Is Your Authentic Designer Handbag Really Authentic?
So, you've just purchased a new designer handbag. Perhaps you've had your eye on a Christian Dior Saddle Handbag, or Gucci Jackie-O that you know your friends will drool over. You got a huge discount off of the hefty retail price and you are feeling pretty good about yourself. But now you're wondering- is my designer handbag authentic.
Determining the authenticity on any item can be somewhat tricky, but if you understand the fundamentals, you'll have the ability to spot a fake in just a couple seconds.
Among the best ways to make sure your new handbag is authentic is to examine the bag itself. Designer handbags are very popular and cost as much as they because first and for-most that they are made from quality materials. Take a close look at the stitching. There should be no loose or missing stitches, the colour of the thread should match the main color of this bag and the stitches must be equally spaced. If the handbag is leather, the logo should be engraved, not just printed on the leather.
Also have a look at the hardware. All the hardware should match in color and sheen. The hardware also needs to be free of scratches. Many manufactures, such as Gucci, Fendi and Prada, protect their hardware using a removable plastic cover which is to be removed only after it's been purchased. The brand name or logo should be engraved, not embossed or printed on the hardware. You can also discover the brand name of emblem engraved on the strap hardware on Gucci, Fendi, Prada, Chanel.
Inspect the material the bag; liner, hardware and accents are made from. Many handbags are made from different kinds of leather, from Lambskin, Calfskin, Goatskin and Patent Leather, but it's not difficult to distinguish whether the leather is of a great quality or not. The liner is usually made from a satin material which has a wonderful glow to it and many designer purses have the name brand name or logo on the liner. Designers always use leather accents, not plastic. Some purses have straps which are specially coated and appear to be artificial. However a fast look at the edge of the strap, generally near a stitched joint, should show a leather center.
Can there be an authenticity card. An authenticity card is a small card which usually has the manufactures logo embossed on the front and contains some information about the product you bought and sometimes contains a magnetic strip, bar code. Most manufacturers, including Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Kate Spade and Coach, use those cards.
Check for a serial number. Not all manufacturers use consecutive numbers, but many do. The sequential number for Fendi purses are seen on the inside pocket. Only turn the pocket inside out and there'll be a printed number on the cloth or on the leather label. Gucci includes a small leather tag on the zipper seam of the handbag including a serial number.
If you shop wisely, and inspect the bag carefully, you'll have the ability to spot a fake from a mile off.