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How to Check If a Dolce & Gabbana Bag Is Real?

Updated February 21, 2017

The profits made from selling fake designer handbags have been linked to organised crime and terrorism. Dolce & Gabbana, being one of the premier designers of handbags and other products, is often one of the labels counterfeited. Some of these imitators are organised crime consortiums. Fake Dolce & Gabbana products are sold online, in stores, on the street and at purse parties. You can look for several things to spot fakes.

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  1. Look at the label. The name Dolce & Gabbana is printed black on a white tag, or white on a black tag. Dolce & Gabbana, the firm's top-tier label, is never printed on a hologram sticker, but the firm's lower-tier label D&G is printed on a hologram sticker.

  2. Find a mix in label names. The name D&G will never appear on a Dolce & Gabbana handbag, but Dolce & Gabbana could appear on a D&G bag. If the label says Dolce & Gabbana, but the tag or dust bag reads D&G, this should raise suspicion.

  3. Feel the tag on the bag. Tags are embossed with a serial number and the number will feel upraised. Upon close examination, the numbers will appear formed from large dots or circles rather than from a solid line.

  4. Look for sloppy stitching. Both Dolce & Gabbana and D&G handbags are high quality and carefully handcrafted products. Uneven stitch lines or stitch lines inside the pockets of the bag are signs of fakes.

  5. Look at the packaging. Both Dolce & Gabbana and D&G handbags come wrapped in tissue paper and in a dust bag. Real Dolce & Gabbana dust bags are made from soft cotton or flannel, not stiff materials. Many fakes will not bother with such details.

  6. Examine the price and source. Retailers receive a slight discount when purchasing Dolce & Gabbana handbags, but not enough to justify prices much lower than those offered by the manufacturer. Go to the Dolce & Gabbanna website and verify the prices. A price offered by a reseller shouldn't be more than 10 per cent to 20 per cent below the designer's price.

  7. All retailers must be approved by Dolce & Gabbana to sell its handbags. Street vendors are rarely approved as sellers.

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About the Author

Si Kingston

Si Kingston has been an online content contributor since 2004, with work appearing on websites such as MadeMan. She is a professional screenwriter and young-adult novelist and was awarded the Marion-Hood Boesworth Award for Young Fiction in 2008. Kingston holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College.

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