saved the best for last in terms of reviews – what is it? It is the Louis Vuitton Babylone PM in Mahina leather. I have always been a fan of the Mahina leather but last time I tried to purchase a Selene replica (totally love that model too) but the leather was way too overly plastic-y and the bag was totally off, and left me feeling like a compete faker carrying it. So surely enough that bag hardly saw any light of day and I dropped it off to a thrift store about 2 years ago, and that was the end of that.

Ever since then I have always thought that Mahina leather was something replica sellers would never perfect and I would simply be stuck dropping money on an authentic one from a Louis Vuitton boutique. The Babylone PM costs a pretty penny at the LV store coming in at $4,100.00 USD. Back when I was totally into buying authentics I would usually do a bag two times a year – one for my birthday and one for Christmas. With prices like this you can totally understand why! Anyways when I first saw the Babylone PM on Counterlux I was like OMG I have to have it. But then memories of the Selene crept back to me and I realized maybe this bag is simply too good to be true – even though the pictures on the site showcased the depth of the leather pretty well. After emailing back and forth with the site’s customer service I decided to take the plunge and order this model (unfortunately DD did not have this one in their catalog which is where I got my other LV bags this month from). Why do I love the Mahina leather series so much? Well I think it is so sophisticated, dare I say even more so than the canvas series because the LV logo is not as prominent and so much more subtle!

The bag took about two weeks to arrive to my apartment, and once I opened up the parcel I was in total disbelief and beyond happy in how good replicas have become! I mean if you could see and feel the leather of this bag in person you would be in awe as well. I have taken some photos of the bag and done my best to try and showcase the quality below! As far as replica Louis Vuitton bags, and replica bags in general go this bag is a 10/10 when you take into consideration everything including the hardware, leather etc. These are the kind of replica bags that get returned to the boutiques and dupe sales associates! Take a look at my pics (although note my camera went weird causing different looking shades in some pics) and let me know what you think in the comments

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Neverfull MM Neo Mimosa Replica Review

Hey guys!

I had a bit of a Louis Vuitton replica haul this last month … my excuse: I was treating myself for the New Year (2016 bring it on) … that is justifiable right? Well anyways I bought a few bags from Designer Discreet – all of them Louis Vuitton. I have already done a review on a comparison between the Favorite from them vs. a cheaper replica I got elsewhere to identify the quality which you should totally read if you haven’t already because I think it really portrays the difference between a good replica and a “meh” replica in depth – photos are worth a thousand words after all! I will be posting all of my haul in the upcoming days on the blog, and as a precursor I must say I am really impressed by how accurate the replica makers are becoming – the quality between my bags I have receiving lately are crazy good – and I mean crazy good!

Anyways back to my Neverfull MM. I absolutely love the Neo Mimosa series and my favorite interior lining is the yellow – I love the pop of color it gives, but the fuschia interior is also beautiful as well! I honestly plan to buy every color of the Mimosa series because I think that the Neverfull is such a functional bag and hey when they are replicas at a fraction of the cost – why not right? So I was super impressed with the bag and I think you will be too once you see the photos below … take a look and let me know what you think!
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MUST READ: Good Fakes VS. Bad Ones: Louis Vuitton Replica Guide

 

 

Hello y’all!

This post will serve as a very important guide to anyone looking to buy a knockoff or replica bag for the first time for any brand, even though the focus will be on Louis Vuitton in this particular post. The points made however are applicable when shopping for any brand out there so pay close attention especially if it is your first time you may be purchasing a fake bag!

Anyone who has bought a fake or replica bag out there knows that we are bombarded with many claims of various qualities and it seems like every replica seller in town has the best purse if we listen to their claims. But the truth is that there is a tiered system of quality when it comes to replicas and I would say as an educated guess after buying so many for so many years that the tiers are roughly 3 levels. On the third bottom rung is the super disgusting and really really bad knockoffs that never deserve to see the light of day on anyone’s arm or shoulder (yet they still unfortunately do – we’ve all seen one). These are the bags that give replica bags a bad rep and make people think rightfully so that they’d rather be caught dead than wearing a replica purse. However if you are a seasoned replica purchaser you will have most likely come across the second tier as well. The second tier is in the middle – the bags aren’t bad, they get about 75-80% of the original right and they can pass for a fairly decent fake. These were the kind of bags I myself bought when I first dabbled in replica shopping.

