Coco Chanel opened a small boutique in Paris, France in 1914, launching the Chanel fashion and accessory line. Today, Chanel is one of the most lauded fashion empires of the world, renowned for its elegance, luxurious fabrics and glamorous-yet-classic designs that never go out of style. Chanel’s stylish eyewear has become a must-have for celebrities and civilians alike. But as with other high-end fashion lines, imitation Chanel glasses have infiltrated the market with retailers looking to cash in on their popularity. Learn how to spot authentic Chanel sunglasses to avoid purchasing a fake.
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Examine the outside of the glasses' left lens. Authentic Chanel glasses have their serial number printed vertically on the outside of the left lens. The serial number has two letters and seven numbers.
Check to see if the glasses come with a certificate of authenticity and a warranty. Imitation Chanel glasses will not have a Chanel warranty although they may have a fake certificate of authenticity.
Examine the case. Authentic Chanel glasses come with a hard, black case that is sturdy and well-made. Fake ones usually come with a cheap, poor-quality case.
Read the enclosed packaging to see the manufacture's name. Genuine Chanel glasses are manufactured by Luxottica Group. Fake Chanel glasses are manufactured by another company.
Look along the top of each lens to make sure the name "Chanel" is engraved in small letters, indicating authentic glasses.
Check the quality. If the glasses appear poorly manufactured and have shoddy workmanship, they are fake Chanel. Inspect the edges to make sure there is no glue or other cheap adhesives showing, which is a further sign of imitation glasses.
Ask the retailer for the glasses' exact model number. If the seller is unable to provide a model number, the glasses are most likely fake. If it's an online retailer, compare the model number with glasses on the websites of legitimate Chanel retailers to see if the model and colour match up.
Check the logo on the outside: two interlocking Cs.
Tips and warnings
- Always buy Chanel glasses from a reputable retailer with a return policy. Retailers who sell fake Chanel glasses won't offer a warranty or have a return policy.
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