The Birkin bag, designed by a company that has become a fashion icon, Hermes, debuted in the 1960s. The bag received its name and inspiration from a British model, Jane Birkin. Purchasing the bag can often cost more than the typical £3,900 retail price. Buyers sometimes remain on a waiting list for years. Due to the exclusivity and high cost of the bag, many fakes have flooded the marketplace. Some knock-offs can closely resemble the real thing. Comparing an authentic and a fake side-by-side is the easiest way to determine authenticity. Photos of actual Birkins can be of assistance.
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Things you need
- Birkin purse or photos of one
Research Birkins through images online, catalogues or by observing a confirmed authentic Birkin. This will familiarise you with the look, feel, and even smell of an authentic bag and make it easier to discern fakes.
Check the integrity and general form of the bag. An authentic Birkin will have sharp, clean lines and creases while a fake will have bulges and appear lumpy around the edges.
Check the linings on the interior of the bag. Quality bags, such as the Hermes Birkin, will have clean seams without frayed edges, loose seams or protruding pieces of thread.
Research the Hermes stamp that is present on the Birkin bag. Compare to the bag you are trying to identify as fake or real. The stamp, if authentic, should be clearly legible while a fake will appear dingy, spotty or unclear.
Research the lettering present on the hardware of the Hermes Birkin and refer your findings to the lettering on the hardware of the bag in question. An authentic Hermes will look delicate and intricate but clear. A fake engraving will have a more chiselled look with wider lettering and fonts.
Check all spelling on all printings on the bag, including any tags, engravings or stamps. Be sure that the words and brands are spelt correctly. For example, "Hermes" should not be spelt any other way. Another example would be if "Birkin" were spelt "Berkin," that would be a giveaway that the bag is fake.
Investigate the interior cutout of the strap on the bag and compare it to your research. The seam on a Hermes will be clean and even while a fake will be rough and frayed.
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