But the third first is where it is at my friends if you are looking for quality. This is the tier that exceeds the 90% zone in terms of accuracy and can please even the nittiest of buyers. This is the only type of replica I personally buy as I like to collect bags and these are pretty much as good as the originals in my opinions. Do all brands come in all 3 tiers? I’m not sure and can’t answer this with 100% accuracy but from my purchasing experience most of the popular brands are covered in all 3 tiers. In this post I will compare what I think is a 1st tier replica Louis Vuitton Favorite in Monogram Canvas (which I bought from Designer  Discreet) with a 2nd tier Louis Vuitton Favorite in Monogram Canvas (I bought this one a long time ago from a replica seller through email). I didn’t bother buying a 3rd tier for the comparison as you can simply use your imagination to come up with how ugly the bag in that tier looks.

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As you can see the replica on the left side has a nice sheen to it like the authentic Louis Vuitton purses while the bag on the right is more dull.

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A closeup of the bag on the right. The quality of the canvas is certainly not bad – but not as good the one on the right.

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Top down is where a difference is totally visible. Just taking quick look at the two bags can help one see that the one on the left is superior to the one on the right. The overall composition and structure of the bag is very on point with the original LV.

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The canvas is very vibrant on this replica and the stitching is very well done making it a 1st tier or counter quality replica.

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Once again a more lux sheen can be observed on the bag to the left.

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The chain is more faded for the 2nd tier replica while the 1st tier replica is nice and vibrant and gold!

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You can even notice a difference in the dustbags. The lower dustbag is equal to the original while the dustbag on top is not and looks fake.

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Sideshot of the 2nd tier replica. The cowhide patch is too large compared to the original.

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Sideshot of the 1st tier replica. The cowhide patch is the same size as the original.

The Complete Guide to Hermés Leathers

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Who doesn’t love the unique leather types and styles that Hermes has to offer? At times it can get a bit confusing as Hermes offers more variety of leathers than any other luxury brand. So in order to ease the headache, I’ve created this complete guide to help you guys navigate and understand more about the types of leathers Hermes uses to build their legendary iconic bags.

Here we go…

BARENIA NATURAL

Made from smooth calf skin. Originally used for Hermes horse saddles. This leather type is both water and scratch resistant.

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BOX CALF

Made from calf leather which is smooth and glossy. More prone to getting scratched and scuffed up, however the technique of buffing can rejuvenate the leather to its original form. Frequently used in vintage models, and not rain friendly.

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BUFFALO

Made from water buffalo. This leather is soft, pebbled, and water resistant. May look spotted as a result of the dye gathering more towards the center of the pebbles.

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CHAMONIX

A matte rendition of the box calf. This leather is smooth and shiny, but not water friendly.

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CHEVRE DE COROMANDEL

Made from soft goat leather, which is light-weight and scratch resistant.

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CHEVRE MYSORE

Much like the Chevre De Coromandel this leather is soft goat leather that is light and scratch resistant. The only difference is that the grains are more refined.

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CLEMENCE

Made from the hides of baby bulls and is one of the most popular Hermes leathers. This leather is scratch resistant, heavy, soft, and not rain friendly. It also has a matte-like finish.

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DOBLIS SUEDE

Classic suede leather. Keep away from moisture.

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EPSOM

This leather is scratch resistant, durable, and lightweight. It is also easy to clean.

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Chanel Real VS Replica Identification Guide

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Can you tell which is real and which is fake? Keep in mind the lighting makes the bags colors look slightly different but both are equally black in person!

Hey guys!

I just wanted to do a quick post sharing what to look for when shopping for a Chanel handbag to make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck when shopping for an authentic or fake new, or used, or replica purse. Firstly I’d like to start off by saying Chanel is a very hard to find replica as the parent company actively seeks out any replica sellers who sell their products (and when you see the superfakes you will understand why) as they want to stop the devaluation train for Chanel. This is completely fair and I would do the same if I were Chanel as well.

I do however want to start with a few gripes I have with them, as a Chanel purse lover. Firstly dear Chanel why do you no longer coat your hardware with 24k gold? As a serious Chanel lover and collector I can say that there is a significant decline in quality within the Chanel brand over the years as they seemed to have lowered their production standards. I highly recommend well kept vintage bags that have the gold coating as these bags are in my opinion from a Chanel era in which quality was at the top of their priorities. Anyways enough chit chat. This guide is meant to give you a glimpse at a comparison between an authentic and replica Chanel with tips for spotting fake bags which have been very poorly constructed.

