“The details are not the details. They make the design” – Charles Eames
Owning a designer handbag is every fashion forward girl’s dream. Not only is the ultimate handbag the perfect accessory for your wardrobe, it has the ability to automatically update any outfit. Plus, just looking at it makes you happy.
But, it doesn’t take a fashion expert to figure out that with the designer name, comes the designer price tag – and with the demand to own a designer handbag on the rise, so is the rise of counterfeiters. In bad news for designer-lovers everywhere, the creators of fake designer products are becoming smarter than ever, fooling even the most experienced shopper.
So when you’re looking to snap up that Hermes, Givenchy or Christian Dior handbag, be sure to remember a few simple rules:
Do your research
Research is key when looking to buy designer. Researching the bag you really want will give you the ability to train your eye to spot the difference between a fake and a genuine product. Visit designer stores and familiarise yourself with the design of the bag, taking special note of labels, fastenings, and fabric linings. The simplest of things, such as how the label is stitched to the inside of the handbag is often a good indication of whether what you’re dealing with is the real deal, or no deal.
A deal that is too good to be true, is most likely too good to be true
If you manage to stumble across a designer bag with a price tag that seems too good to be true – chances are it is, and you’ve probably found yourself a counterfeit. Ensure you compare the price against competitors, and establish a feel of the type of price point you’d expect for a designer bag, even a pre-loved one will usually come with a fairly high price. Speaking of which, if you’re not looking to break the bank, pre-loved is the perfect option, remembering to apply the same rules and shop around to see what’s on offer.
Check for authenticity when shopping online
Shopping online is always risky, especially when it comes to shopping designer. Counterfeiters often use designer images to trick customers into thinking that what they’re buying is genuine. Before making a purchase it is important to check for 100% authenticity and money back guarantee to ensure that you are getting what you paid for. The site you’re buying from should be guaranteeing this.