Want the look of high fashion and love luxury designer handbags like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, or Gucci? You can find these bags in online marketplaces such as Facebook and Craigslist, unbranded kiosks, and even flea markets. So, how can you know the difference between what is real and fake?
Here at VA Premier Pawn, we have a highly-trained team of specialists that see hundreds of luxury items every week. We also use the latest AI technology from Entrupy which enables us to guarantee the authenticity of every luxury item that we sell.
The tips that we share in this article will help you learn from our experience in authenticating luxury handbags and knowing whether it’s real or fake.
How to identify a real luxury bag
With some specific signs varying by brand and design, some things are true for almost all luxury handbags. These tips will help you quickly spot the difference.
Consistency and neat appearance
Major brands do not alter the logos and lettering of their names. Logos that look strange and are not proportional are a telltale sign of fake bags. The letters should be clean and evenly spaced. A fake manufacturer cannot always copy the exact curves, angle, and thickness of letters and logos. A fake bag may have uneven letters and varying sizes. So, make sure you notice the difference in the brand marks of the bag you’re examining. Authentic luxury handbags will typically have their brand name in several places and even on the hardware.
Analyze the stitching
You will never find leftover glue anywhere on a luxury bag. Check along the edges and sides of the stitching and you should not see any glue. Also, there should not be loose threads and imperfections. A simple exploration of the stitching on a bag can help you make sure you’re not choosing a fake bag.
Materials should match
One of the most important tips is that the materials should match. Materials vary with designs, but some of them should be the same when it comes to luxury bags. For instance, the zipper pulls, chain links, buckles, logos, and buttons should have the same design, weight, and level of polish. If the bag you choose has an interior material that varies from the other bag’s design, it may not be real.
Styling and Craftsmanship
Counterfeits might offer in colors, shapes, or styles that authentic bags are not. It’s hard to replicate the aesthetic of a genuine item. So, make sure you look at the little details to see if it matches the authentic appearance, and always do an online search of the manufacturer’s photograph of the original bag. Luxury handbags like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Dior, Prada, Balenciaga, and Goyard are intended to hold their shape and feature quality craftsmanship that never feels cheap.
Top brands use top materials
Luxury fashion bags are known for their superior quality. The materials used in luxury items are of higher quality than non-luxury brands. You’ll almost never find plastic parts on a luxury handbag. The materials and craftsmanship will be superior; even in non-leather materials. Leather material should also never feel sticky or appear to peel or crack.
VA Premier Pawn is the best place to buy, pawn, or sell luxury handbags
According to US Customs and Border Protection, buying counterfeit goods damages our economy and supports criminal activities such as money laundering and drug trafficking, while leaving you with an inferior, if not dangerous, product. That’s why VA Premier Pawn takes authentication seriously. Stop by our Chesapeake, Virginia pawnshop and our team of experts will happily authenticate your luxury item for free, even if you’re not selling or pawning it with us.
Shopping our extensive inventory of luxury bags offers perks that you simply cannot find anywhere else, including the ability to put the item on layaway and trade-up or sell the bags you aren’t carrying any longer. Carbon-conscious consumers know that we’re committed to sustainable shopping, even for luxury goods. We invite you to visit our showroom today!