How To Spot A Fake Chanel Bag: Classic Flap (2024)

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Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Ch David

You might be here because:

  • You were gifted a Chanel bag
  • Or you already have one
  • And you’re not sure of it’s authenticity
  • So you need to check it

This guide will help from all aspects. We’ll go inside and then outside the bag.

Let’s verify your bag.

How to spot a fake Chanel handbag

Spot fake Chanel bags by checking the inner metal strap, a common flaw in replicas.

Genuine Chanel Jumbo bags boast superior leather quality compared to counterfeits.

1. Engraving

Find this inscription inside the bag:

  • As soon as you open the flap.
  • On the buckle.
  • Authentic:
    • The letters on the inner metal strap are less defined and not overly sharp.
    • The “CHANEL” text is positioned at a proper distance from the central empty space of the strap.
  • Fake:
    • Letters in “PARIS” appear sharper and more defined than those on the authentic bag.
    • The “CHANEL” text is too close to the central empty space on the strap.

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2. Back

  • Authentic: Diamonds on the rear have a consistent shape with deep, neat stitching.
  • Fake: Diamonds are wider with shallow, less defined stitching.

3. Shape

  • Authentic: Has a more compact and full shape when empty.
  • Fake: Appears wider and less full when empty.

4. Interior CC

  • Authentic: Inner Chanel logo has a more compact and refined look with shorter stitching outline.
  • Fake: Inner logo appears thicker, wider, and has longer stitches on the outline.

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.

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5. Chainlinks

  • Authentic: Chanel Classic Flap bag’s metal chains are shiny and nuanced.
  • Fake: Metal chains appear duller and less nuanced.

6. Metal CC

  • Authentic: The Chanel Jumbo bag’s CC logo is larger and thinner.
  • Fake: CC logo appears smaller and thicker.

7. Bottom

  • Authentic: The bottom of the Chanel Classic Flap bag has a narrower shape.
  • Fake: The bag has a wider and “fatter” appearance at the bottom.

8. Dust bag

  • Authentic: The dust bag lines around the “CHANEL” text appear scratched and sprayed, not filled in.
  • Fake: The dust bag lines around the “CHANEL” text are too thick and filled in.

9. Box

  • Authentic: The box’s “CHANEL” text is thicker, boxier (less wide), and has consistent, tight spacing between its letters.
  • Fake: The box’s “CHANEL” text is too thin, too wide, and has too much space between its letters.

Shortlist: Verify Chanel bags on the go

  1. Examine the inner metal logo for sharp letters and improper spacing on your Chanel Classic Flap bag.
  2. Check the rear side pattern for wide diamonds and shallow stitching on fake Chanel.
  3. Verify the bag’s shape; fakes tend to look narrower than authentic Chanel bags.
  4. Inspect the interior lining for oversized Chanel logos and thinner outline stitching on counterfeit bags.
  5. Examine the chains; fake Chanel bags often have less shiny chains.
  6. Check the exterior CC logo; fakes may have thicker and smaller logos.
  7. Verify the bag’s shape from the bottom; fake bags may appear too wide.
  8. Inspect the dust bag for thick lines around the “CHANEL” text on fake bags.
  9. Examine the box; fake boxes often have improperly weighted, shaped, and spaced “CHANEL” text.

For quick and easy authentication of your Chanel bag, we’ve summarized the top 9 indicators to distinguish between genuine and fake ones.

Don’t miss these key details when verifying your bag’s authenticity.

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This concludes our guide on how to spot fake Chanel bags. Thank you for stopping by!

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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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