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Designer Bag Index: How To Spot A Fake Chanel

We spill the secrets about what makes the classic flap bag so perfect.
Designer Bag Index: How To Spot A Fake Chanel We spill the secrets about what makes the classic flap bag so perfect.

As we said, Chanel’s classic 2.55 bag has its fair share of secrets to spill. And just like every good secret, snooping brownnosers try their best to get the cat out of this perfectly quilted bag by producing replicas close to the real deal.

Just like Hermes and Louis Vuitton purses, Chanel’s bags rank as one of the most highly counterfeited bags all over the world. So, for the third installment of our "How To Spot A Fake" series, we give you five things to look at when authenticating the brand’s classic flap bag.



Lambskin and pebbled caviar leather are the most commonly used materials for the classic flap bag. However, denim, metallic leather, and tweed are also sometimes used. Looking at the lining, lambskin bags make use of a red lining while caviar bags make use of black.

When looking at the double C turnstile lock, the right C should always be over the left C hook. Often you’ll find markings on one of the Cs which indicates the country of origin where the bag was made. Flipping the bag over, the back plate of the lock should have flat screws.

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One of the bag’s allure is its gold chain strap. This should be gilded in 24-carat gold and should weigh heavier.

The quilting should be symmetric on both sides of the bag. Looking at the back, it should always look as if it went seamlessly over the pocket. Also the classic flap bag should have a high stitch count – with more than 10 stitches per inch – which ensures the bag’s durability.


Looking inside, the Chanel foil stamping should sit 1 ½ cm. below the quilted Cs. Often the color of the foil stamp matches with the color of the bag’s hardware.


Serial stickers and authenticity cards were first introduced in 1984 and only bags predating this do not have the feature. The hologram sticker signifies the bag model and year of manufacture and so does the card. Bags made in the '80s literally had stickers so don’t get hung up if you can’t find one on a vintage piece.

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