Although we have our online authenticity guide, we still like to feature certain bags here on The Closet so you can really learn the details of spotting an authentic piece. We recently got in a Chanel Caviar Patchwork Hobo Bag and after discussing the key authenticity points with our in-house authenticator Chelsea, we’re breaking down the authentication process for this specific Chanel bag.

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Step 1: Overall construction and quality

  • Check the leather–it should be of high quality. For this specific bag, it should feel soft but not flimsy.
  • The lining should be a nice textile (almost cloth-like). It should feel substantial and not too thin.

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Step 2: Stitching

  • Be sure all stitching lines up across the bag (including pockets, flaps etc).
  • Check for even and symmetrical stitching.
  • Stitches should be in tact. Loose threads can mean poor craftsmanship.

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Step 3: Hardware

  • For the most part Chanel uses either Lampo or Eclair zippers.
  • Some vintage bags have Chanel stamped zippers.
  • In this case, both zippers are Lampo.

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Step 4: Hologram Sticker

  • A hologram sticker should be present on all recent bags. Chanel started using these in the mid 1980’s.
  • The sticker is either adhered onto the lining or onto a tag in the lining.
  • In modern Chanel bags, the hologram sticker features 2 Chanel monogram logos encased in a circle.
  • Modern hologram stickers have an ‘X’ imprint going through the sticker.

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Interested in bidding on this bag? Bid here: Chanel Black Caviar Leather Patchwork Hobo Bag