Chanel Logo: This pertains to the world famous Chanel interlocking double
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:
: The right C overlaps the left at the top of the logo
: 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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Static Pattern Zone
[A] This is a clean seam line connection on a Chanel with the back
partitioned into sections.
[C] An example of the pattern remaining symmetric over a zipper lined area.
[D] A classic example of the seam lines of the
rear pouch and the Chanel handbag base connecting.
Dynamic Pattern Zone
[B] The seam lines on the flap closure and the
handbag base are demonstrating a clean connection in this dynamic pattern zone.
[E] This is an example of some subtle seam line connection variance often found
in dynamic areas of Chanel bags. This is due to the position of closure flap over the
front of the bag. There are several factors that can cause the asymmetry within a dynamic
[F] Often times the most dis-connected seam lines on authentic Chanel handbags will be found
on the bottom of the handbags. These patterns will at times
deviate from optimal symmetry. However, there is a threshold, and anything that crosses
it, and looks
overly sloppy may be a counterfeit signature.
[!] 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.