How to spot a fake Chanel bag? See it here in pictures and videos!

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If you’re looking for the guide on how to spot a fake Chanel bag, you’ve come to the right place! But before you get to the goods, read this e-mail sent to Wondermika by a loyal reader…

Dear editor,

I almost fell prey to a fake designer seller. Of all people, I really thought that I would be the last one to be cheated. After all, I’m educated, exposed and I keep up with the latest in fashion. Recently, I almost bought a fake Chanel bag. 

It all started when I was surfing the net. I found this Facebook account of a lady who claims to sell authentic designer goods. The Facebook page even has tenths of thousands of fan likes. So I thought, people must trust her. Right? Plus, most of what she posts on Facebook gets sold out very quickly. The story is that she has a sister who is a flight attendant who helps her buy all her designer goods. On top of that, she says that she also goes to Paris on holidays. She even posted a photo of her in front of Eiffel Tower!

And one day, I saw a Chanel 2.55. I had always wanted the bag but the price had always made me pause. I thought if I bought it from this lady, I would save $1500. Yeah, that extra $1500 would buy me a designer purse to match the bag.

I did my research, asked her lots of questions. At the time, I thought I could tell a fake from a genuine Chanel. So I decided to buy. The agreement was to meet in person as I was reluctant to have the bag mailed to me. After all, I am still paying a high price! 

We met at a shopping mall. It just so happened that my colleague ‘F’ was with me at the time because she drove that day. The lady took out the bag for me to see. I really saw nothing wrong with it and was ready to make the payment. Until my colleague nudged at me as if trying to signal something. I didn’t understand. F suddenly said that she needed to go to the toilet and that she wanted me to accompany her. So I apologised to the lady and asked her to wait for us to return.

In the toilet, F broke the news to me, “The bag is fake!”. According to F, the first rule of thumb is to check the CC logo. Apparently, the C on the right should overlap the left C which is facing the other way and when she saw that the other C was on top, she knew it was fake!

In my head, I had already planned what to say to this lying sack. To call her a con and embarrass her in front of shoppers, get her arrested, etc. But when we went back to the meeting place, she was gone! She must have guessed that we were on to her.

Since that incident, I never bought anything from Facebook retailers or even blogs. I’ve learned to tell the difference now since I bought a genuine Chanel from the boutique itself. Sometimes, when I go up the escalator, I see the person in front of me carrying a bag that appears to be a Chanel 2.55. I could tell it is a fake but I always wondered if the owner knew.

Thanks again for all your stories. Can you please do a story on how to spot a fake Chanel bag?

Sincerely,

Maiisa K.

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Too many like Maiisa have nearly fallen prey to fake designer sellers. And many more have burnt their hard earned money on something they thought was real. Our advice is to always purchase your designer goods directly from the Chanel boutique or from a reputable department store like Saks. Counterfeit manufacturers are becoming more sophisticated in making fake designers. In conjunction with Wondermika’s Anti Fake Designer Campaign, we’ve lined up lots of stories for you from brand stories to guides on how to spot fakes. Below are some tips from www.vintageheirloom.com, yoogiscloset.com, Lollipuff.com, Extrapetite.com and various experts on how to spot a fake Chanel bag.

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Top 10 things to look out for when authenticating a Chanel bag

 

#1     The CC logo

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The right C should overlap on top, and left C should overlap on the bottom. If it’s the other way around, it’s a fake. The width of the C should also match the width of the horizontal gap between the two Cs. If the bag you are looking at has a CC on the inside, it should feel soft and not as if there is a card board inside.

 

#2     Turn style lock

2.55 double flap classic Chanel bag cc crossing c logo hardware

The lock on the authentic bag is much flatter in shape and wider in font type whereas the lock on the fake bag is thinner in font type and bulky, rounder in shape.

