If you’ve ever bought a designer item online only to realize as soon as you get it in the mail that, sadly, you had been duped into buying a fake, you are not alone. It can be very tough to tell from pictures whether that vintage Chanel bag or those red-bottomed Christian Louboutins do indeed belong to the designer logo they bear.
A while ago we discovered an awesome online auction site called Lollipuff, which guarantees the authenticity of every single designer item up for grabs on the site. “If you can’t authenticate through a photograph, you’re not a true authenticator,” the site’s founder, Fei Deyle, told StyleCaster at the time. “It’s wild how often I see a fake Chanel bag sell for over $1,000 on eBay. Anyone can touch a bag and know it’s plastic and not leather. I built up my reputation as being a very trusted source by sharing everything I had learned and by being passionate about these brands.”
To that end, StyleCaster worked with Lollipuff’s brand experts to build the authentication quiz below. Try it out and find out: Do you have an eye for designer items?
Then scroll down to see the answers!
1. Is this Hervé Léger authentic or counterfeit?
2. Which Christian Louboutins are authentic: left or right?
3. Which Chanel bag is authentic: left or right?
4. Is this Hervé Léger dress authentic or counterfeit?
5. Which Balenciaga bale/shoulder strap is counterfeit: left or right?
6. Which Hermès Clic Clac cuff is fake: left or right?
7. Does this Louis Vuitton looks like the real deal: yes or no?
8. Is this Chanel authentic or fake?
9. Is this Hervé Léger dress authentic or fake?
10. Are these Christian Louboutin shoes authentic or fake?
Answers from Lollipuff’s Experts:
To the trained eye, there are several major errors with this dress. Some of the errors are more subtle; for example, the tagging on the back is attached incorrectly. A difference that is easily seen is that an authentic Herve Leger dress in this style should have a rubber lining on the inside neckline border, which this fake is lacking. Be careful. Up to 75% of Herve Leger found online is counterfeit.
2. The shoes on the right are authentic.
Louboutins will never have grip lines on the bottom. The bottom should be made of red lacquered leather, NOT plastic! Another very obvious error on the left shoes: Christian Louboutin shoes NEVER come with an authentication card.
3. The bag on the left is a new counterfeit.
The one on the right is an authentic, vintage Chanel bag. Once again, there are many errors on the counterfeit. Most obvious is the serial number on the left. 13297126 is a commonly used counterfeit number. If you see this number on a Chanel bag, it’s best not to buy! It’s important to be absolutely sure before making your Chanel purchases. We routinely see folks get scammed out of hundreds (or thousands!) of dollars on sites like eBay. At Lollipuff, none of these fakes would ever have made it past our experts.
4. Absolutely authentic!
5. This was a trick question: both!
Both shoulder/bales are accurate on both these authentic Balenciaga handbags. The straps and bales are one of the most important features that an authenticator should look at on Balenciaga bags.
6. The one on the right is fake.
Even before looking at the features/stamping of the bracelet, you can see significant quality differences in the packaging. The box on the left has a pebbled finish and is evenly stamped. The box on the right has a smooth finish and the black border is slightly misaligned.
7. It is authentic!
When authenticating, many photos should be reviewed to be 100% certain of its authenticity. However, to authenticators, even only one photo can give away the true authenticity of an item. Note how the Louis Vuitton pattern is symmetrical when folded down the middle vertically, horizontally and diagonally. Notice how the hand-stitching is perfect and in signature yellow thread. Finally, notice how the handle has darkened to a orange brown due to use? Most counterfeit Louis Vuitton will not have oxidizing leather and this coloring on the handle would be very rare on a fake.
8. This Chanel is fake.
Silver Chanel hardware should never have a hallmark stamp on the CC logo.
9. This Hervé Léger dress is counterfeit.
The most noticeable error is the Herve Leger clothing tag. It is misplaced. Herve Leger would never have a tag that hangs out an open back design.
10. These Christian Louboutin shoes are authentic!
All counterfeits (even the good ones) have multiple errors. This one does not.