Authenticity - Preloved Clothing Online & Studio61


At Preloved Clothing Online and Studio61, we place great importance on authenticity. We do not sell imitation handbags and make every effort to obtain certificates of guarantee and original receipts for all our luxury items. If we do not receive the original receipt or certificate, we conduct a rigorous authenticity check.

If we encounter what we refer to as a "red flag" during the authenticity check process, we immediately pause the process and return the item to its owner. Even a single red flag indicates that the item is a replica. It can be deceiving to be drawn in by the allure of some lookalikes with their beautifully textured leathers and glossy hardware. However, upon closer examination, we discover red flags that reveal the item's lack of authenticity.

Checkpoint 1: Style

We conduct thorough research to identify the exact style name of the bag. Then, we compare our bag to authentic bags of the same style found online. Our bag must visually match the genuine bags in terms of size, colour, seam details, handle details, lining fabrics, and interior features. We also consider the type of leather used. Any discrepancies in the overall design would indicate a replica bag.

Checkpoint 2: Logo

Next, we inspect the manufacturer's logo to determine if it is embossed or stamped. We examine the logo's texture and how it is attached to the bag. Luxury brands strive for perfection in their logos, so we scrutinize the font, colour, style, stitching, and size. We also search for a code number associated with the bag, as many high-end bags possess serial numbers that provide valuable information. Once we have this information, we conduct further research. By performing a Google search on logos, fonts, and authenticity codes, we can ascertain whether the item is genuine or fake.

Checkpoint 3: Hardware

We carefully examine the hardware, paying close attention to engraved or stamped logos, ensuring there are no irregularities in the stamp lines. High-end bag manufacturers employ top-quality machinery to create flawless stamps on their hardware. Any uneven stamping or subpar graining in the metal would immediately indicate a replica. We also inspect the hardware connections and the undersides of zippers. Additionally, we research the manufacturers of the zippers, as certain brands have specific suppliers. If the zipper is not the correct type, it is likely a replica, and we will return the item to its owner.

Checkpoint 4: Stitching

Although some replica handbags boast excellent leather stitching, there are distinct signs to watch out for: - Loose threads or unfinished stitching - Zig-zag hems or crooked stitching - Frayed or poorly finished edges - Uneven stitching on tabs or undersides We thoroughly examine every seam and stitch on the entire bag, as it must exhibit flawless craftsmanship. If any irregularities are detected in the stitching or if it appears questionable, we can confidently conclude that we are dealing with a replica.

Checkpoint 5: Interior

Next, we inspect the bag's lining, focusing particularly on the stitching within the lining. Manufacturers of replica bags often neglect the interior details. We examine the inside pockets, zip pockets, and slip pockets for frayed edges and subpar stitching. Such shortcuts in workmanship are common among replica makers attempting to save costs. If we come across shoddy handiwork inside the bag, we are holding a replica.

Checkpoint 6: Lining

We evaluate the quality of the bag's interior lining and compare it to authentic bags we know of. The interior lining must be of high quality and consistent with the brand's standard. If it falls short in this regard, we can conclude that we are dealing with a replica and will return the bag to its owner.

Check Point 7: Pattern

Checking patterned bags is a straightforward process. Reputable luxury producers like Louis Vuitton ensure that when they stitch a seam, the pattern aligns perfectly. If the prints are mismatched or out of sync, it indicates a replica. If we've reached this point, we are quite confident that the bag is authentic. However, there are a few final aspects to consider.

Check Point 8: Leather

A genuine leather bag always carries a distinct leather smell, so we rely on our sense of smell to determine if it smells and feels like real leather. As there are various types of leather, we conduct research to ensure that the used leather corresponds to the correct type. If the leather feels cheap, too thin or thick, or emits a peculiar chemical odor, it is likely a replica.

Check Point 9: Handles

Next, we inspect the handles. For instance, we examine the edges of the handles. If we observe any white plastic piping or padding inside the handle, it indicates a replica. An authentic, high-quality bag will not display such stuffing visibly through the seams. By looking through the end of the bag, one should see a flawlessly folded closure with precise seams and smooth leather. Additionally, we check the hardware, including d-rings. The d-rings should appear shiny, robust, and devoid of visible joints. Cheap hardware is a clear sign of a replica bag.

Check Point 10: Structure

Our final check focuses on the bag's physical structure. Does the bag maintain its intended shape? If it is a solid, thick tote, does it stand upright as expected or does it sag? If it is a soft bag crafted from supple leather, is it excessively rigid or standing too upright? Assessing the weight and structure of the leather, as well as how the bag sits and feels, provides valuable insights into its authenticity.


Lastly, a note above provenance. Provenance, in relation to luxury goods, refers to the documented history and origin of an item. It provides a trail of ownership or purchase history that helps establish the authenticity, quality, and value of the luxury item. Provenance can include details such as the brand's original receipt, certificates of authenticity, previous owners, and any significant events or milestones associated with the item. We strive to gather as much information as possible for our online listings and inquire about its provenance. A documented history tracing the bag's ownership or purchase can serve as confirmation of its authenticity and value.

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