How Can I Tell If My Dolce & Gabbana Is Real?

Tracy DiMarco carries a Dolce & Gabbana clutch to Comcast Entertainment Group's Summer TCA Cocktail Party.

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You found a great deal on Dolce & Gabbana on an auction website or at a flea market stand. But now that you got your shoes, handbag or leopard print top home, you're questioning whether it's real. Since there are so many counterfeiters out there selling Dolce & Gabbana knockoffs for super-low prices, there's a chance you didn't get the real deal. Dolce & Gabbana doesn't release a list of ways to determine a fake, since counterfeiters could use it as a guide. Even so, there are ways for you to find out if your item is real.


Open up your new Dolce & Gabbana designer item and check the spelling on all labels. Counterfeiters often alter the spelling of the brand name just a little in order to get away with selling you a fake. If the label has spelling errors such as "Dalce & Gabbana" or "Dolce & Gabanna," you've got a fake. Also check the care instructions on the tag. Counterfeiters often give themselves away by misspelling fabric composition or cleaning instructions.


Study the classic "D&G" and "Dolce & Gabbana" logo designs. Visit the official Dolce & Gabbana website and match the logo on your item with the logo on the website (see Resources). The thickness of the letters should match. The font used in these logos is sans-serif, which means they lack a flourish at the tips of each letter. If the logo on your item matches the official logo, then there's a good chance your Dolce & Gabbana item is real.


Look at the stitching on your item. Since counterfeiters are selling their bags for cheap, they can't afford the kind of high-quality sewing machines that Dolce & Gabbana uses. The stitches should use thick, sturdy thread. If it instead looks thin and could unravel at the slightest tug, it's a fake.


Feel the quality of the fabric. Dolce & Gabbana uses high-quality fabrics. Fakes are easily identified by the cheap fabric. If it looks like the fabric could have been purchased at the local fabric store, the item isn't real. All leather handbags should be made of real leather. Dolce & Gabbana clothing is smooth and has a high thread count.


Search for official pictures of the item that you purchased. The Dolce & Gabbana official website shows pictures from the current collections. If your item is from a prior collection and is not listed on the website, look for the website of an official retailer of Dolce & Gabbana products. Study the pictures on the website and compare them to your item. Look for distinguishing features that can be found in both, such as decorative zipper pulls, contrast stitching and monogrammed buttons. If your item doesn't match, then it's not a real Dolce & Gabbana.

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If you're still not sure that it's real, bring your purchase to a Dolce & Gabbana retailer and ask for an expert opinion.


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