Michael Kors is one of the hottest designers around, and his handbags are selling at a premium. Since one of these purses is an investment, you'll want to make sure that it's the real deal and not a good fake. Luckily, it's fairly easy to identify an authentic Michael Kors bag and avoid buying a replica.
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Read the listing or description of the bag as carefully as possible and ask questions if anything seems unclear. If the listing describes the bag as a replica or inspired by the designer that means it's a fake.
Consider the price before you buy and realize that if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. A designer Kors bag can easily sell for several hundred dollars. If the seller is offering it for less than a quarter of that price, there may be something wrong.
Shop from reputable dealers that offer guarantees on their products. Handbags designed by Michael Kors are available from the designer's website as well as from department stores such as Neiman Marcus.
Look for the trademark square buckles, snaps or accents on the handbag. Every Kors bag--including his clutches and luggage pieces--have these square accents. The fakes often don't have these accents or forget to use the Kors logo on the hardware.
Examine the fabric carefully before you buy. Kors uses high quality leather and soft fabrics on the interior of the bag. If the purse has vinyl accents or cheap leather, the chances are good that it's a fake.
Check the stitching to make sure it's even and straight. Fake Kors handbags will often use sloppy stitching or uneven stitching while authentic bags have straight and even stitches.
Tips and warnings
- Save money on the handbag by purchasing from a Michael Kors Outlet Store. While the bags sold here are completely authentic, they're also a little less expensive than those purchased from an upscale store.
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