One thing I would like to say before providing this information is that Chanel replica manufacturers have been getting increasingly accurate to the point that I have heard many stories about fake Chanels being returned to authentic boutiques, which is really scary if you are dropping a couple of thousands on what you hope will be a real bag. Overall remember to be vigilant even if shopping in an authentic boutique! Take a look at the guide, and I hope it helps everyone out there!

When looking at the first photo I am sure a lot of people were confused – aren’t both bags real? Well they aren’t. These pictures feature a superfake Chanel being compared to an authentic so the subtleties are more minute and harder to spot, but I thought it would be worth showing! I will do another guide soon that outlines the really bad Chanel fakes I encourage you to burn if you see in person, on the spot, since they totally misconstrue the beauty of the originals, and are a total disgrace to Miss Coco’s designs.

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The replica looks a bit more “puffy” since it is newer compared to the used jumbo pictured right. Overly puffy bags are a sign of a fake Chanel however this comes down to the number of stitches! All Chanel bags (authentic and superfake) look a bit more puffy (but not overly) when new because they haven’t been subjected to the use and abuse of being worn on a daily basis! I’ll add a picture of the superfake Chanel jumbo once it has reached a point of use comparable to the authentic bag on the right!

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A shot of the bottom of the bags. Make sure if you are shopping for a jumbo that there is a stitch down the middle otherwise you are dealing with a terrible fake.

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The interior C’s are very important! In very poor Chanel replicas you will see very strange stitching that is either too skinny or too fat. The bag on the right is an authentic Chanel’s stitching while the bag on the left is a superfake that gets it close enough (the camera’s angle for the photo makes it look a little strange however).

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Depending on the production period of the bag a lighter or darker interior can be expected. What you should pay attention to inside the flap is the leather quality – if it seems fake or non-genuine leather then you are dealing with a bad replica my friends.

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The interior hologram sticker is always a give away with a replica. Make sure to really pay attention to this if shopping on auction sites for a used authentic purse as the Chinese models usually have a standard number (10218184) that they use. However I have heard of cases of custom stickers being printed so once again be vigilant!

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The hardware on the right is that of an authentic bag. The one on the left is the hardware of the superfake. As you can see both are equally well done. The heaviness of the hardware is a key giveaway to the authenticity of the bag. Once again many vintage pieces are coated with real gold for authentic Chanels, however their newer lines are not, and no replicas are coated with gold.

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The fashionphile ad I used to compare the replica and authentic. As you can see the bag is going for $5250 on fashionphile, while the supefake cost 1/10th of that.

Overall I hope this guide is helpful and makes everyone a wiser shopper when looking for Chanel whether it be online or in person as you are looking to drop down a lot of money on these beauties so make sure it is worth it!

Prada Saffiano Replica Wallet Review

Hey guys it’s been a while since I have posted! I got super busy with work and life, but my purse and designer addiction never left me and I have been collecting more beauties (both real and fake) to add to my collection! I’ll be sharing them all with you guys over the next little while and wanted to start with a wallet that I am completely in love with right now. I am a hot pink girl. I know … a lot of people are not into pink, but I embrace it. Especially during the fall and winter seasons – I think it really adds a nice color pop to an otherwise boring or neutral outfit (which is how I tend to dress when the weather is chillier).

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A view from the front!

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A shot from the back – I missed the black speck on the wallet so it came through in the picture so don’t mind it!

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A shot from the side – you can see the zipper lining and quality is very high as well – you just have to know what to look for when shopping for a replica!

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A closeup of the logo plate. I feel like the picture doesn’t do it justice in terms of portraying its actual quality, and it definitely looks at lot better in person!

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A super close-up of the saffiano leather and stitching – both well done!

As you guys probably already know I have seen a lot of very very bad saffiano replicas out there – both in terms of bags and wallets – but this wallet has all the check marks of a good replica Prada as it a) has the exact same leather standard (often a very big giveaway when it is poor); b) it is put together well (there is no point of paying top dollar for good leather when the manufacturers can’t sew it together well – but luckily this replica’s manufacturer did); and finally c) the hardware is heavy and very close to the original/the same (this is another big giveaway as often times plastic-y hardware is used that has a weird shine to it and can be spotted a mile away).

The retail price of this wallet on the Prada estore is about $665 USD, and I snagged it for about $179 – killer savings right considering the quality is basically identical to the real deal?

So what do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below and I absolutely cannot wait to share the rest of my purchases with you guys in upcoming posts!

