How to spot a fake Birkin

Hermes birkin with twilly

How to spot a fake Birkin? For a few years I’ve been entertaining the idea of getting myself a Birkin. This is exactly how I want it to look like along with the Twilly (image via Emilie Clarke). My friend says it’s a waste of money (you might agree) but I’m really a one bag woman. I’ve sold all my Chanel bags and I’m down to my Pradas. The more I think about the Birkin, the more I long for it. But for those who are in pursuit of the Birkin, the queen of all bags, know it isn’t that easy. Sure, there are lots of online shops selling authentic and fake. AndĀ if I’m going to spend $20,000 on a bag, I want to touch it, smell it, adore it! So consignment would be next option if Hermes keeps telling me to sign up in that waiting list which doesn’t really exist. I’ve also seen fake Birkins which use the same Togo leather and handsewn but never to perfection. Yes, you can tell. If you’re you’re hunting for your Birkin in consignment shops, here are some tips you might want to remember. Good luck!

front hermes

A real Birkin stands tall but not puffy along the sides. You are paying for perfection.

hermes back

Check that the hole to the side straps are sewn close to the edges unlike the fake.

HERMES stamp

Fake Birkin bags are cheap because they are mass produced so the stitching will always be bad to average. A real Birkin is handmade by an artisan. Look at how the stitching is at a perfect angle. The stamp on the authentic Hermes is also clean despite the rough surface. The stamp on the fake Hermes is just messy.

Fake Birkin bags are cheap because they are mass produced so the stitching will always be bad to average. A real Birkin is handmade by an artisan. Look at how the stitching is at a perfect angle. The stamp on the authentic Hermes is also clean despite the rough surface. The stamp on the fake Hermes is just messy.

BUCKLE HERMES

An authentic Hermes buckle is smooth around the edges. Check for stitching as it should be at an angle and not dead straight.

Check the engraving. An authentic Hermes will have extremely thin yet super clean engraving. A fake will have a fat engraving which can sometimes be clean.

HERMES zipper

See how the “Hermes” word is engraved upside down on the fake Birkin zipper? Also, the edge of the leather zipper pull must be neat and secure and not just a piece of cut leather.

HERMES inside

An authentic Birkin is perfect inside out. You do get what you pay for.

HERMES bottom

The real Birkin does not puff up all around the seams and the corners are sewn tight.

Good luck on your hunt! I’ll be sure to update you if I find my dream bag.

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Bag images via bagbibble.com

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