How to Spot A Fake Designer Handbag

I’ve seen it all. Fake Chanels, Loui Vuittons, and fake Guccis. I must admit, I have seen well made counterfeit designer handbags. I give them props, but no respect. Personally, I’ve studied brands since I was young, so it fairly easy for me to spot a fake within a couple of seconds. However, for those of you that need some insights on how to spot a fake quickly, I’ll be giving some tips to do just that.


This is the first thing you should look at. Designer companies stitch their bags perfectly. Meaning every stitch should be even, precise, and straight or all the same. If there’s 5 stitches on one end, the other side should have 5 stitches as well, all on the same place. The threading should be of quality, so there should be minimal fraying and no threads coming out.

Gucci has amazing piping. It never peels or fades.


The piping is also made with good quality. Have you ever bought a bag from a fast fashion store, and the piping started to peel? Unless you treat your bag like complete sh*t, then the piping should be good-excellent condition. Most fashion houses would even repair piping for you.


Most designers use real metals on their handbags. The hardware should be heavy and not hollow. I also find that most hardware used is shiny and doesn’t scratch easily. If you feel the hardware on a bag and it doesn’t feel of quality, then it’s probably a fake.


Prints are very important. I would read up on other posts about how prints are authenticated with different brands. But one rule of thumb is, if the print looks off, crooked, or cut in the wrong places, then it’s probably fake. Designers take proud in their prints, and it should flow smoothly throughout the bag.

Study Trends / Classic Handbags

I would advise you to first study Classic Handbags from different designers. Get to know that handbags and what makes them so iconic. You’ll have a better understand of the bag and all the little details. So when you are on the market for consignment handbags, you’ll know if it’s a legitimate item. Trends come second. There’s a lot styles of handbags that come out. But if you realize that something doesn’t look like it belongs with that brands aesthetic, then it might be a fake. Some easy bags to authenticate are Louis Vuitton Canvas bags.

There’s more to look at if you can get into the bag. Like stamps and tags with dates and letters. But for you beginners, these are the main tips I would give.

You could also just go to the store where the brand is from and ask them if they could authenticate it. Some will and some won’t. But if you’re lucky, that would be the best way to go if you want to be 100% if a bag is real.

And as always, thank you for joining me! I know there’s a lot of posts out there that talk about authenticating designer handbags. But these are my go to ways to find out if it’s a fake or not. I would love to hear how you spot a counterfeit bag! Leave your comments below.

5 thoughts on “How to Spot A Fake Designer Handbag

  1. This is really helpful. I usually check online to see if the product actually exists, because so many fakes have their own design that doesn’t exist in the brand. But when it’s done almost perfectly then it’s difficult to tell. The zips are also good to look at. Designers use specific zips for all their products and you can see the brand (of zip) written on the bottom. Fakes don’t have that. 🙂

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