The double C lock is the most recognisable designs on the 2.55. This iconic lock was designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. The lock designed by Chanel herself is very different from Karl Lagerfeld’s lock as it is rectangular in shape and has no Chanel logo stamping. The double C lock is also referred to as the mademoiselle lock as Chanel never married. (Source: Lollipuff.com)

 

#3     Hardware

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This will differ with year and style, but on the classic flap, the snap button and the back of the turnlock closure should be engraved with CHANEL PARIS. On the other side of the turnstyle lock, the backplate (left picture) should have flat head screws. On the left it should say Chanel, and on the right it should say Paris. (Source: extrapetite.com)

Screws: This is another quick and powerful tool for detecting counterfeit Chanel. The screw test. Above are three types of screws you might find on a Chanel item. B and C are ok, but A (Philips head)  is not. Chanel never uses Philips head screws to fasten metal hardware. This example is of a Philips head screw and is generally not be found on a Chanel handbag. This might be something that can be seen in lower class counterfeits whereas a higher quality Chanel fake might still be able to have this detail correct. (Image: authenticationfiles.com)

Chanel Zippers: Chanel has utilized several different zipper manufactures throughout the years, and each specific zipper brand will generally map to a specific time frame, model or style. The zipper manufacturers utilized have always been high quailty producers, and as such, the zipper mechansims found on authentic Chanel should always be high quality. Below are Lampo zippers which Chanel uses however they also use other zipper brands like YKK. Scroll below to learn more thanks to Vintage Heirloom‘s comprehensive guide:

Other logo stamps that may be found on Chanel zippers are:

Company ‘DMC’ zipper pull with a rounded double ‘C’ pull tag

Quite common on the early 80’s style look for a circle with three ‘C’s inside the circle

OPTI DMC: Another common zipper pull found on bags from the 1990s.

Lampo zippers are synonymous with vintage Chanel bags and are often found on the late 70s to early 80s bags. Lampo is an Italian company and has been make accessory zips since 1887.
Sometimes you can find ‘LAMPO’ engraved on the main zipper pull. Interestingly you can find Lampo zips not only on vintage Chanel bags but also on vintage Louis Vuitton and sometimes Gucci and YSL bags.

Lampo 2: Sometimes you can tell a Lampo zip by its zipper pull it has a ‘bulbous’ shape, sometimes it may say ‘L’’ for Lampo on the reverse side sometimes its left blank with no ‘L’ stamping.

Reverse side of a ‘Lampo’ zip with initial ‘L’

Eclair zip on a vintage Chanel.

Early EP style zip with a rounded double ‘C’ pull tag. EP zipper pulls are still being used on present day ‘modern’ Chanel bags.

Modern EP Zipper. Example of a ‘modern’ day EP zipper as seen here on a authentic 2.55 caviar classic bag from the 2005 collection. This style of EP zipper is usually found on authentic 2.55 classic such as black, biege, white caviar and lambskin flap bags. The zipper pull usually have a thin leather pull tab please note that the leather pull tab should match the main bag base, i.e if the bag is caviar skin the leather pull tab should be caviar skin too!

 

#4     Quilting

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Always check if the quilt stitching on flap and pocket match the body. On an authentic Chanel, the quilt stitching should line up neatly on the front flap and back pocket. On the back pocket, it is not one continuous stitch that runs from the purse onto the pocket. The pocket and purse are two distinct pieces that were stitched separately, and joined via a stitch along the outside perimeter of the pocket. If you see a bag with quilting that does not line up between flap and body as well as pocket and back, beware, think twice. However, we’ve also seen top grade fakes that manage to get the quilting to line up. Our advice is to buy directly from the Chanel boutique or go with reputable department stores or reputable consignment stores. (Source: extrapetite.com)

 

 

#5     Stitching

The photo of the left shows a fake Chanel and the right photo shows an authentic Chanel. A low stitch count causes the quilted effect to be puffy whereas the authentic Chanel which has a high stitch count doesn’t end up puffy. Notice how the fake bag on left has thinner ‘diamond’ quilt stitching? The ones on real Chanel are much squarer. The turn lock on the fake bag is also as big as the leather bit that secures the bag and the leather around the turn lock also puffs up. On the authentic bag on the right, the turn lock has good spacing around it and leather around it does not puff up.

