Choosing a handbag for a girl is like choosing the perfect hoodie for a sports fan. Hard, right? Many women love wearing handbags. Some, on the other hand, don’t like them at all. Whether you like them or not, a time will time when you have to choose the right one. It might be as a gift, or as a change of style. Sometimes, the looks can fool you. Are you buying an original or a fake handbag? Here is a simple guide to help you choose the real over the fake one, courtesy of Providr.
You have to be cautious of those retailers who are just dying to sell you a very good replica. Sometimes, it’s hard to spot the difference! A lot of us miss the clues that give away the fakeness of the bag.
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Here are seven ways for you to be able to tell whether or not a handbag is a fake.
1. Pay attention to the stitching of the bag.
All of the stitches should be perfectly even, with no loose threads or any other defects spotted. That’s when you’ll know it’s the right one!
Real handbags are actually handmade, so if the seller is telling you the mistake is a manufacturing defect, you’ll know they are lying.
2. Pay attention to little things.
These include metal clasps, buttons, zipper pulls, plates, and locks. The quality has to be perfect, because anything else means a fake handbag.
Another hint is that the real one will have a number or a name that is printed on them.
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3. A well-known brand doesn’t use rough leather.
So, if you notice that your bag has some heavy leather and the printing is a bit off, you are probably on the wrong path.
A famous brand will obviously use high-quality materials only. Items with leather trim should not be oily or sticky. Keep in mind that even though some designer handbags are soft and flexible, they always keep their shape. Which is why you buy them anyway!
4. Look at the leather, the zippers, and the stitching
This is important because sometimes our eyes can fool us.
First of all, look at the label of the brand on the handbag. Fake items have the brand names printed in different fonts with common misspellings.
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5. The serial number is the most important giveaway of authenticity.
I don’t really mean remembering the exact serial number.
It refers to something else. The label with the number on a real handbag is sealed and attached in a special way, making it difficult to remove. Fake items usually use a sticker with a number.
6. The packaging is also important.
Expensive handbags come with expensive packaging.
When you get the real deal, the packaging should be as expensive. It’s usually made up of the most high-quality materials, just like the bag. Also, the package should have zero color defects and any additional accessories should be packed as a whole set.
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7. Do some research on the purse you want.
This includes paying attention to specific attributes. Each brand has specific characteristics that can be dead giveaways.
Prada, for example, will never use a contrasting color for the lining in comparison to the exterior color. They always use a perfectly matching color for lining and exterior material.
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