Hermès Authentication

Logo stamp

The logo stamp on the inside of any Hermès should read “Hermès Paris Made in France”. This logo is featured in a delicate and neat font that is not affected by the texture of the leather. The logo stamp is always embossed on the material using a method called heat stamping. Many fakes will feature stamps that have been printed or pressed on very deep into the leather. The fonts have changed over the years, so don’t panic if yours is different from another Hermès you’ve seen. In most recent years, the fonts have become very thin. The logo should be properly centered without being uneven, lopsided, too big and blocky or crooked in any way. The logo is a stamp on the bag that reads “Hermès Paris Made in France”. This logo is featured in a delicate and neat font that is not affected by the texture of the leather.

Stitching

Hermès handbags are hand-crafted by professional artisans. Every Hermès bag is handmade and hand stitched, such that the sew lines should be flawless on an authentic bag. No loose threads and should still be neatly done by hand. A Hermès bag has the signature saddle stitching that is customary to their handbags. You will notice the saddle stitching on the base of the handles is a double-stitch on a real Hermès.

You would expect a luxury item such as a Hermès to have completely flawless stitching; this is not the case. Although each bag is crafted by professional artisans and are perfect in appearance, subtle signs of imperfections in the stitching demonstrate that it is made by the hand and not by a machine. The stitching on the inside of the bag is made with just as much care as the outside of the bag.

Lastly, you will notice the saddle stitching on the base of the handles is a double-stitch on a real Hermès. Some fakes will not have this double-stitching which would be a dead giveaway, however, really good counterfeit products may include this detailed feature.

Handles/Bag Shape

The shape of the bag and the handles are an excellent indicator of whether the bag is authentic or fake. When standing, the bag should be neat and pronounced without any slouching or bulging in places. The same applies to the handles which should stand straight up and down. There may be cases where someone has stored their Birkin or Kelly in an incorrect manner, causing a bend in the handles. However, when holding the bag, you will be able to tell immediately if it is genuine. Also, fake Hermes bags can sometimes have misshapen or rounded handles.

Hardware

Every piece of hardware on a Hermès bag will have unique details which can help authenticate the bag. Authentic hardware on Hermès bags are always a genuine precious metal, usually either palladium or plated gold. On rare bags you might find brushed gold, silver, brushed silver, or ruthenium finishes. The hardware should never show too much wear or peeling, but slight tarnishing is possible over time with extended use and wear. On a Birkin or Kelly bag, the hardware on the front straps where the lock would sit are engraved with “Hermès-Paris” and evenly spaced font directly under the rectangle opening for the lock. Gold-plated hardware will have a hallmark on the left of the Hermès-Paris stamp. Non-gold hardware plates will not have this hallmark stamp. Feel the weight of the lock, keys, studs, and other pieces of hardware on the bag. If they feel light and cheap this should act as a red flag. Hermès hardware will not tarnish and is heavy!

Padlock and Key

Birkin and Kelly Hermès bags come with a padlock and key. The padlock would have a Hermès engraving on the bottom like the other hardware on the bag. The number on the lock corresponds to the number engraved on the accompanying keys. The key should sit neatly inside the leather clochette attached to the same leather strap as the padlock and be totally concealed when not in use. The clochette on a real Hermès bag should be made of one piece of leather folded in half and stitched, not two pieces. On a fake, the key will be sticking out of the bottom of the clochette ever so slightly and will not entirely fit in fully concealed.

Toggle

The toggle on a Hermès Birkin is another way of testing the authenticity of the bag. Genuine toggles should have a smooth turn when you twist them, similar to the movement of a watch. Toggles fitted on fake or counterfeit handbags tend to tarnish, be much lighter in weight and feel grainy like sand when they are turned. Some may even be stiff when turning. If you feel string resistance when twisting the toggle on the bag, this is a red flag.

Zippers

Hermès make all their own zippers which feature the Hermès name. Counterfeiters can also produce zips with “Hermès” on them. So, there are some other ways to distinguish an authentic Hermès zip over a fake. Authentic Hermès zip pulls should not flop down or hang down at a 90 degree angle from the zip line. It should remain parallel to the zipper at all times. The high-quality design, created to lock the zipper pull in a parallel position. If the zipper pull is hanging, this should alert you to a potential counterfeit.

Date Stamp

Each Hermès will have a unique date stamp with a letter accompanied by either a circle, a square, or no shape depending on the year it was made. The stamp will also feature the artisan’s ID and an indicator of exotic skins if applicable. You can find the date stamp in one of two places, behind the strap on the front of a Birkin or in the inside of the bag on the right hand side of newer models. A fake date stamp would be very deep in the leather and the cut of the leather trim isn’t as neat as on a real Birkin.

Lining/Interior

Many of these bags are lined with chevre leather, which is a goatskin that is grained and not smooth. There are Hermès Birkin and Kelly bags that feature other material as the interior or lining, but the material is always quality and, in most cases, made from a similar leather to the exterior. Another way to ensure the authenticity of the lining or interior is to verify the color scheme on the Hermes website.

