Is Your Chanel Bag a Fake?
The most coveted bag for the past two years has undoubtedly been the Chanel 2.55. Mademoiselle Chanel created this iconic bag in 1955, hence the name 2.55.
it seems like eBay is the premiere spot for vintage Chanel purses, but how do you spot the real deal from the fakes? Do your homework! There’s nothing worse than being spotted sporting a fake, especially when you paid top dollar.
1. Check the serial number
The serial number will have seven numbers if it was made in the 80s and 8 numbers if it was made in the 90s. In older handbags and accessories there is a white sticker with gold circle CCs all over it. The black 7-digit serial number is black and is in the middle of the sticker. Newer bags have a plastic shield to protect the serial number. There is no plastic covering over this sticker in an older bag.
2. The logo
The interlocking CC logo can be gold, silver, stitched or other material. The top portion of the right C must overlap the top portion of the left C. The bottom portion of the left C must overlap the bottom portion of the right C. In a very few vintage Chanel handbags, Chanel has done the reverse overlaps on their interior flaps.
3. The hardware
The hardware-chains, pulls, eyelets-will always match each other. If the chain strap is silver, so will the rest of the hardware. If it is gold, the pulls and eyelets will be gold too.
The metallic logo stamp will also match the hardware. You will find a stamp indicating where it was made on the opposite side of the bag either in block letters or in an oval.
Even vintage Chanel bags are expensive. If you think the price of the bag is too good to be true, it probably is! There are still great finds on eBay, you just have to be a savvy vintage shopper.