How To Tell If An Hermes Bag Is Authentic

How To Tell If An Hermes Bag Is Authentic

1. Bags Shape

With their opulent, distinctive designs and graceful, clean lines, the Kelly and Birkin purses both have a stunning appearance. The Sellier and the Retourne are the two variations of the Kelly. These have various stitching patterns, giving each bag a unique posture.

In contrast, the Sellier has all of its stitching on the bag's exterior. As a result, the stitches are more closely spaced, and since they are visible, the artisan must be especially careful. The Sellier bag is far more robust than its counterpart, has sharper edges, and can stand up straight without slouching. If your Sellier slumps, this raises an immediate concern.

2. The Size and Measurements

Knowing the dimensions and sizes of the premium handbags from Hermes is essential for confirming their authenticity. 

The four main sizes for the Birkin are 25 cm, 30 cm, 35 cm, and 40 cm. 

There are 8 sizes available for the Kelly: 15, 20, 25, 28, 32, 35, 40, and 50 cm. 

Please take note that there are other limited-edition versions available, like the travel Kelly bags in 40- and 50-cm sizes and the Birkin HAC, which are produced to specific measurements.



3. Material Quality

Very significant! The smell of genuine Hermes leather is unmistakable. No matter how old the bag is, the smell is still there. The Hermes leather process is exclusive, and counterfeiters are unable to recreate it; instead, their finishes tend to smell more chemical. The majority of the time, expert authenticators will not overlook this obvious indication.

You are probably dealing with a duplicate if you ever have any doubts about the quality of the bag. Visual attributes mostly depend on the type of leather used, and genuine Hermes leather should feel soft and supple to the touch.



4. Stitching Patterns

Given their history of creating handcrafted equestrian leather accessories, Hermes uses a unique technique known as saddle stitching in their leather items. Saddle stitching uses two different needles to make two rows of stitches in a single row of holes, giving the fabric a neat but sturdy appearance. 

Since handmade Hermes bags are expected to have certain defects in the seams, In most cases, fakes are machine-stitched, which ensures that they are properly aligned with one another. This is even additional indication that the bag is a copy.

5. Brand Stamps

A fake Hermes brand stamp can be very convincing to an inexperienced eye. But it's important to look at the brand stamp when verifying a Hermes bag, especially a Birkin or Kelly. 

On genuine bags, the HERMES logo is heat-pressed. Numerous forgers also heat-press their imitation logos, and frequently on fakes, you can see that the press was too deep, creating an untidy imprint in the leather.

Very significant! When you run your finger along the logo, it should feel like it is sitting on top of the leather rather than being pressed into it. There shouldn't be any visual flaws in the Hermes typeface; it should be consistent, correctly centered, and equally spaced.


6. Hermes Date Stamps

Hermes date stamps can be discovered on the interior of the bag's right-side wall or beneath the strap on the front of the bag. 

In place of the rear of the front strap, Hermes began stamping the code on the interior of Birkin bags in 2016. Hermes utilizes an alphabetical code to indicate the year, in contrast to Chanel, which uses a numbered code.

There are three possible stamping patterns for the letter: alone, inside a circle, or inside a square. 26 years are represented by the A-Z range. For instance, the year 2012 is indicated by the letter "P" stamped in a square on a bag. 

The date code is an important stage in the authenticity of Hermes handbags, so refer to the chart below for guidance. The most recent Hermes date stamp is a letter "Y" that has been individually imprinted.



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