 

More on stitching:

The quilted stitch design was designed by Coco Chanel to resemble the quilted jackets of horse jockeys back then. There should be at least ten stitches PER inch. Anything under that is simply not authentic. (Photo: thehautecookie.com)

 

#6     Lining

 

Here are some pictures of the lining of FAKE Chanel bags below:

This CC is simply messy. A dead giveaway. See how the CC is too raised and puffy as if filled with something hard.

This fake manufacturer managed to line up the button with the CC but the CC is terribly made with crooked lines.

Just look at how the lining is bubbling and collapsing. This should not happen with authentic bags.

 

#7     Chanel stamping

Check the colour of the stamping in the bag. If the hardware is Silver, the stamping in the bag should also be silver. If the hardware is gold, the stamping should also be in gold. An authentic Chanel bag never has mismatched hardware and stamping. (Source: thehautecookie.com)

 

#8     Chain straps

Check the chain and see if the part where the chain breaks is clearly visible. In authentic Chanel bags with chain leather straps, that part where the chain breaks should be well hidden. In a lot of bags made before 2008 there is no stitching in the leather interwoven in the chain at all. If there is stitching on the interwoven leather in the chains of the bags you see now, it will only be on one side like above. By the way, Coco Chanel came from an orphanage, and her caretakers wore chains around their waists which held their keys. That is the meaning behind the chain. In the 80s when Karl Lagerfeld took over, he added a leather strap interwoven in between the chains. (Source: thehautecookie.com)

 

#9     Authenticity Card

The “card system” was introduced the same time as the serial sticker. There should be absolutely no rainbowy “hologram” type effect. It is made out of plastic and feels just like a credit card just like PRADA cards. As you see above, the serial number on the bag, and the number on the authenticity card, always match. It always comes with a small 2×2 creme envelop with info on the bag. Now, if a bag doesn’t come with a card, don’t dismiss it as fake as the previous owner could have genuinely lost it. But do look out for other signs of authenticity.

 

#10     Serial sticker

Serial stickers were first introduced in 1984 and continue to be used today.  As mentioned, numbers on serial stickers should match numbers on the authenticity card. Bags made before this time, don’t  have stickers.

  • 6 digit codes-bag was made some time between 1984 and 1986.
  • 7 digit codes- handbag was made between 1986 and 2004.
  • 8 digit codes have been used since 2005 until TODAY.
  • 8 digits is the max amount of digits you should see on a Serial Number.

Anything over 8 digits is not authentic.


If you would like a more detailed explanation, here’s a guide on the sticker, Chanel logo, and hologram design varied with the manufacturing date compiled by Yoogi’s Closet which sells authentic designer goods:

 

