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Recognizing a Real Designer Handbag By Brand (Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and More!)

Recognizing a Real Designer Handbag By Brand (Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and More!)

So you finally got that purse you’ve been eyeing, and it’s the most expensive accessory you’ve ever bought. What if it’s a fake?

The thought of your handbag being a replica creeps into your mind and stresses you out. Fear not! Here’s a list of several designers and the key things to look for in one of their real, authentic handbags.

Gucci

The things you want to look for are:

  • the dust bag,
  • the controllato card,
  • the information booklet,
  • the Firenze card,
  • the “Made in Italy” tag,
  • the serial number,
  • the hardware,
  • the stitching,
  • the logo, and
  • the interior code tag.

The hardware should be made of solid metal, and when it comes to the tags you are mainly looking for font inconsistencies and the like. The logo should show the left G facing forward and the right G facing backward. For more information, visit this link.

Coach

Keep an eye out for:

  • good stitching and overall craftsmanship,
  • Coach creed (the tag inside should have a style number, a registration number, and information regarding where and how it was made),
  • hardware,
  • enamel hangtags, and
  • zippers.

Especially look out for the C design; the bag will have a C design on either the outside or the inside, never both. For more information, visit this link.

Chanel

In checking out your new Chanel bag, watch out for:

  • The CC lock,
  • the duster bag,
  • the serial numbers,
  • the zipper,
  • the authenticity cards,
  • the chain strap,
  • the stitch count,
  • the leather,
  • the quilting,
  • the overall quality and structure,
  • the lining, and
  • the stamping.

In regards to the CC lock, this is first and foremost how you should check for authenticity because it is often where mistakes are made. The right C must always overlap on top and the left C must always overlap on the bottom. The lock itself should also be centered. For more information, visit this link.

Prada

Look out for:

  • the stitching,
  • the logo,
  • the brass hardware,
  • the lining (which should be black and featuring the word “PRADA” repeatedly),
  • the metal tag,
  • the dust bag,
  • the Authenticity card,
  • the “R” in “PRADA”, and
  • the zipper.

The “R” in “PRADA” is unique in that it has a small chip in it. Often knockoffs will not include this minute detail, so it is a dead giveaway for fakes. For more information, visit this link.

Louis Vuitton

Watch out for:

  • the stitching,
  • the tilt of the pattern, and
  • the upside-down LV’s.

Don’t trust bags with an attached tag or plastic around the handles. A tilted pattern indicates bad matching and proportionality, thus indicating a fake. Many, but not all, bags have the upside-down LV’s on the back. If the seller offers no return policy, this is a bad sign. For more information, visit this link.

Burberry

Keep an eye out for:

  • the dust bag,
  • the booklet,
  • the inside logo,
  • the “Made in” label,
  • the style number,
  • both sides of the swing-tag,
  • the hardware, and
  • the stitching.

A good thing to look at for identifying a fake is the font, as the Burberry font is quite distinctive. The left side of the U and the Y are slightly wider and the R's have small serifs. The swing-tag is tricky because original swing-tags can accompany counterfeit bags. That being said, if the swing-tag has the wrong font or information, that is a dead giveaway. For more information, visit this link.

Michael Kors

The things to look for are:

  • the logo,
  • the stitching,
  • the hardware,
  • the inside logo,
  • and the “Made in” tag.

As with all the other designer bags on this list, the stitching should be neat and clean, the hardware should not flake or chip and should be of heavy material, the logo inside should look correct and the “Made in” tag should state a country in which the company actually does business. For more information, visit this link.

Fendi

Look for:

  • the stitching,
  • the logo,
  • the hardware,
  • the hardware cover,
  • the authenticity card,
  • the hologram sticker, and
  • the serial number.

It is important that the logo be imprinted onto the leather and not merely printed on the surface. Additionally, the hardware should have a cover on it. The hologram sticker specifically should help with identifying real products from fake ones, as it is a new measure by Fendi to distinguish from counterfeits. It is encoded and only visible with a special magnifying device. For more information, visit this link.

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