How To Tell If Your Designer Bags Is Fake

Knowing the difference between a
knock-off and a genuine bag
enables you to make an informed
choice about the purchase of any
bag.Fake bags are usually
created from a photograph, and
as anyone who’s ever tried to
take a selfie in a club knows,
cameras capture colour
differently depending on lighting.

The inside of a bag is also usually
hidden in a photo, so this is a
quick and easy way to tell a real
from a fake.

Things you NEED to be
looking out for:

1. The stitching: Look closely at
the stitching of the bag.
Sloppy, slanted, and uneven
stitching is a sign of a poorly
made, and therefore, a fake
bag. Designer bags will
always have quality stitching
because it is part of the
designer’s reputation to
produce a quality item.

2. Check the tags or labels.
Check the inside tags – are
they stamped into leather or
hand-stitched? An obvious
fake will have no name on the
inside tag. Check outside tags
as well because many
designers include authenticity
labels on the outside of the

3. Check the material. If it’s
leather, it should smell like
leather. If it’s supposed to be
durable canvas, it should be
strong and well stitched. The
material can tell you a lot
about the bag’s quality. If the
real bag normally has a
pattern inside then the fake
bags with mainly have just
one colour throughout the

4. Check the logo. Logos are
often a slip-up area for
copies. They may have
spelled the name slightly
differently, such as Carter
instead of Cartier. And, the
more popular the “knocked
off” bag, the greater the need
to be careful because it’s
easy to be taken advantage
of. When you look at the
stitching on the sides and you
see the “LV” it should be
continued onto the other side
of the bag and this also goes
for the other symbols on the
bag. And most knockoff
Chanel bags have interlocking
Os instead of Cs, which
actually makes it legal to sell
but is, of course, a fake. They
snip it to make it look real
when it comes out of a dust

Look for a serial number. This
is a stamp inside that says
the brand (it may not be in all
bags). Often times the serial
number is still fake, but will
look different and be a
different font.

Check the lining. If the interior
sounds like paper rubbing
together, then it’s not the real
thing. A real designer bag will
be lined, and often with
leather. Again, check the
stitching of the lining if
relevant, and observe if it is
double stitching ( not always
the case).

Look for color variations.
Although some variations will
be blatant, others may be
very subtle. Be sure to have a
close inspection.
Notice wear break-in.

Although this is post-
purchase, how your bag
wears in can be a sign of its
authenticity. For example, the
leather on the handle, after a
few weeks, should look like a
good worn leather jacket
does. It should have an “aged
look”. Stitching should stay
intact and not begin to fray.

Zipper handles that fall off
early on indicate a fake.
Check the zipper
manufacturer, usually the
underside of the zipper will
have a logo. Many handbag
manufacturers use the same
high quality zipper
manufacturer on all of their

Check the hardware, if it does
not look like authentic
hardware, feels light, has
rough edges, ect. it may be a

Prices for fakes can vary
considerably from cheap to trying
to sell the bag for high amounts.
Be aware that designer-inspired
bags can carry the blessing of
the original high-end designer
where adequate compensation
has been paid and contracts
exchanged allowing for lower-
end knock-offs in chain retailers,
etc. Usually the store will proudly
say something along the lines of

“as licensed by X brand for our

The best place to purchase a
designer bag is to go to a
renowned store to for designer
bags. Suitable stores include
stores that carry the same name
as the brand and quality
department or boutique stores.

The staff should be
knowledgeable when questioned
about the pedigree, quality, and
guarantees concerning the bag.
Designer bags cost a lot of
money because they are well
crafted and they’re status
symbols. If the price is too good
to be true, then it is, and the
bag’s a fake.

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