7 Ways to Tell If Your Pre-loved Designer Bag is Authentic

Buying a pre-owned designer bag is a great move for your wallet, but you may be wondering if it’s authentic or not. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can verify your bag’s authenticity.

Designer handbags are well-made and often well-taken care of. Whether you’re shopping for a Louis Vuitton Neverfull or quilted Chanel purse, iconic items from some of the world’s most-loved brands are always in style.

Here are 7 crucial things to search for when you’re trying to determine if a pre-loved designer bag is authentic or not:

  1. Inconsistencies in lettering
  2. Alignment on authenticity cards
  3. Discoloration and/or color correctness
  4. Even, clean stitching
  5. High-quality hardware
  6. Authenticated serial number’s
  7. Correct materials used for specific purse styles (depending on the year of production)

Inconsistencies in lettering

You’ll want to compare the size of the logo on your bag with an authentic one. If it has an all-over print like a Louis Vuitton or Gucci bag, the size of the logo must look identical. The logo name should also be spelled correctly and that the type is facing in the right direction. Many counterfeit handbag sellers will slightly modify the brand name’s spelling (Prado instead of Prada) or swap around the initials. It’s extremely important to take a closer look before making a big purchase.

Alignment on authenticity cards

Authenticity cards aren’t always an indicator of authenticity.  Some luxury brands, like Hermès and Louis Vuitton, don’t include authenticity cards, but replicators could include fake ones to convince you that you’re buying something authentic. If your pre-loved designer bag should come with an authenticity card, make sure that the information on it matches up with the rest of the bag. At TheNOBO, we know our stuff – every product is authenticated so you can shop with peace of mind.

Discoloration and/or color correctness

Let’s talk color! Many designer bags have changed their coloring over time. Their signature shade has either turned lighter over the years or they’ve changed their logo design colors. Keep in mind that it’s normal for vintage bags to fade, especially on the handles and base of the bag.

Even, clean stitching

Designer handbags are expensive for a reason. They’re made with high-quality materials and crafted with care, all of the stitching on your new bag should be neatly sewn. Consider the craft that goes into creating a quilted pattern on a classic Chanel bag – if the stitching seems uneven or glued into place, you could be looking at a knock-off handbag.

High-quality hardware

Designer handbags use branded hardware. Keep an eye out for typos or incorrect logos. The metal hardware on your purse, whether decorative studs or zipper pulls, should be high-quality and consistent. Most designer bags will only use one color and finish of hardware.  At TheNOBO, we’re here to educate you – every purchase should feel risk-free.

Authenticated serial number’s

Checking for a serial number is one of the first steps you should take when buying a pre-owned designer bag. Most designer bags have an interior tag with a unique serial number and logo – this could be sewn inside, or stamped into the material. Don’t forget to check!

Correct materials used for specific purse styles (depending on the year of production) 

When you’re researching authentication, understand the materials that were used for your purse depending on the year that style was produced. Chanel bags, for example, are almost always made from lambskin or caviar leather. Be aware of fabric and materials that feel cheap. High-quality leather should feel buttery-soft.

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