The Chanel 2.55 classic double flap in small / medium (9-10 inches) is probably the most counterfeited bag in the world! We've put together 6 quick tips that may help you avoid a fake!
Above is an authentic Chanel! Gorgeous, right?
The CC logo clasp on the 2.55 should look like the one on the top. Sometimes, it will be in silver, and sometimes it will be in gold. When it is in gold, it may have a hallmark to represent the gold plating on the hardware.
Fake CC logo clasps can be too skinny or too squat like the ones shown.
Craftsmanship on Chanel is impeccable. Quilting is always symmetrical, and quilting will always line up. See how the quilting on the pocket on the left (authentic) Chanel is aligned to the rest of the bag.
The inside will be made of leather that perfectly fits inside the bag. This means no wrinkling.
All late 1980's and newer Chanel 2.55 double classic flap will always have a sticker on the left inside corner. Sometimes, stickers can be lost over time, but a sticky residue spot usually remains in this spot when this occurs. Please note that some fakes will have stickers as well. Read more about Chanel serial stickers here.
If the hardware is gold, the inside Chanel stamp will be gold. If the hardware is silver, the inside Chanel stamp will be silver.
An authentic Chanel serial card will never have a rainbow reflection on the border or number.
**Please note that these are quick tips and would be considered a beginner's authentication guide. While this will help weed out many counterfeits, more in-depth knowledge is utilized by experts to weed out the more convincing fakes.
Please note that this authentication guide is in reference to the classic double flap in small/medium (9 inch length) and medium/large (10 inch length). Most of the public oftentimes refers to this iconic bag as the 2.55. However, some only think of the 2.55 as the reissue bag.
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