Can I replace the hardware on my Louis Vuitton handbag if it gets damaged?

Yes. Replacing the hardware on your Louis Vuitton handbag is possible, but it should be done with caution by a professional or an authorised Louis Vuitton repair centre. Attempting hardware replacements including studs, locks, clasps and even zips on your own or using non-authentic parts may risk the bag's authenticity and long-term value.

Louis Vuitton handbags are known for their craftsmanship and attention to detail, including the hardware, and the safest and most reliable way to replace hardware is to seek the expertise of professionals who are knowledgeable about Louis Vuitton products, understand how the bags are constructed and has access and knowledge of the exact materials in the construction of the bag to ensure that replacement hardware is a like for like match.

Louis Vuitton's skilled artisans are trained to work with their products and can source genuine replacement hardware that matches the original design. A number of third party professional repair services can also source authentic replacement hardware to specific standards, including colour, finish, and logo engravings. Please contact us for our latest recommendations.

Repair services can be booked by visiting a Louis Vuitton boutique or by downloading the LV App. Louis Vuitton does not require a sales receipt or proof that the bag was purchased directly from Louis Vuitton, so pre-owned bags can also be repaired with them directly. However, for old vintage pieces Louis Vuitton may no longer produce or stock the hardware so many be unable to source replacement parts.

Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM in Burgundy Monogram Canvas
Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM in Burgundy Monogram Canvas

When you have hardware replaced by Louis Vuitton you may receive a warranty on the repair work and confirmation of authenticity of the hardware used. This can provide peace of mind and maintain the value of the bag.

If you decide to try to repair the hardware yourself, kindly note that Louis Vuitton does not offer spare parts. It is normal for the brass and other coated materials to tarnish, chip or scratch overtime with regular use. This normal wear can be prolonged through regular care for the bag including use of the dust bag when it's not in use, being cautious when setting it down to prevent damage to the hardware and handling it gently. In summary, regular maintenance and cleaning can help prolong the life of the hardware.

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