Sarah Garden05 Jul 2015 AT 02:13 PM

How to spot a fake handbag: Chloé

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Sarah Garden05 Jul 2015 AT 02:13 PM
How to spot a fake, InSeller, Fashion, Designer, Chloe, Pre-loved
© Chloe Spring/Summer15 Campaign
How to spot a fake, InSeller, Fashion, Designer, Chloe, Pre-loved
© Paul Barrera
How to spot a fake, InSeller, Fashion, Designer, Chloe, Pre-loved
© Paul Barrera
How to spot a fake, InSeller, Fashion, Designer, Chloe, Pre-loved
© Paul Barrera
How to spot a fake, InSeller, Fashion, Designer, Chloe, Pre-loved
How to spot a fake, InSeller, Fashion, Designer, Chloe, Pre-loved
How to spot a fake, InSeller, Fashion, Designer, Chloe, Pre-loved
© Paul Barrera
How to spot a fake, InSeller, Fashion, Designer, Chloe, Pre-loved
© Paul Barrera
How to spot a fake, InSeller, Fashion, Designer, Chloe, Pre-loved
How to spot a fake, InSeller, Fashion, Designer, Chloe, Pre-loved
How to spot a fake, InSeller, Fashion, Designer, Chloe, Pre-loved
© Paul Barrera
How to spot a fake, InSeller, Fashion, Designer, Chloe, Pre-loved
How to spot a fake, InSeller, Fashion, Designer, Chloe, Pre-loved
© Paul Barrera
How to spot a fake, InSeller, Fashion, Designer, Chloe, Pre-loved
How to spot a fake, InSeller, Fashion, Designer, Chloe, Pre-loved

As the pioneer of ready-to-wear collections in the fifties, Chloé became the label of choice for Europe’s rich and fabulous. A brand favourited by the likes of Miranda Kerr, Madonna and Cameron Diaz, Chloé's très chic reputation as one of the most popular fashion houses in France is still going strong.

The refined and recognisable handbags are arm candy luxury fashion blogger’s worldwide. But with a huge counterfeit industry infiltrating the high-end fashion world, it’s more important than ever to know what to look for when buying second hand. We asked our go-to authenticity expert from InSeller, Catherine Travers, for her top tips for spotting a fake Chloé.

Materials

An easy telltale signs of a fake Chloé bag is low quality leather, as Chloé uses only the best quality. The leather should be supple and thick, in vibrant colors with the hue evenly spread throughout the entire bag.

Serial Number
All Chloé bags will have either a date code or a serial number located on a leather tab, usually sewn to a seam inside a pocket. The font of this number should be thoroughly checked, as the typeface changes depending on the style and the season that the bag was made.

Hologram

There should be a hologram sticker present on the interior leather tab. Note that on pre-loved bags, this sticker has sometimes come off over time, depending on how nicely the bag has been taken care of. The hologram sticker will have a series of letters and numbers that will match the hologram sticker located on the authenticity card.

Hardware

The hardware on authentic Chloé bags should be heavy and of good quality. It should be affixed to the leather body in such a way that is it sturdy and will not break off. Most of the bags use brushed golden brass hardware, though newer styles use shiny gold hardware.

Zips
Chloé only uses YKK branded zippers.

Stitching
As with all high-end luxury items, the stitching should be straight and even. There should be no evidence of glue on the seams.

Logo

An authentic bag will have Togo stamped in a clean manner on the interior of the bag, usually on an inside pocket. It should be clear and easy to read. Often s counterfeit Chloé will have smudged or very vague stamping.

Country of Origin
While most Chloé bags are manufactured in Italy, the brand also has factories in France, Romania and Spain. As with all logos, it is important to check the font and typeface of the lettering.

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