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Handbag Wallet

Handbag Wallet
How can you tell if you have a real Coach handbag/ wallet/ sunglasses etc or a fake?

1. Signature fabric: The “C” pattern will be crooked. Except for some newer patterns, like the “optic” or my new favorite “scarf print,” the tip of the horizontal “C” facing the other “C” should touch. Also, the pattern should line up and start in the center of the front panel of the bag (same with the back panel). The center seam should go straight down through the middle of the CC’s, and the pattern should be aligned horizontally and vertically. Also, the pattern should line up on any front or back pockets, so that it looks like there is no break in the pattern. (Note: Sometimes the pattern does not line up on side seams as this is nearly impossible to do.) The best way to tell is to go to the COACH website and look at the real thing, and then compare.

2. Sometimes the “CC” will actually be a “GG” – how much more obvious can you get! And no, this does not mean it’s a Gucci! (I’m not as familiar with Gucci products, but if someone is selling you a “COACH” bag which is imprinted with the letter “G” then logically it must be fake.)

3. The stitching or general construction of the bag looks sloppy – this is a sure sign because COACH does not make sloppy products! Each stitch should be the same length as every other stitch, it should be in a straight line, and there should be no “over-stitching”.

4. The bag does not look like any other bag you’ve ever seen – if it looks “sort of” like a bag you’ve seen but something is “off” – be careful!

5. Replicas: The seller is listing an unusually large number of the same exact bag. This is a red flag because there are websites where you can purchase good-quality replicas, and I have seen these replicas listed on eBay claiming to be authentic. Note that replicas are usually made of fabric, as leather is more expensive and therefore all-leather bags are less likely to be fake. (However, I have seen fake Coach bags made of all-leather. The all-leather fakes are usually very easy to spot – i.e. the quality of the leather is VERY poor, the fixtures are all wrong, etc.)

6. Credo Patch: Most COACH bags have a “serial number” stamped on the inside, on a square patch of leather sewn into the lining. Some of the smaller purses (the “clutch,” the “swingpack” and the “mini”) do not have a serial number. The serial number typically consists of a series of numbers or a number-and-letter combination. The last 4-5 digits of the serial number indicate the style number of the bag. Careful, though, as fake COACH bags also have a serial number – so just because the bag has a serial number does NOT mean the it is authentic.

Handbag Wallet
Handbag Wallet
Handbag Wallet

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