I’ve noticed that, when it comes to backpacks and bags, LeSportsac and Tokidoki are often used interchangeably. It’s true that there was a merging between the LeSportsac product line and the Tokidoki image, but it’s good to know the difference. Especially when you are looking to buy one of these quality bags and want to make sure you get the real thing and not some knock-off.
LeSportsac is known for their stylish handbags, backpacks, tote bags, and attaches. So it was a natural that they should welcome Tokidoki’s image into their product lines. The merging in 2006 has been highly successful and the resulting products have been known to demand a high value on ebay.
Italian artist Simone Legno, along with business partners Ivan Arnold and Pooneh Mohajer created the tokidoki ("sometimes" in Japanese) Japanese-inspired brand in 2005. The cute art that Tokidoki is known for is not the only thing that was added to the style of LeSportsac’s products. There are also a number of accessories that distinguish the LeSportsac-Tokidoki line. Each bag has a special keychain called a Qee, which is patterned after the well-known Tokidoki characters. These characters are inspired by Japanese art. They have large eyes, round heads, and small bodies.
But be careful! There are counterfeits being sold so it can be easy to buy the wrong thing. Here are a few tips to guide you:
The look varies depending on the year the bag was released. Bags released the spring of 2006 and also in the summer of 2007 attach the Qee toy directly to the bag without use of the key chain. In the fall of 2007, the Qee is attached using a key chain. The color of the bag should coordinate with the season that the bag was released. Foresta has an orange interior, Inferno has red, Playground has camouflage black, tan and olive.
The “tokidoki for LeSportsac” tags should be sewn using metallic thread, not black. The printing on the bags themselves should be uniformly spaced and in proper proportions to the bag. Often times the print on counterfeit bags will be too big or much larger than the prints on the authentic handbags.
You might also want to get familiar with the Tokidoki characters – The Moofie, Cactus Friends, Adios & Ciao Ciao, Bruttino & Carina, Skeletrino & Skeletrina, Captain Coco, Cocotrina and Grenadina.
A couple of other things to check:
- The underside of the zipper on the bag should be stamped with the word "riri" and also the designation "M6".
- The arm of the authentic Qee toy has a red star.
- Should the bag come with trim, the trim should be made from real leather and not be made from fake leather.
A good resource for more information on how to spot fakes is at
Only buy from reputable retailers. As mentioned earlier in this post, these bags sell at a premium, so if you find one that looks to be a steal, you are the one who is probably getting ripped off.
Amazon is a reliable source for LeSportsac Tokidoki products.