mardi 31 octobre 2017

How To Snag An Authentic Vintage Chanel Handbag

By Barbara Turner

The fashion house of Chanel has been synonymous with quality and luxury for decades. People covet their goods, especially purses. Of course, when an item fetches a high price and is highly sought after, there will always be unscrupulous people who try to make cheap bags and pass them off as the real thing. That is why you need to look out for signs of an authentic vintage Chanel handbag before you buy.

It is amazing how some fake bags look almost real from the outside. Counterfeiters really try to make them look real by using real leather, which many Chanel bass are made of. But other authentic purses are made from PVC or cloth, so do not assume they are fake.

To see if it is real, first open it up and look at the interior. The famous Chanel logo of two interlocking Cs should be present. This logo should also be slightly raised, which you can feel by running your finger over it. The universal trademark symbol that is the letter R inside a circle should be a the end of the raised logo as well.

The material inside the bag should be smooth. If it is wrinkled, it is not authentic, as the real designer bags would never have such messy construction. Make sure the stitching is immaculate with symmetrical lines as well. The reason why these accessories command top dollar is because they are made with the utmost in craftsmanship and quality, so a pulled thread or crooked stitching would never pass inspection.

Chanel and many other big name designer goods brands use colorways to help people spot a knockoff. Check to make sure the bag has a known colorway. The purse should also come with a holographic sticker with a number on it, though it is possible the sticker has been removed.

This brand always includes a certificate of authenticity with their bags, so ask the seller if they have it. If they do, there should be a serial number on the card. If the bag still has its holographic sticker, then the number on that should match the number on the certificate. Not having a certificate does not necessarily mean a fake, especially where vintage bags are concerned.

You can go online and find out all the types of leather that this brand has used over the years on their handbags. Cow leather, lambskin and many others are all possibilities. Make sure the purse you are thinking of buying is made form one of these known Chanel materials. You can also look up past releases from the brand, which are meticulously cataloged on the internet.

You can also look into the seller, whether it is an individual or a website. You should be able to see their reputation by doing a simple search. Look for ones that validate the authenticity or use a third party to do it for them. This helps ensure that what you are paying top dollar for is the real thing and prevents you from getting ripped off by a dishonest seller.

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