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Spotting Fake Chanel Guide Part 1


Chanel Logo: This pertains to the world famous Chanel interlocking double C logo.

Figure 1: CC logo

  Part one will go over some key details about , the first being the CC logo.

The standard Chanel [CC] guideline is:

[1]: The right C overlaps the left at the top of the logo
[2]: The left C overlaps the right at the bottom of the logo

The Cocoa Chanel [CC] logo is a cornerstone of the brand, and the specific overlapping of the C's is universally known in most cases. Thus the counterfeiters will rarely get this detail wrong. But that is not to say that you will never encounter this detail backwards. But the same theory that applies to the Louis Vuitton partial LV symbol applies to the Chanel CC. If a Chanel item is found to have the interlocking C's locking incorrectly, this item would be considered a lower class of fake. And as such, other problems with that bag should be evident. As stated in the Louis Vuitton guide, these types of fakes are ofter non-deceptive fakes, (the buyer knows they are purchasing a counterfeit). These are the class of fakes often sold be street vendors.

Interlocking C pattern should remain constant regardless of material or placement.
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FAQ: Does the interlocking C guideline - right top over left and left bottom over right- ever vary on authentic Chanel?
YES. Just as the Louis Vuitton general guidelines of 1) no plastic on the handels, and 2) an LV monogram symbol is never cut, has exceptions, so does the interlocking Chanel logo. However, this concerns a small fraction of the Chanel products. Just as with the (aforementioned) Louis Vuitton examples, these are rare cases, and for most practical purposes if you find a Chanel logo that does not conform to the standard blueprint it is most likely a fake.

Screws: This is another quick and powerful tool for detecting counterfeit Chanel. The screw test. Below are three types of screws you might find on a Chanel item. Two of the screw types are ok, but one is not.

Figure 2: Various style screws you might encounter.


[A] This example is of a Philips head screw and is generally not be found on a Chanel handbag. Again, this might be something that lower class counterfeits will have. A higher quality Chanel will most likely have this detail correct.
FAQ: Will Philiips head screws ever be found on a Chanel?
YES. If the material that is being fastened is non-metal. In these rare occasions Chanel might use a Phillips head. However, for common metal hardware fixtures, the flat head or Alan screws should be in place.

[B] This is a flat head screw, and something that Chanel uses routinely. However, during the year 2008, (concerning their round flap closures), Chanel pivoted into a different class of screw, going with the alan style [C].

Figure 3:
Gold Chanel locking mechanism


[C] This is a generic example of the hex head (Alan screw). and it should be found on Chanel round-flaps from 2008 and foreword. This switch (from flat to hex) is becoming common across for many product lines. Its possible that it cheaper to manufacture the hex keys, and also in the case of Chanel, the screws are in high-profile areas and may arguably have an enhanced aesthetic quality.

Figure 4:
Silver Chanel locking mechanism


(i) The Chanel stamp should be on the upper portion of the hardware with the Paris stamp on the lower half.
Quilting Patterns: The seam lines of the quiliting pattern should remain symmetric across the various sections of the Chanel handbag. Meaning is a quilting pattern continues through, but is separated by a seam line, the seam lines should match up maintaining the symmetric flow of the pattern. We separate the Chanel quilted patterns into three distinct categories:

Static pattern zones Refer to the examples A,C,D whereas the seam is crossing a fixed area. These zones should conform much more strictly to a symmetric pattern. Yes, there will be occasionally some variance between the seam line re-connection points, but this should only be minimal deviation in minimal cases. Any major seam line disconnection in these static zones can be considered a counterfeit signature.
Dynamic pattern zones: These particular zones refer to the patterns forming in example B. Generally where a flap closure should line connect with the seam lines on the item when properly closed. These patterns will shift depending on how the bag is closed, how it is sitting, as well as the contents of the bag. Therefore when inspecting Chanel images, slightly more deviation can be expected from these dynamic zones. Example E is a good illustration of this. We find that the seam lines do not connect perfectly, but we can also see that the flap is not closed evenly, as indicated by the green arrows.
Foundation: These are the patterns underneath the item. These patterns can often demonstrate more seam line deviation than the static areas. Most likely because these zones generally out of view and as such not part of the overall aesthetic appeal of the item.



Figure 5: Examples of symmetric seam line patterns on various authentic Chanel items





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[!] Because much of the observed alignment hinges upon the angle the picture was taken. If a model in the picture has the bag strung over her shoulder, or if the seller is holding the bag in their hand, these things could also throw off the alignment of the Chanel seams. Another factor that may throw off the seam alignment in the picture (or in person) is if the handbag has paper or personal belongings inside the bag. Sellers often stuff their handbags to give them a fuller, larger look. And a stuffed handbag may re-align the stitching pattern, creating a false indicator or red flag.

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References:

[1] Yoogi's Closet - [ http://www.yoogiscloset.com/dateauthcodes ]
[2] 31_rue_cambon, [ http://reviews.ebay.com/HOW-TO-SPOT-A-FAKE-CHANEL?ugid=10000000001327063 ]
[3] [ http://www.spotbags.asia/chanel/spot-a-fake-chanel/ ]