Spot a Fake Hermes Bag
- Engraved key Accompanying a Birkin bag or a Hermes Kelly, should be an engraved set of lock and keys. Underneath the lock, or on the bottom, the word “Hermes” should be etched into the lock. The number of the lock should be also etched onto the matching keys, and the keys and the lock should have the same corresponding number. Beware of any lock and key sets where the numbers do not match. On occasion a buyer may stumble across some older, vintage bags that also have the “Hermes’ logo etched onto the reverse side of the lock. Any contemporary Hermes lock, however, should only have the logo stamped onto the bottom of the lock. Some fakes may utilize information drawn from a vintage bag and mistakenly put the stamp on the back of the lock as well. The lock and keys, and all corresponding hardware attached to the bag should be palladium, or a 24 carat gold plate. Many counterfeiters when manufacturing the phony handbags will use common steel.
- Label/Logo: Another common mistake by the counterfeiters in when it comes to the label. Often times, a metal plate, or metal label backing will be fastened to the interior of the bag, similar to the way a Fendi bag will display its label. However, Hermes will never utilize any type of metal logo backing or nameplate in the interior of the handbag. Any metal label anywhere inside the bag is a major red flag. Instead, specific and detailed series of embossed marks are utilized inside their handbags.
- Leather accents: The leather zip pull, or pull strip should be horizontal to the zipper. This leather strip should also have the name “Hermes” embossed or stamped on it. Good luck and safe shopping!