How to Know If a Prada Purse Is Authentic

Written by maryfenton
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When you make the decision to spend your money on a Prada purse, you want to know it is authentic. But it's getting more difficult to tell imposters apart. Gone are the days of misspelled logos and cheap plastic lining that made it easy to spot an imposter. Fake purses these days are easy to find and hard to indentify. The key is to inspect the details.

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Things you need

  • Prada handbag

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    Look for imperfections such as loose threads, uneven or bulging stiches and thread that does not match the colour of the purse. Prada handbags will always have perfectly spaced, smooth and flat stitching and matching thread.

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    Check the hardware. Prada uses real antique brass for the hardware and engraves the logo on every piece. If the hardware is rusted, dirty or made of another material, it is a fake. Also check for logos that are painted on rather than engraved, which is also a sign that the bag is not authentic.

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    Inspect the materials used. Prada only uses the finest materials, such as high quality leathers, velvets, metals and satins on the outside, inside and handle.

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    Open the purse to find the inside tag, which should be made of leather or metal, while knock-offs might use cloth. The Prada logo will also be engraved, not painted or glued on.

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    You also might receive an authenticity card, which gives you the option to register the bag. An authentic Prada bag can be registered when you purchase it, which allows you to have repairs done for free within the first year. If you purchase the bag from a place that does not give you the option to register your bag with Prada directly, that's a red flag.

Tips and warnings

  • Make your purchase in a high-end department store or directly from Prada. This will ensure you are buying an authentic Prada handbag. If you are buying from an Internet site or from a vendor on the street, you have a much higher chance of being fooled. Take your bag to a Prada store and have them inspect it for a second opinion.

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