Four Ways to Spot a Knockoff Handbag

January 28, 2014

Knockoff handbags are everywhere, and can sometimes look so similar to the real thing that the best of us get fooled if we’re not careful. If you’re paying a premium, you want to make sure you’re getting quality goods. Here are a few tips on how to tell whether you’re looking at a knockoff or the real thing.

1. Examine the Stitching

Poor stitching is a true sign of a knockoff. Real designer bags have sturdy, even stitching because designers pride themselves on quality craftsmanship. A knockoff bag will have sloppy, uneven stitches on the inside, outside or both. A knockoff bag may hold up for a few months, but sloppy stitching will inevitably come apart over time and leave you with a tattered, ugly mess.

2. Inside Tags

Designers clearly identify their bags clearly. Many knockoffs will pay a lot of attention to replicating the company name or insignia on the outside, but not on the inside. Pay attention to the inner label. Fake bags have inauthentic looking labels, or often none at all.

3. Smell the Leather

We love the “vegan” bag trend, too, but when you’re paying for genuine leather you want to make sure you get the real thing. Many knockoff versions of designer bags are made to resemble the original but with man-made material. Real leather has a different look and feel than plastic. Plus, it’s much more durable than plastic and won’t scuff or tear as easily.The simplest way to determine if a bag is real leather or not is to smell it. Cowhide has a distinct smell, and you can tell a plastic bag with a single sniff.

4. Check the Lining

If the inside of the bag doesn’t have a high quality lining, like silk, high quality canvas, or leather, then it’s likely not the real thing. Knockoffs often overlook the little details like the linings of pockets. A quality lining will help prolong the life of your bag just as much as using a good material for the outside of the bag.


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