Buyer Beware: How To Spot Fake Balenciaga Bags

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Last Updated on April 8, 2024 by Ch David

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In this guide, we’ll teach you how to spot any fake Balenciaga bags. If you find it too hard, reach out to our expert Balenciaga authenticators.

How to tell if a Balenciaga bag is real

You first want to look inside the bag — at the “BALENCIAGA” tag. If the letters are fit too deep into the leather, your bag is fake.

1. Engraving

Balenciaga Bag - Label
  • Authentic: Thinner text, as it is fit less deeper into the fabric.
  • Fake: The text is fit too deep into the leather — hence why it’s so thick.

Too difficult? Let our team of expert Balenciaga authenticators take a look at your bag:
2. Serial number

Flip the previously-checked label to the back and you’ll find the serial number.

Note: All authentic Balenciaga bags must have an engraving here.

If there’s no engraving, then your bag is 100% fake.

Balenciaga Bag - Serial Number
  • Authentic: All characters have the same font-weight.
  • Fake: Very thick numbers and very thin letters.

The letters in the fake word “ITALY” are barely visible.

3. Bottom

Balenciaga Bag - Bottom
  • Authentic: Thicker and shorter threads compared to the fake.
  • Fake: Stitching is too thin and long.

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.

4. Buckle

Balenciaga Bag - Buckle
  • Authentic: Thinner “BALENCIAGA” logo.
  • Fake: “BALENCIAGA” text logo si too thick.

See how the fake letters also have too much space between each other.

5. Handler

Balenciaga Bag - Handler
  • Authentic: Stitches are smaller and shorter.
  • Fake: The stitches are too long.

6. Bottom

Balenciaga Bag - Bottom
  • Authentic: Very dense stitches. Some of them are also thicker than the fake ones.
  • Fake: Less denser and also thinner stitches.

If you look on the right side of the fake bag, you’ll see how the stitches are way rarer compared to the original ones.

Real = dense.

7. Chain

Balenciaga Bag - Chainlinks
  • Authentic: Powerful shine — reflecting lots of light.
  • Fake: Not shiny enough.

8. Flap

Balenciaga Bag - Flap
  • Authentic: Thicker, more solid stitches.
  • Fake: The stitching is too thin.

9. Dust bag

Balenciaga Bag - Dust Bag
  • Authentic: Solid, visibly perfect logo.
  • Fake: Scratched logo. The letters aren’t filled with enough paint.


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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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