They say “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” but we say “hell hath no fury like a woman who just found out her bag is fake”. Perhaps it’s a bit of an exaggeration but we all can imagine the gut wrenching feeling of purchasing your dream Chanel bag only to find out it is a knockoff. Read our 10 key tips below to help authenticate your Chanel bag below.
1. Look at the leather!
Chanel bags are famous for the quality of their leather. Whether it be buttery smooth lambskin or pebbled caviar leather, the quality should be top notch. The same goes for their bags made with fabrics like tweed. Basically if the quality of the leather or fabric seems off it may be possible your bag is fake, especially if you purchased it as a gently used or new bag.
2. Look at the stitch count!
If your bag is an authentic Chanel it should have more than 10 stitches per inch. This is considered a high stitch count, and anything below this usually indicates the bag is fake. Replica manufacturers do not usually put the same care into crafting the bag as their authentic counterparts do, and in the case of Chanel specifically a low stitch count makes the bag look “puffier”. So grab your bag and start counting the stitches!
3. Look at the chain strap!
Prada, like most other designers, is plagued with the issue of fake or replica bags selling as the real deal. We’ve put together seven key tips to look for when looking to authenticate your Prada bag to make sure it’s not a knockoff!
7 Tips to Authenticate Your Prada Saffiano Bag:
1.Look at the stitching!
Authentic Prada bags have their stitching done at an angle. The stitching on authentic bags is also done with a thick thread. Most fake bags will use a flimsier thread and the stitching will usually be done straight. The stitching should also be singular and not double backed. Looking at these details requires a sharp eye and a magnifying glass in many instances as they are very easy to miss.
2. Look at the feet of the bag!
If your Prada bag comes with studs at the bottom (remember: not all Prada’s necessarily do), you will want to pay attention to the engraving on the studs. The word PRADA should be printed on the studs in the same font as used on the front of the bag. Replica manufacturers usually use a font that is off, or the printing is not done as crisply as the authentic counterpart’s.
3. Look at the leather!
The Prada Saffiano leather is a distinctive calf leather that is cross hatched. This calf leather is of the highest quality and the cross hatching on the bag is produced by a process in which the print is pressed onto the leather which is meant to coat the bag. Replica manufacturers may use real calf leather however they are usually not able to replicate the cross hatch design as accurately. This detail may seem minute but the photo below makes its importance clear.
4. Look at the logo!
Most fake Prada bags miss the curve on the letter “R” in the Prada logo. This is one of easiest ways to spot a fake Prada as you can simply compare the logo on your bag to to that of an original, or simply pull up the logo on the internet to see if it matches. The engravings on the logo should also be printed crisply and should present themselves as easy to read. The spacing between the letters is also important as many fake bags have crooked or uneven lettering which is a telltale sign of a fake.
5. Look at the lining!
Authentic Prada bags almost always have a signature lining that repeats the name of the brand continuously. Most fake bags have a similar lining however leave out the name of the brand. This is a really easy and quick way to spot whether your bag is a fake or not.
6. Look at the dustbag!
Authentic Prada bags come with a dustbag that is white in color and has the Prada logo printed on the front. If your dustbag is not white or has something else other than the simple Prada logo printed on it, your bag may be a fake!
7. Look at the authenticity cards!
The authenticity card for an authentic Prada bag usually comes sealed inside of a small envelope, which is usually black in color. The card contained in the envelope should have a serial number written on it that matches the serial number on the inside of the bag. If these two numbers do not match the bag is most likely a fake.
If you are a first time Louis Vuitton buyer and you hear the word “patina” you may be thinking what the heck does that refer to? Well fret not, we’re here to tell all! The term patina actually refers to a process of leather darkening which occurs to the vachetta or untreated cowhide leather on your bag. Not all Louis Vuitton bags are made with untreated cowhide leather, so it is important to note that not every Louis Vuitton bag will undergo this process. The patina essentially refers to a darkening process which the leather undergoes as it is used over the years.
If you have purchased a new Louis Vuitton bag straight from the store you may notice that the leather trimmings on your bag are a rather pale beige. This color begins to darken over time eventually looking like a dark honey. The forces which cause your bag to patina are entirely natural: it includes oxidation, sunlight, oil from your skin, and dirt. We liken the patina process to that of aging a bottle of wine – both become finer with age. When you see a Louis Vuitton bag that has clearly patinated you know the wearer of the bag has had it for some time, and been through many adventures with the bag. The bag is literally marked by being exposed to your life.
One key benefit of a patinated bag is that you won’t be accused of having a fake bag as replica manufacturers traditionally did not make their bags with genuine cowhide leather, however this is not necessarily true anymore as fake bags become increasingly accurate. Generally speaking, some people like their bags patinated but others don’t. Some try to speed up the process while others try to slow it down. It really comes down to a matter of personal taste and subjectivity.
What do you personally think of the patina process? Sound off in the comments below.
The Valentino Vring bag was first introduced in Spring/Summer 2018, and this season the sleek styling is taken up a notch with a new, bigger Vring emblem that gives the bag its name.
For Spring/Summer 2019, the striking Vring is finished in antique brass and is a beautiful design combining V for Valentino and a ring adorned with a red tie.
The Vring is available in a variety of styles, including shoulder bag, crossbody, shopper and chain bag. The designs are crafted in supple calfskin or goatskin leather, with a minimalistic but distinctly feminine appeal.
Depending on the style, there are a few colors to choose from, with a palette of black, red, white, and cream.
Below we have compiled a reference guide for your viewing pleasure in our Everything You Need to Know Guide for the Valentino V-Ring bag.
Valentino Vring Bag
Where to Purchase
You can purchase the Vring bag at Valentino boutiques, through the Valentino website, or at select luxury retailers including Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.
The Louis Vuitton Trapeze is new for Spring/Summer 2019 and features eye-catching styling with a structured geometric shape.
Although the Trapeze is currently only available in one size, it comes in two distinct color options. The first is crafted from a mix of smooth and Taiga leathers in a sophisticated tricolor design that accentuates the bag’s intricate silhouette. This edition of the Trapeze comes with gold-tone metal hardware.
The other design is made with cowhide leather printed with a fun Black/White/Red Splash print featured in the runway show. This version of Nicolas Ghesquiere’s Trapeze has silver-tone hardware to complement the color scheme.
A new historic trunk-inspired lock secures the triangular front flap, and the chain shoulder strap adds a chic way to carry this statement piece.
There is a front flat zipped pocket covered with the flap and an inside back flat pocket to give you easy access to your essentials.
Below we have compiled a reference guide for your viewing pleasure in our Everything You Need to Know Guide for the Louis Vuitton Trapeze bag.
Louis Vuitton Trapeze Bag
Where to Purchase
You can purchase the Louis Vuitton Trapeze bag at Louis Vuitton boutiques or through the brand’s website. Please call ahead for availability.