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The Trouble with Authenticating Your Celine Nano Bags and the Real cost of Counterfeits

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The Trouble with Authenticating Your Celine Nano Bags and the Real cost of Counterfeits

Carla

Last Christmas, my friend Ann, was gifted with a Celine Nano bag by her fiancé. Even if it was viv-a-vis another Celine bag, it seemed like another copy of the bag. Something was off. The tag said Celine Trapeze. We brought the bag to a Celine retailer, and our worst fears were corroborated. It was a fake bag. Her fiancé spent almost $2000 on a second hand "real" Celine bag on Ebay

A lady from Celine said, "People occasionally bring in fake [Celines] It's a horrible thing to have to tell someone, especially if they spent a lot of money on it. A lot of times it's something they received as a gift or it's something they bought online. Sometimes they've paid hundreds of dollars for it." 

We brought the bag to a retailer and she pointed out the other clues that are an instant giveaways regarding a Celine Nano's authenticity 

As a bag designer, I know that sometimes mass produced bags will look better than that of the real Luxury items. The stitches are straighter, the edges are nice painted and all the leather is lasted better. Hence it's been harder telling real Celine Nanos, Trapeze and Luggages from replicated ones. Especially when you try this test,  the replicas can be really good. In Celine bags, "when-it-is-too-good-to-be-true-it-probably-is" adage applies.

According to LVMH, the luxury-goods group that includes Vuitton, Givenchy, and Celine, 90 percent of the Vuitton and Dior items offered on eBay in the first half of 2006 were counterfeits. That's right: Nine out of 10 were fake. Most consumers have no idea. How would you know?

Here are the absolute common factors of Celine bags

1) The Celine logo should have an accent aigu, or a right pointing accent (É), and Paris Printed beneath it. The Font is not thick and blurry or faint and thin. The interior label will have Made in Italy printed in caps to the right. The heated foil stamp is the same color as  the hardware.

 

the fake Celine bag has no accent mark above "E"

the fake Celine bag has no accent mark above "E"

 

2) The interior stamped label will have "made in Italy" written in caps in Celine luggage totes. The Celine embossed have foil or embossed leather labels. 

 

Authentic Celine interior label for luggage totes

Authentic Celine interior label for luggage totes

  3) The latest designs have no stitch lines at the bottom of the bag, but the first ones do.

 

4) In most Céline bags, you’ll find a leather serial number tab. The embossed numbers are not unique and can be repeated. They should always follow this format: one letter, two letters, four numbers. Be wary of serial numbers beginning in “S-GA” as counterfeit manufacturers often use this prefix. The corners of the rectangular tab are normally clipped at clean right angles. Neither the tab nor the corners should ever be curved.

Real Celine Nano Serial tab

Real Celine Nano Serial tab

Fake Celine serial number tab which is curved on the edges.

Fake Celine serial number tab which is curved on the edges.

5) The authentic Celine dog hooks hardware has the last "E" facing the leather strap while the counterfeit Celine is facing the hook.

Real Celine Hardware

Real Celine Hardware

6) The zipper sliders used by Céline have no labels like YKK or Lampo written on it. If you see a logo the bottom of the zipper slider or any part of the zipper, the bag is not authentic. The only thing you will see on the zippers are the numbers indicating the sizes of the zippers used. Those numbers will be found on the tip most front of the zippers.

the bottom part of the zipper ...

 

With more and more people getting duped in to buying "authentic" Celine bags from sites like Rakuten or Ebay and sometimes even second hand consignment shops. Hopefully, this list will help you. I read one comment posted on TheRealReal Youtube channel that she couldn't tell a real Celine from a fake one even if it would save her life. Perhaps the counterfeiters are getting better in their illegal craft. I'm not promoting counterfeits at all and that they are like the real things-just cheaper. I know that brands like Céline, LV or Givenchy do spend serious money on marketing, sampling, PR and etc, which builds their desirability and their reach. Counterfeits are believed to be directly responsible for the loss of more than 750,000 American jobs, and 300,000 European jobs (BOF,2013). In a nutshell, fake goods hurt consumers and businesses alike in virtually all aspects of creativity and innovation.

If you can relate to the lady who cant tell the differences between replicas and authentic Celine, it's best that you buy from authorized stores  which would be the manufacturers' own stores, or a store listed on their company website, otherwise you can't know for sure whether what you're buying is real or not.

If you're still one of those who do not care whether your bags are fake, and you don't care that you have funded child labor, tax-dodgers, organized crime, drug trafficking, and possibly terrorism (dhs.com). Just think, when you look at yourself in the mirror, deep down, you know that you have fabricated your own fabulousness.

Sources:

Business of Fashion, Thomas

Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster

 

Department of homeland Security