Published on December 4th, 2013 | by shari4
Is Your Luxury Handbag Real or Fake? Here’s How to Tell…
Have you recently bought a luxury bag second hand or off of your neighborhood booster and are wondering if your latest steal was worth it? If so, you’re in luck! We will show you all of the things you should look for while inspecting a luxury bags authenticity; materials, hardware, lining, lettering & embossing, codes, cards, packaging and features. Read these small passages carefully and become knowledgeable of what you’re carrying. It could be the real deal or it just may be a fake.
Make sure that the LV’s line up in straight lines. Also, the stitching should be tight and even. Be sure to study the correct fonts for heat stamps and date codes.
Often the bales are one of the keys to authenticating a Balenciaga. The bales should be thick and rounded not thin or square-this is the part that connects the handles to the bag. Also, the notches in rivets will be rounded and not square.
Chanel handbags have signature hologram stickers that have changed a lot over the past decade. It is important to keep up-to-date on the latest trends. Prior to the 1980’s, Chanel bags did not have hologram stickers or cards. There are other ways to ensure your vintage bag is authentic like fonts, heat stamps, alignment of patchwork, etc.
Make sure that each MJ bag has a seasoned code and a riri lampo or MJ zipper.
The GG’s should line up symmetrically.
Prada bags are some of the hardest to authenticate. Each style has unique linings, zippers, materials and hardware, so don’t make the purchase without an authenticity card.
Every Fendi comes with a hologram sticker and a serial tag.
All Chloe’s have a genuine serial number. An authenticator will know how to assess the quality of the stitching and the suppleness of the leather.
Yves Saint Laurent
Authentic Yves Saint Laurent bags never have a tag hanging off it. YSL bags have embossed serial numbers on the inside of the bag. The YSL label on the inside the bag is never smudged and always evenly aligned.
ALL Dior bags come with a white cotton dust bag with grey writing. The serial number will be located on the flipside of the inner sewn in label.
On an authentic Jimmy Choo, the lettering JIMMY CHOO should always be centered between the screw heads. The fonts should look finished and centered. The locking mechanism must feel sturdy and rather heavy.
On authentic Bottega Venetas, the zippers are high quality and sewn so they lay flat with no buckling.
Authentic Valentinos have only top quality leather and fabric for their bags, so if the materials seem rough or uneven, the bag’s probably a fake.