Fashion conscious people are ready to pay a lot for designer handbags for a reason. The reason is perfect quality of designer bags. They are not only well designed, the craftsmanship is also of very high standards.
And while it’s possible to copy the design, following all the small nuances of quality bag production would be too complex and expensive for those fraudsters manufacturing knock offs.
Therefore the general principles of counterfeit products are poor quality, cheaper work and disregard for details.
Let’s take a closer look at what a designer bag typically looks like.
Stitching. In Prada bags, for instance, we need to take a look at the plaque with the brand name. Is it firmly attached? Is the stitching done evenly all the way around? If no, you are probably looking at a knock off.
Fakes imitating Hermes handbags are even easier to spot if you take a closer look at the way the stitching is done. The real Hermes are stitched by hand, and each stitch is at a slight angle to the previous. No machine can do that. Even other designer products manufacturers can’t imitate this. So if the stitches represent a straight line, we know that the piece is counterfeit.
Also, the threads are usually too thin. In a genuine piece, the threads have been waxed, and they appear thicker. That also makes them more durable. And sloppy stitches on any kind of a designer handbag are a sure sign it’s a phony piece.
Zippers, metal components, plaques etc. should fit precisely and be of good quality. Every piece of hardware in a genuine designer handbag usually bears the company logo or other kind of brand markings.
There are some other signs to watch out for. In Mark Jacobs bags, for instance, the metal nameplate should be directly attached to the handbag. If you can see a piece of leather underneath to make sure it holds up well, then it’s counterfeit.
In Hermes handbags the metal parts are a genuine precious metal. It’s easy to see, or, rather, feel, because the metal on a handbag would be heavier than expected. And surely, the use of precious metals means there can be no tarnish, so if you see some blemishes on the metal parts, then you are looking at a fake handbag.
Materials. Materials should be of good quality.
Hermes uses calf leather, which is soft to the touch and scratch-resistant. Phony versions will be made of coarser materials, and this is something you feel immediately when you touch the item.
In Marc Jacobs handbags all the pockets on the outside have a suede lining.
In Balenciaga bags, zipper pulls are a good indication of a real thing. They should feel soft in you hand. Fake zipper pulls are often hard and stiff to the touch. Internal fabric should also look good and feel right.
In short, when you are holding a genuine designer bag in your hands, you are holding a piece of art, and it shows. If it feels like a mass production item, then that’s what it is.