HOW TO: Spot a fake Gucci handbag

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ID a fake Gucci handbag at fifty paces with these fool-proof tips...

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With counterfeit handbags on the soaring rise, you need to make sure you're clued up before buying a new bag from anywhere but the designer's own store.

So if a new Gucci is the apple of your eye, here's a few tips from those lovelies at theviviant.com, on how to tell if you've been offered a fake...

TIP 1: Study the cut of the leather intently, especially around the interior zippered pocket (if it is a style of bag comes with a pocket). The cut should be exactly the same all the way around the pocket.

TIP 2: The handbag should come with the Gucci Controllato Card which should have GUCCI written in capitals with a dark grey background. Underneath that in a white background should be the word 'controllato' and the numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0. The back of the card is always left blank.

TIP 3: The Gucci dust bag should have drawstring closures and there are two types of Gucci dust bags. The first type is made from dark brown satin and the GG logo is printed on the front with the second G being upside down. The second type is a solid light brown colour with GUCCI written in gold across the front.

TIP 4: On the inside tag where it says GUCCI and 'Made in Italy' there should also be a style/model number with a four or six digit serial stamped on the leather.

What do you think? Reckon you can tell the difference now?

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