Here is our Bape gold tag real vs fake comparison.
In this legit check guide, we’ll go over the small detail that’s on every “A Bathing Ape” clothing item, covering how to spot a fake Bape gold tag.
Keep in mind that in order to learn how to authenticate the Bape Shark/Tiger Hoodie, we’ve made this guide where we go really in-depth with our comparisons.
Make sure you use that guide if you’re legit checking a hoodie. Now let’s get into the fake vs real Bape gold tag comparison.
We will start by saying that the gold tag is not necessarily the #1 tell to look out for, but in the case in which you’re not having a specific real vs fake comparison, it’s the best thing you’ve got.
In broad lines, what we’ll be looking for in all these following fake flaws we’ve listed is this: inconsistencies.
By inconsistency, we mean anything that looks like it wasn’t made with a high-quality manufacturing machine which Bape will use. Fake manufacturers will always compromise in this aspect and this will show.
The inconsistencies might range, but they will always be there in at least 95% of the fakes on the market. We’ve identified the following.
What we’re looking at now is the Bape gold tag found along with the group of wash tags. I’ve attached the authentic wash tags and then pasted over the picture of the gold tag.
We can notice here how the authentic gold tag is thicker and of higher quality. We’ll point out here the fact that the fake Bape logo on the gold tag has different dimensions and different spacing from edges.
In other words, the Bape logo is positioned differently in this case. That aside, we can also pay attention to the side stitching found on the authentic gold tag — the fake has got this as well, but to a lesser degree.
I understand we’re comparing a golden neck tag with a wash tag so don’t take this picture as a guide on its own. It needs the context we’re adding here.
What we’re comparing here are the materials used to create this wash tag. The one on the left is placed in a different spot but the naked eye can see it’s using higher quality, thicker materials.
The fake one, on the other side, seems thinner.
Notice here as well the difference in wash tag stitching richness — one thing we’ve pointed out in our Bape Hoodie real vs fake comparison. In other words, the stitching found on the fake tag is not dense enough.
Have a look at the guide we’ve linked above to make sure you’re on top of your game when it comes to spotting fake wash tags.
Let’s flip the Bape gold tag over — upon doing that we’ll see this:
Pay attention to how close the text is to the edges. In the fake gold tag’s case, the text is significantly closer to the extremes.
We’ll point out here how the replica Bape gold tag has got the stitching right, only to fall short of this shape tell. Keep that in mind when legit checking.
As you might have seen in the first tell, the overall shape of this tag is different.
Yes, this will vary depending on where the Bape golden tag you’re authenticating is placed, but keep in mind that the authentic one should be shorter than what we can see above on the fake side.
If you have doubts about a Bape item, make sure you compare your item to other listings you can see online on other marketplaces websites.
We’ve covered this in our “How To Buy Streetwear/High-End Designer Safely Online” guide — have a look at that guide to be sure you’re on the safe side when buying Bape items online (and not only those).
Last but not least, we’ll conclude with the same picture we’ve linked above.
It’s harder to tell through pictures but in real life the difference is distinguishable. The fake golden tag is too shiny, thus reflecting more light.
Yes, this will vary, depending on lighting. As a consequence, don’t jump to conclusions very fast, especially when looking at pictures (i.e. not in a face-to-face real life meeting).
A picture taken with the flash can make even an authentic Bape gold tag look like it’s too shiny.
With that being said, this concluced our fake vs real gold tag comparison. I hope it will help you and, most importantly, I hope you’ll buy safely.
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Thank you for reading this,
Ch Daniel and Ch David