Ps. Since this is probably my last post before the XMAS celebrations, Happy Christmas, Hanukkah, or whatever you celebrate!

Speak to you soon dolls!

-Angie

Louis Vuitton Artsy MM Monogram Canvas Replica Review

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Hi guys! I am not sure if you have already seen my review on the Neverfull Damier Azur I ordered in an MM size but I had a bit of a Louis Vuitton replica haul this month (I mean who can resist when you get so many bags for the price of one authentic model?) so I wanted to also share a review of my gorgeous Artsy MM I also received. In case you don’t know the sizing code for LV the MM refers to the medium size usually in a particular model, just the PM usually represents the small size and the GM the larger size. The bag is a counter quality replica which I have spoken the importance of many times to look for when shopping for replica bags as this is what the sellers use to refer to the highest quality of bags which exist on the market! The Artsy is a really fun bag which has a bit of a slouch to it when you carry (as you can see in the photo above where the bag is being carried). I have always wanted the Artsy because I think it is so easy to both dress down and up, and I always love having versatile pieces in my wardrobe – whether it be clothing or accessories!

I am truly in love with this Louis Vuitton replica, and love love love the braided portion at the top of the bag which the replica manufacturer (DD) got right in terms of detail, since I think on the Artsy the easiest thing to mess up is the braid on the top handle of the bag which would make the replica look completely awkward if it were done wrong! My replica also came with a suede interior lining which is awesome and is genuine suede to touch which is another sign of a high quality replica (as opposed to much of the cheap stuff you see for sale online usually). Take a look at the photos I have added below (sorry I forgot to remove the protective plastic but I just like to keep it on until I actually use the bag for the first time!) and let me know what you think of my purchase in the comments below.

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A front shot of my new Artsy replica bag!

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A shot of the tag on the inside of my bag as well as the lining which you can clearly see is authentic high quality suede here!

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The bottom of my bag which includes the criss crossed sewing details and studs to help prevent the bottom from getting dirty (when I use it of course!)

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Finally a top shot of the interior of the bag as well as the lovely braided handle.

Louis Vuitton Neverfull Replica – Damier Azur

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The front of my LV Neverfull replica with all the protective plastic packaging still on!

Hi guys! If you love summer like I do then you probably will also be a fan of Louis Vuitton’s Damier Azur collection. I believe the line has a perfect summer look to add on to any outfit and usually gives even the most plainest of a looks that oomph it needs to add a touch of luxe from the house of LV. I purchased a Louis Vuitton Neverfull replica in the MM size (a.k.a the medium size) in the newer edition with the pouch to add to my collection alongside my Neverfull GM in Damier Azur I also own (previous purchase). For those of you who are not well acquainted with Louis Vuitton, the Neverfull’s used to come without a pouch however a recent update (this year I think?) the company decided to include the pouch with all of their Neverfulls. I think this was a good decision on their part especially for those who pay full price for the authentic version of bag since they DESERVE a pouch … I mean dropping a grand on a very simple tote is fine and all but at least the pouch helps give an extra touch to slightly justify the price (maybe I am just crazy?).

Anyways the pouch is actually super handy when it comes to organizing your little bits and just helps keep your bag more neat overall. I mean anyone who has ever owned a Neverfull knows that it tends to get full and messy since as the name implies it seems like it will never become full! The replica bag I purchased is awesome in terms of both stitching (which as I have mentioned before is one of the most important things you need to pay attention to when shopping for a replica) and the canvas heaviness. The bag’s handles are also true cowhide leather which I can tell by touch since there is a soft-ness to the leather that false plastic handles cannot match (which is what most replica companies sell – I actually own a Neverfull I had previously purchased in Damier Azur with the plastic handles and I have to say in person the comparison between the two bags is night and day). Overall I am extremely happy with the purchase and cannot wait to put this baby to use and let it get its summer tan while I enjoy its company. As usual I got a box with the bag as well as the dustbag and the smaller knick knacks like the authentication cards, and papers etc. (which I have personally mentioned I do not really care for). UPDATE: I got the bag from Designer Discreet in case you were wondering. Click here for the link! Take a look at the photos below and let me know what you think of Neverfulls, or the replica version I have purchased in particular in the comments below!

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Inside the bag!

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A closeup of the stamp inside my new Neverfull replica!

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Underneath my Louis Vuitton Neverfull replica bag which you can see lines up nicely in terms of print placement.