Serial No. and Year Manufactured Style of Numbers Style of Serial Number Sticker Picture of Serial Number Sticker
14XXXXXXYear: 2011 0’s have strikethroughs. 1’s have small serifs (feet). Eight digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on rightright side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker.
13XXXXXXYear:2009 to 2010 0’s have strikethroughs. 1’s have small serifs (feet). Eight digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on rightright side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker.
12XXXXXXYear:2008 to 2009 0’s have strikethroughs. 1’s have small serifs (feet). Eight digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on rightright side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker.
11XXXXXXYear:2006 to 2008 0’s have strikethroughs. 1’s have small serifs (feet). Eight digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on rightright side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker.
10XXXXXXYear:2005 to 2006 0’s have strikethroughs. 1’s have small serifs (feet). Eight digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on rightright side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker.
9XXXXXXYear:2004 to 2005 0’s have strikethroughs. 1’s have small serifs (feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on rightright side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker.
8XXXXXXYear:2003 to 2004 0’s have strikethroughs. 1’s have small serifs (feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on rightright side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker.
7XXXXXXYear:2002 to 2003 0’s have strikethroughs. 1’s have small serifs (feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on rightright side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker.
6XXXXXXYear:2000 to 2002 0’s have strikethroughs. 1’s have small serifs (feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on rightright side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker.
5XXXXXXYear:1997 to 1999 0’s have strikethroughs up to 51XXXXX. 0’s have no strikethroughs
from 52XXXXX to 56XXXXX. 0’s have strikethroughs from 57XXXXX on. 1’s have small serifs (feet) from 57XXXXX on.
Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos from 57XXXXX on.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on rightright side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker.
4XXXXXXYear:1996 to 1997 0’s have strikethroughs. 1’s are sans-serifs (no feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker with Chanel logos. Opaque film covers sticker.
3XXXXXXYear:1994 to 1996 0’s have strikethroughs. 1’s are sans-serifs (no feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker with Chanel logos. Opaque film covers sticker.
2XXXXXXYear:1991 to 1994 0’s have no strikethroughs up to 27XXXXXX. 1’s have serifs (feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker with Chanel logos. Opaque film covers sticker.
1XXXXXXYear:1989 to 1991 0’s have no strikethroughs. 1’s have serifs (feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker with Chanel logos and left-sided cutout. Opaque film covers sticker.
0XXXXXXYear:1986 to 1988 0’s have no strikethroughs. 1’s have serifs (feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker with Chanel logos and left-sided cutout. Opaque film covers sticker. Note that early serial numbers (starting with a 1 or 2) did not have a leading “0”. Therefore, these were six-digit serial numbers. Also, the sticker was larger than the stickers produced later in the series.

 

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BONUS! Here’s a video from www.vintageheirloom.com which can give you more tips on authenticating the Chanel bag. Check out their YouTube Channel. They also sell authentic Chanel bags and have been in the business of selling genuine goods for a long time. So they really know their stuff!

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45 Responses

  1. Natalia February 3, 2014 / 11:26 am

    Love this authentication guide so much! Thanks for taking the time to put it together. I will definitely refer to this when buying per loved Chanel – Natalia

    • admin February 3, 2014 / 11:53 am

      Thanks Natalia! All the best in finding your perfect Chanel =) Send us pictures when you do! Cheers, Mel.

  2. Tracy Waterhouse February 3, 2014 / 11:31 am

    Hey Wondermika! Thanks for this Chanel story. I was planning to get something online and I thought I only had to check the quilting. I never knew there were so many things to look out for. Thanks again! Xoxo, Tracy

    • admin February 3, 2014 / 11:51 am

      Hi Tracy, I’m so glad you found this useful. It’s our job to listen to our readers and be that friend that they can always come to for advice and ideas =)
      Cheers, Mel.

  3. Mrs C February 3, 2014 / 2:06 pm

    Great article! The easiest give way to fake is the quilting and interlocking CC twist lock.. I have vintage and some from before the mandatory flaps (which doesn’t make sense and add to the weight in my opinion)in all classic flap bags and hands down the 80s and 90s Chanel are the best, sturdiest and worth the money.

    Mrs Jack Of All Trades
    Dubai, UAE

    • admin February 5, 2014 / 3:17 am

      Hi Mrs Jack of All Trades! First of all, like your name =) Thanks! You’re right. Check for the 2 and then check more if the 2 are correct. You’ll never know! XOXO, Mel

      • salvador May 17, 2015 / 7:40 pm

        I have a chanel bag white new jumbo flap I’m trying to sell it would u know who wanna buy it I spend 1800$ on it from my friend but I broke up with my girl n I never gave it to her the bag it’s 6000$ on line

    • jessicaabas January 29, 2016 / 11:02 am

      hi,

      i just purchased a medium flap bag however notice the transparant sticker doesnt have the dark line and gold fleck. seller convinced me she purchased in a boutique in New York and gave me the receipt. would love your opinion please. thanks

      • Wondermika February 21, 2016 / 1:52 am

        Hi Jessica, receipts can be faked. The best way is to contact the store with receipt details to verify. Never go ahead with a purchase especially when there is doubt.