Measurements

Birkin and Kelly bags have a number associated with the handbag such as a ‘Kelly 35’ or ‘Birkin 40’ bag. This number relates to the exact measurement of the base of the bag. By simply measuring the length of the base of the bag you should get that exact number in centimeters. A knock-off may say it’s a ‘Kelly 35’ bag, but if the length of the base does not measure to exactly 35 centimeters, it’s a fake. It is also useful to note what sizes Kelly or Birkin bags do not come in. If the bag states ‘Birkin 55’ or ‘Kelly 20’ you will know they are fake because Hermès does not offer bags in those sizes.

Authenticity Card

Hermès does not issue authenticity cards with their bags. They never have and never will. Fake Hermès Birkin and Kelly bags come with orange plastic cards that read “Hermès” If the bag comes with one of these cards, it is most definitely a fake.

Dust Bag

Hermès Birkin or Kelly bags come with a dust bag and color of the dust bag is always light beige or orange with a dark brown Hermès logo. The color of the dust bag will vary depending on the year. Vintage dust bags are a tan velour, newer dust bags are orange cotton flannel, and post-2007 dust bags are a beige and light brown Herringbone Toile. Fake dust bags often come in grey color with a burgundy colored stamp. Another point of note is that the drawstring on the dust bag is also brown and should be made of 100% cotton. The Hermès logo on the dust bag for Birkin or Kelly bags should be set in either one or two rings, depending on when the dust cover was made.

Price

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A Hermes bag listed for a price that seems too low is probably a fake. Authentic Hermes bags can cost around $10,000 to the most exotic at around $150,000 on the secondary market. There are many fake Hermes bags on the market which are priced at a couple of thousand dollars and are of a very high quality. However, think to yourself why someone would sell a genuine Hermes at such a low price when they could get many times more for it.

Chanel Authentication

Chanel “MADE IN” Stamp:

Chanel “made in” stamps are usually embossed directly into the lining of the bag or on a leather patch. The colour of the logo stamp will always match the colour of the hardware, so a bag with gold hardware should have a gold stamp. Chanel bags are made in either Italy or France. Watch out for stamps that read “made in Paris.” Lettering in Chanel stamps is always clean and sharp. Beware of crooked or messy logos with blurred fonts and uneven spacing.

CC Logo:

The CC logo is the most recognizable symbol of the brand, and thus good counterfeiters rarely make a mistake with it. Make sure that the C’s overlap properly whether it is hardware or a stitched logo, always make sure that the right C overlaps the left at the top of the logo, and the left C overlaps the right at the bottom.

Stitching

Stitch Quality and Stitch Count. Validate if the bag has 10 or more stitches per edge of the diamond quilting. The stitching should be flawless, with no loose threads, bumps or otherwise any irregularities. Chanel bags also feature high stitch count: there should be 10 or more stitches per edge of the diamond quilting. This keeps the bag sturdy and also prevents puffiness from the leather. Exact stitch count can vary with the type of Chanel but if you see unusually low stitch count, it is likely a fake. Chanel uses a very high stitch count in their classic diamond quilt which allows the bags to last for years. A low stitch count on a fake will make the quilting look puffy and uneven. Also, be aware of sloppy or frayed stitching. Quilting pattern and symmetry – Check If the quilting pattern on the bag’s back pocket lines up perfectly. The most obvious, at-first-glance giveaway of the majority of fake bags you will come across is the quilting pattern. Real Chanel bags are flawless in terms of the quilted diamonds’ shape, symmetry and how they line up. On Chanel 2.55 Flap bags, check the rear pocket of the bag: with authentic 2.55’s, the quilting pattern on the back pocket will line up perfectly with the pattern of the bag itself.

Handles/Shape

The famous chain and leather straps are a signature feature of Chanel bags and also a great way to spot a fake. Vintage Chanel bags feature a link without the leather threaded through it whereas replica straps often don’t have a link without the leather threaded through it. However, contemporary Chanel bags feature leather straps folded back on themselves and stitched through each link, so it is important to inspect the detail up close! Replica Chanel bags are usually constructed poorly and feature a boxy shape in comparison to genuine Chanel bags. Look out for rounded corners on replicas compared to the squarer shape of genuine bags. This is a sign of the bag not being turned out properly and of poor-quality material used on the bag.

Hardware

Chanel used 24k gold plating on their hardware up until 2008. Hardware on a real Chanel bag will feel heavier and more substantial than on a fake. The chain must feel heavy in your hand because of its top quality. Screws on the back of the lock plate have to be flathead or proprietary star-shaped on newer bags Chanel’s hardware is in a class of its own, giving the bag an ultra-luxurious aura. This is where a lot of counterfeiters come up short as they cannot replicate Chanel’s quality. Here is what to look for. The first thing you should check is that the right ‘C’ overlaps the left ‘C’ at the top, and the left ‘C’ overlaps the right at the bottom. Next, be sure that the CC lock is centered both vertically and horizontally on its leather flap: if the placement looks off, it is a fake. Another easy giveaway is that the edges of the ‘C’s are flat on real Chanel bags-if you see rounded edges, it’s a fake. If you see a stamp on the CC lock, it was made in France; if there is no stamp, then the bag was made in Italy. Be sure that the stamp is clear and pristine fakes will rarely have legible stamps. Open the flap and inspect the back of the CC lock plate. If you confirmed that the bag is vintage based on the serial number, you shouldn’t be surprised to find flathead screws on the lock plate. The more modern Chanel bags feature proprietary star-shaped screws. If you see Philips-head screws, (the ‘X’ shaped ones) you’re dealing with a fake. Chanel never uses Philips-head screws in its hardware.

