I recently wanted to buy a bag, I looked at the bag It had the most amazing colour perfect for the wedding occasion,
I am about to attend. Then the issue of fake now crossed my mind.
I believe even if you want to carry a normal bag it should be original even if is a ten thousand naira bag so as far as its original am good.
Another thought that crossed my mind was the Linda Ikeji’s Hermes hand bag saga. I really did not see any point of all the fuss. Because I know she is capable.
With all these thought in mind I started researching how to spot original bag from a fake.
I started asking questions. I had to buy an eBook on line on how to spot designers.
Before I tell you the tips i researched for spotting fake bags or purse always pay attention to these point.
Price. if it’s too good to be true there is a question mark.
Evasive sellers. Always ask, if they start trying to be evasive or trying too much to defend the product then its fake.
Plastic wrapped around the handle. Be careful of bags that have plastic wrapped around its handle the natural co- wide leather does not need this rubber covering, bags that come with these protective covering might be fake.
So how do you spot an original hand bag from a fake?
TIPS ON HOW TO SPOT A FAKE BAG
It always good for you to look closely at the stitching of the bag. The seams and stitching of an original bag should be even and clean.
If you notice that the stitching is sloppy, slanted and uneven then is a sign that the bag is poorly made and a fake because original owners take time to do a clean job so as to uphold their reputation.
For most counterfeit the stitches and the pockets are not always in the right proportion.
A good indicator of a counterfeit footprint is the number of stitches per inch (SPI) of the seam. SPI (stitches per inch) refers to the number of stitches in a single inch of seam.
A higher SPI count will translate into greater overall seam strength, and therefore a higher quality handbag Authentic designer bags will generally have a higher SPI count than many of the counterfeits on the market.
The Tags, Check the inside tags as they are a dead giveaway of a fake.
Are they stamped into leather or hand-stitched? An obvious fake will have no name on the inside tag.
Check outside tags as well because many designers include. authenticity labels on the outside of the bag.
If the tags don’t look hand-stitched, stamped, or are even it’s probably a fake.
The material can tell you a lot about the bag’s quality. If the real bag normally has a pattern inside then the fake bags will mainly have just one colour throughout the inside.
If it’s leather, it should smell like leather.
It’s supposed to be durable it should be strong and well stitched.
It is often difficult to distinguish by feel between real leather and synthetic leather due to the former’s lack of distinctive texture of the surface layer, but in general real leather is rough to touch, unlike synthetic leather which is elastic when stretched with force.
Real leather will also have a typical leather smell, which is not present in synthetic materials.
There should also be little wear to the bag and the bag should be sturdy.
A flimsy bag is a typical red flag that the bag may be a fake. Also, legitimate bags use brass or gold metal, while many fake use plastic with a layer of gold paint.
The bags design should be your first clue about is authenticity, some designs are fake.
You can easily tell by just looking at the bag, if it screams fake then is a fake.
although some may require a little more research to catch if is fake or not.
Let’s say you want to buy your favourite designers bag and you can’t recognise the design.
Then it is probably a fake. I used the word probably because some times it might be the opposite but when you don’t recognized something then there is a question mark.
Always pay attention to the inside lining, most fake handbags comes with cheap plastic suede to line the inner of their bags.
If the inside feels like paper rubbing together, then its not real.
A real hand may be lined with a variety of textiles, depending on the specific design but most are lined with canvas, fine monogram textile, cross gain leather, polyster or microfiber suede.
P/S check if the stitching of the lining if relevant and observe if the bag has a double stitching.
Some times we often over look the zipper, but that’s one one of the part that help us differentiate a real from a fake.
Usually the inside of the zipper will have a logo or a signature many handbag manufacturer use The same high quality zipper manufacturer.
You should note that original bags come’s with high quality zippers and the zippers run smoothly.
Logos are often the areas they like to imitate, but usually they don’t spell it correctly or you may find a typographical error such as Carter instead of Cartier.
And the more popular the price is reduced the greater the need to be careful because its easy to be taken advantage of.
The common fake I see around is the Chanel bags. But note most channel bags have interlocking OS instead of CS which actually makes it legal to sell but is of course a fake. They will usually snip it to make it look real.
The serial number
This one hubby thought me how to identify an original bag checking its serial number.
The serial number is a stamp inside that says brand it is usually not in all bags.
Some times the serial number may be fake but will still look different and carries a different font.
The serial number must be stamped into the fabric and not printed on the ink.
The Wear and Break
So may be you have already purchased your bag. How your bag wears after a months tops can be a sign of its authenticity
The leather on the handle after a month should look like a good worn leather Jacket does.
It should stay intact and not bigin to fray. Zipper handles that fall off early on indicate fake.
The next time you want to purchase your favorite designer bag check out these tips. it will help you stay away from fake.
Xoxo Cristina Vlad