Do Louis Vuitton bags use real gold hardware?

Louis Vuitton generally does not use real gold for the hardware on their bags. The zippers, locks, studs, and other metal components are usually made from brass, often with a golden finish to give the appearance of gold. These pieces may be coated with a layer of gold-coloured plating or undergo other treatments to improve their durability and appearance, but they are not made from solid gold.

Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM - Brown
Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM - Brown

The hardware is designed to be hard-wearing and durable, but over time it may show signs of wear, such as scratches or fading, which would not be the case if it were made from solid gold.

That said, some limited-edition Louis Vuitton pieces may feature special materials, but these are exceptions rather than the rule.

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