Authenticity is the key issue when talking big money. Hermès is one of the fashion houses who’s still faithful to the handcraft shift.
A Hermès Bag means lists and years of waiting for your precious ordered luxurious purse. This is one of the reasons why Hermès bags are treasured and vintage-hunted most of all. The problem when wanting to purchase a vintage Hermès is knowing that it’s not a fake. This is how you recognize a real Hermès:
1. check under the strap (usually the one on the right when looking at the bag) and there you should find a blind stamp, a marking in a circle or square with the year when the bag was produced. Hermès uses a special alphabet – “numbering” – for instance, we’re currently in the year L (2008). Next to this stamp there should be a craftsman ID. If you checked this strap and find the above markings there’s no reason to jump for joy yet because there are many fake Hermès bags with these signs (counterfeiting is always improving).
2. check the hardware – when you’re looking at a real Hermès, you should know that the hardware is normally made of palladium or 24k gold plate (the fake ones have steel poor-quality hardware).
3. check the stitchings – if there’s a real Hermès, the stitchings should be regular and in the same direction.
4. check the borders of the exterior leather and the glue on the inside corners – there should be no irregularities and all should be very smooth (a fake Hermès always looks sloppy and with ridges when talking borders and corners).
5. check the zipper on the inside pocket that should have a leather pull strip, horizontal to the zipper (engraved with Hermès).
6. a real Hermès should stay on its own, the feet on the bottom of the bag should look as any hardware piece, and shouldn’t screw off easily and don’t forget to check the marking Hermès Paris made in France, embossed in gold leathers when opening the bag (the hardware piece from the scrap also is engraved with Hermès – Paris).
I hope this helps you make the difference between a real and a fake Hermès. If you’ve got more valuable information on the subject (or would like to make some improvement to the present article), please feel free to write. There also the clip issued by Christie’s, a “how to” movie explaining what makes a Hermès Bag Authentic.
(via bagsnob, timesonline)