10 points to check before buying an old luxury trunk

Are you planning to acquire a new trunk vintage Louis VuittonGoyardMoynat or Moreau luxury collection trunk?


Awesome: this is a crucial moment and a very important decision!


But before buying, it would be better to verify these 10 primordial elements, history of not having bad surprises once home ...!

Identify the condition of the trunk :

  • As it stands (and should therefore be cleaned or restored)
  • Restored in perfect condition (nothing to foresee therefore)
  • Poorly restored (to be remade, or unrecoverable)

An old trunk that has been preserved as it is will have less value than the same trunk restored but more valuable than that which has undergone a bad restoration!



 Indeed a good number of sellers "make up" their trunk so that it shines but in reality, they deteriorate forever these beautiful luxury luggage.

2- Structure

The Structure is the basis of your trunk. But what can happen if your structure is not in good condition?

Vuitton trunk coated with worms and mushrooms
Vuitton trunk coated with worms and mushrooms

Your purchase will quickly turn into a nightmare!


Make sure the wood is holy:

- That there is no trace of moisture (rust, oxidation stain ..)

- That it is not contaminated by fungi.

- That there is no small hole in the wood sign of the presence of insect pests.


For under the canvas can hide some bad surprises.


Checking the underside of the trunk is a good indicator of the general condition of the trunk.

3 - Exterior canvas

trunk Louis vuitton repainted
Example of a partially repainted canvas

The exterior fabric, in fabric or coated must be in perfect condition:


- Not stained, dirty or dull

- Complete, without missing or tearing

- glued and not blistered


Verify that it was not:


- Re - painted

- Varnish

- Wax

Example of a canvas liner Goyard varnish
Example of a canvas liner Goyard varnish



This irreversible damage will be fatal to your investment because it will lower the price of your old luggage.

4 - Polishing brass

Example of a Louis Vuitton automobile trunk, the brass of which has been acidified.
Left brass under acid - to the right of brass perfectly cleaned




A good polishing is a golden yellow brass, polished polished mirror with beautiful reflections and without scratch, one must see in it.


Check that the polishing is done perfectly even in small corners.


Check that the adjoining fabric is not damaged or stained.



lock cleaned brass louis vuitton old



Tip - Stain in the corners of the lock:


Flee this kind of restoration that says a lot about the amateurism of the seller. It is important that polishing be performed over the entire surface, even in nooks.


Caution Avoid "cleaned" brasses:


  • With acid, which will leave red traces
  • Household products miror
  • With a wire brush, nylon, brass ... these brushes for stripping old paint on metal deform the breasts of your trunks.



These damages are detrimental to the price of your trunk.

5 - Interior: canvas and capiton

Example of a bad restoration of malle vuitton
Example of a bad restoration of malle vuitton


The interior of a trunk, or mail represents 30% of the luggage but in perfect condition as originally it is a real added value.



If it is of origin check:

That there is not too much stain on the canvas

And especially without bad odor



If it has been restored:

Check that it conforms to the origin.

That the inner canvas is perfectly glued and not floating

That the capiton is perfectly realized as originally with cotton ribbons.




Here is an example of a restored trunk in our workshops.


She finds her state of origin

6 - Condition of leathers

Leather trunk vuitton vintage bag


Leather is a natural, living, very fragile and delicate material.


It can not stand moisture and many trunks and suitcases are damaged.


It is important to check that the leather is in perfect condition, a chocolate brown color, not cracked or missing parts.


Also check that they have not been masticated with tinted silicone seal. This practice is common for masking damaged leather.


It is of course a hidden screw.

7 - Handle

trunk vuitton Handle in bad condition

The handles are used to carry the luggage, they can be made of metal or brass leather.


Very often used and abused it is important to check that they are in good condition.


Car often broke and restored check:


  • That replacement is according to the origin, and that it is sewn hand and not to the machine.

  Indeed the machine seams will break quickly

  • That it is not fictitious and that it is well fixed traditionally to the barrel and not with screws and nails glued.

Many bad restaurateurs stick them just for the "Deco". A new handle must be used.

8 - Replica replacement Repair Parts

replica bad brass corner malle en coin



On collection trunks it is essential that the jewelery (lock, clasp and handle) made of brass are original louis Vuitton and not copies or spare parts.



We see more and more false locks molded without any mechanism, generic clasps, brass handles totally manufactured ... on luxury trunks.

9 - Customization

luxury trunk Paint tape



We estimate that 99% of crowns or coats of arms are counterfeit.


Also we estimate that 70% of strips called "stables" these decorative strips are counterfeited.


Bad badge restorers, malicious paint false initials, hotel labels, bands or royal crowns ...


These decorations have the sole purpose of deceiving the buyer to create a story in the trunk and make it more "prestigious"


Beware of beautiful stories ...

10 - Quality of restorations

courrier trunk louis vuitton perfect

The trunks are old they are often more than 100 years old, they have traveled the world during trips,

It is therefore common for them to have been restored.


Check that the restorations have been made according to the rules of the art and are in perfect condition.


Because it is difficult when you are a novice to judge the quality of a restoration do not hesitate to ask for the services of an outside expertise like us.




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