How to Identify an Authentic Designer Bag

Designer bags are a great way to make a fashion statement and add a touch of luxury to your wardrobe. But with so many counterfeit bags on the market, it can be difficult to tell the difference between an authentic designer bag and a fake. Fortunately, there are some tell-tale signs that can help you identify an authentic designer bag. The first thing to look for is a serial number.

This label will be located in different places and will have a different sequence depending on the brand and style of the bag, but any luxury bag must have this detail somewhere on the bag. Depending on the year and brand of the bag, some vintage bags won't have a serial number. The serial numbers are unique for each bag and can indicate how old the bag is. If your bag is newer, there should be a serial number or stamp to indicate the year and brand of the bag.

For example, a date code can be found on all Louis Vuitton bags and accessories (pre-1980). These are production codes rather than serial numbers. You can also check for design differences by comparing the bag with an image of the same model on the designer's website. Fanny Moizant, co-founder of Vestiaire, shares with us how to know if your new designer purchase is a fake or not. If you've looked at a designer bag but aren't sure if it's authentic, you'll have to pay attention to details such as poor craftsmanship or design differences.

According to the luxury resale site Vestiaire Collective, 61 percent of online users have been tricked into buying fake designer items, so it's always worth doing due diligence when it comes to spending your money on a second-hand product. Authentic designer bags usually have authenticity labels or labels with serial numbers stitched or printed on them, so look for them as well. If you want to buy a second-hand vintage designer bag from a resale site or a vintage store, but you can't fully commit because of your doubts about authenticity, you've come to the right place. The seams of an authentic designer bag should be seamless with a thick thread, without loose threads, and the stitches should be the exact size all over the bag. In addition to checking the quality of the bag, check for any revealing design details, such as small differences between the bag's logo and the official designer's logo. So how can you be sure that that beautiful designer bag is authentic and not just a cheap fake? Don't worry, there are actually very easy to identify traits that real bags have in common (such as quality leather, closures, zippers and correct logos).

Paying attention to these details can help you make sure that your designer purchase is genuine.

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