The Art of Buying a Replica Handbag

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An AAA replica of a Prada Saffiano double zip tote and a counter quality version. The AAA was one of the first AAA replicas I bought and boy was the quality bad!

Replica handbags are oh so alluring. The idea of saving thousands while dropping only hundreds for a perfect copy of THAT bag you just saw in THAT designer boutique is enough to make anyone drool, myself included. However you shouldn’t think it is just that simple to purchase a replica. After shopping for replica for over 8 years (began of course when I was a not so wealthy teenager) myself I have realized there is an art to it just as there is as an art to anything else. You don’t just do a quick google search for “replica handbag” and purchase on the first website that pops up when it comes to replicas since there is a lot of investigation necessary to make sure the website you want to purchase from is legit and is not a scam that will rip you off!

First of all if you are going to purchase a replica handbag there is one thing I have realized throughout the years: you must be willing to take a risk. Yes purchasing replica handbags is very much like a game of Russian roulette; you can either get lucky or you can bite the bullet! For example many of the good sellers I have found only accept payment through money orders such as Western Union and although at first this frightened me greatly since I risked basically losing all of my money, I have grown quite comfortable with the process over time – I just always make sure to vet any seller/company before I actually send my payments through to avoid being scammed. The way I personally see it however is that after a few bullets you will get lucky and find a trustworthy seller or few who you can stick with and will take care of you! At least that is how it has worked out for me, although I am always open to finding better sellers who have more precise quality and work with better materials.

Another part of the art is to be able to recognize quality! This once again does come back to the trust between yourself and the seller however there are a lot of other factors which come into play as well! The most basic thing you can do is to check what quality the seller is advertising for their bags. There are several tiers of handbag qualities when it comes to replicas which include the A grade replicas which range from disgusting bags which scream 100% fake upon first glance, to bags which may have the form down but lack the quality in terms of materials. I personally stay away from any bags labelled AAA, AAA+, AAAA etc. since they usually equate to junk.

For myself personally when I am shopping for an item whether it be replica or authentic I like to make sure I get the cream of the crop; just because you are buying a knockoff does not mean you have to buy one that screams fake. The quality of bags that I personally purchase are strictly one to one or counter quality as they are called in Asia. The counter quality bags are considered bags which are good enough to be placed on the counter at Celine, Louis Vuitton, Prada etc. so those are the handbags you should aim for if you are after a replica or knockoff! Anything less and you will be feeling queasy, that is if you have any experiences with the authentic bags.

If you have never purchased a real designer handbag before the AAA might seem like amazing quality but once you get your hands on an authentic bag you will be able to see what you are missing out on, and you’ll never be able to look at the bag you just purchased in the same way. My first time I ever got tricked into buying an AAA purse was when I shopped on Ioffer a few year ago and I purchased a Prada Saffiano. The bag was adorable to me at the time, but once I stopped by the Prada boutique to see the Saffianos in person I was heartbroken as I realized I had spent so much money on a piece of absolute junk! Luckily I found a seller later on who sells amazing Prada’s and I will post a comparison between the two handbags for everyone to get a glance at the quality in depth. Overall as you may have realized by now purchasing replicas can be very rewarding (I’d like a single person who wouldn’t like to save thousands monthly especially if they are a fashionista like myself to comment below) but you just need to make sure you know the art of buying one well!


Another quality comparison between two Celine bags I have purchased. One is an AAA while the other is a counter quality – the difference is in the details even though both look similar from afar. If you are a detail oriented person it is always better to go for the counter quality bags as you most likely like myself don’t want anyone to think your bag is fake!

If you are looking for guidance feel free to screen through the reviews submitted by blog readers and myself posted on this website as a tool to help you!

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Can Fake or Replica Louis Vuitton Handbags Patina?


This is a question often asked by people who are looking into getting a fake Louis Vuitton purse, and I actually had the exact same question myself! Unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to google any blogs back when I first started buying replicas so it was more of a trial and experience process for myself. I have purchased MANY Louis Vuitton fakes over the years and have definitely learnt a thing or two about what you can realistically expect from a faux bag.

The most important feature I would say to look for in a replica Louis Vuitton purse is the patina ability of the bag as this will tell you a lot about the quality of the purse overall. The patina basically refers to the ability of the handles to darken over time. My authentic Louis Vuitton purses patina beautifully in that the handles age over time and gain this darker look to them. This is basically one of the indicators as to how you can tell a new Louis Vuitton from an old or aged one. Below you can see a picture between my old LV Totally MM Monogram Canvas which has patina’d over a 6 month period vs the new Louis Vuitton Totally GM in Damier Azur I just received a few days ago from my latest order. I bought the bag for a trip and have abused it quite a bit but it has been an amazing travel bag and I would definitely recommend it! The two pockets on the side make it even an ideal diaper bag I would say if you have little ones and need a nice big bag to throw all of their junk into – I will definitely be using the Totally as a fashionable diaper bag if I am ever in the position to have little hands around!

Louis Vuitton bags look much more gorgeous with age, in my opinion at least. I personally don’t love the sight of a new Louis Vuitton with the super light handles as I don’t think it looks as sophisticated as bags with the patina that have an overall darker look. When you are shopping for a Louis Vuitton handbag whether it be real or fake make sure you check to the handles for the color to get an idea of the quality of the bag. If you are buying a fake the buyer or company should mention that the handles are made of real cowhide leather and thus able to patina. I have tend to found that if the bag is AAA it is usually made of plastic handles (I bought a horrible Speedy in the past that did not patina no matter what I did!) which do not patina but if the bag is a counter quality model then it is made of real cowhide handles and will patina. A bag that will not patina is a telltale sign of a fake handbag so stay away from any seller that does not promise or claim their bag will patina!

