Etienne Aigner handbags are some of the most premium and desired bags on the market. Fashion-forward, classy and timeless, these bags are not just an accessory, they are an investment as well. By ensuring your bag is a legitimate designer piece, you guarantee resale value and save yourself from overspending on an imitation.
Arm yourself with a physical description of the Aigner bag you wish to authenticate and go to a store that you know to be selling authentic top-quality Aigner handbags, and take a close look at the item. Note the details of stitching, such as colour and thickness; placement of identification tags; and the serial numbers that should appear on the reverse side; you can even request to see the dust bag. If you are not able to find a retail store, have a look at the official website (see Resources). Printing out detailed images from the official Aigner website can establish your reference point for whatever bag you are trying to authenticate.
Consider the source of the Aigner bag. Where you buy your bag can be the first indicator of its authenticity. Being offered a money-back guarantee, store receipt or authenticity card does not ensure you are buying an authentic Aigner. If you are considering buying from an online source or a site that offers bidding, find out how many bags are for sale, and if possible, read the satisfaction surveys of previous customers. If your seller has a large number of the same item for sale, this should raise some red flags. If you are buying in person, comparing the seller's name to an original (non-handwritten) receipt can be a good way to authenticate the bag. Make a call, and ask for the record of purchase.
Check the dates of your bag's release by requesting the model number and style details from a seller if you are buying, or the bag serial number if you are authenticating a bag in person. If you are authenticating a vintage Aigner bag, ask customer service at the Aigner website to help you verify the styles and dates of production. Current collections can be viewed by entering the handbags section on the Aigner website, and viewing the colour, size and style options.
Find out the different variations of the Aigner bag you wish to buy by viewing them on the Aigner website; all colour, size and style varieties will be listed and available for viewing once you enter the section for handbags. During different seasons and different years, Aigner releases particular colours and designs. If the seller claims the bag comes from a certain era, make sure the design was offered in that shape and style during that time. If this information is not immediately visible, contact customer service via the Aigner website or a retailer.
Compare your notes on the authentic bag to the Aigner you are authenticating. Everything should match, from the placement of brand names and details to the type of stitching and the angles of the material. If you took photographs from the website or store, compare them to reinforce your conclusions; you are looking for colour of hardware, stitching and tag placement as well as normally overlooked details like the lining of the bag, pattern line-ups if any are in that style, and even the logos on the paper sales tag. Fake bags can be very convincing, and it will help if you examine minor manufacturing traits, like the positioning of key holes if the bag has a lock, the exact angles of the stitching and the even the bottom of the bag. As all styles and colours have different stitching and hardware to match, a general rule cannot be given for what to look for, but certain traits, like the font and size of the logo, will never change.
If you are able to bring the bag in to an authorised retail shop for a second opinion, it is a good way to clear up any doubt about whether your bag is real or a fake. If you have recently bought the bag and have a money-back guarantee, do this before that guarantee expires.