A new designer bag is a joy; discovering it’s a fake is not. If you’re in the market for a designer bag, these tips will help you spot replicas, fakes, and genuine designer bags.
1.Understand the difference between an imitation and an original bag. Knowing the difference enables you to make an informed choice about the purchase of any bag.
A genuine designer bag is made by the original well-known designer; it can also be made by a less-known designer but the main focus is on high-end designers. The bag’s logo, charms, attachments, etc., are all part of the original design down to the exact positioning and number of such features. Tags, signatures or marks stating the designer’s name form an integral part of the bag’s overall design and authenticity. Price is determined by what the consumer is prepared to pay for a designer label.
2. Be store wise.
The best place to purchase a designer bag is to go to a renowned store for designer bags. Suitable stores include stores that carry the same name as the brand and quality department or boutique stores. The staff should be knowledgeable when questioned about the pedigree, quality, and guarantees concerning the bag. Assume that any designer bag being sold at a second hand market or street vendor is suspect. Designer labels do not authorise street vendors to sell designer bags or purses. It would be a rare to have a cheap designer bag being thrown out at a second hand market; it’s possible but improbable.
Know all you can about designer bags if you’re purchasing from online auction sites. Apply the following steps to any purchases of designer bags made at such places.
Ask trusted fashionistas you know where they purchase their designer bags from. They’ll be wise to the good stores.
4. Ask the vendor if the bag is real or a fake.
Judge for yourself the ring of authenticity from the answer you get from the vendor, keep your emotions in check and your common sense at the forefront. Sellers who avoid answering questions or are evasive have something to hide. Ask if you can return it if it’s faulty or fake. Naturally, don’t expect street vendors to agree to this!
Ask if there are any certificates of authenticity accompanying the bag.
5. Know the signs of a fake bag.
There are numerous signs that can point to a bag’s lack of authenticity: The stitching, Look closely at the stitching of the bag. Sloppy, slanted, and uneven stitching is a sign of a poorly made, and therefore, a fake bag. Designer bags will always have quality stitching because it is part of the designer’s reputation to produce a quality item.
8. Don’t confuse a designer bag with making a purchase of value.
With a designer bag, you’re buying the label as much as the bag and it may not be to your budget’s benefit unless money is not an issue. Always check the bag, designer or ordinary brand, for its quality before its style. That way, you’ll soon learn that even some designer ranges make compromises that aren’t acceptable for the price asked. It hardly makes sense to spend 15,000 naira on a plastic bag with a designer label over a well-made ordinary label leather bag at 6,000 naira. Investigate and keep your head in charge of your wallet, not your fashion-hijacked heart.
Look for young, up-and-coming designers whose designs show incredible promise but aren’t yet fetching huge prices. They may be selling online through a site such as konga, gift store or in a local boutique etc. Learn how to spot quality and style and support a new designer.
Let’s hope you don’t ever again, get in the sad situation of paying good money for a knock off.