Just bought the Speedy Damier Azur 30...now realize it has cloth tag

  1. I do think you can probably find some "MIUSA" speedies still out there without the new tag if that's what you want. You may just have to do some calling around. Good luck!
  2. #47 Jun 14, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2012
  3. Yes! I'm from DMV area ! I don't know if it's
    A good thing surrounded by 3-4 Lvs store lol
    We went to dc with family for lunch and of
    course we had to make a detour !!! Lmao
    They are very nice and yes I need sack
    of money before going in that boutique !!!
  4. Not silly. I would return it. You should be happy and excited about your new LV, not disappointed.
    I will never buy an LV canvas bag with this tag. Not only do I hate it I also think it will effect resale value if I ever decided to sell.
  5. #50 Jun 14, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2012
  6. I've read through the comments and can understand each viewpoint. But for me, Louis Vuitton is a luxury item. It is something I view as a treat to myself. The bags are not inexpensive and as such, if there is anything that bothers you about the bag, I say leave it at the store. I don't see anything wrong with not wanting the cloth tag. Walk away from it. In time, if they continue the tags and you see a bag that you really love, go for it. But don't settle and risk regret or buyer's remorse.
  8. Here's an article from 2007 about the plant in India. This has been going on for quite some time - however the US government has cracked down. As you will see they were even considering Vietnam at that time:

    Louis Vuitton Paris made in India

    Louis Vuitton plans Asia plant in Pondy



    BANGALORE/NEW DELHI: Didn’t we say India rocks the world? The venerable French luxury goods giant Louis Vuitton, part of the $17-billion Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) group, is setting up its first manufacturing plant in Asia at Pondicherry through a joint venture, sources said.

    LV — best known for its expensive and edgy bags — has identified the Dilip Kapur-owned Hidesign, the domestic high-end leather goods brand, as its JV partner. The greenfield venture, likely to be a 50:50 JV, is expected to come up in a 30-acre plot in the Union territory.

    Following the visit of the senior board members late last year, LV decided on Pondicherry as the location for its manufacturing base in Asia (mostly for leather products). Sources said the toss-up for the plant location was either India or Vietnam. Unlike Prada or Gucci, LV has opted for India. It is learnt that LV is working towards putting the plant on stream within this year.

    “We are looking at possibilities. Nothing is confirmed yet,” said Tikka Shatrujit Singh, brand advisor, LV, when contacted by ET. Sources at Hidesign also confirmed that parleys were on with LV.

    The French brand’s arrival would significantly bolster Pondicherry’s profile as a manufacturing hub in the South-East Asian context. In fact, the LV plant is expected to come up near a Rs 2,700-crore Fashion City project, which is an integrated township offering manufacturing, design, education and warehousing for the fashion business.

    Air Deccan and Paramount are already looking at connecting Pondicherry, and real estate prices are beginning to pick up as the news trickles in.

    Sources said LV’s move was part of a global supply chain overhaul to keep pace with market growth. Last year, LV roped in McKinsey & Co to make its manufacturing operations more flexible in responding to the needs of the expanding store network.

    The move to set up a production base in India is crucial. The company largely relied on Europe, and France in particular, as customers put top dollar on the brown and gold logo bags on account of the old-fashioned craftsmanship, besides the brand power built through high-profile advertising, fashion shows and star designer Marc Jacobs.

    Hidesign also has placed a similar emphasis on artisan-driven, soft, supple leather designs in building a brand that is slowly expanding outside India.

    LV, founded in 1854, accounts for a significant part of LVMH’s revenues and profits. Besides its clothing line, the brand mops up a bulk of its revenues from leather accessories like handbags, wallets and suitcases.
  9. #54 Jun 14, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2012
    And here's an article about how they just had to close the same plant due to labor problems. THIS IS NOT THEIR ONLY PLANT, nor is it the only country in which they have manufacturing plants.



    Here's our lovely and expensive LV shoes (which coincidentally care "Made in Italy" tags):


    More articles:

  10. #55 Jun 14, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2012
    Look who was at the "China Outsourcing Summit" in 2005 - scroll through the company names:


    Article about plant in India (in 2007):

    Another fascinating article:

    And another:


    And here - LVMH refused to sign a document committing to even making a certain percentage of their bags in France anymore - and this was quite a few years ago.

    And another (been making clothes in China for a long time):

    More - and don't think your bags are handmade - or that even if made in France - aren't made in sweatshops:

    To quote it: "But underlying the consumers' concern is the lack of transparency; there is no easy way of knowing how each brand is evolving and how each product was manufactured. While the fashion houses are adamant that their brands are the ultimate proof of quality, semi-finished products moving to the traditional European nations to be stamped "Made in France"or "Made in Italy" show that they, too, recognize the trademark's value for customers, justifying their mark-ups. Until then, shoppers are be advised to do more research about exactly what they are purchasing, a hollow glossy image of tradition or a true piece of artisanship"
  11. since you haven't used it and you're not 100% in love with it, i would recommend returning it. especially since it sounds like the tag is something that will continue to bother you if you decide to keep the bag.
  12. For the OP: I would return the bag or exchange it for another you won't have any reservations or concerns about. For the money one pays for LV, you should be 100% satisfied with your purchase.

    Charleston-mom: I can tell you're very passionate about this issue and I for one, appreciate your comments and your links.
  13. Thanks! I still love LV and will still continue to buy it though! I'm just watching quality very closely is all.
  14. Great articles, CharlestonMom, I think it's also important to consider that even made in France or made in USA bags are being made in factories- not in art studios.

    We all envision the artisans sitting in the big fancy studios hand sewing our bags, but that's not really what factories are like. No, our bags are not being hand crafted by designers and artists and craftsmen. They're being mass produced in factories. The US and France factories may have to pay more to their employees, but how much different are they than the Asian factories? I really don't know, I'd be curious to see.
  15. If it were made in France by guest workers, would you not buy it?

    Do you need the workers to be French born only?

    Can they be French but live and work in China?

    Can they be French but first-generation immigrants from Africa?

    Must they be multi-generation French born?

    Do these answers predict the quality of the bag you will receive?