Chanel is a company that does not need an introduction - it is one of the most famous, covetable and respectable brands on the planet. Since Chanel is one of the worlds most sought after brands…they’re also one of the most copied! The counterfeit industry can be extremely deceptive. How can you tell if a Chanel bag is real or fake? At The Modernist we consider authenticity as our core value, we have prepared a list of guides to make sure your Chanel handbag is authentic! If you’re looking to learn how to authenticate or just want to learn more about Chanel, you’ve come to the right place! Just remember the following facts.
The iconic CC-lock was actually designed by Karl Lagerfeld in the 1980s and it is the first thing one must check for authenticity. The CC lock can feature either raised or flat finishes with the right C overlapping the left C at the top and the left C overlapping the right C at the bottom.
An authentic Chanel bag chain will feel heavier and more substantial than on a counterfeit. The stitching on the leather intertwined between the chain is perfectly stitched with no bumps, no threads, clean and seamless. This is what you pay for - for the flawless craftsmanship!
The CC on the inside, it should feel soft and not as if there is a cardboard inside. The widths of each C are equal and they must also match the width of the gap between them.
Lettering in Chanel stamps is always clean and sharp. The colour of an inside stamp, that says CHANEL and Made in France or Made in Italy, must be of the same colour as a hardware of the purse.
On the inside of the bag the back of the turnstile lock you should see a backplate like the ones pictured here, that says Chanel on the left, while on the right side it says Paris. Chanel only use flat (slot) head screws.