How to Spot a Fake Hermes Scarf

Updated March 23, 2017

Hermes scarves are designer scarves that can range in cost from hundreds of dollars to close to a thousand. As the popularity of Hermes scarves increase, so do counterfeits from people trying to cash in on the trend. It is getting increasingly harder to spot a fake from a real, but there are some telltale signs to look out for.

Check the colour of the tag. Most Hermes tags are white. There are a few that are black, but the majority are white. Black tags were only used after 2002. Any other colour is an immediate flag that the scarf is fake.

Read the tag. The tag should have writing in it that is English or French, no other language. If there is another language, it is fake. The tag should say "MADE IN FRANCE 100% SILK DRY CLEAN ONLY" or " FABRIQUE EN FRANCE 100% SOIE."

Older tags may only have "100% SOIE." If it includes the words "reine seide" or "seta," it is a fake.

Inspect the thread colour. The tag and seams should be sewn on with thread that perfectly matches the colour of the scarf. For instance, if you have a pink scarf, then the thread will be pink, not white or black. The tag is also hand-sewn on and should match the rest of the thread.

Look for the logo of a horse and horseman. While this is the Hermes logo, it has never been put on a scarf. If you see it, then it is a fake.

Check the hems. The hems of a Hermes scarf are always rolled toward the front of the scarf and hand-sewn in matching thread.

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