Monday, 25 August 2014

The Real Deal

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"...61 per cent of online users have been duped into buying fake designer goods." - Sarah Karmali, 

In her recent article for Harper's Bazaar online, Sarah Karmali quizzed co-founder of Vestiaire Collective, Fanny Moizant, on how to spot a fake designer bag. Here are her top tips...

1. Check the quality of the material the bag is made from.  This can be the first give away of a counterfeit product. If the item is supposed to be leather, it should feel and smell like leather!

2. Take a close look at the hardware.  It should feel solid rather than hollow, and shouldn't chip.

3. The stitch work is another area to pay careful attention to - bad craftsmanship here is often a key giveaway. Uneven, slanted or back-and-forth stitching is a sign of a poorly made item.

4. Cheap lining is another clue to look out for - feel the quality and carefully inspect the colour. Counterfeiters often work from photos which can distort the colour tone of the lining, leading to them using the wrong shade.

5. The logo is another easy slip up area for counterfeiters. It's really all about the detail here, so make sure you're aware of the particularities of the brand logo. 

6. Check the pockets; does the bag you're looking at have the correct number of pockets in the right placement for that particular model?

7. Finally, check the inner label for any discrepancies.  Is the logo centred, should there be a hologram or a serial number? If there's a serial number is it in the correct sequence?

To read Sarah's article in full click here

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