Ok, so this one isn't fake...

Got your eye on a designer handbag but don’t know if it’s the real deal? While sites like the luxe pre-owned resale site Vestiaire Collective will do the designer vetting for you, others leave you relying on the seller’s dodgy description and some dimly-lit photos. NOT the high fashion experience you were hoping for, am I right?

If  you’re splashing your hard-earned cash on an accessory that’s meant to last you a lifetime, you better brush up on your fake bag spotting skills – and who better to ask than the Vestiaire Collective?!

We headed to Vestiaire’s Paris HQ to learn how they tell a real designer bag from a copy. With in-house experts rooting through 5,000 items a day, it’s safe to say they know their stuff when it comes to sorting the designer gems from side-of-the-road replicas…

Touch, feel and smell the bag. If it’s real leather, it should feel and smell like leather. Also, the lining should be crease- and bump-free.

The bag’s hardware should feel heavy and not hollow. It shouldn’t be discoloured either – and if it’s flaking, stay well clear.

Familiarise yourself with the brand’s font. For example, in the Chanel logo, the C is very round and the bottom leg of the letter E is longer than the top. 

Just because there’s a serial number, it doesn’t mean the bag it’s attached to is real. Counterfeiters often take them off a real bag and use them on fakes.

Beware of uneven stitching. Designers use hand-stitching, which is perfectly straight. For example, a Chanel 2.55 bag has 11 stitches per quilt square.

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Got it? Good! Now flaunt your vintage Chanel loud and proud. Don’t forget to scour out the best online vintage shopping sites to pick up your perfect arm candy.