Screws and Back Plate

A good indication that your bag is fake is the type of screws used on the back of the turn lock. A real Boy Bag will never use a Phillips head screw. Chanel typical uses Allen screws or flathead screws. Stamping marks vary according to when the bag was made and the style of the bag. Some CC locks have a stamping mark whereas others have no mark at all, so even if your bag doesn’t feature a stamp don’t fret! If the lock has a stamp it means it was made in France whereas if it doesn’t feature a stamp it means it was made in Italy. The real giveaway is the stamping mark on the back plate. If you open the bag and look at the back of the turnstile lock you will see the back plate. Chanel attaches this using flat screws only alongside a clear font with even spacing. Replicas may use different types of screws and various other styles of lettering and font on the back plate.

CC lock

One of the most famous and recognizable features on Chanel bags is the CC lock. The original 2.55 lock is rectangular without any logo or Chanel stamping. Chanel makes bags with both styles of locks so if your back features the rectangular lock it may still be authentic. The CC lock can feature either raised or flat finishes with the right C overlapping the left C at the top and the left C overlapping the right C at the bottom. Replica locks generally feature minor mistakes such as the shape of the Cs, the placement of additional metal above the lock, and even the style of the interlocking Cs.
The lock stem itself is another feature worth checking. Authentic lock stems are made from 24K gold and even when used for a lengthy period of time will still maintain its condition. Replicas, however, are generally plated with gold which will peel off after use. Also inspect the press studs for quality and feel. Genuine press studs will also maintain their appearance after use, whereas replicas will peel and fade quick.

Check the Serial Numbers/Date Codes:

If the bag has an authenticity card, skip it. It could very well be fake, here are ways to tell if it’s a real Chanel-issued card, but for counterfeiters it is much easier to make a convincing card than the handbag itself. Look inside the bag for a sticker with the serial number. Chanel started using date codes in 1984. Since then, every bag comes with a sticker containing a serial number as well as a corresponding authenticity card. Date code stickers can usually be found on the inside lining and will vary depending on the year the bag was made. Date codes on newer bags will have a clear sticker with gold speckles placed over the number. Authenticity cards have a gold border. The border of a fake card can be unevenly placed on the card and have a holographic / rainbow reflection. Some authenticity cards will have a white circle in the top right hand corner. This indicates that the bag was made after 2005.

In terms of the actual serial number, there are a few important things to note: The first number of a date code will indicate which year the bag was made in starting in 1984 with 0. Date codes starting with single digit numbers are seven digits long while date codes starting at 10 and up are eight digits long. The year the bag was made is determined by the amount of digits in the serial number, and the first digit(s) in that serial number. If your bag has 8 digits, it was produced between late 2005-current. For 8 digit serial numbers, the year is determined by the first two digits (i.e. 24XXXXXX corresponds to late 2017-early 2018). If your bag has a 7 digit serial number, the year of production is determined by the first digit (i.e. 6XXXXXX corresponds to 2000-2002.) If the serial number on a bag does not follow the Chanel formula or has more than 8 digits or less than 7, it is most certainly a fake. The chart’s most current year is 2019, but for bags made in 2020 onward, simply add one to the first two digits (i.e. a bag with code 27XXXXXX will be a 2020 model).

Over time, date code stickers can become detached from the bag and authenticity cards can be lost, so don’t worry if either are missing. A nine-digit serial number is a clear indication of a fake. Of course, the Chanel formula is readily available information, so advanced counterfeiters could create a serial number that fits the table above. You need to examine the serial number sticker more carefully: it will never be a plain, boring sticker that looks out of place. Authentic Chanel serial number stickers will contain a combination of CC logo markings, an ‘X’ shape cut into the tape to prevent removal without damage, and little reflective speckles in the tape.

Authenticity Card

Not all authenticity cards are genuine! A quick way to see if the authenticity card is genuine is to see how many numbers make up the code. If the bag was made between 1984 and 1986 it will feature 6 digits, if it was made between 1986 and 2004 it will feature 7 digits, and if it was made from 2005 onwards it will feature 8 digits. Currently Chanel do not issue authenticity cards with 9 digits or more.

Zippers

Zippers are easily overlooked, but be sure to inspect it carefully as the zipper often has many telltale signs of authenticity. There are a variety of zippers used on genuine Chanel bags. Chanel uses different kinds of zippers depending on the bag, the EP zipper which generally features a pull tag made of leather, but the most notable types are Lampo (zipper which is always used on metal teeth), the OPTI DMC, the YKK, the eclair zipper, the triple ‘C’ in a circle and an unmarked zipper for very vintage Chanel bags.

