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    Real Vs. Fake - Secrets, tips and advise

    Meet the new kid on the block - Hermes Verrou Chaine Bag

    Meet the new kid on the block - Hermes Verrou Chaine Bag

    Hermes aficionado or not, you have to meet the new kid on the block. Like in life, when there is a new thing out there, you owe it at least to see what it is all about.

    I must admit I am an Hermes girl, so I was intrigued.

    As luxurious as her sisters Kelly and Birkin, and yet has a touch of young flair that they lack. The added chain with the "Bathroom stall like lock" and the asymmetrical flap give this bag the sass we were all looking for in Hermes. Classic square with some funky add ons - I must say, I am intrigued. Should i call her the rebel? :)

    This bag doesn't come cheap at a little over 8,000$ plus taxes.

    So, not sure if I want it yet, but knowing me and my relationship with Hermes, I think I might fall in love. Meeting her in person in a few days... I guess I will know then.

    Lorena's WORTH Hermes Verrou Chaine

    Lorena's WORTH Hermes Verrou Chaine

    For the time being, enjoy the view!

    Lorena Shiff

    How to avoid buying a FAKE purse online? Your guide to success !

    How to avoid buying a FAKE purse online? Your guide to success !

    There are many reasons to buy a Designer Purse on the resale market. Lower prices, better choices, more availability, lack of boutique in you town, and many more. Those are the main reasons this industry has grown so much in the past few years. 

    I fully understand how people can easily get confused, or even tricked into, and end up buying a fake bag. Can you imagine? This is a terrible experience to go thru. As its like throwing money away!  I have encountered many clients that went thru this, and some didn't even know their bag was actually a fake, some had a suspicion, and some were just embarrassed.

    Looking back, and relying solely on my personal experience, I can understand how this can happen. As this knowledge I am about to share with you is not studied at school, nor taught anywhere. It is accumulated via life experiences, seeing so many bags and purses, learning about collections, observing, selling and buying fashion for years.

    Therefore I am here to help. If after reading this QUICK GUIDE you are still uncertain, contact me for further help [email protected]

    1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK

    Please please please do a little research - or a lot !!! - and study the style you want to purchase. Take a look at the materials, colors, details, measurements. Those are they very first few indicators in knowing what you are buying and eventually getting.

    2. PRICE

    In today's market there are many 2nd hand sites and selling platforms, so most likely the bag that you want will be available for sale in many different places. So get to know the price. Once you decide to buy, if the price is too good to be true, then you know the answer. Right?

    Just in case you didn't get it - if the price is too good to be true DON'T BUY IT - IT'S PROBABLY FAKE!

    3. KNOW YOUR SELLER

    Make sure that seller has been in the market for a while and check their track record. Make sure the seller offers a full return and money back policy, this way if the bag is fake you just return it and no harm was done. Reputable sellers will offer a money back guaranteed policy. So this is a good sign already.

    Also - Read the small print, make sure the seller authenticated the bag first. If the item is not described as authenticated by the seller - then there is another red flag.

    4. BREATHE

    Ok - if you got to this point all by yourself, you are on the right path. WOOOO HOOOO. From here on I can help you finish the authentication process. That will be done in our warehouse with the help of images sent to me via email. I will provide the specifics.

    5. WANT TO KEEP GOING BY YOURSELF?

    This is the tricky part, as Logos, and hardware are hard to describe, and each brand and style have their own unique specifications.

    But in general:

    Hardware should not be plastic but metal.

    Stitching should be nice, even and neat.

    Authenticity Card doesn't always mean the bag is authentic as there are LUXURY BRANDS, like Hermes and Louis Vuitton, that DO NOT PROVIDE THOSE.

    Receipts are not always a sign of a purchase. 

    Serial number is a very important part of the process. A good start for you would be to check that there is one and it matches the company's serial numbers policy in general.

    6. TRUST YOURSELF

    If at this point you are still not sure, then that is a sign. Don't ignore it. There is always another bag out there.

    7. CONTACT ME - LORENA SHIFF TO THE RESCUE

    You really want this one? Contact me [email protected] and I will authenticate your purse for you.

    Please keep in mind that the authentication process costs between 50-100$ per item depending on the brand. I will ask you to send me specific pictures, in specific resolution, and specific angles, and will provide with a certificate of authentication online and in paper.

    PS - I have written an article on how to authenticate a LOUIS VUITTON purse. please read in my blog or click here.

    Yours, 

     

    Lorena

     Lorena Shiff lorena's worth

    Louis Vuitton - Real or Fake - Authenticate - can you spot it?

    Louis Vuitton - Real or Fake - Authenticate - can you spot it?

    Buying a second hand purse


    I have to say - I love buying second hand purses! Don't you? Be honest... I'm sure you are aware of all the pros, and the biggest one being, you will be able to buy more bags this way, as this will stretch your budget ... and actually leave you some extra money for other things you might have your eye on. Right? Hmmmm the bag and the shoes you wanted for the price of the bag alone... I can see the smile on the corner of your mouth and your mind spinning :) #WORTHILICIOUS

    Who admits that they actually buy second hand purses? Not many! Why? Because no one would want to get caught with a ... FAKE! Yes, I am sure some of you have had your eye on a bag, thinking it is the real deal only to realize it's a fake a few hundreds, if not even thousands, of dollars down the road.

    Well fear not, I am here to help - tell the real from the fake. Believe me, it is not an easy task, also not something you learn at school and can get a degree at. This is knowledge that you cannot buy, or study at school, it is knowledge that you can only get from experience. What experience you ask? And why me? Well, it is knowledge gathered after years of following collections, seeing them, touching them, owning them, breathing and smelling them - literally. My knowledge is based on years of shopping (yes, lots of shopping), following fashion shows, collections, colors, materials, seasons, designers, taking notes and cataloguing my knowledge (Yes, I have my little black book :). On top of that seeing the items, touching them, using them and selling them. You cannot question an item you have never seen nor touched, you cannot rely on yourself if you never had it nor seen it.

