How To Authenticate A Chanel 2.55 Bag?
With an exclusive focus on Chanel, this video will help you differentiate between a fake and an authentic Chanel 2.55 classic flap bag.
Camilla Testori, Fashion Director at StyleTribute, and our team of specialists share expert tips on how to scrutinise the different types of leather used for Chanel bags like lambskin and caviar. The classic Flap Bag 2.55 created in February 1955, has a few things to look out for when differentiating between a genuine and counteirfeit such as the different types of CC locks by Coco Chanel and Karl Lagarfeld, the authenticity card and the Chanel Stamping.
Tip 1: Quality of the Leather
– Lambskin: soft, delicate and much more expensive. (Bottom Left)
– Calfskin, also called caviar is much more durable than lambskin, and more oftently used in shoppers, totes and Cambon lines. (Bottom Right)
2) CC Logo
The CC logo was designed by Karl Lagerfeld (Bottom Right) in the mid 80s which is very different for the “Mademoiselle Lock” designed by Chanel herself (Bottom Left : rectangular in shape and has no logo or Chanel on it). On an authentic Chanel, the letter C finishes with straight line, also the C on the Right goes over and under the C on the left. Then the gap between the 2 C should be the same of the width of one C.
3) The stitching
On authentic Chanel, there will be 10 or more stitches per inch.
4) The Lining
On an authentic Chanel, the lining flays perfectly against the bag. On lambskin bags, the lining has red burgundy colour, on caviar bag, the lining will match the same colour as the bag.
5) Chanel Stamping
On the authentic Chanel, stamping will be of very high quality and matches the same colour as the hardware. Of course with silver hardware, the stamping will be silver.
6) The chain
On authentic Chanel, the chain will be heavier than on fake one, the locks on the chain are perfectly made and narrow unlike the fake one.
On authentic Chanel, the quilting should always maintain a consistent diamond allure and pattern, all the lines are parallel also when the bag is closed.
8) The Serial sticker:
It signifies the bag model and the year of manufacture. The serial stickers were introduced in the 1984 and they continue to be used to present day.
– A 6 digits code means the bag was produced between 1984 and 1986
– A 7 digits code means the bag was produced between 1986 and 2004
– A 8 digits code means the bag was produced between 2005 to the present day
If the serial sticker has more than 8 digit codes, the bag is obviously a fake. However, just because a bag doesn’t have a sticker, it doesn’t mean it is not authentic. For example in the bags made between the mid 80s to mid 90s, the stickers were simple stickers so they can come off easily.
9) Card System
Introduced in the 1984, they have the consistency of a credit card, no rainbow effect and the printing of the lines should be always straight and perfectly parallel! The numbers on the card should correspond to the number of the serial sticker.
10) Dust bags
The final step is the dust bag, it always come in black with “CHANEL” written in white. However some Sportsbags or other handbags could come with a grey colour dust bag. Old Chanel dust bags were initially made white with ‘Chanel’ written in black and framed by a circle.
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