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How to Spot a Fake Mulberry Bag

Updated February 21, 2017

Often sold on large auction sites and illegitimate online storefronts, fake Mulberry bags can be hard to spot. Mulberry is an English manufacturer of designer handbags, home goods and other accessories. Their tote bags are generally regarded as luxury fashion items which fetch a high price when purchased retail in new, unused condition. Because of the high demand for authentic Mulberry bags, there is a thriving market of imitation purses and knock-off totes.

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  1. Feel the bag's leather. Authentic Mulberry bags are made with a thin antiqued leather that feels soft and worn. The fakes are crafted from a tough, grainy leather which does not flex.

  2. Look for folds in the leather. The vintage leather of an authentic Mulberry is flexible and does not crease or fold permanently like the stiff leather on fake bags.

  3. Open the bag and look for a stitched "Made In" label on the inside lining. Authentic Mulberry bags are manufactured include England, Turkey and China. Fakes may not have a label at all.

  4. Locate the small brass disc, engraved with the purse's unique serial number, on the inner pocket. Fakes do not have a serial disc.

  5. Identify the Mulberry logo, a small engraved tree, on the brass locking hardware of ther bag. Fakes will be missing this logo or may have an engraved "M" in its place.

  6. Tip

    To ensure that you receive an authentic bag, purchase it directly from a Mulberry boutique or the manufacturer's official website.

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About the Author

Brandon Getty began writing professionally in 2008, with columns appearing in "Thrasher" magazine. He received a Bachelor of Arts in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and lives in Stockton, Calif.

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