Tips for determining the authenticity of a Coach hand bag...
How to Spot a FAKE Coach Handbag
The simplest way to determine authenticity is to examine the layout of the
signature "C" pattern. The Cs should be lined up perfectly to the center.
However, it is not uncommon for the mini-signature C collections to be off by tiny
bit on the sides. Also, the patchwork series is sometimes not even for effect. So
don’t panic, there are other determining factors. This just happens to be the
The signature style for Coach will always be the two Cs next to each other in
doubles, not as the picture shows below, in a single row of Cs:
If the overall figure of the bag appears to not resemble one that coach would
produce, then chances are it’s a replica.
You can tell by not only the style of the bag, but also the pattern. If the pattern is
not the famous Coach signature C, but rather a different letter, such as an O or a
G then it’s an obvious fake.
If you see a bag with plastic wrapping around the handles or anywhere on the
bag, it's a fake. Coach NEVER wraps their bags in any plastic.
Dust bags are another indicator of a knock off. Authentic dust bags should be
dark chocolate brown with a red drawstring or white with a brown drawstring. In
the bottom right the words should read in all caps, “COACH EST. 1941″. Coach
does not use cheap material to make these. The real ones feel soft and smooth,
not like the rough canvas-like material of the fake ones.
The interior serial number should start with “No” (the abbreviation for number)
and have a dash in between 2 sets of numbers or number/letter combo. Any
Coach bag with only two letters or one number and one letter to the left of the
hyphen can be assumed to be fake. The writing should be neat on the
authenticity tag, not crookedly stamped on. The paragraph above the serial
number should be in all caps, and in English.
Make sure that the authenticity number matches up with the style of the bag that
you are interested in purchasing. If you are about to purchase from an
unauthorized dealer, call Coach, their representatives will be more then willing to
verify if the authenticity number matches the style.
There should be a serial number. This picture shows no serial number:
Another dead give away is the zipper. Coach only uses YKK zippers on ALL their
bags. If the zipper is not a YKK zipper it is a fake. Take a close look at the side
of the zipper head for the YKK engraving. I've never seen a fake with a YKK
zipper, so odds are very good that if the zipper is YKK, it is an authentic bag.
A few other differences...
Coach commonly uses logo tags that are attached by a beaded chain. Usually,
the tag should match the trim of the bag. The words “COACH” should be raised,
The seams of the bag and interior serial tag should be neatly stitched on, not
glued. If the stitching is of poor quality (uneven or raised in some areas), or if
you see the string knot, then it is a fake.
Overall, authentic Coach bags are well designed, sturdy, and pleasing to the
senses (sight, touch, even smell). If it looks like a cheap bag, chances are, it is.
If you would like to report counterfeit Coach merchandise, you may do so by
contacing Coach directly. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or
use the Coach anti-counterfeiting hotline to report counterfeiters and
unauthorized distributors of Coach merchandise at 1-800-396-1807.
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