Tips on Authenticating Chanel Bags

Tips on Authenticating Chanel Bags

It works! Thanks to Chanel's 'sloppiness' 


5 minutes to authenticate a preloved Chanel bag like a pro Part 3

No kidding. The two tricks I am about to tell you work. That said, I do not claim they work on all counterfeits. The battle is really intense and dynamic, things evolving too quickly.

Here in part 3, we will discuss some features or attributes of the CHANEL authenticity card. In March, I wrote a series of posts with the title “5 minutes how to authenticate a preloved Chanel bag like a pro”. It is a re-edition aiming to get fuller in content.

Yeah, this time, it has to do the plastic card with the gold-tone printed serial number. No big deal, right?

I need to emphasize again if I have not done enough: To all Chanel bags owners, DO NOT throw away the card: You might regret it.

There is current information from the internet about specific features or attributes of the card. This blog is not a repetition of those. To my best guess, these attributes were not originally instituted for anti-counterfeit purposes. Simply because of the flooding of replicas in the market, Chanel's consistent practice becomes valuable hints to point us in the direction of what a genuine Chanel bag would be. 

This blog covers only two points, so let’s dive right into it.

The letters t and y

On the back of the card, there are 11 lines of text written in three languages: In line 3, which is the English section, on the word “quality” the letter “t” and “y” are attached at the top. I have a blow-up image below. You might need a magnifying glass to see it on yours because I do.

I checked on every card I have, from the latest to the oldest one dated back around 1989. Confirms that the prints on genuine Chanel authenticity card the two letters do attach.

Letter t n y attached

1989 car



Compare the one below, which is from a fake bag. You can clearly distinguish the difference. The letters on the phony card do not attach.


fake card


Warning: This trick is not a 100% foolproof .

Counterfeits conditions vary from production batches. So some tricks and techniques may not work for all situations; this is a perfect example. There is an overexpose infamous serial number  '10218184' , which you keep coming across on the internet a ONE and SINGLE photo of the fake card with this number, the 't' and 'y' connects. HAHAHA. (But I feel really sorry for the owner of the real authentic Chanel bag that bears this serial number. More on this related topic in future posts)



An manufacturing imperfection 

For the second feature, lots of people overlook it. It is a tiny, très petite notch found in the middle of the card's edge. To my guess, this little fellow was an unintended feature left behind from the die-cutting process. It is not official and remains my educational guess. After checking, the notch is present in all the cards I have on hand dated back to around the year 2000. Some are more prominent, some less. Nevertheless, you can feel it by running a finger along with the card, another non-official finding.




notch 2


It is a WOW. Can you imagine a notch, a residue material left on the card's edge from the production? We are talking about Chanel here; merchandises that easily cost thousands of dollars. Commenters and fashion gurus on the internet overwhelmingly and exaggeratingly praise Chanel for their top-of-the-notch luxurious quality. Yes. 'Impeccable craftmanship' is the word often coming from their articles. Look, it is nothing but a product non-conformance, no excuse.
Some internet articles teach how to authenticate Chanel bags. The authors often draw attention to the point: Check the card; it should feel like a credit card, thick and not easy to bend. Well, the very Chanel authenticity card belongs to the family product group of credit cards! (More thorough discussion in the future post)

But here is the irony. The modern manufacturing process might not able to mimic the notch. Notice my tone. I try to avoid making a careless assertive statement here. Fake factories, out of convenience, pick and use the same machinery types that make credit cards; it will take specially made cutting dies to recreate that notch. On which I do not see that is happening. Partly I account for the lack of proper regards to the value of the card, sad indeed.

So what was supposed to be a quality defect turns around into an unexpected but effective authentication technique. At least it still works as of this moment.

Again be cautious. It is not a 100% foolproof trick. Combine with other techniques to weed out the fakes.

That is everything in part 3 of the original series "5 min how to authenticate a preloved Chanel bag like a pro". 

Even if you are not a Chanel fan, you may consider impressing your friends with this ‘cool’ know-how.



Ok. Want to know how good are you on checking the fakes?

Click the arrow     arrow 2    and it will take you to a test. 





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About the author

Fashion idiot, some technical trained professional, has been work stationed in Asia for years, humbly handled manufacturers spanned across diverse industries with some eye-opening encountering.


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