Measurements

The width of a genuine Chanel logo is 3.3cm. The position of the embossed Chanel logo is another feature worth checking. It should sit one and a half centimeters below the quilted C with the width of the Cs and the gap between them remaining consistent at 0.9cm. The brand stamp is another way to confirm the authenticity of a Chanel bag. Check the font and quality of the stamp. Many replicas use a thinner font and rush the branding so that it sits on the leather rather than being embossed into it.

Louis Vuitton Authentication

LOGO

Louis Vuitton has a great logo, this is why a real item never has any parts of it covered by a handle, a stitch or a piece of leather to hold the handles. Even if the item is coming from a special designers’ collaboration, pay attention to how a logo looks. The classic monogram on a Louis Vuitton bag are interlocking letters LV, where V is slightly above L. The logo also includes a four-petal fleur-de-lys, as well as a fleur-de-lys inside a square and a four-petal flower inside a circle. No crooked letters, stars, other flowers or geometric figures are authentic Louis Vuitton logos. On authentic bags the logo continuity plays a great part. Once a line from the stitch starts with a fleur-de-lys, it will finish with the fleur-de-lys. Once the pattern starts from the half-circle, it must finish with a half-circle. Classic Speedy bags are made of one piece of leather, this is why the logo on one side of the handbag would be upside down from another side of the bag

STAMP

The main Louis Vuitton stamp is very important for authentication, and oftentimes it can easily allow you to determine that a bag is fake.
Study the general font used and how it is aligned. Lettering should be thin to somewhat thin, clear and very crisp. The tail on the L should not be too short nor the O’s be too round and look bigger than the L. No letters should look as if they are touching each other.

Hardware

Observing how clean and precise the imprinting is on hardware will also be a giveaway for many fakes. Every metallic piece on an authentic purse must have a Louis Vuitton engraving. It must be crisp, precise and well crafted. The logo that says “Louis Vuitton” on round rivets must be perfectly circled. Notice how clean and crisp the lettering and imprinting on the authentic hardware is compared to the replicas. In general, most fake Louis Vuitton bags will have very poor quality hardware. In fact, some are colored plastic. There has been little variation in Louis Vuitton’s hardware since its inception. All Louis Vuitton bags manufactured since 1991 make use of its heritage gold brass hardware with the “LV” logo. No modern Louis Vuitton bag will have a YKK or a branded zipper of another kind. Furthermore, all Louis Vuitton hardware tarnishes similarly – Verdigris (green pigment) may appear on older bags. The hardware on an authentic Louis Vuitton bag is of the highest quality. It is quite heavy as it is made of metal brass and not plastic, painted in gold. The shapes of the hardware that connects an item together, like handles or zippers must be smooth. While in fake bags connecting pieces and ring hooks might be rounded, the original LV bag has a D-ring. If it is a square piece, the edges of it are extremely smooth and not sharp at all.

ZIPPERS/HANDLES

Zippers should slide very smoothly and easily. If you feel like it’s stopping along the way or requires some “oil”, that’s a red flag. Every metallic ZIPPER PULL piece on an authentic purse must have a Louis Vuitton engraving. It must be crisp, precise and well crafted. The logo that fully says “Louis Vuitton” on round rivets must be perfectly circled. An original LV bag NEVER comes with plastic wrappers around its handles. Never! The number of stitches on one side of the handle should match the number of stitches on another. On a Speedy bag, the top line of stitches on a handle used to account for five. Nowadays in order to mislead counterfeiters, the number might change from collection to collection.

MATERIAL

From Louis Vuitton’s famous Damier to Monogram to Multicolour, all Louis Vuitton canvases have distinct characteristics to ensure authenticity.
However, there are a few characteristics that remain consistent: Every exterior panel should be symmetrical and centered; for example, the flowers in Monogram should “meet” at the seam and so should the squares on the Damier.

Monogram Canvas:

Louis Vuitton makes use of one continuous piece of leather that wraps around from the front to back with a seam on the bottom. That’s why bags like a Speedy and Keepall will have an upside-down LV symbol on the backside.

With the Monogram canvas, the symbols should be light gold-tan – and not a greenish-tan. Fake Louis Vuitton handbags generally have the Monogram color wrong.

Damier Canvas:

The Damier Ebene and Azur canvas should be matte and not shiny. However, several Damier Graphite styles have a light sheen with a smooth finish.

STITCHING

The number of stitches on one side of the handle should match the number of stitches on another. On a Speedy bag, the top line of stitches on a handle used to account for five. Nowadays in order to mislead counterfeiters, the number might change from collection to collection. The “newer” Louis Vuitton handbags, like the Alma, Neverfull and Speedy will always have exactly 5 stitches going across the handle tab areas. LV makes use of a linen thread that is strengthened with beeswax, this assists in ensuring that the thickness and color of the threads remain consistent. On classic brown Louis Vuitton bags, the color of the stitching should be of mustard yellow, not of a bright yellow color. It should be perfectly consistent in the size of the stitch, as well as its distance and quality. Any hanging threads is a red flag. There should be no stitches on the bottom of a classic Speedy bag, unless it is a special edition or variation.

