How to Know if a Hermes Belt Is Original

Written by catherine irving
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How to Know if a Hermes Belt Is Original
Did you buy a Hermès original or a Hermès fake? (Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Hermès is renowned for its high-quality leather, accessories and both men and women's fashion. Buying an authentic Hermès item is an exciting experience to add to your collection. Hermès boasts quality fashion and the finest craftsmanship. Spotting a fake is relatively easy with a few simple tips. Inspect the belt carefully and look for any flaws. Even a small blemish or bubble on the metal will probably indicate a fake. Buy Hermès items from a certified retailer or inspect your item carefully before purchasing.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Packaging
  • Receipt

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  1. 1

    Check out an original Hermès belt online at the official website to check the pattern on both the front and beck of the belt. Take note of the colour of the buckle and stitching. Look at the online description to find out how long the belt is and compare by measuring your own. Compare your online results with your own belt to see if you notice any variations.

  2. 2

    Feel the belt to determine if it is real, quality leather. The belt should typically be soft and a different colour on each side. You can even smell the belt to see if it has the aroma of leather.

  3. 3

    Inspect the buckle carefully and look for a Hermès imprint on the bottom of the buckle. Check to see Hermès is spelt correctly on the logo. Counterfeits are often misspelled or are not clearly printed.

  4. 4

    Hold the buckle in your hand. The buckle should be made of high quality metal or gold, never hollow, and rest heavy in your hand. Look to see the colour of the metal is uniform, polished and finely crafted. You should never see bubbles of metal or chips at the corner.

  5. 5

    Study the packaging carefully. If it's blurry, faded or looks cheap, it is probably a fake. The entire Hermès brand exudes quality and luxury and every detail should reflect it, including the packaging.

  6. 6

    Take your belt to a certified Hermès retailer and ask the retail clerk to assist you with determining its authenticity. Bring along the receipt, packaging and any other details that could give clues to whether or not it is a fake.

Tips and warnings

  • Hermès products are expensive and even used items from an unauthorised vendor will be pricey.
  • Buy Hermès products from an authorised retailer to ensure authenticity.

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