Is Your Chanel Bag a Fake?

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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29 comments

1 Sarah Matthews { 12.02.08 at 8:25 am }

Hi,
i found a Chanel bag in a vintage fair in the UK for 35 pounds. It appears to be real with the logo etc, but do you know if there can be separate zip pulls attached to the tassle as mine does have this.
Also there is only one label inside reading
‘made in Paris
Chanel Boutique’
the label is a sticker but is as worn as the interior.
it appears to be leather but the exterior is in a lot better condition than the interior.
Any authenticity help would be great?!
thanks, Sarah

2 Sandra { 12.02.08 at 5:04 pm }

Hi Sarah.
We would have to see an image. Send a pic of the label, details, etc. and let’s try to figure it out

3 Mona { 12.05.08 at 6:50 pm }

Sarah,
An authentic Chanel purse would have a label “Made in Italy” ONLY.
Good luck!

4 livi { 12.07.08 at 12:48 pm }

hi i was just wondering is this chanel bag a fake?
if you could helpthat would be great
thanks
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=250336571706

5 Sandra { 12.07.08 at 12:55 pm }

Hi there.
Normally the sticker is on the opposite side of the Chanel embossed logo, so ask first. The only other thing that makes me question is the image of the quilting where the diamonds do not line up. As far as I know, all of the diamonds should line up – there should be no disjointed lines.
Good luck.

6 livi { 12.07.08 at 3:03 pm }

yeah i did ask and they said they got it from a chanel shop in new york but you can never be 100% because it is off ebay? is there anything else i can look out for when i get this that it is a fake? i bought it for Ā£300 and they said i can have a full refund if i am not happy with it
thanks

7 Sandra { 12.08.08 at 6:25 am }

The fact that they offer a full refund is a good sign!

8 Carla Pocock { 12.08.08 at 2:21 pm }

my mum has had this bag for ages, my auntie handed it down quite a lot of years ago
i just wondered if it is real or not..
it doesnt have a sticker in it still but it feels like real leather and all the zippers have the chanel logo on them etc
thanks

9 Carla Pocock { 12.08.08 at 2:22 pm }

the photo link is
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i209/Carlamoo/100_6767.jpg
its a beigey colour also

10 Sandra { 12.08.08 at 6:18 pm }

It should have a sticker.

11 Carla Pocock { 12.09.08 at 2:11 am }

yess, thats what i thought
but do they come off?
cause my auntie said it had a card and possibly a sticker inside when she first got it
x

12 Christina { 12.30.08 at 9:05 am }
13 Sandra { 12.31.08 at 10:53 am }

Hi Christina.
Thanks for contacting me! The first and last are no longer available, so no help there. But the second one is sold by Fashionphile. I can tell you that this is one seller you can trust, hands down. You may pay a little more for one of their auctions, but their items are guaranteed to be real.
Good luck! Let us know which bag you bought!!

14 Jenny { 01.05.09 at 3:22 pm }

Hi. I am trying to find out if this chanel bag is authentic and if this seller is legit? Can you please help me!
Thanks,
Jenny
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380094651843&ih=025&category=63852&_trksid=p1742.m153.l1262
http://stores.ebay.com/whitham01

15 Sandra { 01.05.09 at 5:54 pm }

Jenny,
it looks legit, but ask for a pic of the stamp that says where it was made. It should be on the opposite side of the ChanelĀ® stamp.

16 Julie { 01.06.09 at 10:32 am }

does this look real? it seems to fail a couple of the tests, but still seems to pass others… is there wiggle room to these requirements?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=260341648555

17 Sandra { 01.07.09 at 11:08 pm }

This bag looks fake. The stitching is off on the back. On a real Chanel bag, the diamonds are always perfect. There are no breaks in the diamond pattern.

18 Kate { 01.08.09 at 5:18 am }
19 Kacee { 01.12.09 at 1:20 pm }

hello,
I was just wondering if all authentic Chanel bags regardless of how vintage they are have logo zipper pulls on the inside pocket? Is there any way that if it’s vintage it could have just a plain black zipper or is it most likely a fake? Thanks for your help.

20 jess { 01.13.09 at 6:38 pm }
21 Sandra { 01.13.09 at 7:11 pm }

It’s hard to tell with these pictures, and I am not familair with newer bags. Sorry.

22 jess { 01.13.09 at 7:25 pm }

can i call the store
have you ever heard of this type of bag from chanel?
in and out flap?

23 Sandra { 01.13.09 at 7:31 pm }

I’ve never seen a bag like this, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. I don’t keep up with the newer bags. Worst case, take it to the Chanel store and if they say it is counterfeit, contact Ebay for fraud.

24 jess { 01.13.09 at 7:39 pm }

ok ill try that! i wish i could find it in black but red is nice too- thanks so much

25 Sandra { 01.13.09 at 7:52 pm }

Kacee,
the zipper pull could have come off. There are other more important indicators though. Read through the post and comments.

26 lilly { 01.18.09 at 1:12 am }

and PLEASE note that Chanel bags are NEVER “made in italy”!!!!!

27 lori { 01.19.09 at 8:13 am }

hi, so if it says “chanel, made in france” that means it’s fake?
thanks for all this info

28 Sandra { 01.19.09 at 8:47 am }

No it should say Made in France or Made in Italy.

29 mary { 01.20.09 at 6:40 pm }

Hi I am just wondering how to tell fake, how bout diamond pattern at the back pocket line perfectly but the bottom and the front/back side is not, what I meant is the meeting between the bottom part of the bag and the back of the bag doesn’t meet perfectly is that still OK/consider authentic??
thanks