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AUTHENTICITY

July 23, 2014

By Jody Hume

HOW TO AUTHENTICATE CHANEL

SHOP CHANEL HANDBAGS

When you’re investing in a statement handbag from a fashion house like Chanel, you’re paying for one of the highest quality luxury items in the world — not an imitation. So how to make sure your decision is a sound one and the coveted bag you’re getting isn’t fake? Luckily, you don’t have to worry about that at The RealReal where we authenticate thousands of items every week with a rigorous inspection process by our experts. This team has a sixth sense when it comes to sussing out the good from the bad so we turned to the master, Senior Director of Authentication & Brand Compliance, Graham Wetzbarger, to make us more savvy Chanel consumers. Check out our video as he walks you through how to evaluate the classic Chanel 2.55 bag, and then look for these five things the next time you buy.

Chanel Large Quilted Boy BagMATERIALS
Chanel handbags are typically created with soft-to-the-touch lambskin or pebbled caviar leather, but they also come in other fabrics like denim or tweed. If your handbag is made of pebbled leather, look closely to make sure the imprint is unique. A repeated pattern is usually a sign that the leather is fake. Another giveaway: glue residue. Some fake handbags may have been glued together with artificial stitching.

Chanel Lucite Lego ClutchHARDWARE
The original Chanel Flap bag designed by Coco has a rectangular turn lock and bijoux chain handle. This bag was discontinued decades ago and reissued by Karl Lagerfeld in 2005 for the 50th anniversary. The Classic Flap features CC hardware and a chain handle interwoven with leather. This bag was launched in the early 80s and has become an icon of the brand.

For CC hardware, examine the lock to make sure the right C passes over the left at the top and the left C passes over the right at the bottom. On the back of the lock, it should say Chanel on the left and Paris on the right, typically with flathead screws. The hardware on the bag usually matches so everything should be silver or gold-tone. Don’t forget the inside zipper. It should be consistent with the handbag’s age.

Chanel Jumbo Flap BagQUILTING
The Chanel handbag’s quilting should be seamless, matching up perfectly between the exterior and the flap when your bag is closed and between the exterior and the pocket on the back.

INTERIOR LABEL
Check to make sure the interior label says CHANEL printed in foil to match the color of the handbag’s hardware. It should be evenly spaced and centered.

Chanel Double Sided Flap BagHOLOGRAM
Located on a tab inside the Chanel bag, the hologram sticker is covered by a plastic foil and contains a serial number, which determines when the bag was produced. Serial numbers typically consist of seven or eight digits. Check your black and gold plastic authenticity card (if available) to make sure the number on the card matches the hologram number. If it doesn’t coincide, it may be a fake.

Now that you know how to spot a real Chanel 2.55 bag from a fake, you can rest comfortably in your decision the next time you make a purchase — or take the guesswork out of the situation and shop our selection of already authenticated Chanel right now.

Like the video? Get more helpful how-tos for other iconic fashion houses like Louis Vuitton and Gucci in our authentication series.

 

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