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.

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