How To Spot A Fake Goyard Saint Louis Bag

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Last Updated on November 10, 2023 by Ch David

To put it shortly, the fastest way to spot a fake Goyard Saint Louis bag is by 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 is improperly detailed, and the real bags are always detailed correctly.

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.

Saint Louis is the go-to product when you want a large and also really fashionable bag, but as cool as it is, 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.

Would you like to see some more real vs fake Goyard guides? Upon a click on the highlighted text, you are going to our archive of Goyard authentication guides.

How to tell if a Goyard St. Louis bag is real or fake

You can tell if a Goyard St. Louis bag is fake if the heat stamp is too deep and has very thick inscriptions. This always indicates a fake bag, as authentic examples always have thin letters.

Let’s check this out!

1. Heat stamp

  • The “GOYARD” inscription on the fake Saint Louis bag is stamped too deep into the leather.
  • 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.
  • The fake bag’s text also looks too narrow.

2. Handler base

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.

  • The fake bag has thicker and bulkier stitches.
  • 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 and smaller and how its overall look is more subtle than the fake bag’s threads.

3. Date code

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.

  • The fake Goyard Saint Louis bag has its letters and its numbers fit too deep into the leather.
  • The numbers look too thick on the fake bag.
  • 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 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.

4. Y-shaped print

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.

  • On the fake bag, 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.

A Goyard bag that doesn’t have its letters “Y” connected to each other is 100% a fake.

Bear in mind that if the letters “Y” are connected to each other, that does not automatically make a Goyard bag authentic – there are fakes with the correct pattern as well.

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.

5. Buttons

Like most of Goyard’s products, the authentic Saint Louis bags must say “GOYARD PARIS”.

fake goyard saint louis bag
  • 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.

6. Exterior logo

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 fake bag has its “GOYARD” text too thin, and how the real bag’s text is thicker.
  • Looking at the “HONORE” and the “PARIS” inscriptions, you can observe how the fake bag’s text looks too thick, and how the real bag’s text is thinner.

7. Handler stitching

  • 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.

8. Gap on the side

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.

  • The fake bag’s 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.

9. Hardware shininess

We are now going to talk about the shininess of the hardware details (e.g. buttons, keychains, and other metal).

9.1. Buttons

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 carbine.

  • The fake bag’s 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.

9.2. Carbine

  • The fake bag’s carbine is too shiny, as it reflects too much light.

At the same time, the real one reflects less light than the fake D-shaped ring.

10. Dust bag

  • The fake bag has bigger and thicker inscriptions on the dust bag.

On the other hand, the same inscriptions on the real dust bag look thinner than the fake ones.

Shortlist: Authenticate your Goyard bag in 30 seconds

  1. Inspect the heat stamps text inside the bag. Most of the fake Goyard Saint Louis bags have their text improperly font-weighted and shaped.
  2. Look at the stitching on the long vertical tag. The fake Goyard bags usually have their stitching too thick.
  3. Verify the text on the date code’s tab. The fake bags tend to have their text there too thick and not readable.
  4. Examine the “Y” pattern all over the bag. The fake Saint Louis bags usually don’t have the letters “Y”s connected.
  5. Brief the text written on the buttons, because the fake buttons usually have their text too thick.
  6. Look at the “GOYARD HONORE PARIS” text. In most cases, the fake bags have their text at multiple font-weights.
  7. Inspect the stitching on the handlers. The fake Goyard bags usually have their stitching improperly weighted and lengthed.
  8. Have a look at the gaps on the profile sides of the bag. Most of the fake Goyard St. Louis bags have gaps too deep.
  9. Check the shininess of the hardware details. The fake hardware pieces tend to shine either too little or too much.
  10. Verify the text on the dust bag, as most of the fake dust bags have their text too thick.

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.

Expert Goyard bag authentication

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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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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