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Real or fake? The ultimate guide to identifying Authentic Designer Handbags

Real or fake? The ultimate guide to identifying Authentic Designer Handbags

If you are ready to invest in a designer handbag, you want to make sure you are getting an authentic designer piece. Given increased demand for designer handbags, it can be challenging to spot counterfeit handbags. Here are some factors to consider to ensure that your new purchase is the real deal. 



Check overall quality of the bag, authentic designer handbags are made from high quality materials and have fine stitching. Check the overall craftsmanship of the bag, including hardware lining and any additional logos or branding. If you notice any loose threads or uneven stitching it can be a sign the bag is fake. This can be a bit tough to determine when shopping vintage, as the condition of certain bags can make it  harder if you are not an expert, this is why it’s  really important to buy your vintage designer handbag from a reputable source. 


Authenticity cards & number

Look for authentication tags or codes. Most designer handbags will come with an authenticity card or often a code hidden in the handbag that verifies the bags authenticity. These codes are usually found inside or outside the bag near the logo. Holograms, etc. check them all!



The price, if you are about to buy a brand new Chanel double flap for 500 euro, there is a good chance your bag is a fake. Brand new designer handbags are expensive so if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. When shopping vintage designer items are probably the exception to this, as you can find some with very attractive price points so in order to make sure you are getting the real deal, be sure to shop somewhere reputable, with an authenticity guarantee & full refund policy. 



Research the seller: if you are purchasing a designer handbag online, do your research before making the purchase. Ask the seller Qs about the bag and how they authenticated the piece. And again, make sure you are covered by enquiring about their refund policy should the item be found to be counterfeit. 

In summary...

Overall, do your research and find somewhere you trust to purchase your handbag. Pay attention to quality, branding, price and the seller, you can ensure you are investing in an authentic piece that will last you for years to come.

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