The Burberry coat is one of the most legendary clothing items, and it is known by every fashion fan, especially in the classic Burberry Nova pattern.
So, Thomas Burberry’s coats are being manufactured ever since the year 1856, and since this item’s got this popularity, fakes come along with it, but don’t worry, we’re here to help you authenticate these.
We’ve compiled this ultimate fake vs real Burberry coat authenticity check guide that will teach you everything you have to know about authenticating these coats, and just by following it, you’ll easily know how to spot a fake Burberry coat and how to spot a real coat.
Along with every method of our guide on how to identify fake Burberry trench coats, we are going to attach reference real vs fake Burberry coat images, and these images will make it easier for you to visualise the flaws on the fake coats, as well as the right details on the genuine products.
To put it shortly, the fastest way to spot fake Burberry trench coats is to look at the label located at the neck’s side, on the interior side of the coat. No fake Burberry coat has ever gotten this detail properly replicated, while the authentic Burberry coats are always built with high care and they are defined up to the smallest detail, and unlike the fake Burberry coats, the genuine products are flawless every time.
As we’ve previously mentioned, we consider the neck tag on the interior side of the real vs fake Burberry vintage trench coats as the very best way to authenticate the Burberry coat.
The Burberry coat was released a whole lot of times, hence there are lots of authentic versions of the neck tag, and surprising or not, there are a few versions of the neck tag on the fake Burberry coats.
Mainly, the replica Burberry vintage coats have the latest neck tag types, and they’re way too few older neck tags that were replicated.
With this being said, for your real vs fake Burberry vintage coat neck tag comparison reference, we are first going to look at the neck tag seen on the more recent and more popularly replicated Burberry coats.
So as to make it easier for you, we’ve counted each flaw on the fake Burberry trench coat, as well as the real coat’s details.
1 – The fake Burberry coat mainly presents font-weight flaws for each of its characters and starting with the block of text which says that the coat was manufactured by a specific appointment, you can see how the fake coat’s inscription looks too thick.
This flaw can easily be noticed if you look at the first two letters on each line of text, as these are too bolded on the fake coat, and on the genuine coat, the same lines’ inscriptions are thinner and slimmer.
2- Next up, the “BURBERRY” main inscription on the fake vintage coat appears to be too thick as well, as there are many more stitches building the “BURBERRY” text logo, therefore having this bolder look.
Regarding the authentic Burberry vintage Nova coats, these should have their text thinner than the fake one in the image above, and as you can see, the fact is being proved: the real coat’s “BURBERRY” main text is thinner.
3 – Lastly, the “London, England” inscription on the fake Burberry Nova coat looks too thin, and this can be seen the best if you look at the letter “d” in the “England” text.
On the other hand, the genuine Burberry vintage Nova trench coat’s “London, England” text looks a tad bit thicker than the fake one.
For your reference, in the image above we have posted an older genuine Burberry neck tag. There are fewer replicas with this neck tag rather than the number of replicas with the previously inspected neck tag.
This being said, if you see a neck tag that’s off the pattern of the real one highlighted above, then you are most likely looking at a counterfeit Burberry trench coat.
This is one of those rare cases, but we’re here to warn you about any sort of flaw that occurs on the replica Burberry coats.
As said in the image above, if you see a Burberry coat with the “Burberry® OF LONDON” text (without the “s” at the end of “Burberry”), then you are definitely looking at a fake coat.
The brand used to do authentic neck tags that said “Burberry London” in the threshold of 1998-1999, so that makes two years of “Burberry London”.
Burberry is known for changing its name a few times, and if you’re looking for a concrete and easy-to-remember list with the brand’s names, then have a look below.
With all of this being said for the neck tag, let’s move on to the second step of the guide on how to spot real vs fake Burberry vintage trench coats.
The wash tags are yet another very good way to spot fake Burberry coats, and we recommend that you never skip checking the wash tags, as they can also tell you the authenticity of a coat in an easy manner.
The wash tags changed a lot of times as well throughout the existence of Burberry, and we are going to compare two similar wash tags that differ in just a few inscriptions on the lower side of this step.
First off, we’d like to mention that not every Burberry coat will have this piece, but we’ve started with it because on most of the newer coats, this tag is the first one, and this is the very first thing you’ll see when you got to the wash tags.
Now, let’s quickly inspect the image with the authentic vs fake Burberry coats for their first set of wash tags, and after that, we’ll explain the situation in the image.
In the image with the fake vs real Burberry coats above, we have pointed out how there are three flaws on the fake tag.
1 – The fake Burberry coat’s “BURBERRY” text logo looks too thin and has too much space between its letters, while the real coat has its letters thicker and placed closer to each other.
2 – Looking at the “THE SANDRINGHAM” text (which differs from one model to another), you can see how the fake Burberry coat’s text is yet again too thin.
For the model’s name as well, the genuine Burberry coat has its text thicker and built with a bolder look than the fake coat’s inscription.
3 – Keep an eye out for missing inscriptions, as this really happens sometimes on the fake Burberry coats, especially when it comes to the text which mentions the size of the coat.
