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I recently received a vintage Chanel handbag from Tradesy. One of the scariest thing about purchasing vintage or previously loved designer items is the knowing whether they are authentic. This guide should help you with identifying whether you have an authentic Chanel handbag!
1. Serial Number
For a Chanel bag, the serial number will have the bag model and the year the bag was manufactured. Based on the those details the serial number with differ- Obvi! However, the serial number will never be more then 9 digits.
2. Authenticity Card
The serial number on the handbag should match the serial number on your authenticity card. This doesn’t necessarily mean it is real, these cards an easily be recreated. However, if they do match it is a good sign. All the text should be straight and aligned and the card should have the thickness of a credit card.
3. The Front “CC” Lock
The first thing to look at it the front “CC” lock. The logo on the lock should have the right “C” overlapping on the top and the left “C” overlapping on the bottom. The lock should also be perfectly centered on the bag – On a fake bag it will usually be closer to either the left or right side.
The finish of the lock can also give away a fake. On a real Chanel bag, the edges with all be flat, not rounded. Finally, the backside of the logo should have two screws. On one side it will be engraved with “CHANEL” & on the other it will be engraved with “PARIS”.
4. Check The Leather
Chanel hand bags are typically made with super soft lamb skin or pebbled caviar leather- They sometimes come in tweed or denim as well. If the bag is pebbled caviar leather, check the imprint on the leather very carefully. If it looks like the same pattern repeated then it is probably a fake purse. Lamb skin will be super soft and butter to the touch and super smooth. Also, look for any glue residue. Fake purses will be glued together and clues are usually left behind.
5. Check The Quilting
When you think of a Chanel bag, that quilted pattern is probably going to be one of the first things that come to mind. The quilting should be perfectly matched on all points of the bag. The best place to look is the back side of the bag around the pockets. The quilted pattern on the pocket should match up perfectly with the rest of the bag.
6. Count The Stitching
A genuine Chanel bag will feature a high amount of stitches to help the bag keep its original shape. For this you are going to single out one quilted diamond, or repeat for several. A real Chanel bag will feature up to eleven stitches for one side of the diamond.
7. Check The Duster Bag
The duster bag can be another place that can give away a fake bag. A authentic duster bag will be printed with the Chanel logo in white, bold text that is centered. Fake duster bags often wont be centered o will come with text in alternative colors.
8. Check The Chain
If the bag has a chain, you want to make sure the chain has some weight to it. It if has a light/weightless chain, it is most likely a fake. You can also check the stitching in the chain, it should be seamless- Without any bumps or crooked lines.
9. The Shape Of The Bag
Genuine Chanel bags will always have a structured shape to them. Look out for rounded corners in comparison to the more boxed shape of a real bag.
The lining is an easy indication of the quality of the bag. In an authentic Chanel bag, the lining fits snugly inside with no bumps or extra space. It is normally very difficult to separate the lining from the bag. When we compared this to the replica, the lining was baggy and loose and extremely easy to pull out from the bag.
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