Coach Purses: How to tell an Authentic Coach Handbag from Fake Coach Handbags
How to Spot a Fake Coach Purse
Let’s be honest. A Coach purse to many people is a real buying decision. No matter your spending ability at some point you must look at your available money and compare it to your desired purchase. For you it could be $50, $400, or $1200 that is the dollar amount that makes you stop and consider a purse purchase. If you are looking to spend a portion of your hard earned money on a real coach purse you really want to make sure that it is the real deal. Here are a few tips I have put together for you to help make sure you make a good decision.
C Pattern Design
If your purse is the ‘c’ or ‘cc’ style stitching you will be able to use this pattern to inspect for authenticity. Look at the purse to check for the following.
a. The c pattern should go straight up and down.
b. The pattern will be centered on the front and back panel of the purse.
c. The seam will go straight through ‘c’ or ‘cc’ pattern not cutting off letters. (include picture) You will see the seam in picture does not obstruct the cc pattern.
CC Pattern and Seam Display on an Authentic Coach Purse
Leather Label with Serial Number
There is a serial number that exists in the majority of the real Coach purses that begins with ‘No’ that is located on the inside sewn in leather label. On some of the smaller purse sizes there is not a tag. These styles would include the clutch, swingback, and the mini. I have also seen fakes that have the sewn in label starting with a No followed by a serial number. However, when you compare this label to the real one the quality of leather and imprinting is obvious which is real. The words on the label should also be in all-caps.
Know the Real Deal
I would suggest you visit retailers of real Coach stores to begin to teach yourself what an authentic Coach purse looks and feels like. Pay attention to the look and feel of the leather, lining, zipper, stitching and leather tag. As you become more familiar with the real Coach handbags, you will recognize a fake easier.
Poor Craftsmanship - Leather is Pieced Together
View the stitching on the purse. Stitches that are different in width or have threads coming out of the seam are a great way to spot a knockoff. In a real Coach handbag the stitching is impeccable.
Poor Stitching on Fake Coach Handbag
In order to be an authentic Coach handbag it must be a Coach style. This one can be a bit tricky since Coach releases new styles throughout the year. I see the Internet as a great way to help you determine if the style you are looking at is a real style. Ask your question in a forum or blog and learn from others.
Inspect the zipper of the purse. On a poor Coach knockoff, you can simply tell the difference by a looking at the zipper. A Coach purse will use a zipper with the engraving ‘YKK.’ Look for the engraving. If you are still not sure, zip the purse a few times to see how smoothly the purse zips.
C not G
I think this one should go without saying but it bears to mention since it must be working on some people. The Coach brand starts with a ‘c’ not a ‘g.’ It is unbelievably silly to me but some Coach knockoff have the stitching of a ‘g’ or ‘gg’ not a ‘c’ or ‘cc.’
I have seen some auctions with pictures of purses with plastic wrapped handles. To my knowledge this would also be a sign of a fake Coach purse.
So I would love to hear from you. Please let me know of any other ways you make sure that you are purchasing a real Coach purse.
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