Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How to Tell if a Designer Bag is Authentic

Consignment stores are like candy shops for name-brand lovers. Where else can you find designer bags for a fraction of their retail price? But, all too often, there are also fakes lurking on those treasure-filled shelves. Linda Lightman, CEO of Linda's Stuff and one of the first successful online luxury consignment sellers, has become an expert at authenticating designer pieces.

Read on for her expert, fake-spotting tips and never get ripped off again!

Prada Bags
What to Look for:
• The plaque should be firmly attached with even stitching
• The zippers should be embossed on the back side with either "YKK", "RiRi", "Lampo", "Opti" or "Ipi"
• The "R" in Prada should have a curved leg
• The interior plaque should match the interior fabric of the bag, or it will have a leather patch with four rivets
• All hardware is always inscribed with company logo
• A white interior tag with numbers will be in an interior pocket

Chanel Bags
What to Look for:
• Turn lock has brand markings
• The zipper is consistent with the age of the bag
• Hologram is located inside of every Chanel handbag
• Interior label printed in foil should always match the hardware color and be evenly spaced and centered
• Quilting should be perfect, even on the back • The pocket stitching should match seamlessly with the body

Louis Vuitton Bags
What to Look for:
• Date codes
• Hardware inscribed with company logo
• Monogram is symmetrical
• Stitching should be very even and regular—the same number of stitches will be found in similar locations of the bag
• Many counterfeits use synthetic leathers for the handles that don’t show the same signs of aging as real leather

Gucci Bags
What to Look for:
• Perfect stitching and quality leather trim
• Logo canvas "G"s are always clean and even 
• Guccissima leather should always be embossed, never printed
• Style number on back side of interior label 
• Gucci label should be clean and have “Made in Italy” printed underneath
• Top number identifies the number of the bag, current style numbers are six digits long and the "2"s should have curly cues on top
• Most hardware is inscribed with company logo

Herm├ęs Bags
What to Look for:
• Fine leather
• Hardware is generally palladium or gold plated
• The hardware is nailed in by hand and inscribed with the brand logo
• Spindel closure should turn smoothly
• The logo stamp is normally printed in metallic foil which always matches the color of the hardware
• Blind stamp on back of belting

Coach Bags
What to Look for:
• Logo canvas "C"s are usually clean and evenly aligned horizontally and vertically, never crooked
• There should never look like there is a break in the pattern even when transitioning over the pocket
• Stitching should be very even and regular 
• Most Coach bags have a serial number embossed on the inside on a square patch of leather sewn into the lining, the serial number typically consists of a series of numbers or a number-and-letter combination
• The last four to five digits of the serial number indicate the style number of the bag 
• Most hardware is inscribed with company logo
• Most Coach bags say “Made in Italy” but they are made in other countries including China

article via StyleBistro

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