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How to Know if a Versace Bag Is Real

Versace makes a number of attractive bags, but how do you know if the bag you’ve purchased is authentic? Counterfeit bags are now circulating regularly in both outlet stores and via internet sellers. To verify that your bag is a legitimate Versace product, start by investigating the CLG Code. Take a close look at the quality of the bag’s seams, stitching, and hardware. It also helps to buy from a vetted seller who is willing to guarantee the bag’s authenticity.

1 : Verifying the Production Authenticity
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1. Enter in the CLG Code. All Versace bags come with a built-in authenticity code known as the Certilogo of CLG. This code is 12-digits long and usually located on the label or hang-tag of the bag. Once you’ve located the code you can then go to the Certilogo website and enter it in to verify authenticity.
  • Be aware that the CLG code information must be kept with any bag that is returned. Therefore, all authentic bags will have a unique code sold with them. Do not purchase a bag without a code.
  • The Certilogo website is used by many different luxury sellers and will require that you register with the site before entering your code in.
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2.  Check for the certificate of authenticity. Your Versace bag will also come with a small, white piece of paper stating that it is authentic. The text varies, but the writing itself is always in black. The certificate is often placed in the inside of the bag near the main label.
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3. Find the two production stickers. You should find both stickers located in the interior of the bag. One will show the country of the sale, so a U.S. sticker for an American retail sale. The second sticker will state that the bag was produced in Italy. The printing on the stickers should be clear and not blurry.
  • If there is a possibility that you will return this bag, make sure to keep these stickers intact and in place.
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4. Request an authenticity guarantee. Most sellers will provide you with a separate written guarantee stating that everything sold in their shop is authentic and legitimate. You can also visit a store’s website and look over their sales policies. Be wary of accepting a simple verbal guarantee or an informal written notice.
2 : Inspecting the Production Quality
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1. Compare your bag to the official Versace website. Go to the main Versace website and browse around to find a digital image of the bag that you are interested in. If the bag is vintage, then browse the internet and locate at least a few comparison images. Get the photos and do a one-on-one comparison, paying particular attention to small details, like the appearance of the lining.
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2. Look over the hardware. You should be able to fasten the bag’s zippers and clasps with little effort and without scratching the metal surface of the hardware. The hardware should also be one uniform finish. Be particularly wary if you see dull spots on an otherwise shiny finish.
  • Versace does not use plastic hardware parts. All hardware on your bag should be a matching metal.
  • It is a good idea to lightly tug on each piece of hardware to make sure that it is properly sewn into the bag. The hardware should not move or be attached to the bag with glue. If you are buying online, ask for a close-up photo of the hardware and where it meets the bag.
  • Any designs on the hardware will likely be etched into the surface, not printed.
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3. Look over the seams and stitching. The stitching should be even, barely noticeable, and straight. Glance over the stitching to see if you notice any loose or frayed seams as that is a sign of a fake bag. The seams on an authentic bag may also be protected with a light wax casing, which is sometimes removable post-purchase.
  • The threads should all be the same color, unless they are purposefully contrasted.
  • Pull very gently at the sides of the bag where the seams are located. They should not give at all, which is a sign of durability.
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4. Smell it. If your bag is leather, it will likely have a light leather fragrance. Otherwise, your bag should not smell at all. Any indications of a rubbery or chemical smell is a sign that your bag is likely fake. Be aware that any fragrances that touch your new bag may be absorbed.
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5. Pay attention to packaging. If you buy your bag new from a store or online, it may come in a box with a dust bag. The bag is used for storing the bag when not in use. The hardware of the Versace bag itself will not be covered with plastic or another layer. This is a common sign of a counterfeit.
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6. Look for a clear logo on the bag or box. The Versace logo should be consistent across all of the packing materials and markings on the bag itself. Look for a crisp, clear logo on all printed materials and etching, instead of printing, on the handbag.

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Edit Article How to Spot Fake Gucci Bags

If you love Gucci bags, then of course you want the real deal. To be confident when you’re buying, you need to know how to spot the fakes. Luckily, there are a number of signs you can look for, so you won’t be caught buying knockoffs.

