Friday, January 9, 2009

Fashion 101: How to Spot a Fake

Fake or Not?FAKE! Don't let the Channel logo fool you. First look at the logo, the spacing of the Cs are too close. If you still can't tell check inside for a serial number and tag. The cheap "Made In China" tag and absent serial number are dead give-aways. Chanel bags are typically made in France and a serial number should be inside.
Fake or Not?
NOT! Vintage Dooney and Bourkes are rarely duplicated. The entire bag is made out of leather, the piping and straps are always British tan leather. There should be a duck emblem on the back around it reading, "Dooney & Bourke All-Wheather Leather". All metal hardwear pieces are brass this means if the hardwear is silver or tarnished you're dealing with a fake. Don't forget to check for the serial number and tag inside!
Fake or Not?
FAKE! LouisVuitton hardwear is also made of brass so when the pieces are tarnished this should rase alarm.

Next look at the stitches, all Louis stitches are even. Notice below how the length of the the top stitches differ. Also count the number or stitches, there should be the same amount on all sides surrounding the tag. Remember just because the tag says, "Louis Vuitton Made in France" doesn't mean it was.
Lastly look at the serial number. The first two letters tell you the country the bag is manufactured in. SR means France, the following numbers represent the date the bag was made. The first and third digits are the month, so 01 =January. The second and fourth digits represent the year, so 61=1961. Here we find another flaw, the Louis Vuitton Murakami Eye Collection was released in 2002 through 2004. Also there are 5 digits in this serial number instead of the correct number of four.Wondering where I found these stupendous fakes and wonderful reals? My lips are sealed. A good thrifter never tells her where-abouts.
Until next time,
Peace, Love, and Simmy

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