Chanel Real VS Replica Identification Guide

chanel jumbo flap real vs fake replica vs authentic guide

Can you tell which is real and which is fake? Keep in mind the lighting makes the bags colors look slightly different but both are equally black in person!

Hey guys!

I just wanted to do a quick post sharing what to look for when shopping for a Chanel handbag to make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck when shopping for an authentic or fake new, or used, or replica purse. Firstly I’d like to start off by saying Chanel is a very hard to find replica as the parent company actively seeks out any replica sellers who sell their products (and when you see the superfakes you will understand why) as they want to stop the devaluation train for Chanel. This is completely fair and I would do the same if I were Chanel as well.

I do however want to start with a few gripes I have with them, as a Chanel purse lover. Firstly dear Chanel why do you no longer coat your hardware with 24k gold? As a serious Chanel lover and collector I can say that there is a significant decline in quality within the Chanel brand over the years as they seemed to have lowered their production standards. I highly recommend well kept vintage bags that have the gold coating as these bags are in my opinion from a Chanel era in which quality was at the top of their priorities. Anyways enough chit chat. This guide is meant to give you a glimpse at a comparison between an authentic and replica Chanel with tips for spotting fake bags which have been very poorly constructed.

One thing I would like to say before providing this information is that Chanel replica manufacturers have been getting increasingly accurate to the point that I have heard many stories about fake Chanels being returned to authentic boutiques, which is really scary if you are dropping a couple of thousands on what you hope will be a real bag. Overall remember to be vigilant even if shopping in an authentic boutique! Take a look at the guide, and I hope it helps everyone out there!

When looking at the first photo I am sure a lot of people were confused – aren’t both bags real? Well they aren’t. These pictures feature a superfake Chanel being compared to an authentic so the subtleties are more minute and harder to spot, but I thought it would be worth showing! I will do another guide soon that outlines the really bad Chanel fakes I encourage you to burn if you see in person, on the spot, since they totally misconstrue the beauty of the originals, and are a total disgrace to Miss Coco’s designs.

chanel real vs fake replica vs authentic jumbo double flap guide 2

The replica looks a bit more “puffy” since it is newer compared to the used jumbo pictured right. Overly puffy bags are a sign of a fake Chanel however this comes down to the number of stitches! All Chanel bags (authentic and superfake) look a bit more puffy (but not overly) when new because they haven’t been subjected to the use and abuse of being worn on a daily basis! I’ll add a picture of the superfake Chanel jumbo once it has reached a point of use comparable to the authentic bag on the right!

chanel real vs fake replica vs authentic guide under bag stitching

A shot of the bottom of the bags. Make sure if you are shopping for a jumbo that there is a stitch down the middle otherwise you are dealing with a terrible fake.

chanel real vs fake replica vs authentic guide interior flap leather 6

The interior C’s are very important! In very poor Chanel replicas you will see very strange stitching that is either too skinny or too fat. The bag on the right is an authentic Chanel’s stitching while the bag on the left is a superfake that gets it close enough (the camera’s angle for the photo makes it look a little strange however).

chanel real vs fake replica vs authentic inside double flap guide 4

Depending on the production period of the bag a lighter or darker interior can be expected. What you should pay attention to inside the flap is the leather quality – if it seems fake or non-genuine leather then you are dealing with a bad replica my friends.

chanel real vs fake replica vs authentic guide hologram sticker jumbo 7

The interior hologram sticker is always a give away with a replica. Make sure to really pay attention to this if shopping on auction sites for a used authentic purse as the Chinese models usually have a standard number (10218184) that they use. However I have heard of cases of custom stickers being printed so once again be vigilant!

chanel real vs fake replica vs authentic guide hardware stamping 5.jpg

The hardware on the right is that of an authentic bag. The one on the left is the hardware of the superfake. As you can see both are equally well done. The heaviness of the hardware is a key giveaway to the authenticity of the bag. Once again many vintage pieces are coated with real gold for authentic Chanels, however their newer lines are not, and no replicas are coated with gold.

fashionophile ad chanel jumbo black double flap

The fashionphile ad I used to compare the replica and authentic. As you can see the bag is going for $5250 on fashionphile, while the supefake cost 1/10th of that.

Overall I hope this guide is helpful and makes everyone a wiser shopper when looking for Chanel whether it be online or in person as you are looking to drop down a lot of money on these beauties so make sure it is worth it!

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9 thoughts on “Chanel Real VS Replica Identification Guide

  1. Helen says:

    It’s great that you are sharing your knowledge on various designer bags, however; what I am interested in is the LV bag, particularly the “LV Monogram Retiro MM”. Do you know of anymore other than the 2 websites you’ve already mentioned? They don’t have a whole lot of LV selection and was hoping you would refer me to another reputable site? Thanks, looking forward to your reply….;)))

      • Betty says:

        Thank you for sharing all your knowledge. I’m also looking for a really good LV bag. I tried DD but that site is currently down. Let me know when you find a reputable website. Thanks!

      • Ale says:

        Hi purse queen and community Do you Know where can I fin a good Chanel Le boy replica?? and the LV that you rece tly reviewed. There is nothing anf the websites you recommended. Thanks .

  2. Ale says:

    Hi purse queen and community Do you Know where can I fin a good Chanel Le boy replica?? and the LV that you rece tly reviewed. There is nothing anf the websites you recommended. Thanks .

  3. S. says:

    Dear PurseQueen,

    thank you for sharing that helpful and detailed information about the Flap Bag! It was very useful for me, but I’m still quite insecure about where to buy such a superfake after long internet researches. Do you have any recommendations/experiences about where to buy (or not) such a gorgeous superfake flap bag like that one, which is depicted in your post?

    I would be very thankful for a reply! Many greetings from Germany, S.

  4. Sue Kirk says:

    I took a chance on buying a used Chanel bag on ebay. When I received it, I was so excited…the leather felt and smelled so good, everything matched up just as it should, but then……I looked at the hologram sticker again, the numbers and hologram were perfect except for one thing…..the “0” it didn’t have line through the center. That was the giveaway :((( I was luckily able to get my money back, so no harm no foul. So many perfect details, but the tiniest of details gave it away. Oh well, I ended up buying a real one on my trip to Europe and with the exchange rate was able to get a little discount 🙂

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