How to spot a fake Chanel handbag

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Would you know how to spot a knock-off Chanel bag? Here's a few tell-tale signs...

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Counterfeit handbags are on the rise thanks online shopping and discount sites.

But if you were landed with a fake Chanel bag, would you even know?

It can be tricky to tell the difference sometimes, especially if you're new to the designer bag owner's circle. But fear not! This awesome guide by thevivant.com, will help you sort the duds from the real deals before you can say Karl Lagerfeld...

How to spot a fake Chanel handbag


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INTERLOCKING C LOGO


Make sure it has the interlocking C logo. Many knockoffs have interlocking O's which are snipped after production to look similar to a C.

THE QUILTING


The quilting should be symmetric, so make sure you study it.

AUTHENTICITY CARD


Chanel authenticity cards are often copied, so they can't always be used as a guarantee of the bags' authenticity.

TAGS AND WRAPPING


Chanel does not attach any tags or wrapping, so if a bag comes with a tag attached then it's safe to assume you've got a fake on your hands.

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MADE IN FRANCE


The bag should be stamped with CHANEL on the inside as well as having 'Made in France' directly underneath it or to the side.

THE DUST BAG


Newer Chanel bags will come in a black dust bag with 'Chanel' written in black, while vintage Chanel bags will come in a white felt bag with a black logo.

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