The Louis Vuitton stamp can be a very important indicator of whether a bag is fake or not. There are specific features of an LV stamp that you should be on the lookout for.

  • The tail on the original LV stamp is always very short.
  • The O’s are very round and look bigger than the L.
  • The T’s almost touch each other.
  • Lettering is thin and crisp.

Check the date codes

All Louis Vuitton bags before the early 1980s did not come with a date code. Louis Vuitton handbags made after the early 1980s are stamped with a manufacturer code, which includes two letters for the location where it was made, and four numbers to indicate when it was made. MI stands for “Made in”. The country signified on the date code must be the same country specified on the “Made in” stamping. For instance, the fake date code is MI 1920 and the stamping on the Louis Vuitton bag states: made in U.S.A or Spain, you know that this bag is a counterfeit.

All authentic Louis Vuitton date codes will match the “Made in (country)” heat stamp. However, it is important to remember to not judge the authenticity of a Louis Vuitton handbag purely based on the date code. An LV date code does not work the same way as a serial code used to. Some authentic Louis Vuitton handbags may have date codes that are either illegible or have disappeared over time.

Date codes are located on a piece of leather on the inside of the bag or on the side near a seam inside the bag. They can sometimes be difficult to find. Unless the date code has been rubbed down or the bag is very vintage, it should always be there. Fake bags oftentimes do not have date codes.

Countries and their date codes:

  • made in France- A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS, AH, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, DR, DU, CO, CT, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SD, SF, SL, SN, SP, SR, TJ, TH, TR, TS, VI, VX
  • made in Italy- BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, RC, RE, SA, TD
  • made in Spain- CA, GI, LO, LB, LM, LW
  • made in U.S.A.- FC, FH, FL, LA, OS, SD
  • made in Switzerland- DI, FA
  • made in Germany- LP

AUTH CARD

Louis Vuitton does not come with any authenticity cards. In order to tell if the bag is real, the manufacturer places a unique stamp with a place and date code on the inside of the purse. Nowadays LV bags are not only produced in France, but also in the USA, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Spain. Every country has its unique code.

DUST BAG

The dust bag should only say LOUIS VUITTON or have a monogram, no additional information. Oftentimes fake manufacturers put too much information and thus compromise themselves. Currently, The LV dust bag for newer bags is a light yellow / tan color that feels like a felt or flannel fabric to the touch.

Dior Authentication

LOGO / Heat stamp:

Dior purses include a leather tag inside the bag that contains a heat stamp. The leather tag should have rounded, not sharp, corners. Bags produced before 1990 are finished with one line of stitching at the top of the tag only, whereas the tags on more recent bags are stitched all the way around. The top stitch on very recent bags should be a different color from the rest of the stitches around the border of the tag. On the back side of this tag, you will find a serial number consisting of both letters and numbers. Dior bags produced after 1990 will have stitches all the way around the tag. Pre-Maria Grazia Chiuri era Dior Saddle bags will have a leather tag. The first thing to note here is that it will have rounded edges, i.e. it will not have sharp, square corners. On the front of the tag, it will have “Christian Dior” written first, then “Paris” written in a smaller font size below. The heat stamp is found on the leather tag inside the bag. It has the Christian Dior logo on one side and the date code on the reverse side. You will see “Made in Italy” or “Made in Spain” written underneath. But there’s more to look for when sniffing out a fake Dior. The logo stamp includes, “Christian Dior PARIS” with either “Made in Italy” or “Made in Spain” BUT lettering should be clean and even with no color running outside the letters. A stamp that looks less than perfect or even sloppy is indicative of a fake. The stamp should be perfectly centered in the middle of the leather tag. The stamp should be in silver or gold. If it is simply embossed into the leather with no color it could be a fake.

Charms and logo tag:

Christian Dior handbags often feature the brand’s letter bag charm with a leather backing. The alternate side of the leather should simply say “Christian Dior.” Some replicas have “Christian Dior PARIS” and “Made in Italy” on the reverse side of this leather piece. The Dior charms move around a little, but should not be shaking about excessively while you carry the bag. The metal circle which holds the charms should be sturdy on a real bag, representing the quality of the brand. Christian Dior handbags often feature the brand’s letter bag charm with a leather backing.

Hardware

In terms of the hardware on Dior Saddle Bags, the details will vary according to the size and model. Somewhere on it, there will be some kind of branded embossing. On the smaller versions, this might just be “CD”, while on some of the larger models, it might be his full name, Christian Dior.

