Counterfeiting is a violation of an intellectual property right by reproducing or imitating something without having the right to do so or by asserting or suggesting that the copy is authentic. The notion of counterfeiting often has a pejorative connotation, implying an article of poor quality.
Recognize a real bag, detect a counterfeit we will reveal the secrets of a real (authentic ?, it sounds better) Hermes bag used.
This luggage is so copied that we always apprehensive when we see a second hand offer, not expensive enough to be true, too expensive to be a fake. As with Louis Vuitton , 90% of Hermes Kelly and Birkin handbags sold on the internet are fake.
Buying directly at Hermès is of course always possible, this guarantees the authenticity of the product. But for the collectors of old patinated parts by the years the adventure is complicated.
We will dissect for you a Bag Contance Kelly and Birkin Hermes to reveal all the little secrets of its authenticity!
This article aims to give advice on acquisition and to remove some doubts.
With these tips you will be able to detect errors and manufacturing defects to unmask the counterfeits Hermes bag.
Because a counterfeit even vintage is never perfect. And can not compete with the Hermès know-how that since 1837 has created the most luxurious leather goods, a legacy of prestige upholstery.
Do not dream, 100% of new Hermes bags at reduced prices are fake!
So beware of attractive prices.
A new Hermes bag is not worth 1,000 euros.
A Hermes original invoice, a dust bag, a paper bag, packaging box, etc., are all clues and elements that can put the chip in the ear.
Counterfeiters counterfeit all these elements, but they are often not realized with the same care as luxury homes.
If the seller offers certificates of authenticity beware because they have no value.
Warning some retail sites between individuals can display real bags in photo and send you a fake bag. This is a regular practice, complicating the detection a priori of this kind of fraud. Better therefore a hand-delivery to an expert.
The Hermes bag is made by craftsmen who care about detail.
The bag has a TENUE it does not sag on itself.
The silhouette has a presence and it even used.
Check the proportion errors, nothing is left to chance.
Check the location of the sanglons mortises.
Bad positioning of the handles, clevis handle or strap mortise, no place to almost, the bag must keep the line.
The leather is neither too rigid nor too soft, the profile bellows are perfect.
If your product is still in the catalog, it is also possible to simply check the silhouette of the bag with the photos of the Hermès official website.
All Hermes bags are branded hot.
Color of the marking:
There are more than forty different types, depending on the production year from 1 to 4 lines.
The marking is of quality, perfectly readable and without burr.
On vintage bags before 1950 is an element of unstoppable control to distinguish a real bag of a counterfeit.
On some Hermes bags between 1949 and 1970
On some Hermes bags from the end of 1968
HERMÈS - PARIS
MADE IN FRANCE
On some Hermes bags from the 1980s
MADE IN FRANCE
On the Hermes bags between 1980 and today 2019
There are a number of symbols on the front of the bag accompanying the marking.
Type of exotic leather, crocodile, alligator, lizard:
Horseshoe: Special order.
Shooting star: Article made and intended for Hermes staff.
(h): Creation Hermès
Address and name of a shop : Name of a shop selling items manufactured by Hermes, such as Séverin Frères, or Bonwit Teller.It remains rare and old.
Check the engraving. An authentic Hermes will have a very fine and clean engraving. A fake will have a wide or twisted engraving, some are even completely molded.
The font and calligraphy vary depending on the year from one to two line
The seams that bind the leathers are perfect, made with thick linen thread (matte finish) and not glossy synthetic thread.
These are the most complicated details to counterfeit.
The seams are of quality, do not overlap and keep a regular step, the angle of the seam is perfect.
Contrary to what is suggested by an urban myth, only 20% of the seams of a Hermes bag are made by hand, so the rest of the seams are machine-made with lozenge needles.
The sewing machines used are very precise, the machinists (specialized sewing machine worker) are trained in the know-how of the luxury house, which gives a seam whose inclined wire makes you think at the stitch saddle stitch hand, this stitching machine is perfect and the angle is always regular.
Many experts and salespeople do not know the difference between machine sewing and hand sewing.
The straps and mortises are sewn machine.
But the straps are attached to the hand seam bag just like the chases and most of the handles.
The hand stitch saddle stitching requires great mastery and patience, it can not be improvised. This is a good way to detect a counterfeit.
In saddlery it is said that the back of a seam hand "sings", the seam hand does not forgive.
The zipper is also perfectly finished:
Hot stamped without gilding or silvering it is located in a hidden area as the counter face of the sob or inside the bag. This production number is coded.
We will reveal how to decipher this code and know the year of production of your bag. This element helps to guarantee a certain authenticity.
It consists of two parts:
Before 1945 : no code used to identify the year
From 1945 to 1971 : letter without supervision, marking not systematic and often not readable.
From 1971 to 1996 : letter in a round.
From 1997 to 2004: letter in a square.
From 2004 to 2019: letter without supervision.
On some items we find the stamp S accompanied for the most valuable objects of a number.
This S signifies that the item was sold during Hermes sales (private invitation sales). When a number accompanies the S this one makes it possible to identify the purchaser of the object and to locate those which buy to resell and can thus be canceled of the sales. Also it allows not being able to exchange the product against another in store.
It is for this reason that the year 2015 is designated by the letter T and not S to avoid confusion with the S of the balances Hermes.
In case of doubt you can go to a Hermes shop to authenticate the product or contact customer service for free.
Contrefaçon Hermes : Version Française