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All of our handbags and accessories are original and authentic. We buy our handbags direct from the source in Europe.
In order to import our bags into North America we have to provide customs officials with letters of declaration of originality from the original manufactures.
All our our Handbags come with authenticity cards and dustcover bags.
5 ways to tell if a handbag is authentic:
Determining the authenticity on any product can be a little tricky, but if you know the basics, you will be able to spot a fake in just a few seconds.
1. Take a good look at the stitching. There should be no loose or missing stitches, the color of the thread should match the main color of the bag and the stitches should be evenly spaced. If the handbag is leather, the logo should be engraved, not just printed on the leather.
2. Take a look at the hardware. All of the hardware should match in color and sheen. The hardware should also be free of scratches. Many manufactures, including Gucci, Fendi and Prada, protect their hardware with a removable plastic cover that is to be removed only after it has been purchased. The brand name or logo should be engraved, not embossed or simply printed on the hardware. You can also find the brand name of logo engraved on the strap hardware on Gucci, Fendi, Prada, Chanel.
3. Inspect the material the bag; lining, hardware and accents are made of. Many handbags are made of different types of leather, from Lambskin, Calfskin, Goatskin and Patent Leather, but it is easy to distinguish if the leather is of a good quality or not. The lining is usually made of a satin material that has a nice shine to it and most designer handbags have the name brand name or logo on the lining. Designers almost always use leather accents, not plastic. Some purses have straps that are specially coated and seem to be artificial. However a quick look at the edge of the strap, usually near a stitched joint, should reveal a leather core.
4. Is there an authenticity card. An authenticity card is a little card that usually has the manufactures logo embossed on the front and has some information about the product you purchased and sometimes includes a magnetic strip, bar code. Many manufacturers, including Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Kate Spade and Coach, use these cards.
5. Check for a serial number. Not all manufacturers use serial numbers, but many do. The serial number for Fendi purses can be found on the inside pocket. Simply turn the pocket inside out and there will be a printed number on the fabric or possibly on the leather tag. Gucci includes a small leather tag on the zipper seam of the handbag which includes a serial number.
It might seem overwhelming trying to determine if a handbag is authentic, but if you follow the 5 steps above, you will be able to spot a fake from a mile away.
Designer handbags are popular and cost as much as they due because first and for-most they are made from quality materials, and are made by master craftsmen. So if you see questionable material or craftsmanship, then walk away.
And always remember that old saying “if something seems too good to be true, then it probably is”. Your designer handbag will not be inexpensive, but if you buy an original handbag it will be a functional fashion statement for many years to come!
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