Louis Vuitton. Chanel. Dior. Need we go on? When it comes to handbags, these designers are among some of the most sought-after. But if you’re going to drop big bucks to call one yours, ensuring its authenticity is the number-one priority. The experts at LuxeDH go through a series of checks on all their products. Below, they show us exactly what to look for. Study up, and you’ll be a self-made label connoisseur.
Louis Vuitton The LV monograms should form straight lines and the stitching should be tight and even.
Chanel If the handbag is from the 1980s or later, there will be a signature hologram sticker or card inside. If it’s vintage, study the fonts, heat stamps, and the alignment of patchwork.
Marc Jacobs Make sure each bag has a seasoned code and a Riri or MJ zipper.
Christian Dior All authentic Dior bags come with a white cotton dust bag with grey writing. The serial number will be located on the flipside of the inner sewn-in label.
Gucci Simple. The GGs should line up symmetrically.
Yves Saint Laurent
You will never find hanging tags on YSL bags. They come with serial numbers embossed on the inside. And the interior label is always evenly aligned.
FENDI Every FENDI bag comes with a hologram sticker and a serial tag.
Often the bales (the part that connects the handles to the bag) are one of the keys to authenticating a Balenciaga. The bales should be thick and rounded, not thin or square. The notches in metal studs will be rounded, not square, as well.
There’s something about designer duds that make every lover of fashion just a little bit giddy (I’m living proof when strutting down the street with my favorite Furla carryall). And no one knows that better than the pros at Hallandale Beach–based LuxeDH. Purveyors of authentic, pre-loved luxury handbags from the likes of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Balenciaga, they told me how they’ve seen it all, from handbag hoarders to handling some of the most coveted pieces in the runway world.
We drool over them. We dream about them. Leather and coated canvas Louis Vuitton accessories are at the top of every fashion-loving woman’s bucket list (guilty). But how do we pick from the bounty of enviable styles? Break it down to the essentials that will fit inside:
The Messenger: With crossbody style and dapper double-strap closure, this bag has room for everything from laptops and folders to tablets and any other gadget you need to get your work done. Man or woman, this is the bag for the coffee-shop warrior.
The Neverfull: True to its name, there is room for almost anything you need to take you from the office to happy hour without missing a beat. That extra pair of heels is no contest for its wide-set interior. This is the bag for the on-the-go socialite.
The Keepall: Boasting plenty of space for a long-weekend wardrobe that includes two boot options (a girl needs variety), consider overpacking – at least the obvious kind – a thing of the past. This is the bag for the no-shoe-left-behind advocate.
The Speedy: There’s something about a bag that can fit your sunglasses (without crushing them) and a copy of your favorite novel without losing its shape that makes a girl weak in the knees. This is the bag for the die-hard romantic.
The Pochette: Small enough to fit daintily under your arm but big enough to safeguard the must-haves (red lipstick. Never. Leave. Without it.), ladylike elegance is this number’s forte. And in trending emerald green? This is the bag for the informed fashionista.