If you are a buyer who deliberately chooses replicas, it’s really your personal choice. We are your friends and we won’t judge you. But for those who save money aside each month to be able to afford their dream bag, getting a fake in return is heartbreaking. We get e-mails from readers like you everyday asking us to help authenticate your designer bag. And the sad thing is, 9/10 of bags we see turn out to be fakes. It is truly disappointing. The best way to protect yourself from being a victim is to train your eye to spot the fakes. So to continue to help educate our readers, we’ll be updating this space every time we get relevant pictures to share. Practice makes perfect and once you know what to lookout for, you will be able to tell a fake and save yourself from accidentally buying a fake bag.
Here are some authentication stories on how to spot a fake Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada and more:
Otherwise, do have a look at some questions from other readers and answers that might already be able to help you.
Designer Authentication Q&A
These are real questions and pictures from readers. Names have been hidden for privacy reasons.
Hi, I saw this bag online and thought of buying it. Here are the photos. It looks real. Can you help me?
Answer: Although from far the bag looks well made, it is not authentic. The authentication card has a rainbow effect. Authentic Chanel authentication cards will create no rainbow effect at all under any lighting conditions.
Can you help me authenticate this bag? The seller says the bag is definitely a 2012 edition. I hope I have finally found the one.
Answer: It can not be a 2012 edition as bags with the serial number that start with 13XXXXXX are made between 2009 to 2010.