If you want your bag to patina more quickly there are a few things you can do including putting olive oil on the handles and leaving it out in the sun for a bit! You will notice the handles darken a bit and loose their super light color. Otherwise if you don’t want to force the patina you can just the bag be and enough use over several months will cause the color to naturally change on the handles. Overall remember that if you want to buy a fake or replica Louis Vuitton make sure the handles will be capable of patina-ing if you don’t want to waste your money!

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7 Ways to Tell if Your Prada Saffiano Bag is Fake! (Real vs. Fake Comparison)


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!


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.

Spot Replica Louis Vuitton Bags: Authentic vs. Replica Monogram Totally Buying Guide

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Pictured is the Louis Vuitton replica bag I will be comparing to the authentic model. Please keep in mind there is a size difference between the two as one is a PM, while the other is an MM. Can you guess which is the fake handbag and which is the real?

I have compiled pictures to compare my replica Louis Vuitton Totally MM bag in monogram canvas to an original (albeit used) for resale on Fashionphile. I purchased my handbag for approximately $279 USD with free shipping included (from Designer Discreet) over 2 years ago while the handbag on Fashionophile is listed for resale at $1,150 USD. The bag’s condition is listed as:

Item Condition: Preowned – Very Good

Exterior: patina of vachetta, wear on piping trim, light corner wear, light surface wear

Handle: patina, surface wear, small marks, light water marks, light scratches

Interior: small minor marks on main section, ink marks and wear in side panel pockets

Hardware: scratches

I have really used and abused my replica Totally MM bag as I have taken it on several vacations where it has primarily served as a beach bag and has bared more than its fare share of the brunt of my travels (I am not sure about you guys but I tend to be very careless on vacations and so I never take any authentic purses with me!). Anyways the bag has held up very well considering all of the abuse it has gone through under my care and the patina has shaped out quite nicely as well. I  hope this post helps those who are looking to buy an authentic purse avoid getting a fake in its place as we all know Ebay and the online world are generally quite notorious for that, and even our most favorite of consignment shops can slip in a fake here or there (these services are run by humans after all)! Take a look at the photographs before to picture the differences between the authentic vs. replica Louis Vuitton Totally MM, and let me know whether you’d go fake or real in the comments below for this particular Louis Vuitton! I would personally go for the fake as the differences are really nonexistent between the two as shown by the photos!

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This is the Fashionphile listing for the authentic purse. The handbag is selling for $1,150 USD + free domestic shipping within the United States. The bag is alright overall in terms of condition based on the photographs but definitely looks used.

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Starting with a sideshot of the handbag the differences are not very pronounced between the two. The only key difference that shows through some replicas is the stitching which is not to bad on this replica bag.

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The bottoms of both the bags are identical except for which pattern falls to the centre where the stitch occurs. This is where the size difference’s importance comes in as the bag on the right (the authentic) is a PM which is a smaller size so the stitch pattern falls at a different placed. If you take a look at the authentic Totally MM I have pictured below the comparison photo you will notice that the alignment is the same as the replica as both have the Logo cut through and the stitch occur between the two.

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The tags of both the replica bag and the authentic bag are not too far off. Louis Vuitton’s fonts have been known to variate slightly throughout the years so the two are quite comparable. The color of the thread on the tag of the authentic purse (pictured right) is less vibrant and more dull compared to the replica and the stitching is a bit more well done I will say. In person however this difference is quite negligible as I have walked into the Louis Vuitton store many times with my replica handbag on pictured on the left.  authentic vs replica louis vuitton totally fake vs real lv comparison inside of the bag

Last but not leas is the interior of both handbags which is virtually the same (the lighting variance on both photos may make both look a bit different but I have compared the interior to my authentic Louis Vuitton handbags and it is not too far off.

Overall the canvas of the handbags are the same which I will say is one of the most important qualities you should be on the watch for if you are looking to purchase a replica Louis Vuitton bag as it is the biggest giveaway. If the replica manufacturers improve the stitching of the bag to a finer degree I personally believe it will be extremely difficult to tell between the two purses at all as that I will say is what can really separate the two when it comes to the nitty gritty details. Other than that however it is very hard for the average Joe or Jane to decipher between the two! Once again let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Celine Nano from Perfect Celine Review!



Perfect Celine seemed to consistently come up as one of the most recommended replica sites to buy a Celine bag from so I took the dive and went for a nano in black of course (my safe color). I usually like to buy replica bags in black just because I know a) they can’t screw it up, and b) I tend to be a neutral clothing wearer. Their website got shut down for some reason or another, I didn’t really inquire, but I heard they were accepting orders through email so I sent them an email and got an auto response and a link to their catalog (they have shut down now but you can email the owner at

I spoke to a representative named Luna paid through Western Union which I was initially thought was questionable, but really wanted a Celine so I thought it would be worth the risk if it worked out (replica shopping is kind of like gambling or playing poker in that way – you spend some and you get an amazing return or alternatively you can get nil; the more skilled you are the more better of a return you get). Anyways all in all they sent my tracking number in 4 days, and the bag took a week and half to get here. I am very happy with the quality and have added the pictures below for everyone to take a look. Definitely a good buy, and I will be going back to a Trapeze too as I love the structure of that bag as well.

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