How to Tell a Fake Hermes Kelly

Written by savannah mcdermott
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A real Hermes Kelly bag is a thing of beauty, but even the best of fakes is just a waste of your hard-earned cash. With a little knowledge, you can make sure you're getting an authentic bag, not an overpriced knock-off.

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    Note the price. Older Hermes bags, even if they have some minor damage, cost between £1,950 and £5,200, while upscale fakes can be found at around £650. If you find a deal that looks too good to be true, it probably is.

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    Check out the quantity the dealer has in stock. These bags are pretty rare, so if he has dozens, the odds are high that they're all fakes.

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    Examine the quality, presentation, and style of the bag. Make sure it doesn't have a paper tag anywhere on it; real Hermes bags never do. The front panel should be stamped with "Hermes Paris, Made in France." Check for misspellings of any of these words; knock-off designers often write things like "Harmes" to avoid copyright infringement. There should be no metal brand marker on the interior of the bag. Make sure the leather is real and high-quality and that the stitching is even.

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    Ask the dealer what year the bag is. If he's dealing real designer bags, he will know. Also, the dustbags in the bags made after 2007 are orange, while bags produced earlier have tan dustbags. If the year the dealer claims the bag was made doesn't match the colour of the dustbag, it's probably a fake.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're purchasing a bag online, make sure the seller has multiple pictures of the bag taken from different angles against the same backdrop. If there are different backdrops or the photos look professional, the seller could have simply taken them off the Internet. Ask for more photos. If he can't provide them, it's probably a fake.

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