High-end designer bags tend to be risky particularly when it’s being purchased online. This is probably one of the reasons why people sway away from online shopping when it comes to luxury products. Thankfully, there are ways to tell a fake from the authentic version.
The first step is to differentiate a beautifully designed Coach bag from a poorly designed knockoff is to inspect it thoroughly. Most Coach bags have a hefty price tag is not because of the
brand-name, but is due to the materials used. One of the most common ways to determine whether a bag is real or fake is to check the stitching. Signs of a counterfeit product include loose stitching, crooked stitching, odd spacing, and overstitching. Genuine Coach handbags has close to perfect stitching and that is the reason why Coach is well-known for their craftsmanship.
Other than that, you should examine the fabric and the leather. In any area of the bag, there should not be any uneven designs. Moreover, the signature monogram bags will typically have “C” shapes in sets of two without any patterns being cut off. Due to small shapes of certain bags, it is normal for the “C” shapes to be slightly off. An additional dead giveaway is when the pattern is something completely different such as a completely different letter, such as an “O” or a “G”.
However, if you want to double check, you may contact the seller to request photos so that you can look at the stitching up close.
The Coach creed was introduced in the late 60s/early 70s without any serial number. The current day creeds have serial and style numbers. Moreover, bags that were made just for the Factory Stores will include an “F” before the style number. The tag within the handbag ought to include a style number, a registration number as well as relevant information about the origin of the product and how it was crafted. You will often see a style number without any registration number or vice versa with unauthentic bags.
Another hint that you should take notice is the wordings on the tag inside. It should be perfectly spaced with no spelling errors. You would instantly know it’s a fake when there are any muddled words or misspellings.
Do take note that the smaller Coach products such as pouches or purses might not have a Coach creed. However, for the smaller products that do have the creed will not contain a style number or a registration number. This may be slightly confusing in particularly if you want to identify whether the bag is the real thing or a knockoff.
Genuine Coach Bags are made with high-quality materials such as herringbone weave, straw, denim, sateen, canvas, embossed python or crocodile leather, shantung, and patent leather. Fake materials will usually peel off easily. The hardware on the bag may look like it is genuinely polished nickel; however, it can be simply determined whether it’s a heavy-duty or cheaper material by tapping it with your fingernail. The difference between a solid metal and a painted plastic can be easily felt.
Enamel hangtags and zippers
Generally, handbags that come with enamel hangtags should have a smooth finish. You can identify knockoff bags if it has raised lettering making it a dead giveaway that it is not authentic. If it is for the leather tag, embossed lettering is very common.
The difference between the two handbags can be seen in the zipper. For the genuine purse, the zipper has the lettering “YKK” engraved into it, while the fake will not have it. However, if you are still uncertain of the authenticity, simply check out how the purse zips. The genuine ones will most likely zip smoothly and easily without much tugging. This is because; the stitching is perfect and you should never find the zipper being caught on a seam or a stitch.
Other things to look out for
The product should look neat and sturdy without having it slouched to one side or lopsided. The cause of this is either the uneven lousy stitching or low-quality material. Coach will always use a leather or suede trim instead of leather or shiny plastic. You can tell the difference between leather and plastic in person, based on its smell.
Lastly, it the manufacturing country says China; it does not indicate that it is fake. The reason is that most Coach products are crafted from there. However, China-made products can also be a show sign that the product might be fake and it is more deceiving than you’d think.