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Can You Spot A Fake Hermès Birkin? A Guide to Authentic vs Replica Hermès Birkin Bags

Can you tell which Birkin is fake and which one is real?

Many people are afraid to buy a fake Hermès Birkin bag, both knowingly or unknowingly. Considering these bags can run up to the $100s of thousands (especially if they are exotic leather editions) it makes sense to KNOW your Hermès before you embark upon the re-seller market to make sure you don’t get cheated by a seller. Even if you are looking for a fake it is important to know what key aspects of the bag are important to get a good knockoff vs. a piece of junk.  In this article I will be comparing my replica Hermès Birkin (which I previously reviewed here) to an authentic Birkin in the same model. Please note that the replica being used to compare to the authentic bag is a super fake so the quality is very high – your average fake bag will not be as good! At the end of the article I will reveal which bag is fake! Put on your detective glasses and try to spot the fake to see if you know your Hermès authentication as well as you do!

  1. Slouchiness is not necessarily a sign that your bag is either fake or real!

Before I begin to go through key things to pay attention to when looking at a fake vs. real Birkin, I would like to note that you do not need to pay attention to the slouchiness of the bags. This is not a sign that will indicate whether the bag you are examining is fake or real. The bags featured both are made with Togo leather however the difference is that one bag is brand new, thus the leather is still quite stiff and so the shape of the bag is also more stiff. However as your Togo leather Birkin ages the bag naturally becomes more slouchy and this is part of the look of the Togo leather that many Hermès fans love, while some others prefer to keep the shape of the bag stiff and opt for other leathers which are better at keeping the shape! Look below at a well aged authentic Birkin in Togo leather to see how the slouchiness tends to look. If your brand new Hermès bag’s shape is really out of whack however this is a sign that your bag is most likely fake since the bag should have a clean shape when it is new!

As you can see the leather on this bag has slouched quite a bit – it is a natural part of an aging Togo leather Hermès Birkin.

2. Take a look at the stamping of the Hermès logo.

An authentic bag’s stamp should be clean and uniform, however on fake bags the stamp usually looks unclean – a.k.a spotty and irregular. Take a look at the stamps on both bags, as pictured below, to see which looks better/worse.

Which bag has better stamping?

3. Take a look at the stitching.

Hermès stitching should be done on a slant – not a straight line. If you see the stitching on your bag is done in a straight manner the bag is 100% fake. This is probably the easiest thing to look at to weed out a very bad fake. Keep in mind however that if the threading is slanted, this does not mean that is 100% real, since many replica manufacturers are aware of this and stitch their bags accordingly. As you can see both bags pictured in this article feature slanted stitching.

4. Take a look at the hardware.

The font of the Hermès stamp on the hardware should be thin and elegant. If you notice a boxy or thick font the bag is definitely fake! Additionally the letters should not be too far apart on the stamping.

5. Take a look at the inside strap of the bag!

The strap’s cutout should be done nice and cleanly, and the threading should continue to be clean. Additionally you should see some numbers engraved into the inside of the strap. These refer to the production run in which the bag was produced. If there are no numbers the bag you have is definitely a fake!

6. Take a look at the leather of the bag!

The leather on a Hermès bag should be rich and feel buttery smooth – especially if it is a Togo leather bag. You can use your basic instincts when judging the leather – it should be smooth to the touch and feel luxurious – these bags are pricey for a reason after all!

So do you think you’ve guessed it? Which bag did you think was real, and which did you think was fake? Well time for the grand reveal… the bag on the right is fake! The bag on the left is real. Did you guess right or were you confused? Well if you were confused don’t feel to bad since as I mentioned earlier the fake being compared to the original in this article is a superfake or counter quality replica which means it is the best of the best when it comes to knockoffs. It’s hard for authentication experts to judge it to be fake, let alone the average consumer! Leave a comment below letting me know how accurate your authentication skills were!


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  1. Marion Caffroy
    March 23, 2021 / 7:39 pm

    Your images aren’t showing up.. Kinda ruins the entire point of the article lol

  2. Andrea
    June 14, 2020 / 1:11 pm

    Looks like someone is removing the photos from these reviews, so now the review is kinda…useless. Anyway you can fix this, or maybe do an email out to everyone of thy review with the pics included?

  3. Steph
    December 18, 2019 / 11:45 pm

    since you have written this article I believe hermes has removed the date stamp from strap of Birkin. Is this correct?

  4. Jannet Baldevarona
    June 27, 2018 / 7:02 pm

    hi dear, can you please update how the bag is holding up after years of use. If you can share pictures as of now. Im in contact now with PH and interested to buy from them as well, I just want to make sure that the bag will be worth it after years. Your bag is pretty amazing! You may want to pass it on 🙂

  5. MyNameisMary
    June 19, 2018 / 1:50 am

    ….and I see that auto correct sabotaged the second “buy” in my comment above. To the grammar queens- I thank you for keeping the world’s wayward vowels in place but no need to go crazy on my typo above. I’d fix it but no edit function available on my end. Thanks.

  6. MyNameisMary
    June 19, 2018 / 1:42 am

    Just FYI – it is NOT illegal to buy replicas. It is illegal to by replicas and then resell them as real.

  7. Jay
    February 21, 2018 / 6:55 am


    I need help on where to buy an Hermes birkin.

  8. Lisa
    August 24, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Hello PurseQueen, I am interested in purchasing the Birkin replica from site you recommended in your article, just wanted to confirm that you love your replica Birkin and would recommend this as a valid site to purchase from?

    • Don't Buy Fakes
      October 9, 2017 / 3:18 pm

      Replicas are counterfeit and therefore illegal. If you cannot buy an authentic bag whether new or preloved- then this bag is not for you.
      Also keep in mind, when you support counterfeit -that illegal money supports other illegal endeavors (drugs, weapons, terrorism…)

      • Michelle
        November 1, 2017 / 1:36 am

        Sue me

  9. May 1, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    hahabags.ru scam ?

    • August 11, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      I have read comments in our REPLICA SCAM LIST page that they have ripped off people so I would personally stay away.

  10. Nikki
    April 10, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    has anyone ever bought from purse valley or bah heaven? I want to buy a louis vuitton

    • Dylan
      April 21, 2017 / 9:04 am

      Do not buy from purse valley whatever you do
      They sell cheap low grade replicas for a ridiculous pricetry to find independant sellers who have great prices for really fabulous products

  11. Adriana
    March 21, 2017 / 3:35 am

    great article, I guessed wrong though since I thought the stamping was better on the fake than the real!

    • Tee
      August 11, 2017 / 10:01 am

      I’m almost certain she mixed up left/right. The bag on the right is the original, for sure.

      • August 11, 2017 / 2:46 pm

        Hey girls nope the right one is indeed the replica! No mixups 🙂

    • Suzy
      January 1, 2018 / 4:07 pm

      Thank God.. i am right from the begining, when i saw the key pocket is a lil bit weird.. if the original will fit well but for the counterfeit one… but after i saw a few picture below i’ve starting doubting my guess.. and finally it’s true, the right one are the fake!


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