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How to Spot a Fake Chanel Handbag

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As one of the top ‘luxury handbag’ brand manufacturers, Chanel is constantly at war with counterfeiters and despite having spokesmodels such as Catherine Deneuve, Nicole Kidman, Audrey Tatou and Marilyn Monroe, they still suffer greatly from the general public’s lack of knowledge on how to detect a fake. Here are our guidelines that can help you to become more aware of how to spot a ‘fake’ or otherwise known as ‘replica’ Chanel handbag.


An authentic Chanel handbag is usually priced from £500 to £3,000. If you find a Chanel handbag at a price below the normal range, it is highly probable that it is a counterfeit. However, the price is not the ultimate tell-tale but rather just one of the reference points. Counterfeit sellers nowadays tend to raise the price of their fake Chanel handbags in order to convince customers. Where a used Chanel handbag is concerned, so long as it is authentic and well-maintained, its price should be no lower than 50% of the original asking price.

Interlocking double C logo

A Chanel handbag often has an obvious stitched double C logo on the front body. Pay attention to the right C and left C because they should be two 300∘ rings overlapping each other. The portion of the width and length of the interlocking logo should be 3:5.  If your Chanel handbag has a flatter or thicker logo, it must be a counterfeit.

Zipper pull

All zipper pulls of the Chanel handbag should be embossed with the double C logo. Counterfeit manufacturers sometimes skip this detail so as to decrease manufacturing costs.


The typical fabric of the Chanel handbag is calfskin. The brand seldom uses other types of fabrics such as lambskin, ostrich, alligator or snakeskin.

Authenticity card

A Chanel handbag should come with an authenticity card packaged with the bag . The card should be black with a gold trim and lettering rather than be plastic-lamination. If you can easily pull away a coating layer from the authenticity card, your Chanel handbag must surely be a fake.

Serial number

The Chanel Handbag serial number is highly useful in proving its authenticity as it should also match the authenticity card that came with it. Watch out especially if or when you buy a used Chanel handbag and the seller tells you the authenticity card has been lost, the serial number is your evidence. Beware of the serial numbers that have been detected as fake on the internet such as:

7244764, 8947749, 9316391, 9395451, 9395455, 9675223, 9777617, 10218184, 10380486, 10501946, 10995820, 11062948, 10803549 and many more.

Comments 7

  1. Nico wrote:

    Wow, i didnt know some of this not until i read this post. What i only know is about the serials and the card.

    Good to know all of these so for sure next time i wont be fooled!

    Posted 25 Oct 2009 at 10:38 am
  2. Rachel wrote:

    Ew – nothing worse than fake Chanel!! Check out http://www.luxenotlust.com for Guaranteed Authentic Chanel at up to 98% off retail – purchased directly from Chanel boutiques :)

    Posted 19 Dec 2010 at 9:25 pm
  3. B.Spence wrote:

    I have a chanel handbag from house clearance it has the stitched logo on the front silver chanel logo in a circle and chanel written in capitals underneath with paris underneath that all written just below zip of interior pocket inside pocket leather tag with chanel in silver capitals and a number 087 there is a chain to the main zipper with the chanel logo attached can you tell me if this is possibly genuine thankyou

    Posted 04 Jan 2012 at 4:20 pm
  4. admin wrote:

    Hi B.Spence,
    This post is meant as a guide and it would require a hands-on approach to tell you for certainty if your Chanel bag is in fact original or a fake. Some of the ‘tests’/'indicators’ may be interpreted in a subjective manner and therefore it is always best to take a first-hand look. Photos would be a great start.
    It would seem to be authentic, but recommend that you pop into an authorised Chanel reseller and ask one of the staff there, just to be sure.

    Posted 22 Jan 2012 at 11:01 am
  5. Willian Petriño wrote:

    So I need to carry with me a microscope to see if a handbag is fake???? So if I am in a party and see somebody with a Chanel Handbag I will ask for her Authenticity card or tell her to let me see the zipper to see if it has the double C logo Zipper pull!!! Come On!!! I will keep buying the fake one!!!!

    Posted 20 Mar 2012 at 8:24 pm
  6. Eva Knox wrote:

    There are many other ways to spot a fake Chanel bag. The first and most important is the hardware and the color inside the purse. If you want to know more about how to spot a fake bag, visit my blog, spotbags.co

    Posted 13 Apr 2012 at 4:42 pm
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    Posted 27 Dec 2013 at 12:27 pm

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