Early 1980's: Three numbers with the first two numbers representing the year and the last number(s) representing the month. For instance, the date code of a bag made in May of 1982 would read "825".
Early to late 1980's: Three numbers followed by two letters. The first two numbers indicate the year and the last number indicates the month. The two letters indicate the factory where the bag was made. So, a bag made in France in May of 1989 would have a date code with the letters for the French factory (see factory codes chart) and the numbers "895" (two letters for the factory will follow this number). A bag from the 1980’s can also have a date code in the from of four numbers followed by two letters. In this case, the first two numbers are the year and the last two numbers are the month of the year. For example, a date code that reads 8901 V.I. means the bag was produced in January (01) of 1989.
1990 - 2006: Two letters followed with four numbers. The letters represent the factory, the first and third numbers represent the month and the second and fourth number represents the year. So, a bag made in France in December of 2004 would have a date code that looks like this DU1024.
2007 and on: Two letters followed by four numbers. The letters indicate the factory. The first and third numbers indicate the week of the year and the second and fourth numbers indicate year. So, a bag produced in the U.S.A. on the 20th. week of 2010 would have a date code of FL2100.
DATE CODE MADE FROM WHAT COUNTRY:
|France||A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS (Special Order), AH, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, DR, DU, DR, DT, CO, CT, CX, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SA, SD, SF, SL, SN, SP, SR, TA, TJ, TH, TN, TR, TS, VI, VX|
|Italy||BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, NZ, OB, PL, RC, RE, SA, TD|
|Spain||BC, CA, LO, LB, LM, LW, GI, UB|
|USA||FC, FH, LA, OS, SD, FL, TX|