When many women hear the name “Chanel” their first thoughts centre around quality, elegance and the expensive price tag attached to a coveted Chanel handbag. Chanel handbags are sold in some of the finest boutiques across the globe. These bags can easily cost £650 or more, depending on the size and intricacy of the piece. It is important for any woman who is interested in spending her hard-earned money on a Chanel handbag to educate herself on how to spot the real thing from a well-crafted fake.
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Look at the logo on the front of the bag. The double “Cs” should be overlapping. The right “C” should also sit over the left “C” on the majority of bags. The “Cs” should also be raised slightly from the bag and not lay flush with the surrounding material.
Look at the packaging and bag that housed the purse. The bag that housed the purse should be higher quality and have smaller lettering that is centred on the front of the bag.
Look at the hardware used on the bag. The zipper, clasps and strap should be heavy and solid, not plated with gold or silver. If the hardware seems flimsy or the plating is flaking off, the bag is a fake. The double “C” logo should also be engraved somewhere on the hardware. If it is absent, the piece is a fake.
Feel the quality of the leather used on the piece. It should feel soft and not plastic. The leather should also have a rich, deep tone. The colour of the leather should also match the colour of the stitching. If a deep blue bag has white stitching, it is probably a fake.
Look inside the bag for an authenticity card. There should also be a serial number on a white sticker with the Chanel logo either above or printed in the background of the sticker. The numbers on the authenticity card and serial must match exactly. If either of these identifiers is missing or if the numbers do not match, the piece is a fake.
Watch for any repeating patterns in stitching or an imprinted log of the double “C's” on the bag. The pattern should not deviate or break at all. If the pattern is not consistent, the bag is a fake.
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