1: Examining the Bag
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1. Ask for images of the actual bag. That is, if it looks like the company is just using a stock image, request                images of that bag specifically, especially if you are buying it used.
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2. Look for sloppy stitching. Gucci pays close attention to detail, so their stitching will be even and neat. If                   thread is pulling out or if it seems uneven on a bag, that bag is likely a fake.
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3. Examine the back of the label. The back of the label should have the serial hand-stamped on it. The letters             should be small and close together. If they are widespread apart, it’s likely a fake.

  • Also look for the copyright symbol (a circle with an R in it). The label should also have “Gucci” on it. Look specifically at the “u,” which should be less bold on the right than the left.

 

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4. Check the seams. Where seams meet, the pattern should line up precisely. Also, letters and logos won’t be                 cut in half with the real thing.
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5. Feel the leather. The leather shouldn’t be tough, but rather, soft and supple. Obviously, that is harder to                     see online, but in person, you should feel the leather.

 

  • On Gucci bags, the leather should be pebbled napa leather. Microsuede is a dead giveaway for a fake.
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6. Look for glue lines. If you can see glue spilling out anywhere, it likely isn’t a Gucci. Check where the different           types of materials meet, and look at the lining inside for glue.
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7. Check for rust. The metal on Gucci bags should not rust. Look closely at the places where the metal meets                 the leather or canvas.
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8. Look for the sheen. Gucci bags are usually canvas. When you tilt them in the light, they should be lightly shiny.
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9. Examine against the real thing. That is, visit a store to see the real thing in person. Counterfeiters will often get parts of the bag wrong, especially on the inside, such as pocket locations or lining color.
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Check for misspellings. Sometimes counterfeiters get words on the label wrong, so check to make sure words are spelled correctly.

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Purseonals: Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Nano

A look at the newest little lady in my life

A few months back I decided that I needed a red bag in my life and I was dead set on adding something Saint Laurent to my ever-expanding collection of bags. I’m all for mini bags these days as they not only fit into my personal style, but also my lifestyle really well. Saint Laurent does red really, really well but even still I couldn’t decide which bag I wanted to make mine. You guys certainly had a lot to say, but in true Kaitlin form I went in to try them on not once, not twice, but I think three, or maybe even four, times. On my final try I ended up in Neiman Marcus and left even more confused when the Sales Associate suggested I try the Céline Nano Luggage Tote in lipstick red since it had a top zip—unlike the Sac de Jour. Luckily I didn’t make any rash decisions, but rather I went home and gave it some thought. Actually, I gave it a lot of thought.

Ultimately I deciced that the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Nano in Embossed Crocspoke to me more. I could picture myself wearing it and once I realized that it felt like something I couldn’t live without, I knew it was the one. I decided to order my bag through Farfetch, as I did not want to make a fifth trip to the store and risk another bout of confusion. Farfetch offers 10% off your first purchase so it was kind of a no brainer for me as I had never purchased through Farfetch before. It could not have been any easier! With one quick search I located the bag, added it to my cart and immediately starting checking the order status. Farfetch is unique because they curate pieces from luxury brands and boutiques around the world. I was able to find the bag I wanted in less than a minute. I’ve had my bag for about 3 weeks now and after putting her to use in multiple situations I’m not only ready to review my bag in great detail, but I’m 100% sure that I made the right choice. I simply cannot love this bag more. Are you ready to see how she stacks up?

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AESTHETICS

As I mentioned above I am completely obsessed with this bag, and it’s the overall look of this bag that really drew me in and helped me to make my final decision. I love the sleek shape of this bag so much. The original Sac de Jour was shrunken down into a compact nano cut and I adore how cute it looks both on body with the strap as well as hand carried with the top handle. When it’s carried via the top handle, the Nano Sac de Jour looks super dainty which changes up the look of this bag completely. The embossed croc leather stands out in bright scarlet red, and I’ve already spotted people checking out my bag both on the street and on the subway when I’ve been out and about in NYC. The calfskin leather has a nice glossy sheen to it too, which gives it a very luxe look overall.

True to the classic Sac de Jour shape, this mini has accordion-like gusseted sides with snaps on the front of the bag. Just yesterday when using this bag I realized it looked sort of cool and different worn with the snaps open, and this is another feature that contributes to a 5-star rating in the aesthetics category from me. The bag is finished with metal purse feet, which do more for practicality purposes than the look of the bag, and last, but certainly not least, this nano has a padlock which is housed in a little leather case. It’s also totally removable if you want to wear the bag without it.