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    • admin February 6, 2014 / 12:55 pm

      Hello Tea =) Thanks for your kind words. Your blog is fabulous! I’ve followed you on most but will follow more when I get the chance to. Stay gorgeous! Hugs, Mel

  5. Hasani Binte Awi February 7, 2014 / 6:18 am

    Oh dear…at last i have the knowledge to compare the original and the fake ones….benefited me if someones selling products online…thanks a million…loving it.

    • admin February 7, 2014 / 2:39 pm

      Dear Hasani, thank you for your comment. I’m happy that you like it. Yes, our objective is to spread the word and educate as many people as possible. I’m not an expert but we can all learn together =) Hugs, Mel

  6. Vintage Heirloom April 18, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    Hasani,

    This is Vintage Heirloom.

    You have directly copied large portions of our work and images from our Youtube video and blog article (http://vintagechanelhandbags.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/vintage-chanel-zippers.html).

    We believe the internet is for sharing, however attributing original work and inspiration is important, courteous and legal.

    We all make mistakes but please attribute your article and link to http://www.vintageheirloom.com.

    Regards
    Vintage Heirloom

    • admin April 18, 2014 / 2:17 pm

      Dear Vintage Heirloom,
      Thank you for contacting us. We would like to clarify, we’ve obtained the pictures from different sources which might have sourced from you. You might have noticed that the video had been well credited to you from the start and we hope you are enjoying the many clicks we are sending your way. We are not in the business of plagiarising so here, we are happy to add more links to your blog. Please let us know if you have any more concerns.
      Many thanks,
      Mel

    • Mel, Editor of Wondermika.com June 11, 2014 / 12:05 am

      Dear Vintage Heirloom,
      Thank you for contacting us. We would like to clarify, we’ve obtained the pictures from different sources which might have sourced from you. You might have noticed that the video had been well credited to you from the start and we hope you have been enjoying the many clicks we are sending your way. We are not in the business of plagiarising so here, we are happy to add more links to your blog. Please let us know if you have any more concerns.
      Many thanks,
      Mel

  7. Lollipuff May 14, 2014 / 2:44 am

    Hi,

    There are a number of photographs on this post that came directly from Lollipuff.com
    Please make sure that you give the appropriate credit to our site.

    Thank you so much!

    • Mel, Editor of Wondermika.com June 11, 2014 / 12:07 am

      Hi Lollipuff, not to worry, you have been well credited =) Just like Vintage Heirloom, we seemed to have found many of your pictures from other sources. From out analytics, we’re happy to know we’re sending some readers your way as well =)
      Cheers,
      Mel

  8. kimmykim88 August 27, 2014 / 8:39 pm

    Hi

    I love your article they are good.

    I notice that different design and sizes will have different stitches per diamonds.
    I have all the different sizes of the classic and i counted them. I also double checked on the chanel website.

    These are the sizes and stitches:

    Small Boy Flap: SIZE — 4.9 X 7.9 X 2.8 IN — 7 stiches

    Some of the boy will have 5 stitches it ready depends of the style and sizes.

    Classic flap bag : SIZE — 4.9 X 7.9 X 2.8 IN — 9 stitches

    Small Classic flap: Size — 5.7 x 9.3 x 2.6 IN — 10 stitches

    Medium Classic flap: Size — 6.3 x 10 x 2.8 IN —- 10 stitches

    Jumbo Classic flap: Size — 7.9 x 11.8 x 3.9 IN — 11 stitches

    Maxi Classic flap : Size — 9.1 x 13.4 x 3.9 IN — 11 stitches

    Correct me if I’m wrong but i counted the stitches on the different sizes of classic flap bag on the Chanel website.

  9. Sam Besim January 30, 2015 / 3:32 am

    Hi , I have jus read through this as I have just bought the vintage (black and gold bag) for my partner … I’m so happy and please after reading this that is completely REAL !!

    great guide !!! Thanks so much

    • admin February 5, 2015 / 11:18 am

      Hi Sam, congratulations! And your partner is a very lucky person! =) Glad it helped you. Cheers, Mel.

