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We guarantee 100% authenticity on all of our designer handbags and accessories. Imitation or fake handbags are not available at this establishment.

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the step by step guide on

how to determine authenticity


step one: metal findings & hardware

Look closely at the metal findings, zipper, buckles, logo, closures, snaps etc. Casting metals can be a lengthy process and requires high costs in manufacturing so that the alloys last long, can take wear and tear and are aesthetically conformed. There are also ways to cast metals super fast and less expensive, this is how to see the difference.

PROPERTIES INCLUDE

REAL (on the left): Heavy-weight, smooth, polished and seamless (no lines). Snaps and zippers have either the designer logo or the manufacturer embossed into the metal.

FAKE (on the right): Light-weight, lines on the surface or stamp outlines, puffy in appearance or hollowed out from the back.


step two: seams and stitching

Each detail of your designer bag should be beautiful. If you are paying $300-$2,500 or more on a handbag you should be able to say with confidence, why this bag is priced a certain way and it comes down to production costs and materials. Seams and stitching are very easy to spot real vs. fake because it is stitching and assembly that requires human facilitation and focus.

PROPERTIES INCLUDE

REAL (on the left): Neat completion of seams, straight and complete stitches, symmetrical number of stitches on each side of design, zipper ends are hidden and closed, double back closure of seam is almost undetectable, thread is dyed to match material, leather or canvas coated materials have sealed edges by a heat treated process. Pockets and handles or any place that will have applied weight will have extra stitching for reinforcement. 

FAKE (on the right): Unsightly seams showing, double back closure of seam is bulky and messy, half stitches, zipper end is exposed or not blocked, thread color does not match material color. Edges are not all melted and sealed off but rather folded over. Pockets or handles do not have reinforcement stitching.


step three: materials and design

Materials all have different grades, you can tell by the feel and weight of the weave in fabric or leather. Inexpensive fabrics will be light-weight with a high sheen from the polyester, it will look like you can put a pen through the material easily. Colors tend to be generic, brightly saturated and high contrast. Your authentic designer bag will have a heavier fabric made to hold objects that are moving around, colors tend to be slightly subtle (or unique) shades and tones. Matching a pattern at the seam is also an easy way to detect real vs. fake. It takes a lot of configuration to measure up the patterns to meet perfectly at the seam. Always make sure they are finished symmetrically.

PROPERTIES INCLUDE

REAL (on the left): Heavy weight fabric on interior, zipper matches material, integrity of logos are presented with an inside tag. Slight design changes can occur on classic or signature bags, but the logo presentation will be consistent.

FAKE (on the right): Zipper color does not match material, sloppy stitching, logo is not correct (note the MK's are upside down in the bottom picture), thread color is tan on black material, high sheen to fabric. Patterns will not match up for example, a square at the seam at one side should meet with the other piece of the square on the other side, if it meets a circle or is off in any way, it does not have the production value of a high end designer.