One of my friends found herself a Speedy at our local Salvation Army store. We live in an area that has well-off people so it's quite believable that the product is authentic. The woman had told her they were not sure if it was authentic. It has the strip at the bottom and both sides have LVs facing up. The inside says 'Fr...(faded)' on a piece of fabric. I feel that it may be a French Company speedy but I cannot say as I have not seen one IRL. The handles are not as dark on top as older Speedys get (even color throughout), though the monogram is faded in places. She said she got it for $4.50! Do stores authenticate items? She really wants to get it refurbished.