Real Hermes Birkin vs. Fake Hermes Birkin
The counterfeit handbag industry is booming with producing your favorite luxury designer handbag knock-offs and it’s important for you to know how to determine these fakes from the real deal. It certain instances, it may be easy for one to spot a fake handbag, such as a incorrect coloring, or sloppy stitching, but handbag counterfeiters are becoming pretty good at hiding these flaws today, so we have to take a deeper look beyond just the exterior flaws. Let’s take the Hermes Birkin as an example. This iconic bag has reigned as the world’s most expensive handbag, whether purchased new or pre-owned. It’s not easy for one to own a Birkin bag, as it takes connections, and a long waiting list just to call one your own. Yet, in the long scheme of things, this bag is still knocked-off and we’re here to explain to you specific details as to determining the real Birkin from the fake Birkin.
We’ve teamed up with our friends at Boca Raton Pawn Luxury to discuss a few differences that we spotted in a real and fake Hermes Birkin bag as well as a real and fake Louis Vuitton Alma bag. Check out the clip below!
To break things down, here’s a list of details that you may want to look for when you’re out shopping for your next Hermes Birkin bag, whether you’re purchasing it from a trusted reseller boutique, or a motivated seller on an e-commerce site
• Always ask if the seller has original receipt, dust bag, and box. Though the original receipt may not always authenticate the handbag, it can be added assurance to determine the original price of the handbag before you purchase.
• Check the date code. If your Birkin bag doesn’t have a true date code, it’s an instant fake. Click here to see a breakdown of the Hermes date codes and how to determine the year of manufacture.
• Feel the leather. If it feels slouchy, plastic-like, hard in some areas and soft in others, it is a red flag that the handbag may be fake. Hermes Birkin bags are structured to stand tall and not slouch or have misshapen walls. Majority of all fine quality leather that Hermes uses on their handbags are scratch resistant.
• Hardware. All Hermes Birkin hardware is either created with Palladium, or Gold Plated. No tarnish should be present.
• Hermes Zipper Pulls do not slouch, or hang off the side of the zipper. The zipper pulls are always parallel to the zipper.
• The Hermes stamp on the front of the bag are always laid over the leather, never embossed into the leather. The stamp should be set in a Gold or Silver paint/foil that looks as if it is a part of the actual leather.
• Hermes Birkin bags are hand stitched. The precise craftsmanship of these bags is what sets them apart from the other luxury designer brands. Each stitch is perfect and no loose threads should be visible.
• The hanging leather that holds the set of keys and your padlock is made from ONE piece of leather, not two.
• Hermes Birkin bags do NOT come with a hang tag attached to the bag.
• The front toggle should not be too loose to turn, a loosely turned toggle could mean poor hardware, which resembles a fake handbag.
• The actual design of the handbag should never change unless it is a different model Hermes, such as the Kelly.
Those are the easiest and most noticeable aspects of determining whether the Hermes Birkin that you’re interested in buying, or selling, is authentic or fake. It is always a good idea to make sure you’re purchasing from a reputable handbag boutique that will guarantee 100% authenticity for each and every one of their handbags, such as SellYourHandbag and Boca Raton Pawn Luxury, both located in the beautiful city of Boca Raton, Florida.