30 Mar '15, 3am

Shopping for luxury brands? Here's how to spot a fake

A new crop of handbags are currently waltzing down the runway at New York Fashion Week, and it's only a matter of time before counterfeiters begin replicating them en masse. While some are obvious knock-offs, others might seem just like the real thing to the casual buyer. When it comes to fake bags, there are a few different tiers. The lowest form are the most obvious and combine synthetic materials and sloppy workmanship, like a cloth Gucci bag covered in "C"s instead of "G"s. Mid- to top-tier fakes may use real leather and custom hardware and are made to look really authentic. That can translate to a sale of hundreds of dollars to an unsuspecting customer. But with such sophisticated counterfeits, how can you spot a fake? Related: How to buy luxury clothes without losing your shirt To know if a bag is real, it helps to know what the real one looks like. "You have to know...

Full article: http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/13/luxury/fake-luxury-handba...

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