REAL / FAUX?
HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DESIGNER AND KNOCKOFF HANDBAGS
How Much is That Handbag in the Window?
As stylish, chic handbags grow in demand, so do their prices. Luxury handbags for major fashion labels can cost thousands of dollars. And many women are willing to pay the price. Handbags have become much more than a fashionable carryall. They have transformed into a status symbol: a sign of class for women from all walks of life.
Some of the most popular designer handbags could cost more than your monthly or even yearly salary. The ever-famous Birkin bag by Hermes retails at over $60,000; a classic Fendi baguette costs close to $3,000; a 2.55 Chanel bag may cost over $4,000; a mid-size Lady Dior handbag may ring up at $7,200.
But the high price points don’t stop there. Limited-edition designer handbags, like the Cleopatra Clutch by Lana Marks, could cost up to $100,000. Some fashion collectors are even willing to pay in the millions—a diamond-studded handbag designed by Japanese jewelry house Ginza Tanaka went for a cool $1.9 million.
In comparison, you’re going to pay much less for a knockoff version of a designer bag:
You may be in the market for a knockoff, or a replica, if you don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on a luxury handbag. Whether you’re shopping real or fake, it’s essential to buy strategically so that you know exactly what you’re getting for your investment. We’ll teach you the tricks of the trade to distinguish between faux and authentic designer handbags.
IS IT REAL OR FAKE?
Here are 5 quick tips to separate knockoffs from real designer goods:
Compare the look and feel of materials. Real designer wares have heavy hardware, well-made textiles.
Double-check the workmanship for sloppiness, i.e. stitching and construction.
Take a peek at the bag lining and check for color distortions.
Match all interior and exterior pockets with the original version of the bag.
Look for label and manufacturing typos, a sure sign of a counterfeit.
Many times, it takes a trained eye to separate the real from the fake. Take a closer look at these knockoff versus designer comparisons to get the full picture:
Straight line on seam
Detailed hardware engraving
Loose seam lines
“Made in Italy”
No serial number
Expensive materials appear
glossy and luxurious
Visibly poor stitching
appear flatPoor quality
and stitchingHeavy, ornate
Randomly placed logo
Correct retail size
Tight, even stitching
Stiff, firm leather handles
STYLE ON A BUDGET
Many modern women are on the hunt for a beautiful, luxurious handbag that they can call their own, but most are willing to compromise. According to a CouponCodes4u.com poll, women that can’t “afford the real thing” are satisfied with second best.
of the women polled knowingly purchased a knockoff fashion item, including dresses, wallets, jewelry, shoes, and handbags.
Over half of the women admitted to buying faux goods because they simply couldn’t afford a designer label. 9% of the women couldn’t tell the difference between real and fake with their naked eye.
Here are helpful tips to hunt for designer handbags for less:
Visit Designer Boutiques
Even designer brands have sales. You may be able to snag a pricey luxury handbag at up to 40% off, depending on the time of year; designer sales are often scheduled May through June. Vintage or consignment stores are another alternative, where you can buy designer cast-offs from past seasons.
Check Out Department Stores
Major department stores like Saks and Nordstrom offer deep designer discounts in pre-sales before major midseason sales, although pre-sales are minimally advertised in-store. If you see a bag you have your eye on during a pre-sale, request to buy it at the sale price before the actual sale begins.
If you’re looking for a specific designer label, search for brand authenticity when shopping online. Online designer handbag retailers often run regular sales and provide competitive discounts; comparison shop with several e-commerce stores before making a final decision. If you’ve done your homework on your handbag, you can also check out eBay for a better price—as long as you can differentiate between faux and real.
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