  10. nunyabitness February 8, 2015 / 6:17 am

    Hi, and thanks for all your helpful info. My question is about the leather stamping on the inside of the bag. Should it read “Chanel made in France, Paris or Italy”? I’ve seen Chanel bags stamped with these different locations on the inside, so confusing. Thanks so much!

    • admin February 8, 2015 / 8:21 am

      Hi, thanks for your question. The leather stamping on the inside should be Made in France but the turnlock (hardware) should say Chanel Paris. Hope that helps. If you have any doubts you can always pop into a Chanel store and check out their detail =)

      • Hazel Jumat March 20, 2015 / 12:28 am

        Hi Mel, to the best of my knowledge, some Chanel items are manufactured in Italy as well. Which means some of the stamping can also be ‘Made in Italy’. I bought 2 items from Chanel Rue Cambon ( a purse and a handbag ) where the purse is ‘Made in France’ and the bag is ‘Made in Italy’. Hope this helps=) Love this article, I made a purchase from a consigment store not too long ago and have it authenticated by a 3rd party, would probably go back now and check on a few of these tips just for fun!

        • Wondermika March 20, 2015 / 12:48 am

          Thanks Hazel! We always love getting tips from our experienced Chanel shoppers like you. And congrats on owning those babies! Love, Mel

  11. Prudence February 13, 2015 / 5:13 am

    Hey so I found a Chanel bag at a thrift store I often visit due to the large amount of designer brands I always find there. The bag literally matches everything an authentic bag should have according to you and many other bloggers I have visited except for one detail. My bag is missing the gold recangular hardware in the back of the turnlock. It does look like there was something that was meant to be there though ( the hole where the turnlock goes in is smaller than the hole cutout to put it there which doesnt look pretty so obvs there was something to be placed over it )so I am wondering if those things ever loosen up and fall off? The bag looks so genuine. Every other detail ads up except for that one so what do you think?

    • Wondermika February 13, 2015 / 8:16 am

      Hi Prudence, we can’t tell for sure until we see the pictures. And we would be very cautious if we found a Chanel at a thrift store =)

  12. Saipriya February 19, 2015 / 7:06 pm

    Hey, I need help. I found this dealer and I asked for CHANEL LE BOY BAG, and they had medium one, so I checked their pictures and there was a zipper inside the bag, but as far as I know there is no zip inside a chanel boy. Or am I wrong?

  13. Incha March 1, 2015 / 2:12 am

    Hi thank you so much for all the info! I was wondering if Vestiere Collective is a legit site ?
    Thank you :)

  14. yasmine March 17, 2015 / 4:13 am

    Hi, I wanted to purchase a Red Caviar preloved jumbo Chanel at good offer bcs the owner claimed to have lost the authentication cards and not come with dust bag as well, I doubted this part, when I insist to asked why without those two very important ? She told her house got robbery and lost it with her jewelry.. but why the robber take the card and the dust bag not the Chanel bag itself.. this is really puzzled me… she told me thats why she sell it cheap bcs of the two missing things…
    Tq!
    Yasmine.

    • Wondermika March 18, 2015 / 8:50 am

      Hi Yasmine,
      Never buy when in doubt. What does your gut tell you? Although some sellers do genuinely lose their documentation, you might want to be aware of dodgy excuses. Good luck in your search. Please visit the links we ahve suggested for safe shopping.
      Cheers, Mel

  15. Chanel April 2, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    whoah this weblog is great i really like studying your articles.Keep up the good work! You know many people are hunting around for this info, you can help them greatly. Chanel is also closing several department store doors in mid sized cities.

  16. Beatrice33 April 2, 2015 / 10:15 pm

    Hi there, I need your help to clarify something. I am worried sick over purchasing a vintage Chanel Jumbo Maxi Flap bag that is on its way to me from a seller on a few sites, including her own. Its a black caviar ’94-96 production, all matches except: there are no stitched CC on the inside of the single flap – I have seen on the Internet some vintage single flap bags with and some without – and, the sticker inside matches all except it has only 7 interlocking CCs not 10 as its apparently the case. Again, I have seen a bunch of bags with 7 and a bunch with 10. DO those CCs on the sticker vary in number from 7 to 10 or its clearly a fake bag? I am worried sick as I paid a lot of money!

