This Hermes Fuchsia Crocodile Birkin looks genuine to the untrained eye. Since it would be next to impossible to get something like this from the Hermes store, a collector bought this from an online bag reseller (begins with the letter L) for 2.5 million pesos. She almost had a heart attack when an Hermes aficionado told her that this bag was fake.
Here are some pointers on how to spot a fake Hermes Bag:
- Study the hardware. Hermes bags have a covering to protect the hardware, which the store does not remove until you purchase the bag. The hardware is solid, not hollow. The logo, a carriage and horse, is engraved on the hardware. Hermes engraving means the letters or design is lower than the surface, not raised above the surface.
- Examine the stitching. An authentic bag will have straight, even stitches and no loose threads. Also, the thread will match the bag, a sign that Hermes bags are quality workmanship.
- Look at the front face of the bag. The name "Hermes Paris, Made in France" is always stamped on the front face.
- Look for the date the bag was manufactured. The artisan's mark and the year the bag was manufactured are stamped beneath the right belt.
- Check the inside of the bag. Hermes bags do not have a metal nameplate. Also, examine the leather carefully. Hermes bags are made of the finest leather. It will not have defects.
- To understand the quality and workmanship of a Hermes bag, go to a Hermes boutique and examine the handbags. Look at the quality of the lining, feel the purity of the leather, and pay attention to the elegant, understated details. Once you have seen an authentic bag, you will be able to spot a fake Hermes.