Stitching:

A sign of a fake is also in the stitching. If it is crooked, irregular lengths, different lengths, or placed at strange angles are sure signs of a fake. Look at the stitches throughout the bag, from the exterior to the lining to the leather label tag, as all should be perfect. Dior’s Cannage quilting is made up of small and even stitches in a relatively thin thread. The color of the thread should be the exact same color as the leather. Counterfeiters often have a hard time getting the color of the stitching right. Cannage quilting is one of the most difficult patterns for amateurs to replicate. Compare any photo of an authentic Dior handbag with your prospective purchase and look out for any irregularities. Stitches throughout the bag, from the exterior to the lining to the leather label tag. Another way to spot a fake Dior bag is to check the stitching, which needs to be small, even, and done with a thin thread in the exact color of the material it is sewn into.

Handles

The arched handles of the Lady Dior are sturdy and stay in place when not being held. Replica handles easily move from side to side and tend to squeak. Fake Lady Dior handles may also have some warping and be misaligned. Dior wraps their handles in paper, while replica handles are often wrapped in plastic.

Serial Number

The Date Code. Inside the bag, when you flip up the label at the zipper, you will see a date code in the same format as those found on Louis Vuitton items, as Dior is also part of LVMH, so it’s made of two numbers, two letters, four numbers (00-XY-0000). All Dior purses include a leather tag inside the bag that contains a heat stamp (see above). The top stitch on very recent bags should be a different color from the rest of the stitches around the border of the tag. On the back side of this tag, you will find a serial number.

Dior bags produced after 1990 will have stitches all the way around the tag. Crooked, uneven, or irregular stitching are telltale signs of fake Dior bag. This goes for all stitches throughout the bag, from the exterior to the lining to the leather label tag.

Authenticity cards

Dior handbags come with a grey authenticity card. On the reverse side, authentic cards have two small spaces and one large rectangular space for store details and the date to be stamped. A common feature of counterfeit authenticity cards is the use of two large rectangular slots.

Zipper pull

The Dior Saddle Bags that are closed by a zipper pull, usually the vintage mini and small versions, will have a leather zipper pull with “Dior” heat-stamped to both sides. NOTE however that due to wear and usage, these may fall off over time. In other words, if a bag doesn’t have this, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not authentic.

YSL Authentication

LOGO

Since 2012 the label has no longer appeared under the name Yves Saint Laurent, but has been renamed Saint Laurent. So, it is quite possible that the design of older models differs from that of the newer models. A key feature, however, is that the “T” in the words Saint and Laurent should touch the “N” in front of it. It is best to always check the quality of the metal logo and the placement. With many counterfeits, the “YSL” lettering is not placed exactly in the middle and is not clean. An authentic Yves Saint Laurent bag has its “SAINT LAURENT PARIS” print looking thick and perfectly spaced out. In many fake Yves Saint Laurent bags, the “SAINT LAURENT PARIS” will be a lot thinner than the print on the legit bag. The slope of the R in “Laurent” is rounded, while the R leg in “Paris is straight” this detail is one that counterfeits neglect because it is costly to have variation. Many fake Saint Laurent bags have a metal label with the words “Yves Saint Laurent” or a leather label with the words “Genuine Leather” on the outside. Many unsuspecting buyers see this as an additional authenticity feature, but the opposite is the case. Saint Laurent Paris should be capitalized in a sans serif font. Original YSL bags have no additional label with the lettering mentioned on the outside. The Saint Laurent name should be engraved on the circles around the chain holes, above any tassels as well as being stamped on the inside of the bag in capital letters with the N and T on both Saint and Laurent being joined together. Paris should also be embossed underneath the Saint Laurent stamp on the inside of the bag. This applies for dust bags and boxes. The YSL logo hardware should not be slanted or severely indented into the leather.

MATERIAL

Each Saint Laurent bag embodies the unique style of the fashion house, which is oriented towards a clear and emancipated direction. Authentic Saint Laurent materials are lambskin, metallics, suede, crocodile, alligator, python, calfskin and textured leathers. Saint Laurent uses smooth or grained leather for the designer bags and satin and leather in the inner lining as well as leather as the upper material making the high quality clear. Check the lining to make sure it’s a black textile with leather trim. At the interior, the leather will be glued to a textile lining to create a seamless transition. The fact that the leather is glued to the textile is not a cause for concern. This is the first sign that your Saint Laurent is an original, that the leather feels accordingly high-quality. Also, the colors used by Saint Laurent are unique. They range from classic black and white to discreet powder, gray and brown tones to powerful nuances. The color should be evenly spread over the entire designer bag and never look as if it was applied or sprayed. This can often be seen at the first glance. The bags of Saint Laurent are made in Italy, by the way. Be careful with an unpleasant plastic smell! This indicates poor quality and plagiarism. An original Saint Laurent bag has only the typical leather smell.

