Dooney & Bourke wallets and bags are favourites among those who love designer accessories. But they are also highly replicated, thanks to a booming knock-off industry. When you see a Dooney & Bourke for sale that is through a private seller or second-hand, look for signs to tell an authentic Dooney & Bourke bag before you spend money. If you don't, you may find yourself spending serious money on a designer wallet or handbag that is anything but.
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Open the bag or wallet and examine the tag. Vintage Dooney & Bourke items have a green tag that has the DB logo and a "Made in USA" stitched logo. Newer bags use a red, white and blue tag that has the Dooney & Bourke name and "Made in USA" underneath. Tags are sewn in on all sides, a rectangular shape and close to the top seam of the bag. The wrong colours, a messy tag or a tag that has been snipped out lets you know that the item is not authentic.
Look for the serial number, usually found on the back of the bag. The serial number lets the buyer know the style, season and year that the bag was created. Clever replicas will have an incorrect serial number. Call the Dooney & Bourke Customer Service Center at 800-347-5000 and read off the serial number to them. They will be able to confirm its authenticity.
Examine the leather for an embossed DB logo. The "All Weather Leather" collection of the '80s and '90s featured an embossed duck, and all leather items will have a logo embossed somewhere on the bag. Examine the embossing and make sure it looks neat and professional. This is a sure sign of an authentic Dooney & Bourke item.
Find the key fob on the handbag. All authentic Dooney & Bourke handbags will have a key fob that is made of brass and has the DB duck or the DB logo on it. Key fobs are attached to the bag with a genuine leather strap, and should feather a backwards "D" and frontwards "B" somewhere on the fob. A handbag without a fob is a tip off that it could be fake.
Examine the quality of the bag. Dooney & Bourke items are pricey because they are well-made with the best leather, stitching and hardware. Sloppy stitching, stitching that doesn't math the leather, leather that is beat-up or fake or dingy hardware is a sign of a fake. Instead, look for smooth, good quality leather, even and matched stitching, and quality brass hardware that makes your Dooney & Bourke item stand out.
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