Posted on Mon, January 27, 2014 at 11:28AM
1. Check the hardware. Zippers, clasps and closures should all be uniform in color and finish. (Except for Chloe handbags, which often makes use of mixed hardware.) Zippers should also operate with utmost east.
2. Sweat the three S's: Shape, symmetry & seaming. Seams generally do not have glue (except perhaps on wallets) and all of the stitching is always perfectly aligned with nothing left unfinished. On Louis Vuitton monogrammed items, the signature logos should consistently match all over the bag—and be facing the same direction. (Since Gucci and Fendi were taken over by LVMH, they have started to adopt this technique as well). Lastly, check to make sure the bag you are eyeing up is in a shape and pattern that the designer makes.
3. Touch & smell the leather. If it doesn't have that lovely leather smell we all know and love, or feel buttery soft to the touch, it should raise an immediate red flag. Other tell-tale signs the leather is faux: It has a chemical or rubber-like aroma.
4. Check out the logo. Hardware logos (like Chanel) should never be a different color than the zipper, glued on poorly or even be the slightest bit crooked. Because as we know, all luxe labels pride themselves in creating practically perfect, flawless goods.
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