HARDWARE

The Saint Laurent bags have high-quality metal hardware on the upper material, which has been excellently processed. Authentic YSL bag’s “SAINT LAURENT” text is printed on the carbines and the Saint Laurent bag chain is not very deep. Both the zipper and details such as chain-shoulder straps also point to the authenticity of the Saint Laurent bag. The material used most often has to be heavy in the hand. In the case of fake designer bags, the metal is often mixed with aluminum, which makes the material lighter and brittle. Make sure that the hardware does not look washed or even peels off. This is then a clear case of plagiarism alarm. The metal should be the same color at all points. Imitations usually have a yellowish or greenish “gold tone”. The zipper is labeled “Saint Laurent”. On some models, such as the Sac De Jour, which have a lock and key, these should also be marked with the Saint Laurent logo. Also, on the LOGO hardware on KATE’S & LOU LOU’S, the metal areas of where the letter “Y” merges with the letter “S” should appear smooth and not overlap, or have deep gaps when intersecting with other letters “S” and “L” and vice versa. Notice the slope of the L; it starts wider at the top and narrows as it hits the horizontal leg. Authentic Yves Saint Laurent’s top and bottom corners of the letter “S” are less curvy and rounded than certain fakes. The Y’s left arm is always thicker than the right. Some YSL logo bags will also include four faux nail heads on the outlying corners. Though not functional, they should be present on many Hedi Slimane-era bags. Lastly, Notice the PKK metal zippers, and the YSL gold metal zipper pull. If you have a bag with a tassel then the tassel should be thick and full, not skinny and out of place with the proportion of the bag.

THE DUST BAG

An original Saint Laurent bag always comes with a dust bag. This protects your designer bag from direct sunlight, as well as from moisture. The typical Saint Laurent logo – the intricate YSL Monogram – or the white lettering on a black background “Saint Laurent Paris”. The color of the dust bag can vary with the older models from the times of YSL. Until 2012, the fashion house still bore the name “Yves Saint Laurent”. In June 2012 under Hedi Slimane came the big change and from YSL was “Saint Laurent Paris”. additionally the label received a re-branding in the year: from a slim and graceful typography a rather simple lettering was created. Fashioninsider watched: Typographically, “Saint Laurent” was placed in Helvetica and “Paris” in a serif font called Copperplate.

ZIPPERS/ CHAIN STRAPS

Zippers should glide smoothly and without tension. Notice the PKK metal zippers, and the YSL gold metal zipper pull. Zippers have a signature bend in them, also seen on YSL leather jackets. These pulls have a curve or crimp near base and are not entirely flat. Chain straps should feel heavy, be a curb chain with flat-faced links and a rectangular metal connector labeled Saint Laurent. Removable straps have two different types of hardware, a metal clasp, or a leather clasp. Large snaps on handbags will be marked Saint Laurent / Paris, the grommets incorporating the chain will not be marked with the brand, nor will the small snap closures on wallets

SERIAL NUMBER

Usually all original YSL bags have a serial number, which is attached inside the bag. Check whether your bag has this feature and whether the serial number of this kind even exists. If this number is missing, you should definitely be alert and better stay away from it. If you are not sure about the serial number, you can either inquire directly at a Saint Laurent store or inquire on the official website. Many Saint Laurent bags also have the “made in Italy” lettering under the serial number, depending on the model and year of manufacture, this lettering may also have been embossed in capital letters. All YSL bags come with a white authenticity card and black care booklet. It should be in a black envelope with white lettering. The fake cards have incorrect fonts and are in a light silver instead of white. Vintage YSL bags always have a serial number inside. It’s 12 digits separated by a dot. Newer styles, however, have three letters, 6 digits, then another 4 digits separated by a dot. The style number is 6 digits, it should match on the accompanying tag if present Saint Laurent bags have a serial number embossed on the inside of the bag (sometimes they can be tricky to read from the stiffness of the leather but they are there.) The inside stamp should be straight and neat, not slanted. It should also be in a certain font. All chains should be sturdy and well made.

SHAPE AND SIZE

Saint Laurent has so many different pocket models that it would blow up the frame here. That is why today we limit ourselves to one of the classics of Hedi Slimane: the Sac De Jour. This Saint Laurent bag was launched in 2013 by the then chief designer Hedi Slimane and is almost four years later still a perfect model for every occasion. The Sac De Jour comes in a sleek, modern shape reminiscent of the Birkin Bag of Hermes. This is not cheap, but it is cheaper than a Birkin Bag.

Gucci Authentication

LOGO

The logo wasn’t always the interlocking G logo, which was introduced in the early 1960s. In addition, as of 2016, there has been an important change to brand. Looks include the Gs that are no longer interlocking, they are overlapping. You’ll still see the interlocking logo on the canvas and leather, but a bigger logo on the clasp, for instance, will look different. The new G is sleeker and the top opening is more pointed. In addition to the new G logo, sometimes you’ll see a textured tiger head closure instead of the Gs, a stylized buckle, or another design element. A trademark symbol at the top of the tag (although very occasionally it will be missing.) The word Gucci in the middle, with the letter G formed the same way it is in the interlocking Gs of the logo. The words “made in Italy” are at the bottom. The words are all lowercase and in the same font as the name of the company just above it. A stamped leather sometimes called guccissima is also popular for Gucci bags. This is leather with the logo embossed on it. Here too the design should be even and regular; the logo should be clear and easy to read, not blurry. (However, with use, it can become fainter.)

