Counterfeiting a Kelly or a Birkin Hermes bag is becoming viral nowadays! It is in fact astonishing how these iconic bags are being perfectly replicated by so many ‘fake’ experts at competitive prices (we are not implying cheap by any measure), in fact many replicas cost more than a couple of thousands that convince you it’s the most genuine leather and perfect copy.. This is particularly unfair to those authentic craftsmen who spend the time and a fortune to ensure a luxurious look and feel.. But come to think about it, is there truly anything in this world more satisfying than an original?
Here are several signature characteristics of an Hermes bag that will help you determine if it is authentic:
1 || The Stitching
This fact should be established.. An authentic Hermes bag is handmade and hand stitched, with absolutely flawless sew lines..Look for any stitches obviously out of place, out of line, crooked seams, or irregular patterns on an Hermes bag. And then you will be alerted, a real Hermes bag is free of any sloppy stitching.. It’s perfection with every hand sewn stitch.. No arguing here!
2 || The Lining And Interior
The lining of an original Hermes is given the same amount of care and attention as the exterior of it.. Lined with chèvre leather which is a goatskin that is grained and not smooth.. You have to have an eye, and a feel. High quality runs through each and every part of an original hermes.. Another way to ensure the authenticity of the lining or interior is to verify the color scheme on the Hermes website and to ensure the stitching is neat and proper without loose threads.
3 || The Hardware
For an authentic hermes bag, palladium or plated gold. are the genuine precious metals used. Usually this type of hardware doesn’t change in color with time, and heavy in weight as well.. When checking the hardware on a Hermes bag, feel the weight of the lock, keys, studs, and other pieces of hardware on the bag. If they feel light and cheap this should act as a red flag.
4 || The Zippers
Zippers should be a surefire way to inspect a fake hermes.. Other than the fact that zippers have the Hermes name on them – which can easily be counterfeited- an authentic zipper should not flop down or hang down at a 90 degree angle from the zip line. It should remain parallel to the zipper at all times.
5 ||The Toggle
The luxury of an Hermes also follows through by the ease of dealing with the toggle.. Look for a smooth flawless turn when twisting the bag open.. Grainy and light weighted toggles are a sign of a fake hermes.. Stiffness is another sign.. Remember, luxury is a word far away from struggling.. You should not struggle when dealing with the toggle..
6 || The Handles
The handles on a real hermes should stand straight up and down. Some bending may occur depending on the care and storage you give your Birkin or Kelly, however, when holding the bag, you will be able to tell immediately if it is genuine. Also, fake Hermes bags can sometimes have misshapen or rounded handles.
7 || The Bag Shape
When standing, the real hermes should be sturdy, neat and pronounced without any slouching or bulging in places.
8 || The Authenticity Card
Hermes bags have NO authenticity cards! They never have and most likely never will. Many fake Hermes Birkin and Kelly bags come with these orange plastic credit cards that say “Hermes” on them. If the bag comes with one of these cards, it is most definitely a fake.
9 || The Logo
The logo featured on a real Hermes reads “Hermes Paris Made in France”. It has a delicate and neat font that is not affected by the texture of the leather. If the logo looks irregular, big, and/or blocky and not centered then its with no doubt a fake you are looking at…
10 || The Dust Bag
The luxury of an original Hermes is a never ending story.. Dust bags or sleepers should be another sign of authenticity as well..The dust bag is of a high quality, as the bag itself is, and will feature a high neat stitch count. The color of the dust bag is always light beige or orange with a dark brown Hermes logo on the material. Fake dust bags often come in a grey color and feature a burgundy colored stamp.
11 || The Price
Being the most expensive brand on the market.. Authentic Hermes bags can cost anything from around $10,000 to the most exotic at around $150,000. Yes you might encounter a fake Hermes bag on the market that is priced at a couple of thousand dollars and are of a very high quality. However, think to yourself why someone would sell a genuine Hermes at such a low price when they could get many times more for it.
12 || The Stamp
Just like an authentic Chanel, the Hermes stamp should and must be embossed to the leather and not printed..There are two stamps featured on Hermes bags – one is the Hermes logo located on the front center of the exterior of the bag and the other is on the back of the flap indicating the year and material used.