- Research and educate yourself: Familiarise yourself with the specific designer brands you are interested in. Know their iconic styles, materials, and logos.
- Purchase from reputable sources: Buy from trusted sellers, such as vintage boutiques, consignment stores, or reputable online platforms known for selling authentic vintage items.
- Craftsmanship: Vintage designer handbags are well-crafted with attention to detail (that’s why they last so long!) Look for neat and precise stitching. Check the quality of the hardware, such as zippers, clasps, and buckles. Authentic vintage designer bags may have signs of wear but will have high-quality, durable hardware.
- Check the materials: Designer handbags are usually made from high-quality materials. Research the specific materials used by the brand during the era the bag was produced. Look for good quality materials, sturdy hardware, and quality linings.
- Branding & logos: Study the brand's logo variations over the years. Look for consistent and accurate branding elements. Pay attention to the font, spacing, and positioning of the logo or monogram. Fake designer bags often have inconsistencies in the branding.
- Serial numbers and authenticity cards: Some vintage designer handbags come with serial numbers or authenticity cards. Research the specific brand's authentication methods and where these elements should be located. Keep in mind, not all bags come with serial numbers or authenticity cards, but they can also be 100% authentic.
- Cost: Vintage designer handbags are valuable, so be wary of deals that seem too good to be true. If the price is significantly lower than the market value, it may indicate a counterfeit item. Research the average price range for the specific bag you're interested in to help you assess its authenticity. And don’t be afraid to ask where the item was sourced!
- Trust your gut: If something feels off or inconsistent about a vintage designer handbag, it's best to leave it. Authenticating vintage items requires practice and experience, so don't rush into making a purchase if you're uncertain.
Remember, spotting authentic vintage designer handbags takes time and experience. It's a skill that develops with practice and knowledge, enjoy the process of finding unique and genuine vintage pieces to add to your collection. At by nothing new, we are always happy to answer any questions you have about the authenticity of our nags or our authentication process.