A former Louis Vuitton employee explains how to spot a fake: "The trick to getting a good fake is watching for breaks in the pattern. At Louis Vuitton, they explain that the canvas cutters never slice into the LV pattern, only around it. Then they burn the scraps - oh yes, they actually burn them. So if you have LV's going into the seams of your bag or wallet, it must be fake. Of course, that doesn't mean a bag with all the logos in-tact is real... just that it was $5 more on Canal." Also: recent statistics show only 1% of monogrammed Louis Vuitton bags are authentic!