    This is why I am here for you. I will give you the tools to do a preliminary authentication yourself, look at it like a short check list. You can do it! After that, if you are still not sure, or want another opinion, I can authenticate your bag for you. Just check out our authentication services, its cheap and easy!

    If you ever have a question or you would like me too authenticate your purse you can always email me [email protected]. I will always help you find the answers you are looking for and guide you thru the sea of fakes to your awaited destination, the REAL deal purse.

    On a side note, many will say that they do not want to list all this facts in one article as the manufacturers of fakes read this too, and, goodness gracious! This will help them improve their fake bags! Well, for those, just FYI, manufacturers of fakes, actually buy the real thing to copy from, they don't need any of us. Unfortunately, it's a millions of dollars industry and they have all the resources needed to keep on copying bags.

    Now enough small talk and let's get to business.

    Things to pay attention to on your own


    Here are some tips and advice that can help you, on your own, to try and determine if you are dealing with the Real deal or just a good fake. Go thru the list and make sure you cover all your bases.


    Price. If the price is too good to be true, then you know the answer. Real bags are never ever cheap! Yes, used items are cheaper than new ones but if it's a 90% percent discount that should raise some flags. Use your judgement.There are good deals out there, make sure you choose the right ones!
    Buy only from reputable sellers. Sellers that have zero or close to zero feedbacks on any selling platform are suspicious and you should stay away from them. The majority of the times sellers that sell fake items keep on creating new accounts under new names, as their accounts keep on getting suspended. Check return policies. Reputable sellers will offer money back guaranteed! This way if you end up authenticating the item, and it turns to be a fake, you are guaranteed your money back!
    Logos, writing and stamping. Familiarize yourself with the font and logos, the font should be clear and easy to read. Firmly pressed. Check spacing and stitching. They are always symmetrical and aligned on 4 sides. On image below: On the right - the correct spacing, font and stamping, on the Left - wrong font, embossing and uneven stitching.

    Louis vuitton real vs fake Lorena's WORTH

     

    Hardware - All hardware should be stamped, embossed or pressed. No plastic parts. All hardware parts are metals, work properly, and are embossed with the company name or logo. They might discolor, but they do not peel. Authentic new hardware shown on photo.

    Louis vuitton real vs fake Lorena's WORTH

    Glue on leather pieces. The color of glue that seals the leather pieces should be a dark red wine color, with a brown hue - not red with an orange hue. Also this glue should not peel as a strip of elastic-plastic or break. The glue on the leather should look like the images below.

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    Authenticity card, tags and leather swatches. Lv bags do not come with any of those, if the item has a tag dangling from it, a color swatch, or even a plastic authenticity card, then you know your answer. The tags below are a huge indicator that it is a fake bag, stay away.

    Louis Vuitton real vs fake Lorena's WORTH

    Stitching should be fine, delicate, in straight clean lines, at a 45 degree angle, even, small and close to the edge.The number of stitches should be the same on both sides, with no back and forth stitching.

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    Louis Vuitton logos "LV" are always aligned, and never tilted or not proportionate to the other side. Patterns are always symmetrical. Louis Vuitton logos LV would never be used as a background. Myth: Logos would never be cut out, well they actually will on some cases. The image on the top is the fake bag, the one on the bottom is the real deal. Aligned, symmetrical.

    Louis Vuitton real vs fake Lorena's WORTH

    Louis Vuitton real vs fake Lorena's WORTH

    Canvas monogram. This is very hard to explain. But the color should not be yellow and brown nor green or solid. It is an antique gold color with brown lines through it. For experts it is easy to tell the difference in the color and the special coating. Avoid solid color letters. Below there is an image of the real thing.

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    Material. One of the Louis Vuitton trade marks is the cowhide Vachetta leather that the handles and contours are made of. This leather develops patina over time - darkens to a honey color, the older the bag the darker the shade. This leather stains easily. When this leather gets old it does not peel to a fabric material, nor rips, it does not get lighter. Make sure this pieces are leather nor plastic.
    Lining. Familiarize yourself with the style, then check if the lining should be microfiber suede, canvas or leather. Make sure the piece you are buying is consistent with your findings.
    Serial number - I can go on forever with all the theories about serial numbers, year codes, etc. A great start would be, if all the above checks right to you, then make sure it has a serial number containing 2 letters and 4 numbers. it is always hidden and sometimes you might need help finding it.

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    Finally trust your gut! Does it feel like a high end, high quality item? Make sure it looks right and feels right to you.


    Turn to an authenticator

    Now, ask yourself, are you satisfied with your conclusion? You know yourself, trust your gut. If you are still not sure, and you still can't get that purse out of your head, then it is time to bring in the "Big Guns", ME! Lorena Shiff, the authenticator, I am here to help and put this debate to rest!
    Next step contact an expert, like myself, to authenticate the serial number as well. Contact me @ [email protected] and I will help you!
    There are some variants that are hard to pass on, like smell, Logos, stamps, buckles, stitches, all those should be strategically placed, centered an aligned, something that might look right to you, might just not be consistent with the brand.
    I hope this can help put you in the right direction when trying to make a decision on a second hand purse purchase. Remember, you are never alone! I am always here to help.

    And if you are ready to shop, we have some bags and #Worthilicious prices for you!

    Shop here!


    You can thank me later!

    Lorena Shiff Lorena's WORTH The Consignment Princess