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How To Spot Fake Chanel HandBags

How To Spot Fakes

GUIDE TO SPOTTING REAL AND FAKE CHANEL HANDBAGS

How To Spot Fake Chanel HandBags
 

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OUR GUIDE TO SPOTTING REAL AND FAKE CHANEL HANDBAGS

 

Here are some brief points which we have accumulated over time dealing with authentic Chanel bags, and some tips we have picked up over the years.  These act as a guide, and we would advise to check out the real Chanel bags at the boutiques and really examine your bag and know it inside out so you know what you want.  Of course buying your Chanel bag from a Chanel store will always be the best way knowing its authenticity, but here are VDB we always vet our bags, and because they are always vintage or second hand this makes us more competitive in price! So the choice is yours and we hope this little guide will help ease your concerns.

QUILTING

The quilting on CHANEL bags should always align.  For example on the classic flap bag, the lines should even match up when the flap is closed, and should maintain the ‘diamond’ pattern see samples below:

Chanel bag
Chanel bag

But also bear in mind on flap bags the quilting doesn’t always align perfectly when the flap is closed because it really depends on whether the bag is stuffed or empty, or if it’s hanging correctly, etc. But it should appear to align.

 

STAMPING/LOGO

 

The stamping (on the inside of the CHANEL bag) of CHANEL and MADE IN ITALY / FRANCE should always match the hardware.

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For gold hardware the stamps should be in gold. For silver hardware the stamps should be in silver (see silver version above).  Chanel bags are only ever MADE IN ITAY OR FRANCE never made in ‘Paris’.  Only when ‘Paris’ appears will be on the screw hardware which you see on classics, where ‘Chanel’ will always be on top and ‘Paris’ on the bottom with screws on left and right side.  The opening is always being oval shaped, see example below:

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Also the screws on the back of the CC closure on classic flaps should be “flat head” screws (see above), which refers to the “flat head” screwdriver used to install the screws. They should NOT be Philips head screws. One exception is when the flaps have tortoise shell or plastic hardware, and then Philips head screws are used. Beginning in 2008, for the newer rounded CC closure, CHANEL is using 6 point / star shaped screws.

Ensure that the “Made in France” or “Made in Italy” is properly aligned under CHANEL on the interior tag, see example below:

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HARDWARE

 

Regarding the interlocking CC’s on all CHANEL bags: The right C should always overlap the left C at the top and the left C should always overlap the bottom of the right C. See a classic example below:

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Also on gold chain straps, overtime on the gold chain becomes more brassy or dullish see example aboveor below:

 

 

 

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On fakes the gold is ‘yellow’ gold and the chain feels ‘light’ and flimsy on authentic bags the chains have a real nice weight to them.

 

AUTHENTIC/GUARANTEE CARDS AND HOLOGRAM STICKERS

 

Search for the lower left corner. For classic flaps, reissues, older timeless clutch and majority of leather lined bag, the hologram sticker is placed directly on the leather lining. For fabric lining (most but not all), the hologram sticker is placed on the lower left corner on a leather tab.

  • Search the interior zip pocket. This applies to many styles including the new timeless clutch (a recent change).

If you can’t find one anywhere, it was probably rubbed off or fallen out. This is a common occurrence for vintage bags and can happen to new bags.

Updated information regarding Authenticity Numbers:

8-digits—-
13XXXXXX series – 2009
12XXXXXX series – 2008 – 2009
11XXXXXX series – 2006 to 2008
10XXXXXX series – 2005 to 2006

7-digits–

9XXXXXX series – 2004 to 2005
8XXXXXX series – 2003 to 2004
7XXXXXX series – 2002 to 2003
6XXXXXX series – 2000 to 2002
5XXXXXX series – 1997 to 1999
4XXXXXX series – 1996 to 1997
3XXXXXX series – 1994 to 1996
2XXXXXX series – 1991 to 1994
1XXXXXX series – 1989 to 1991
0XXXXXX series – 1986 to 1988

So for example:

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As this card begins with 12 the bag came from a batch made in 2008 – 2009.

 

Early 0XXXXXX series hologram stickers (1XXXXX to 2XXXXX) did not include the ‘0′ on the stickers; thus, they contain a 6 digit serial number. But the authenticity cards include the ‘0′ in front of the serial number, making it 7-digit.

Guidelines regarding the ‘zero’:

0 series – no hatched ‘0′

1 series – no hatched ‘0′

2 series – no hatched ‘0′ until 27xxxxx sub series

3 series – hatched ‘0′

4 series – hatched ‘0′

5 series – hatched ‘0′ in the early 5 sub series (50xxxxx to 51xxxxx). No hatched ‘0′ in the mid 5 sub series (52xxxxx to 56xxxxx) until the 57xxxxx sub series when the hologram sticker changed to the present style.

6 series – hatched ‘0′

7 series – hatched ‘0′

8 series – hatched ‘0′

9 series – hatched ‘0′

10 series – hatched ‘0′

11 series – hatched ‘0′

12 series – hatched ‘0′

*Also note special addition bags that were made especially for the Japanese market follow a Japanese lunar calendar! So the serial numbers will run differently.

The numbers on the hologram sticker should match the authenticity card.

*All CHANEL bags from approximately mid 1980’s forward should have a hologram/authenticity sticker and matching card. Cards often become separated from the purses so just because the card is not included does not mean the bag is fake.

*Regarding the authenticity sticker: On newer stickers (later 5 series and forward) the clear outer sticker should have gold flecks on it. The clear outer sticker should have the CHANELCHANELCHANEL to the right of the numbers, and a bold black line to the left of the numbers. The white sticker (under the clear sticker) should be scored in a criss-cross or X pattern. The number one should have feet like this 1 the number zero should have a diagonal slash through it.

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Please note how fake authenticity cards give off a rainbow hue. Authenticity cards should NEVER give off a rainbow hue.  Try to peel off the hologram with your nails. The real ones stick real hard to the leather whereas the fake ones easily peeled off.

DUST BAGS

Older made bags (such as the 80s and 90s) come with a white dust bag made from a kind of flannel fabric stamped with the CHANEL logo in black and enclosed in a circle with the word CHANEL written underneath.  See example below:

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New models come in black dust bag stamped with the word CHANEL. Material should be made in a kind of rather coarse cotton. I have seen a fake one with similar colour dust bag but the material is soft and flimsy

 

See our Chanel Bags selection here 

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