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AUTHENTICITY

July 14, 2015

By Jody Hume

3 WAYS TO TELL IF YOUR SAC DE JOUR IS REAL

Saint Laurent Sac De Jour SHOP SAINT LAURENT HANDBAGS
In 2012, Hedi Slimane’s appointment as Saint Laurent’s creative director and his controversial rebranding that dropped the “Yves” raised eyebrows. But in the three years since, the house has raked in more than twice what it used to. A major factor in that success? Saint Laurent leather goods. One of the most popular of the house’s leather goods? The Sac De Jour.
PARIS, FRANCE - UNDATED:  In this handout image supplied by Y.R., Creative Director at Saint Laurent Paris Hedi Slimane is seen in Paris, France.  (Photo by Handout/Y.R. via Getty Images)

Saint Laurent Creative Director, Hedi Slimane

Introduced in 2013, Slimane’s Sac De Jour is like a sleek, modern riff on the iconic shape of the Hermès Birkin. A favorite of celebs and models from Jessica Alba to Kate Moss and Kendall Jenner, the Sac De Jour melds structure, style and functionality, making it the kind of It bag that can breathe new life into a fashion house. It’s offered in sizes from nano to large and in colorways from classic neutrals to bold shades like Kelly green and fluorescent orange, further widening its appeal. Of course, in keeping with Slimane’s rocker-inspired aesthetic, you’ll also find some Sac De Jour handbags adorned with edgy studs. With its separate compartments, zippered sections and accordian-pleated sides that allow it to expand, it’s no surprise it’s often seen on the arms of high-powered business women as well as pre or post-flight celebrities dashing across the airport.
When you’re dealing with a cult-status handbag, the widespread existence of fakes is always an issue. To break down three ways to tell if a Saint Laurent Sac De Jour is real, we enlisted Senior Director of Authentication Graham Wetzbarger. Read on for his authentication tips.

1. Sac De Jour Brand Stamping & Serial Numbers

Saint Laurent Sac De Jour

“The style number of the Sac De Jour will be printed on a leather patch sewn into the interior pocket or on the backside of the interior brand label if it’s only stitched down across the top,” says Wetzbarger. “This six-digit number should match the number on the authenticity card and can be Googled to verify the model. YSL.com also references style numbers, so you can search there if that particular make is still produced,” he suggests.

Saint Laurent Sac De Jour

“The interior label should be metallic foil-printed, matching the hardware color, and should read ‘SAINT LAURENT PARIS.’ The printing should be clean and crisp. The exterior logo may be slightly bolder than the interior, but will also be superbly printed.”

2. Sac De Jour Hardware

Saint Laurent Sac De Jour

“The next thing we look at when authenticating the Sac De Jour is the hardware. The tabs on the front should unsnap and accordion out. The center zipper pull should be metal and have the signature bend to it and will be marked SAINT LAURENT on one side. The interior pocket zipper pull should  be embossed leather. The keys, snapped to the interior, as well as the lock hanging on the front of the bag should be branded. If any of these elements is missing, the Sac De Jour you’re looking at could well be counterfeit,” warns Wetzbarger.

3. Sac De Jour Materials & Construction

Saint Laurent Sac De Jour

“Last but certainly not least, look at the materials used. Synthetics can replicate the look of smooth calfskin but not the feel or smell. The wax casing across all the raw seams should be glossy and fine. Heavy matte casing is a big red flag. Lastly, the bag should be lined in high quality Ultrasuede, whereas the pocket bags will be made of a faille material so as not to add more bulk or weight to the bag.”