How to tell if a designer bag is fake


How to tell if a designer bag is fake

Is your Saint Laurent just a fabulous rip-off?

By ELLE team  April 6th, 2017

It’s the ultimate betrayal. Saving up for your first big luxury buy, cradling your new Louis Vuitton Noé, Instagramming that baby from every angle you can manage… only to find out it’s a fake. With the first copy industry churning out their best efforts yet, you’re unfortunately one of many who have fallen for a fabulous fake. Our colleagues in the UK approached luxury reseller Sophie Hersan of Vestiaire Collective for her guide to outfoxing the imitation experts. Commit this to memory.

How much do you weigh?  

Christian louboutin bag

Christian Louboutin 

A fake bag is bound to feel lighter than its luxury counterpart, because according to Hersan, “Counterfeit products tend to be made of substitute fabrics, which are lighter than leather or precious metals. Most hardware will be made of metals like brass and gold, which won’t tarnish over a period of time. These metals will be heavier and shouldn’t show any imperfections.”

Study the stitching

Tory Burch bag

Tory Burch

A poorly made or uneven stitch is a dead giveaway, says Hersan. She adds, “Brands have their own stitching codes, which are a key indicator of authenticity and permit knowledgeable companies like ours to authenticate products. For example, for Hermès, the famous stitches are ‘piqures sellier’, handmade by a craftsman.”

The final touches

Tom Ford bag FB

Tom Ford

If you don’t have the trained eye to spot an uneven stitch, Hersan insists that a study of the bag’s logo should present all the evidence you need. “The logo is often a slip-up area for copies, every brand includes unique details to ensure they can identify a genuine piece,” she says, adding, “You should look at material quality and finishing. If the material is supposed to be leather, it should smell and feel like leather. Some bags are lined with a different fabric on the inside and some are not, but it is very unlikely that a genuine designer handbag would use a cheap fabric in its lining.”

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Deepika Padukone’s favourite bags 

If there’s a luxury bag collection to be envious of, it’s Deepika Padukone’s. We tracked down the Bollywood star’s preferred eye candy, in case you needed proof. 


Nothing quite says airport-ready as a statement brown tote, and on that, the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour delivers. Not one to play it safe with classic blacks, Deepika picked out a brown version of the handbag for herself to keep the pastels in her wardrobe company. Get yours here.


You know you’ve arrived when you have a Hèrmes Birkin casually slung on your arm like it’s no big deal. Considering that Deepika’s stardom has been years in the making, her tan Birkin friend dates back to when she and Sid Mallya were a thing.


When in doubt, look to Chanel for answers. Or stuff your problems in them; the Chanel Large Deauville tote bag’s generous proportions have got Deepika covered. From lazy athleisure outings at the airport to biker chic leather ensembles, this dove grey tote is as much a part of her as those enviable dimples. 


From pajamas to jumpsuits, Deepika has found a versatile companion in the Céline Phantom tote in Croc Skin Black. And you thought she needed Ranveer as arm candy. 


We had Deepika pegged as another Chanel fiend too, until she introduced her wardrobe to the striped goodness of Gucci Dionysus. Along with the signature tiger head spur clasp, this Gucci bag brings some colour-blocked fun to the party. If you like what you see, click here to take this baby home.