How to spot a fake handbag: Hermès Birkin
Coveted by some as the pinnacle of handbag royalty, the Birkin is a bag that needs no introduction… But we’ll give it one anyway.
Named after actress and singer, Jane Birkin, it became the Park Avenue status symbol due its extravagant materials and high price. With some fetching up to AED56,200, carrying one of these Hermès bags is a sign of serious wealth. And, when it comes to buying second hand, at starting prices of around AED28,000, you want to make sure you're not buying a bogus Birkin.
ShorList asked our go-to brand expert, Catherine, from second-hand designer retailer InSeller, for her top tips on how to spot a fake Hermès Birkin.
Birkins are handmade by individual artisans, so the stitching throughout the bag will not be exactly uniform. Fakes are identifiable for exactly even stitching all over the bag.
The toggle closure at the front of the bag should twist smoothly as a result of the high quality craftsmanship used by Hermès. It should twist without any resistance or graininess and should be of ample weight. Fake bags typically have lightweight hardware with stiff toggle closures.
The interior of the bag should be lined in smooth leather that matches the exterior. The lining should be stitched tight and should not pucker or droop. The interior pockets should be lined in suede.
As with the tight lining, the structure of a Hermès Birkin is very important. A Birkin should stand tall without crumpling. If it looks droopy or slake, your suspicions should be raised.
As with Chanel bags, the colour of the stamping of the Hermès logo should match the color of the hardware exactly. If the lettering ‘Hermes Paris – Made in France’ is very faded or flaking off, this is a good sign it’s a fake.
Each Hermès bag includes a stamped letter inside a shape. This denotes the year of manufacture. For example, current collections have the letter T surrounded by a square. So-called the ‘blind stamp’ because it is often hidden within the body of the accessory and can be difficult to find. The stamp should be pressed evenly, but not too deep.