From the blog
The Fendi Zucca print is having a real resurgence of popularity at present but like all of the luxury branded bags Fendi are copied far and wide and you have to have a keen eye to spot the difference.
Post 2004 Fendi introduced the hologram sticker for bags. These stickers are extremely detailed and are found on the fabric tag inside the bag. The reverse of the tag will also have an alpha numerical serial number. If the bag has neither of these then leave it alone! Beware however, as the fakes also have holograms but these will peel easily whereas the real deal is VERY firmly fixed!
A Chanel bag is a great investment with prices for a Medium Classic Flap bag increasing by 72% between 2010 and 2015. However, if you don’t have the money to buy one from Chanel direct then how do you know what you are getting is the real deal. When you think designer copies, Chanel handbags are probably the first to come to mind. There are tons out there. Some obvious, and some a little harder to spot. Over the years the copiers have become really good at getting it as close as possible but however hard they try they always seem to miss the minutiae. I have worked with vintage Chanel pieces for over 20 years and during that time have learned exactly what to look for. Firstly, look for the obvious, quality of the stitching, stamps, hardware etc, if it doesn’t feel quite right or look the part chances are its not as a real Chanel piece simply oozes quality..but here are some other key pointers: