MCM: How To Spot Fake Bags & Backpacks (2024)

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Ch David
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Last Updated on January 9, 2024 by Ch David

You’re likely here because you:

  • Have a MCM bag (or a backpack)
  • And the bag’s authenticity is a concern
  • So you want to verify it

Ignore counting the leaves in the monogram, because nobody likes that — and it’s not helpful.

Join us, and let’s look at real vs fake comparison pictures of MCM bags.

This guide works for every MCM bag, regardless of: color, size, model, year of release.

By the end of this article, you’ll be a MCM expert.

How to tell if a MCM bag is real or fake

You can tell if a MCM bag is real by checking the metal badge screwed into your bag. See if the text and screws have the same consistent font-weight.

We’ll begin with this step.

1. Metal badge

MCM Real Vs Fake Comparison - Metal Logo
  • Authentic: Thicker “MCM” text, and thinner screws.
  • Fake: “MCM” is too thin, and the bottom-left screw’s line is too thick.

Too difficult? Let our team of expert MCM authenticators take a look at your bag:

2. Strap

MCM Real Vs Fake Comparison - Strap
  • Authentic: Thicker, more solid threads.
  • Fake: Stitching is too thin.

3. Stitched label

Inside the bag, you’ll find a “MCM” inscription.

MCM Real Vs Fake Comparison - Interior Label
  • Authentic: Thicker logos, but thinner stitching.
  • Fake: MCM’s text and symbol logos are too thin, and the stitching is too thick.

4. Zipper

MCM Real Vs Fake Comparison - Zipper
  • Authentic: Thinner, longer stitches.
  • Fake: Thicker and shorter threads.

A quick mention:

  • The steps we’ve written so far are the BEST ways to authenticate this item
  • The next few steps are still reliable methods…
  • … but they apply to non-top-versions of replicas available for this item

If in doubt, we recommend double-checking the steps we’ve explained above this line.

5. Engraved MCM

You’ll find this badge on the other side of the previously-checked label.

MCM Real Vs Fake Comparison - Engraved Logo
  • Authentic: The “MCM” text logo and symbol are thinner.
  • Fake: Both engravings are too thick.

6. Silk tag

6.1. Front

MCM Real Vs Fake Comparison - Silk Tag Front
  • Authentic: “MCM” is thinner.
  • Fake: “MCM” is way too thick.

6.2. Back

MCM Real Vs Fake Comparison - Silk Tag Back
  • Authentic: Thinner text.
  • Fake: Little bit thicker inscriptions.

7. Carbine

MCM Real Vs Fake Comparison - Carbine
  • Authentic: Less shiny and light-reflective metal.
  • Fake: Overly shiny metal.

Conclusion

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Thank you for reading this,

Ch Daniel and Ch David

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About the Author

David is the co-founder and co-CEO of Legit Check By Ch. David's experience: 5+ years of creating educational content in the fashion industry. 6+ years of authenticating luxury items. Currently, David is the Head Editor of the LCBC Library, where 1,000,000+ words have been published, in free guides, for over 1,000 items.
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