Chanel Guide: REAL vs FAKE Coco Handle Bag (2024)

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Last Updated on April 13, 2024 by Ch David

In this guide, we’ll teach you how to spot a fake, with:

  • Real vs fake images + explanations
  • A lot of helpful tips and insights

How to spot a fake Chanel Coco Handle bag

To spot a fake Chanel Coco Handle bag, check the stitching and lettering on the “CHANEL ®” label on the inside. Authentic ones maintain great attention to every detail, ensuring a flawless appearance.

1. Interior label

Comparison of the authentic and fake Chanel bags for their interior labels
  • Authentic:
    1. Stitching around the label is thin, long, and spaced.
    2. “CHANEL” text is thin and wide with proper spacing.
    3. “MADE IN” text is consistently thick and readable.
    4. The “®” symbol is proportional and centered.
  • Fake:
    1. Stitching is thick and short, appearing boxy.
    2. “CHANEL” text is thick, narrow, and cramped.
    3. “MADE IN ITALY” is thin and small.
    4. The “®” symbol is misaligned and too thick.

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2. Buckle

Open the bag, and on the interior side, you’ll find this:

  • The “CHANEL” & “PARIS” inscriptions.
  • And two screws: one on the left, and one on the right.
Comparison of the authentic and fake Chanel bags for their buckle engravings
  • Authentic:
    • Text on the metal is thinner due to being engraved less deeply.
    • Screws are appropriately positioned, maintaining adequate distance from the buckle’s center.
  • Fake:
    • Text is engraved too deeply into the metal, resulting in thicker letters.
    • Screws are positioned too closely to the center of the buckle.

3. Zipper

Comparison of the authentic and fake Chanel bags for their zippers
  • Authentic: “CHANEL” text on the zipper is thinner due to shallower engraving.
  • Fake: “CHANEL” text appears too thick because it’s engraved too deeply into the metal.

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. Keychain

Over here, we’ve got the classic CC logo, a signature for the Chanel brand.

Comparison of the authentic and fake Chanel bags for their keychains
  • Authentic:
    • The “CC” logo is thinner, boxier, and smaller.
  • Fake:
    • The “CC” logo is too thick, wide, and large, appearing improperly shaped compared to the authentic version.

5. Metal plates

At the base of the handlers, you’ll see the “CHANEL” logo engraved in metal plates.

Comparison of the authentic and fake Chanel bags for their metal plates
  • Authentic: The “CHANEL” text is thicker with letters closely placed.
  • Fake: The “CHANEL” text is too thin, with narrow letters that are spaced too far apart.

6. Handler

Comparison of the authentic and fake Chanel bags for their handlers
  • Authentic:
    • The handle appears thinner and taller, providing a sleek and elongated look.
  • Fake:
    • The handle is notably thicker and shorter, giving it a disproportionate appearance relative to the bag.

7. CC Logo

Comparison of the authentic and fake Chanel bags for their CC Logos
  • Authentic: The CC logo is shinier and reflects more light, enhancing its visual appeal.
  • Fake: The logo lacks sufficient shine and appears dull in comparison.

8. Shape

Comparison of the authentic and fake Chanel bags for their side's shapes
  • Authentic: Has deeper, pronounced middle depth for a distinct shape.
  • Fake: Lacks appropriate middle depth, resulting in a less defined shape.

9. Pocket

Comparison of the authentic and fake Chanel bags from the back
  • Authentic: The pocket corners are subtly curved, with less pronounced arching.
  • Fake: Pocket corners are overly curved, arching more than they should.

Shortlist: Check your Chanel

Use this list whenever you’re on the go:

  1. Examine the label inside your Chanel bag, as fake ones often have stitching and text with incorrect thickness.
  2. Inspect the text engraved on the rear side of the buckle and the screws. Counterfeit bags may have improperly weighted text and misaligned screws.
  3. Analyze the “CHANEL” text on the bag’s zipper, as fake zippers tend to have text that is too thick.
  4. Check the “CC” Chanel logo engraved on the keychain, as counterfeit bags may have this logo with improper font-weight.
  5. Authenticate the text on the circular metal pieces around the base of the handle, as fake Coco Handle bags may have text with the wrong font-weight.
  6. Evaluate the shape of the bag’s handle, as fake Chanel bags may have handles that are too thick and short.
  7. Examine the shininess of the double C logo on the front of the bag, as fake Coco Handle bags may have logos that are not shiny enough.
  8. Inspect the shape of the bag from the side profile, as fake bags may have leather that doesn’t fit deep enough into the profile gap.
  9. Assess the shape of the pocket on the back of your bag, as counterfeit items may have pockets with improperly curved edges.

Expert Chanel Coco Handler authentication

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  • Along with a report explaining our authentication verdict.

This concludes our guide on how to distinguish between a genuine and fake Chanel Coco Handle bag.

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Ch Daniel and Ch David

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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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