In the image with the real vs counterfeit Burberry Nova coats above, we have pointed out how the fake coat’s missing the dash (“-“) and the text which says the size of the coat.
Looking at the genuine coat, you can see how ti has both the dash and the “MEDIUM” text. The authentic coats should say “SMALL”, “MEDIUM”, “LARGE” and so on, depending on their sizes.
Now, let’s have a look at another comparison between the real vs replica Burberry coats for their wash tags.
Don’t worry, we’re not looking for the wash tags to have the same inscriptions, as the only thing that we care about here is the way in which the text looks, as Burberry always proves their high quality here, while the fake items tend to have their wash tag’s text flawed.
As you can see, we’ve spotted three main flaws on the fake Burberry coat’s wash tag, and this time we’re talking about the upper, main piece of the wash tag that’s in the background of the label which we’ve previously inspected together.
The picture with the fake vs real Burberry vintage coats above shows you how the inscriptions on the fake item are way different from the real ones.
If we start by looking at the main “BURBERRY” text, you can see how the fake coat’s inscription is too thick, too little wide, and how it has its letters are placed too close to each other (look at the spacing between the “R” and the “B”).
On the other hand, the legit Burberry coat’s “BURBERRY” main text looks thinner, wider and more stretched than the fake coat’s text, and the real deal has its letters with more distance in-between, therefore having a higher kerning than the characters on the fake coat.
Up next, the inscriptions which say that the item was manufactured in England, spelt in multiple languages, you can notice how the fake trench coat’s block of text looks too thin, and how the real coat’s text is thicker.
Lastly, on the bottom side of the wash tag, the real coat’s text should look a bit thicker than the text seen on the upper side of the wash tag, and the fake coat’s text actually looks thinner than what it should be like.
Now, let’s have a quick look at a few other authentic wash tags.
On the left side of the image, you’ll see the legitimate Burberry wash tag of an item manufactured in Italy, and on the right side, there’s another one from England.
The made-in-Italy wash tags are rarer than the made-in-England ones, hence there are fewer replicas for the made-in-Italy items rather than the more numerous number of fakes pretending to be made in England.
This picture from above shows you an older version of an authentic Burberry wash tag.
This is indeed a bigger and a more detailed wash tag, and being frank, these are not seen as often as the made-in-England wash tag that we’ve previously checked.
The last picture with the wash tag highlights a replica Burberry made in China wash tag.
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For the third method on how to legit check Burberry coats, we’ll quickly have a look at the tab below the neck tag.
This tab can be seen on lots of Burberry coats, and we are going to take for reference three of the most popular models of the Burberry coat.
This step will begin with the real vs fake Burberry Kensington comparison of the label below the neck tag.
In the image with the real vs fake Burberry Kensington Nova vintage trench coats above, we have pointed out how the fake Kensington has two main flaws.
Starting with the main text, the fake coat’s “THE KENSINGTON” inscription looks too thin and too tall, while the real coat’s text is thicker and smaller, therefore looking boxier than the fake one.
Then, the “Made in England” handwritten inscription looks too thin on the fake coat, and on the authentic coat, the text is visibly thicker.
Now that we’re done with the Kensington, let’s have a look at the real vs fake Burberry Sandringham coats for their model’s inscription.
As you can see in the picture with the fake vs real Burberry Sandringham trench coats above, the fake item has its flaws in quite the same places as the Kensington.
First of all, the “THE “SANDRINGHAM” text seen on the fake Burberry coat looks way thicker and bolder than what it should be, as the real coat’s text is thinner.
At the same time, you can see how the fake “THE SANDRINGHAM” text has its letters placed too close to each other, while the real ones are not spread.
Then, the “Made in England” text on the fake Sandringham coat is too thick as well, and you can easily see this if you look at the letter “M” in the “Made” text, as well as at the “d” in “England”.
The third and the last model which we’ll cover for this step is the Westminster Burberry coat, and here we have the same usual font-weight problems on the fake coats.
The picture with the fake vs real Burberry Westminster coats above shows you how the fake coat’s text is way off the genuine pattern.
Speaking of which, you can see how the fake “THE WESTMINSTER” text looks too thin on the “THE WE” inscription, and how it looks too thick on the “STMINSTER” text.
On the other hand, the real Burberry Westminster’s whole “THE WESTMINSTER” text has the same font weight for all of its characters, unlike the fake coat’s text.
And then, the fake coat’s “Made in England” inscription is also too thin, while the authentic Burberry coat’s “Made in England” text is thicker and more defined.
The fourth step of the guide on how to spot fake Burberry coats is going to bring us on the interior upper side of the real vs fake Burberry coats, as we are going to check the famous Burberry Nova pattern that’s seen on many of their products, especially on the inside of their coats.
The picture with the authentic vs fake BurberryNova coats above shows you how the fake coat’s lining is wrong.
The fake Burberry coat’s red lines are placed too far away from the neck tag, while the real ones are way closer to the neck tag.
The pattern from the genuine Burberry coat above should be the same throughout each authentic Burberry Nova coat, as the red lines need to be close to the neck tag.
The picture with the fake vs real Burberry Nova coats above shows you a full-view angle of the pattern on the inside.
As you can see, the fake coat’s black and white lines are a bit thicker and larger than the real ones, which are thinner and narrower.
The steps we’ve written so far are the best ways to authenticate this item.
The next few steps are still reliable signs of authenticity but are for non-top-versions of replicas available for this item. We recommend sticking to the steps we’ve explained above to make sure you’re not drawing the wrong conclusions.
Proceeding to the fifth way on how to identify Burberry coats, we are going to have a quick look at the fake vs real Burberry vintage coats for their tab/s which stand for the country of manufacturing and for the size of your coat.
Depending on the release of your item, there may be just one or two tabs.
In the picture with the fake vs real Burberry coats above, we have pointed out how the fake “MADE IN ENGLAND” text has its letters too thick.
That aside, if you look at the letters “D” and “E” in the “MADE” text, you can see how they are too big on the fake item, and how all of the letters on the real labels are at the same size and font-weight.
The “US UK IT” tab (United States, United Kingdom, Italy) on the fake Burberry coat also has its text too thick, and that’s the most visible on the “IT” text. On the other hand, the real coat’s text is thinner on this small tab as well.
This is one of the most critical flaws that a fake Burberry coat can have, and that’s because the interior labels do not match the model’s name properly.
So as to easily understand this, let’s have a look at the neck tag and at the wash tag of the same Burberry coat that presents this flaw.
The neck tag is on the left, and the wash tag is on the right side of the image. Looking at the neck tag, you can see how it says “THE CHELSEA”, and if you look at the wash tag, the coat says “THE KENSINGTON”. You may think now, which inscription should I believe?
Well, the answer is none, because Burberry makes no such mistakes. The coat from above is supposed to be a Chelsea replica, but the replica manufacturer messed up the inscription on the wash tag, and yes, this does happen sometimes on fake Burberry products.
The way how to authenticate Burberry coats will bring us to a smaller detail, and that is the button’s tiny “BURBERRY” text.
The buttons also differ from one release to another, but the word that is always written on these is the “BURBERRY” text logo, and that’s what’s always flawed on the fake coats.
The “BURBERRY” text on the fake coat’s button above is totally different from the text engraved into the authentic button.
By that, we mean that the letters fit too deep into the plastic, therefore looking way thicker than the real ones, and since the real ones are engraved less deep into the plastic, they automatically look thinner than the fake ones.
Also, the fake Burberry coat’s letters are too tall, while the genuine letters are boxier, and that’s just the way in which the logo of the brand looks, as well as the real coats, follow the right pattern and the fake ones do not do so.
Moving forward to the eighth step of the guide on how to spot fake vintage Burberry coats, we’ll quickly look at the buckle on the belt of the Burberry coats.
This may be harder to spot, but the fake Burberry coat’s buckle is made out of plastic, while the real one is made out of metal.
Keep in mind that the genuine Burberry coats are always made with fine materials, therefore needing to have this buckle made out of metal instead of plastic.
As for the ninth method of the Burberry coat authenticity guide, we need to zoom into the belt and have a close look at its stitching.
We’ve mentioned it before, but we need to remember that Burberry is one of the brands with high care when it comes to the quality of their items, and basically every thread should look the same throughout the genuine products.
The main flaw with the fake Burberry coat’s stitching on the belt is that it is too small and too boxy, therefore looking too thick.
On the other hand, the real Burberry coat’s stitching on this patch looks bigger and a tad bit wider, as it is generally just thinner than the fake coat’s stitching.
For the tenth step of the guide on how to spot fake Burberry coats, we’ll have a look at the fake vs real Burberry products for their D-shaped metal that helps you tie the coat.
The image with the authentic vs replica Burberry coats above highlights the fake coat’s hardware detail being shinier and reflecting more light than it should.
That is because the real Burberry coat’s same hardware detail is less shiny, hence why it reflects less light.
For the eleventh method of the guide on how to spot fake Burberry Nova coats, we’ll have a look at the coat’s behaviour when water is poured on top of it.
The Burberry trench coat is supposed to cover you from rain, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be waterproof. In order to understand this better, have a look at this quote from Burberry’s official website:
Our Heritage Trench Coats are not waterproof, the Heritage Trench Coat is designed to protect the wearer against rain and made from water-repellent cotton gabardine, a fabric invented by Thomas Burberry in 1879. The innovative cloth is woven from fine, compacted cotton in a structure that prevents water from permeating the fabric.Is the Burberry Trench Coat waterproof?
As for the twelfth and the last step of the guide on how to spot fake Burberry Nova coats, we’ll inspect the “BURBERRY” text that’s written on the hanger.
The picture with the hangers from the fake vs real Burberry coat image above shows you how the fake coat’s “BURBERRY” text is too big, too thin and faded.
A real Burberry hanger would necessarily have its “BURBERRY” text looking smaller, thinner and perfectly visible, since it isn’t faded.
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