How to Spot a Fake Designer Handbag

By Luxe Du Jour
June 16, 2023

Designer bags are beautiful, and it’s the quality and craftsmanship of these bags that makes them desirable and unique. 

When shopping for designer bags, you need to pay attention because there are many fakes out there, and the last thing you want to spend your hard-earned money on is a fake purse. When searching for that perfect designer piece to add to your collection, it’s important to know what to look for, especially when exploring the second-hand market. 

Do Your Due Diligence

Honest buyers can be tricked into buying fake designer bags, and shopping online can increase this possibility which is why you must do your due diligence when spending money on second-hand designer bags. When shopping at Luxe Du Jour, you can be 100% confident in your purchase as all of our sales include a 100% authenticity guarantee and our luxury bag advisors are methodically trained on a daily basis to spot fake bags. 

There are ways to know whether or not your new designer purchase is a counterfeit, and checking on the following will ensure you buy an authentic designer bag:

Check the Quality of the Material

Designer bags are made with specific materials, and this aspect can be a giveaway of a counterfeit product. If the bag is supposed to be leather, for example, it should feel and smell like leather. When shopping online, it’s hard to check the quality of the material the bag is made from, and you can always ask for specific photographs before you make your purchase. 

Look Closely at the Hardware

This should feel solid, and if the hardware on the bag feels hollow or it seems like it can be easily chipped, you likely have a fake on your hands.

Look Closely at the Stitch Work

This is one area that deserves special attention, and you will detect bad craftsmanship right away. Slanted, uneven or back-and-forth stitching are signs of a poorly made bag, and you will know to stay away from this product. Genuine designer bags contain exceptional stitch work, and you will notice the difference in craftsmanship right away. 

Look at the Lining

Cheap lining is another giveaway, as is the colour. Counterfeiters will usually work from photos, and this can distort the tone of the lining colour, which will cause them to use the wrong shade. 

Focus on the Logo

Look carefully at the particularities of your desired brand’s logo, as this will help you detect fake designer bags. It’s all about the details, and the logo is an easy slip-up area for counterfeiters. You should also check the inner label for any discrepancies. Should there be a serial number? Should the logo be centred? Is the serial number in the correct sequence? Check this information against a designer bag that you know is real to make an accurate comparison. 

Get an authenticity guarantee 

Finally, any reputable reseller such as Luxe Du Jour should be able to offer you a 100% authenticity guarantee. If the bag you purchase is not authentic, you want to know what your options are. At Luxe Du Jour, we pride ourselves in our rigorous authenticity protocol. We do not accept, sell or condone the selling of counterfeit goods. Every item undergoes a rigorous authentication process by our experts who thoroughly inspect each piece and ensure that only 100% authentic items are put on sale. To meet the highest standards of excellence, and despite this vigorous process, we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee in the very unlikely occasion that an item is proven to be a replica by a reputable professional authenticator, for a worry-free shopping experience. We truly believe that the luxury brands we sell are more than just a logo. They are symbols of passion, perseverance, beauty and craftsmanship. All of our products are authentic, and you can shop with ease, knowing you will receive beautiful luxury bags. If you are looking for designer handbags for sale, start shopping on our site today!