    • Wondermika April 11, 2015 / 1:11 am

      Hi Beatrice, of course you are worried. Totally understand. Please contact us via the contact form on the authentication page and we will reply from there. Authentication is free. X, Mel

      • Beatrice33 May 8, 2015 / 11:33 pm

        Dear Mel, I cannot find on this page, the way to contact you other then this. :(

  17. Nina April 11, 2015 / 1:00 am

    Hello, I love your site. I just purchased a Chanel handbag from a online company that guarantees authenticity. I actually purchased if from the company’s “Closet” section of the site. Long story short, once I purchased the Chanel, I noticed some tel tel signs that would say the item is Fake, one being the inside double C above the gold heat Chanel stamp don’t cross correctly. The second being, the hardware plate should say Chanel on the Left, Paris on the Right, Thats also reversed, the third being the gold Chanel Stamp says Chanel, Paris(below Chanel) and then Made in France opposite side of bag, there is no registered mark next to Chanel. I am actually ok with the third because I’ve seen vintage Chanel’s with that same heat stamp. But when you group everything together, It concerns me.

    The seller says its Authentic and that they had it look at by the in-house authenticators as well as Authentic First & that its a Vintage Flap Bag Special Edition Paris from the early 80’s. They haven’t even shipped my item out & they were suppose to get back with me about my questions and concerns yesterday and not a peep.

    My question is, have you ever hear of a Chanel bag being Authentic with what they call, the reverse or mirror C’s.
    the quality, but I haven’t heard anything back from them. This is a HUGE site that I actually sell on it rimes with Stacey(smile)
    I wish they would atleast ship the item so that I can examine the quality, but I haven’t heard anything back from them. This is a HUGE site that I actually sell on it rimes with Stacey(smile)

    • Wondermika April 11, 2015 / 1:08 am

      Hi Nina, the only way for us to be certain is if you send us pictures. Please contact us via the contact form. Authentication is free. X, Mel

      • Nina April 16, 2015 / 5:57 pm

        Hello, Mel

        I would love to send pictures, I don’t see a email to send them. I just received the bag today and I have 4 days to return it. Please let me know what email address to send the pictures to. Thanks again

        • Wondermika April 19, 2015 / 3:41 pm

          Hi Nina, please send me a message through the authentication page and you will get a response from the authentication email address. Cheers, Mel

  18. Elena Istanbul April 13, 2015 / 1:25 am

    Hi Wondermika, I recently purchased a boy chanel bag for $1,600. on Kijiji. It comes with card, box and sticker on the box but not a hologram. The chain is very heavy and the stitching perfect. is it ok for a chanel bag not to have a hologram?
    Thank you!

    • Wondermika April 13, 2015 / 2:32 am

      Hi Elena, it depends on how old your bag is. Does the card give off a rainbow effect? If yes, it is a fake. Please send images via the contact form on the authentication page and we will reply from there. Authentication is free. X, Mel

  19. Iza April 23, 2015 / 7:45 pm

    Hello Mel! I want to buy a Chanel bag & I found one on a site. The buyer has send me some pictures, but I don’t know if it’s real or fake… Where I can send the pictures? Thanks in advance! Iza

    • Wondermika April 23, 2015 / 8:21 pm

      Hi Iza, please send me a message through the authentication page and you will get a response from the authentication email address. Cheers, Mel

  20. loan ho June 19, 2015 / 6:40 am

    Hi, I recent ly purchase a jumbo chanel bag on ebay and was authenticate that it is authentic but the turn lock squeak everytime I turn to close or open , does that happen . It is an 5 year old bag. My other one doesn’t squeak at all. Thanks

  21. Berna July 29, 2015 / 6:10 pm

    Hello,
    I just bought a vintage chanel bag but after Reading your artikel I’m not sure if the bag is real.
    Can I send you some pictures?

    Looking forward to your reply

    Best,
    Berna

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