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USABILITY + FUNCTIONALITY

Though this bag adds a lot to my wardrobe in terms of the style factor, it doesn’t go above and beyond in terms of functionality. I would actually probably give this more like a 2.5, but I generously rounded up. This bag doesn’t have a top zip, which is a HUGE downside for me, especially living in a busy and crowded city like New York. I’m constantly on the move and rushing through crowded places, and I don’t love carrying around a bag that doesn’t zip closed. However, I will say that the interior of this bag is so tiny and the sides are super structured that it would likely be very hard for someone to get a hand inside without me realizing. I wore this bag out to a very crowded bar recently with the cross body strap on and I didn’t feel vulnerable at all.

The biggest problem I have with this bag is definitely the open design, but another thing I don’t love is the lack of interior pockets. It has none, not even a small card slot, which to be honest, really surprised me. I can’t remember the last bag I reviewed that didn’t have at least one small pocket inside, especially mini-bags. The interior of this bag is tiny, and with overall dimensions of 8.6″ W x 7.0″ H 4.1″ D, you definitely have to streamline what it is that you carry.

Inside I’ve been carrying my Saint Laurent Small Wallet, my Ray-Ban sunglasses in their original case, a tiny cosmetics pouch, both my personal iPhone X and my work iPhone 6S as well as my keys and headphones. When going out at night I nix one of the phones and the sunglasses and I have more room, but to be honest I don’t really need it. I’m so used to carrying small bags that the size of this bag didn’t deter me at all from buying it. In fact the next size up, which is the Sac de Jour Baby, was simply a bit too big for me. The nano works perfectly for day and night use while the baby size felt more like a day bag. It’s also worth noting that because the bag is super structured, you really have to organize your things in a specific way, and after using this bag a ton I’ve got it almost down to a science of what goes where. It’s also a bit easier to get in and out of when you open up the snaps.

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QUALITY + CONSTRUCTION

Made in Italy of 100% calfskin leather this bag is incredibly well-crafted. The quality of the leather is not only spectacular, but being that it’s not super-soft calfskin it’s also very durable. A bag that won’t show wear very easily is very important for my on-the-go city lifestyle. My bags go through a lot of wear and tear on any given day, so the quality and craftsmanship of a bag is a big decision-making factor for me. I also really like that this bag has metal feet. Every once in a while my bags unfortunately find their way to the floor, so it’s great that this bag has protection if that happens.

The Nano Sac de Jour is incredibly lightweight, and being that it’s a mini bag that doesn’t hold very much, when you’re wearing it cross body and completely hands free, it’s easy to forget you’re even wearing a bag! The lightweight factor is nice too when daintily carrying the bag via the top handles. Nothing is worse than carrying a top handle bag that feels like a ten pound weight! The leather might be thick and sturdy—almost a bit too stiff, but I think it will give over time—and incredibly durable, but the bag overall is the furthest thing from heavy and bulky.

 

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VALUE

The Saint Laurent Sac de Jour line is pretty pricey, with the largest size retailing for $3,150 in Embossed Croc. Though the version I have—the nano—comes in at a bit over $2K. It will set you back $2,290, which though definitely pricey for a mini-bag is not completely awful in the scheme of things. As we’ve explored before, many designers are pricing mini-bags around the $3K mark, which is a super-high price point, especially for a small bag you might not be using daily, so at just over $2,000 this bag is about average in price compared to other designers. For example, the Céline Nano Luggage bag I looked at was priced just under $3,000.

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STAYING POWER

The Sac de Jour was released by Hedi Slimane about five years ago now, and since its release the brand has introduced new sizes, leathers and colors. Though Slimane is now out at Saint Laurent, this bag has become a true classic and is loved by starlets, influencers and every-day bag lovers alike. When I first began looking at this bag Amanda suggested I might want to wait a bit to see what happens and the direction in which Saint Laurent will take now that Slimane has moved on to Céline. However this bag is a classic shape that will remain relevant whether the brand discontinues it or not. I’ve wanted a version of this bag for a long time, and if the photo below is any indication, I’m thrilled to finally have this bag in my rotation!

