The Goyard Saint Louis bag is one of the most notorious bags produced by Goyard, the brand which is known for the “Y” all-over pattern on their products, as well as for the high-quality crafting.
The Saint Louis is the go-to product when you want a large and also really fashionable bag, but as cool it is, the Saint Louis has many replicas out there.
In fact, that’s why we are here – we’ve prepared this ultimate real vs fake Goyard Saint Louis bag authentication guide that will cover all you need to know on how to check one of those bags.
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To put it shortly, the fastest way to spotting a fake Goyard Saint Louis bag is checking the inscriptions inside the bag, as well as looking at the stitches on the long vertical label.
All of the fake Goyard bags have their text and the stitching on those mentioned above improperly detailed, and the real bags are always detailed correctly, hence why never have such flaws.
For the first step of the guide on how to spot fake Goyard St. Louis bags, we are going to have a look at the heatstamp on the interior side of the real vs fake Goyard bags.
Just as we’ve previously mentioned, we like to believe that this is the top authenticity factor when it comes to the Saint Louis bag, so we recommend that you always check this spot.
The “GOYARD” inscription on the fake Saint Louis bag is stamped too deep into the leather, hence why it has a thicker look than the real one. The same flaw applies to the “PARIS” and to the “MADE IN FRANCE” text on the fake bag.
Another flaw on the fake ba’gs text is that it looks too narrow, while the authentic bag has the same characters being wider and looking more like the GOYARD logo that we see everywhere on the rest of the real products.
Proceeding to the second method of the guide on how to spot fake Goyard Saint Louis bags, we are going to hop outside of the bags.
On the outside, at the top of the bag, you are going to see a long vertical label that has stitches attached to it – that’s the spot on which we need to focus.
Looking at the real vs replica Goyard Saint Louis image above, you can see how the fake bag has its threads too thick and too bulky.
Moreover, the fake Saint Louis bag’s stitches are too visible due to their thickness.
As for the genuine Goyard bag, you can observe how its threads are thinner, smaller and how their overall look is more subtle than the fake bag’s threads.
For the third authenticity factor, we need to move back inside the real vs fake Goyard Saint Louis bags.
If you look closely inside your Goyard bag, you are going to see how there is this little long tab that holds a few letters and numbers – that is what we call the date code tab.
You can notice how the fake Goyard Saint Louis bag has its letters and its numbers fit too deep into the leather, hence why they are too thick.
Yet again, the thickness of the fake bag’s characters makes these too little visible. That’s why the fake characters are so hard to read.
Moving to the authentic Goyard bag, the date code’s characters are fit less deep into the leather and they look thinner than the ones seen on the fake Goyard bag.
Also, the real characters are way more legible than the fake ones.
This may not be the most reliable tell when we are talking about literally the best fake bags, but there are a whole bunch of fake Goyard bags that have this detail flawed.
Precisely, we’ve ranked this tell as the fourth one because it can instantly tell you the authenticity of a bag. First of all, let’s see what the detail is about.
On every genuine Goyard product that presents the “Y” all-over pattern, you have to see the “Y” characters being connected to each other – all of them. That’s what an item with this pattern a Goyard product, and that’s why the brand is so known.
Looking at the fake bag above, you can see how the letters “Y” are not connected to each other. If they were to be connected, the white dots had to be placed very close to the black ones, but that’s not the case on the fake bag.
The real bag has its brown dots placed as close to the white ones as we can say that the letters are connected, precisely as they should be.
Bear in mind that if the letters “Y” are connected to each other, that does not automatically make a Goyard bag authenticity – there are fakes with the correct pattern as well.
A Goyard bag that doesn’t have its letters “Y” connected to each other is 100% a fake.
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.
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For the fifth method of the guide on how to spot fake Goyard bags, we are going to talk about the buttons. Going more into detail, we want to check the text that’s engraved into the buttons.
Like most of Goyard’s products, the authentic Saint Louis bags must say “GOYARD PARIS”.
In the image with the fake vs real Goyard Saint Louis bags above, you can see how the fake Goyard button has its “GOYARD” and “PARIS” inscriptions looking too thin.
On the other hand, the same text written on the real bag’s button looks thinner and narrower than the fake text.
Now that we’ve reached the sixth method of the guide on how to authenticate Goyard St. Louis bags, we want to have a quick talk about the “GOYARD HONORE PARIS” text that’s written a few times on the exterior side of the bag.
In order to look at this text, we suggest that you’d take a picture of the bag and zoom in a bit in order to see the text at a bigger resolution, as this inscription is pretty much hiding in-between the “Y”s that are all over the bag.
The hand-emoji pointers in the real vs fake Goyard Saint Louis bag image above show you how the fake bag has its “GOYARD” text too thin, and how the real bag’s text is thicker.
Looking at the “HONORE” and at the “PARIS” inscriptions, you can observe how the fake bag’s text looks too thick, and how the real bag’s text is thinner.
Going to the seventh method of the guide on how to tell a fake Goyard Saint Louis bag, we want to see what’s the situation like when it comes to the handlers of the real vs fake Goyard bags.
As you can notice in the image with the genuine vs replica Goyard Saint Louis bags above, the fake St. Louis has its threads on the handlers being too thin and too long.
Talking about the genuine bag, you can see how the threads on the handler look thicker and how they are shorter than the fake one, as the overall look of the real threads is boxier than the fake one.
Proceeding to the eighth way on how to spot a fake Goyard Saint Louis bag, we want to flip the real vs fake Goyard bags to their profile sides, where we want to have a look at the side gap.
The side gap is what we call the part exactly in the spot where the leather from the left and from the right sides come together and leave a gap in the middle.
In the image with the real vs fake Saint Louis Goyard bags above, you can observe how the fake gap is too little deep.
On the other hand, the authentic bag has its material from the left and from the right side curving more into the gap, therefore having this gap deeper than the fake one.
Moving forward to the ninth method of the guide on how to spot Goyard Saint Louis bags, we are now going to talk about the shininess of the hardware details.
For your reference, we’ve taken the buttons which have Goyard’s “G” logo on the real vs fake Goyard Saint Louis bags. After that, we are going to look at the D-shaped details.
In the image with the authentic vs replica Goyard bags above, you can see how the fake button is too little shiny as it reflects too little light, and that reflected light looks too blurry.
On the other hand, you can see how the real bag’s button is shinier, as it reflects more light than the fake one, and the real buttons do that in a clearer manner than the fake button.
The Goyard bag real vs fake image above shows you how the fake D-shaped ring is too shiny, and how the real one is less shiny.
At the same time, the real one reflects less light than the fake D-shaped ring.
Going to the tenth and also the last method of the guide on how to spot fake Goyard Saint Louis bags, we are going to have a look at the real vs fake Goyard bags for their dust bag’s text.
The picture with the authentic vs replica Goyard dust bags above shows you how the fake bag has its text too thick and too big.
On the other hand, the same inscriptions on the real dust bag look thinner than the fake ones.
There are situations where you may be unable to go through each detailed step explained above when you need to authenticate your Saint Louis bag.
That is why we have compiled this quick 60 seconds solution to authenticating your bag. Below are the top 10 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake or original Goyard St. Louis bag.
If you need help with the authentication of your Goyard bag, we’ve got you covered.
All you have to do is send us good-quality pictures of your Goyard bag and we will get back to you with the results within 24 to 48 hours. The results will also come with a report on why we believe your bag is fake or authentic.
That brings us to the end of our real vs fake Goyard Saint Louis guide. We will continue to update this article as better and newer comparisons are put out.
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