Alexander McQueen Bag: How To Tell Fakes (2024)

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Last Updated on January 22, 2024 by Ch David

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Our team of Expert McQueen Authenticators set up this guide for your convenience.

Compare your bag to our real vs fake AMQ Bag pictures and set the verdict.

Relevant read: How to spot fake AMQ Oversized Sneakers.

Let’s go to the bag.

How to spot a fake Alexander McQueen bag

Professionals suggest the #1 way to spot a fake Alexander McQueen bag is the “ALEXANDER MCQUEEN” golden (or silver) engraving.

Fake bags never have this text at the right font-weight.

1. Engraving

Alexander McQueen Bag Engraving
  • Authentic:
    • Thicker, shorter threads above the engraving.
    • “ALEXANDER MCQUEEN” is thicker and perfectly filled with plant.
  • Fake:
    • Stitching is too thin and long.
    • The engraving is thin and scratched — not entirely filled with paint.

Too difficult? Let our team of expert AMQ authenticators take a look at your bag:

2. Buckle

Alexander McQueen Bag Buckle
  • Authentic: Bigger, more noticeable skull.
  • Fake: The skull on the buckle is too small.

The authentic crystal reflects light, however the fake one is too shiny and reflects too much.

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.

3. Material Quality

Authentic Alexander McQueen bags are crafted from premium materials like high-grade leather, durable fabrics, and robust metal components.

The leather should feel soft yet sturdy, and the fabric should be of high quality.

In contrast, fake bags often use inferior materials that can feel rough, stiff, or plasticky.

4. Stitching

The stitching on a genuine Alexander McQueen bag will be meticulous and uniform. Each stitch should be of the same length and perfectly aligned.

In counterfeit bags, the stitching is often rushed, leading to uneven, crooked, or loose stitches.

This can be a clear giveaway of a fake product.

5. Hardware

Pay close attention to zippers, clasps, and other metal hardware. In authentic bags, these elements are typically made from high-quality metals and have a substantial feel.

They should operate smoothly and have the brand name etched or engraved if applicable.

Cheap, flimsy hardware is a common trait of fake bags.

Conclusion

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Ch Daniel and Ch David

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About the Author

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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