Last year, I blogged about a vintage Chanel flap bag and included a link to a video of the bag’s history. Winnie of Vintage Heirloom made a video full of great fun facts about Chanel’s iconic bag. But another video of hers caught my attention, “How To Spot A Fake Chanel 2.55 Bag.” I could not wait to blog about this topic and share the video with you. So let’s dig in, shall we?
Leather. Should be lambskin and of good quality.
Hardware. The iconic CC lock should be flat and the right C lies over the left C. The marking on the lock denotes where the bag was made. On the inside of the flap, the lock lies flat and says Chanel on the left and Paris on the right.
Stitching. The bag should have a high stitch count, about 10 or more stitches per inch. There should not be any loose threads.
Lining. The lining inside should lie flat against the bag, no lumps or air pockets. The lining should also be extremely difficult to separate or pull from the bag.
Stamps. On the inside of the bag – under the CC stitched logo – lies the Chanel stamp. On the opposite side of the bag, lies the made in France stamp.
Chain. Chain should be heavy, as it’s guilded in 24k gold.
Quilting. The quilting on the bag should maintain a consistent diamond pattern all over the bag.
Serial stickers. Stickers can be found in the left bottom corner of the bag. Serial stickers were introduced in 1984 and indicate the model and year of the bag. Six digit serial numbers show the bag was made from 1984-1986. Seven digit serial numbers, the bag was made between 1986 and 2004. Eight digit serial numbers, the bag was made 2005-present.
Check out Winnie’s video for more tips on spotting a fake.
The information Winnie provided has helped me so much. There are a lot of great replicas out there. The more you know, the less likely you will make a costly mistake. As resale shoppers, we should educate ourselves on what we are buying. It literally pays to do so.