Stitching

It is very important that throughout the bag the stitching be uniform, clean, and even. Precision as a whole will play a big role. The classic GG monogrammed bags in particular have an expected consistency to them. The GG pattern should be evenly spaced throughout the bag, and the Gs should be oval shaped (as opposed to rounded) and feature visible serifs. The left G be forward-facing, whereas the right G is mirrored and then inverted. Another place where the GGs will come largely into play is in the beloved Soho bag series. Though not applicable to the much larger models, in many of the Soho Discos and Soho Shoulder Bags, the interlocking GG symbol will measure in at almost exactly at 12cm

Hardware

Many counterfeit bags will have hardware that is an immediate giveaway, since it may be lightweight, hollow-feeling, tarnished, peeling, or flaking. By contrast, Gucci hardware is sturdy and weighty. Hardware in a Gucci handbag can be a fast giveaway of its legitimacy. Check the weight of the hardware. It should feel solid and substantial. Chances are if the hardware feels light, it could be a fake Gucci bag. The Gucci signature leather tassel, like the Gucci Soho collection, the connecting rings should all be complete circles without any gaps. On the hardware of the tassel, there is one stud around the top that will have a diagonal line through it.

Zippers

The zippers are another piece to look at. When the Gucci bag features a metal zipper, it will be flat and neatly engraved with the branded GUCCI; all in capital letters and with each letter equally spaced apart. The underside of their zippers is usually branded as well, with GUCCI in capital letters. The zipper pull will be made out of the same material, canvas or leather, as the rest of the bag. The zipper will be metal, never plastic, and in newer bags will be engraved with the Gucci logo on its underside. Much of the hardware will be engraved with the name “Gucci,” and if it is, the engraving will be clean and neat, not blurry or uneven.

Check the Serial Numbers/Date Codes:

Gucci does not include date codes. The serial number tag is considered by many to be the best way to distinguish real from fake. The Gucci serial number is typically located on a leather patch sewn at its top to the inside of the bag; it is not sewn down on all sides. The tag should be a square, or a slight vertical rectangle. This non-unique number will appear on many bags from the same batch – or series. You can find this 10-13 digit number on the semi-rectangular leather tab located inside of Gucci bags, usually near the interior zipped pocket. There will never be letters included in this serial number. The font is not overly modern and the numbers do feature serif details. Often listed in two lines, one on top of the other, the series of numbers are not lined up in perfect formation.

The opposite side of the tag will feature the word GUCCI embossed in all uppercase letters with a trademark symbol and the words “made in Italy” below respectively. The G will be rounded the same as the CC, while the U is thicker on the left side and thins out on the right side. Vintage bags from the ‘90s, the leather tags were rounded at the sides and the trademark symbol is missing. “MADE IN ITALY” is written out in all uppercase letters and some of their details are a little different. The word “Gucci” looks just the same.

QR (Quick Response) Codes

QR codes are a more recent addition to Gucci bags in the fight against counterfeiters, estimated to have begun in 2016/2017. Offering a type of barcode that holds relevant information, these codes can be scanned on your smartphone (methods vary across types of smartphones being used) to ensure the handbag’s authenticity. Similar to the Gucci serial numbers, these QR codes are not unique to each other. They can be found on a small black fabric loop inside your Gucci bag. The code will be printed clearly with white font and a 10-digit code. There is no stitching to the fabric whatsoever.

Fonts and Placement

The letters used to spell Gucci are immediately identifiable with distinguishing characteristics: The G is very round; if the line continued, it would almost form an O. The serifs on the G are equal, unlike the interlocking Gs. The two sides of the U are different; the left side is thick and the right side is thin. The Cs are very round and look similar to the G. The font of the numbers is dainty; any numbers that look too straight or modern are from a fake bag. With new bags, the serial number will be two rows, one over the other, and there will not be letters in the serial number. The format varies in vintage bags and might include periods or hyphens. The numbers will not necessarily be lined up perfectly. The vagaries of craftsmanship, the difficulty of embossing pigskin, which some of the bags are, and other factors mean that the numbers will appear a little unevenly lined up.

AUTH CARD

Authentic Gucci bags come with specific packaging. They will never be wrapped in plastic; that would be a sure sign of a counterfeit bag. They do come with dust bags, the colors of which have varied over the years. These bags are either dark or light brown or black. Many online sources point to the controllato card, white in older ones and off white in newer ones, as proof that a Gucci bag is genuine. “Controllato” means “checked” in Italian, and it is proof that the bag went through the quality control process. The card reads Gucci and Controllato and underneath are the numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0.

There are two problems with using the card to tell you something about your bag. First, the card can be moved from one bag to another, since it is totally separate from the bag itself. Second, a card can get lost. Therefore, just because your bag doesn’t have a card doesn’t mean you should automatically dismiss it as being a fake. In addition to the controllato card, there is also the information card. This, too, can get separated from the bag or produced by counterfeiters, so one that doesn’t look right (for instance, the logo is incorrect) can be used to show that a bag is counterfeit. The lack of these cards can’t be used to show that a bag is not genuine. New bags also have a label on the inside of the bag with a QR code on it.