March 16, 2015
By Jody Hume
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR FENDI HANDBAG IS THE REAL THINGSHOP FENDI
The house of Fendi is rich in fashion and family history. Founded in 1925, it’s rather astounding that to this day there is still someone with the last name Fendi at the reigns. In fact, Silvia Fendi is responsible for designing some of their most coveted creations, such as the Baguette and Spy Bags. The family hired Karl Lagerfeld in 1965 to help them revamp their furs and expand their ready-to-wear, and his tenure with Fendi stretches even further back than his fame while at Chanel. Here, Senior Director of Authentication Graham Wetzbarger shares his expert tips for authenticating Fendi handbags.
When evaluating a Fendi handbag, Wetzbarger and his team inspect the materials, hardware, serial number and hologram.
Fendi uses two types of jacquard canvas, each woven with the ‘FF’ logo, which Lagerfeld originally designed. The larger scale is called ‘Zucca’ while the miniature version is named ‘Zucchino.’ The Fs should never be touching on an authentic piece. The It bag of the ‘90s, made popular by its multiple appearances on Sex and the City and on the arms of countless celebrities, the Fendi Baguette has come in many different materials and sizes, even a color your own kit.
Today’s Fendi It bags — the 2Jours and 3Jours Totes — are a dual leather construction with the majority crafted from a proprietary textured leather. These totes come with signature matching luggage tags, which you can personalize with your initials, as many celebrities do. We recommend buying an extra one if you choose to monogram your luggage tag or want to add a contrasting pop of color. Then, if you’re ready to consign in the future, you can swap the original back in.
The Spy and Baguette are two of the most popular handbags out there, and are therefore highly replicated. The hardware Fendi uses is very specific. The ‘FF’ buckle on the classic Baguette bag should be symmetrical, with the arms reaching less than half way across the hardware. The negative space is sometimes seen filled with enamel, mother-of-pearl or exotic skins. The buckles on the side should be engraved ‘FENDI’ as well.
The Fendi Spy Bag gets its name from its secret pockets. It’s important to examine the hardware of these compartments to guarantee it’s authentic. The top of the clasp should have a clear beveled glass gem. The frame of the coin purse should be attached with flathead screws and have a two-piece hinge. We also look at the leather braidwork on the Spy Bag. On the handles and clasp the braid should continue all the way to the edges, and the braided piping should lay tight and close to the seams.
Fendi 2Jours and 3Jours Totes feature metal and enamel bars running the length of the top front opening. While simply decorative, these components should be well affixed with four screws featuring hexagonal drives.
3. Serial Number
All Fendi bags made after the 1980s will have a serial number in them. It will be stamped onto the lining, embossed into a leather tag sewn into an interior side seam or stamped under the interior label. The interior leather label or silver placard will read “Fendi Made In Italy.” The serial number is a 15 to 17 digit number. The middle portion is the art number, which should match its authenticity card if present.
Newer Fendi bags will have a hologram in them. It should be well affixed to a fabric tag which states its authenticity. Look for a high amount of holographic effect and lots of detail, as even some good fakes might include a sticker.
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