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OVERALL RATING

Overall this bag gets a solid 4 stars. The shape of the Sac de Jour is classic and perfect for an every day bag. For me, the nano size is just right, but the baby, is also a great size option! The luxe embossed leather coupled with the bright scarlet red makes this bag a true show stopper. Carrying this pretty lady brings with it that new handbag joy and I’ve been walking around with a bit of an extra pep in my step! Though this bag is far from it, that feeling of confidence is truly priceless.

Saint Laurent won big with the release of the Sac de Jour, and I’m not surprised that it continues to preform well for the brand. The bag I chose adds a fun pop of color, but if you want to stay true to the classic shape, you can also do it in basic black or a more muted tone. I love that there’s an SDJ for everyone.

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BY KAITLIN SERIO.

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A Closer Look at the Dior Book Tote

I have a confession, I want a Dior Book Tote really badly. When it first came out, I was like ya that’s a fine bag but I don’t need it. But then I started seeing it more. I suppose the power of social media is real, because I saw a lot of this bag on social media starlets, versions customized with their name sent to them by Dior as a gift. Even knowing the bag was a gift didn’t stop me from yearning after it. It helped me see just how lovely it was, and that only further fueled my desire.

Many people use the Dior Book Tote as a travel bag, and I can assure you it makes for a great travel companion. We recently took a staycation at the Four Seasons Surfside (guys, that hotel is absolutely brilliant and nestled in North Miami and I highly recommend it) and I took three versions of the Dior Book Tote with me. The tote was perfect to accompany me to the pool with my needs and Millie’s, and ideal as a carry on or overnight bag as well.

There isn’t a ton for me to report about the aesthetics of the bag design itself, as the interior is completely void of pockets or extras. The exterior is the definition of what you see is what you get. There are of course different versions, and that is where this bag shines to be made to feel more fit for you – with renditions that change seasonally and the ability to add your name as well (yes please).

Introduced for the brand’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri immersed herself in Dior House archives to find inspiration from a drawing produced by Marc Bohan in 1967 to create the Dior Book Tote. Though the bag appears simple as I said above, it is anything but simple: the embroidered Dior Book Tote requires more than thirty seven hours of work and 1,500,000 stitches to be completed in a family-run atelier in Italy. After this lengthy process, the Book Tote is taken to the House’s leather-making atelier in Florence to be completed.

Dimensions are 13″H x 16″W x 2″D and the tote can be carried by hand or over the shoulder. When I learned more about the making of the bag, it quickly made its way higher up my want list. The price is not drastic for the effort that goes into its making and after having seen these versions of the bag, I find myself only wanting it more. Discover more Dior Book Totes on Dior.com.

Pricing

Dior Oblique Embroidered Canvas Book Tote in Burgundy – $2,500

Dior Butterfly Embroidered Canvas Book Tote – $2,850

Dior Earth Hand Painted Suede Calfskin Book Tote – $4,300

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BY MEGS MAHONEY DUSIL.

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Selling From My Collection To Fund New Purchases

Fare thee well, my beloved bags.

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Would You Carry a $1300 Leather Plastic Bag With Kittens On It?

Leave it to Balenciaga to try to make this one happen…

Oh Balenciaga, stop trying to make weird bags happen, they’re not going to happen. First there was the Ikea leather shopping tote, and then there was the bag that resembled your grandmother’s couch, and now my friends, Balenciaga has gone and done it again. That’s right, you can now buy a leather ‘plastic’ shopping bag with kittens on. Demna Gvasalia, is known for some pretty wild and out there designs, often taking elements of streetwear culture and, for some reason, producing them at a luxury price point. This bag just might take the cake though. And, if it weren’t strange enough to tote around your belongings in a leather version of a plastic bag, Gvasalia went ahead and added a graphic featuring kittens to the front of the bag.

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I have a lot of questions here guys. For one I get that there are some major cat people in this world, which honestly I will never quite understand as I simply cannot stand cats, but really do you love them enough to carry them around on a luxury handbag? I’m mildly obsessed with french bulldogs, and when I say mildy I actually mean more like the word that rhymes with mildly and starts with a w. I’d chase a frenchie down the street if it meant a chance to pet it. However I certainly wouldn’t carry around a bag with puppies on it. Now let’s just say you can’t help but show off your cat-love.

Ok, to each his own I guess, but a leather plastic tote? How does one even comfortably carry this bag all day long? The handles are tiny and the top, like the other 15 plastic bags swimming around under your bathroom sink, is wide open. Balenciaga, please tell me what gives?

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