Prada bags are some of the most coveted accessories in the world due to their exceptional reputation for being high quality bags. Like any other expensive and popular accessory, there is bound to be someone out there who will do their best to copy the original designs. These copies can often easily be spotted, but, for some unknowing customers, they may find themselves duped by purchasing a fake Prada bag that was promised to be authentic. To avoid purchasing a fake bag, there are a few tell-tell warning signs that can help to spot a fake Prada bag.
Use Common Sense
The first and most obvious way to spot a fake Prada bag is to use a little common sense. Prada bags cost from a few hundred dollars to upwards of a few thousand. So, if the bag in question is only a fraction of the suggested retail price, chances are, it is a fake. A person or company that is selling authentic Prada bags will know the worth of their merchandise and will try their best to get as close to the suggested retail price to make the most profit from the sale of the bag. If the price is too good to be true, it is probably a fake.
Another aspect in which common sense can be applied when attempting to spot a fake Prada bag is to take note of where the bag was purchased. To ensure that the bag is authentic, it is best to shop at stores that are guaranteed to have authentic Prada merchandise. Some of these places include Prada’s North American stores located in Colorado, Illinois, California, Hawaii, Nevada, New York and Florida. Also, upscale department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks 5th Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom sell real Prada bags as well.
When looking to purchase a Prada bag online, there is a higher chance that bag in question could be a fake because pictures can only show so much, and there is no guarantee the bag shown in the picture will be the same exact bag that was shipped. So, when purchasing Prada bags from online retailers, it is best to only shop at reputable websites. Fabu.com provides a list on online retailers that sell authentic merchandise from Prada and other upscale lines. Prada bags can also be purchased from Prada’s official website, Overstock, and Blue Fly.
Take Note of the Bag’s Appearance
On an authentic Prada bag, the stitching on the bag will be flawless. There will be no fraying or loose edges and the stitch pattern will be straight and uniform in color. Replica Prada bags tend to have white stitching that is uneven and commonly will have loose ends hanging off the bag.
The hardware (buckles, knobs, clasps, zippers, and chains) on Prada bags are made of brass. So, if the hardware begins to rust or looks old and worn, the bag is a fake.
The inside lining of an authentic Prada bag will be black and the seams will be invisible. There also will be a Prada logo inside the bag. The logo should be checked very carefully as this may be the most obvious indicator as to whether or not the bag is real or fake. Sometimes, the Prada logo may be misspelled, and will not say “Prada” at all, but some other variation of the word with the same letters. The “R” will also look different from a real Prada logo. Sometimes there will be a leather stamp in the lining of the bag. This stamp should say “PRADA MADE IN ITALY”. On a fake bag, there will be a similar phrase, but will not be written with that exact wording.
Other Things to Look Out For
A real Prada bag will never have a Certificate of Authenticity, but instead it will come with a tag that has the bags serial number on it. These tags should not be confused with phony tags that may have some variation of a serial number on them. Fake tags will also have the Prada logo printed on it, something that the tags of an authentic tag will not have on it.
It is also very common for replica Prada handbags to have some sort of plastic or other wrapping on the bags hardware and handles. Prada NEVER does this to its authentic bags.
These are just a few of the ways in which a fake Prada bag can be spotted, however, none of these methods are foolproof as better replicas are being made every day. So, if in doubt it is best to visit a professional who specializes in authenticating real and fake Prada bags.