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How to spot a fake Louis Vuitton bag

The ability to tell the difference between an authentic Louis Vuitton bag and one of those ubiquitous imposters “comes with time,” says Diane D’Amato, director of luxury at Heritage Auctions. For D’Amato, who spent years with Louis Vuitton before moving…

Can you spot a real GUCCI bag?

To help you avoid falling victim to the purveyors of fakes, we’ve compiled expert advice on identifying imposter Gucci bags. CONTROLLATO CARD The controllato card comes with every new Gucci bag, evidence the bag was inspected after completion. (Controllato means…

HOW TO SPOT A FAKE CHANEL BAG

CHANEL SERIAL NUMBER Chanel began including serial numbers at the bottom of its bags in the mid 1980s. The formatting of these numbers (which represent the bag style and year of manufacture) has changed regularly, which ultimately means that “a…

HOW TO SPOT A FAKE PATEK PHILIPPE

Glue on Crown Cheap replica Patek Philippe watches might have the logo actually glued to the end of the crown. These watches have so many other flaws that this won’t be your first indication of problems. Make sure the crown…

HOW TO SPOT A COUNTERFEIT ROLEX

The vast majority of fake Rolex watches in the world are cheap, easy-to-spot knock-offs. “You know that if it cost $50, it’s not a real Rolex. It’s a very obvious fake,” says Matthew Bain, a Miami-based watch expert who operates…