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How Can You Tell if a Previously-Owned Designer Bag is Real?

Posted by Ashley Horowitz on

Shopping pre-owned luxury bags doesn’t feel quite as straightforward as buying used designer clothing, does it?

When it comes to clothing, you’d likely check for wear and tear, loose seams, unravelling beadwork et al - but rarely do you need to be wary of getting tricked into buying a fake dress. A pre-owned Chanel purse? That’s a different story.

The substantial number of counterfeit designer bags circulating the market is alarming (and just as prevalent in the resale space). Sure, the most discerning eyes might be able to spot a fake, but with the rise of online designer fashion consignment, you’re forced to put a lot of trust in a preview photo.

No one wants to spend good money on a luxury item - only to find out it isn’t an authentic pre-owned Louis Vuitton or Chanel. So how do you arm yourself with the information to tell a real from a fake?

Well... our number one suggestion is to shop with a reputable business that conducts a detailed assessment to confirm authenticity and offers a money-back guarantee as extra assurance (pssst... like we do!) - but if you’d also like a few “insider tips” to guide you in your search, here are a few other things to look for:

Tips for Shopping Pre-Owned Chanel Handbags:

When gauging authenticity among Chanel bags, look first for a serial number appearing on a sticker somewhere within the handbag’s interior lining. This serial number sticker features a Chanel logo and is protected by a clear tape with a hologram security feature (for bags released after the year 2000). Since the 1980s, Chanel bags have been sold with a authenticity card, which is embossed with that same serial number as listed on the interior sticker.

Although these items are helpful in distinguishing a real from a fake, they aren’t foolproof. Authenticity cards can be lost. Serial stickers may become detached over time, and specific details of the holographic design and logo variation have evolved over the years.

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Shopping Pre-Owned Louis Vuitton Handbags? Follow These Tips:

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of Louis Vuitton handbags do not have serial numbers. (The exception is their luggage collection and some rare limited edition pieces). Instead, Louis Vuitton handbags have "date codes" stamped either on interior tags or directly on the interior linings, consisting of a combination of letters and numbers.

While these date codes identify the date and location where the handbags (and other Louis Vuitton goods such as sunglasses) were manufactured, they do not promise authenticity.

So how do you navigate through all of the authenticity ins and outs of each designer brand when making a consignment purchase? Shop with a reputable company for quality assurance and peace of mind.

At Suite Adore, authenticity is the core of our business. We carefully conduct a point-by-point assessment of each item - examining leather quality, stitching, hardware, symmetry, authenticity stamps and overall workmanship to ensure it is consistent with manufacturer's quality standards.

We also work with a third party authentication service, Entrupy, to provide a certificate of authenticity when necessary. This is supported by a 100% money-back guarantee.

Our team along with our partners at Entrupy are trained professionals in determining what's real from what's not. Whether it's clothing, bags or jewellery, our experts are working to ensure every item sold is authentic and in beautiful condition.

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