How to spot a fake Hermes handbag

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Think you've spotted a dodgy Birkin? A not so graceful Kelly? Here's how to tell

Binky Felstead and Gabriella Ellis out in London

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Given that there's a rolling six month waiting list for some Hermés handbags, while others are like gold dust to get a grip of, when you spot one in real life it's worth every second of admiration you can offer it.

If you suspect there might be foul play afoot however, our bag loving friends over at theviviant.com have compiled these fool-proof tips to spotting a fraudster.

Ready for a 101 in what it takes to make an official Hermés?

TIP 1: Hermès bags will never come with paper tags attached to them.

TIP 2: The Hermès Birkin and Kelly bag come complete with an engraved lock and key set. The lock will have the word Hermès written on the bottom and there will be a matching number that is placed on the lock and the key.

TIP 3: Hermès never uses a metal nameplate on the inside of its bags.

TIP 4: There is no such thing as a "Vintage Birkin," the Birkin has only been around since 1984.

So, if you're admiring a vintage Birkin? You're actually really not! Reckon you could spot a fake now?

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