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Dolce & Gabbana handbags are at the top of most fashionistas' wish lists, but buying a knockoff or replica bag should be low on yours. Checking the authenticity of those gorgeous D&G handbags, wallets and totes can be tricky, but there are ways to spot a fake. Even though you can buy Dolce & Gabbana handbags from wholesalers and online auction sites, take steps to ensure you're buying a genuine, iconic bag from the luxury Italian fashion house and not some cheap imitation.
Authenticate the accessory. Real Dolce & Gabbana handbags come with an authenticity card imprinted with a special number. Pick up your cell phone and call one of the six freestanding Dolce & Gabbana boutiques in the United States or a department store that carries D&G bags so they can verify the handbag's number. You can also contact any of the Dolce & Gabbana stores listed on the corporate website to verify the bag.
Don't fall for a low price. You may be a bargain-savvy fashionista, but that doesn't mean you can get away with paying a couple of hundred dollars for a Dolce & Gabbana handbag. Authentic D&G handbags cost between $500 and $5,000 (and some are more), depending on the style and design, as of 2011. If you find something priced well below the average, you're probably picking up a fake. Bargain hunters beware.
Examine the logo and emblem. Most Dolce & Gabbana handbags have at least one emblem or D&G logo imprinted on them. Look closely at the logo design on the Dolce & Gabbana website and make sure the bag you've chosen has the exact same logo. Fake Dolce & Gabbana handbags usually have spelling mistakes, logos that are upside down or backward, or emblems that aren't symmetrical. It's easier to check this when you're looking at the bag in person, but if you are buying it from a reseller or online auction site, look at the photos closely. Very closely.
Be a leather snob. Authentic Dolce & Gabbana handbags are all made out of real leather, girlfriend. Super soft, touch-me-now leather that you don't find on a knockoff. Real leather has a distinct smell, feels like butter in your hands and doesn't crack or wrinkle when it's folded. Check the beautiful D&G bag you have your eye on for a tag that indicates it's 100 percent leather and be sure it feels like the real deal.
Look at the thread and seams. Authentic Dolce & Gabbana handbags are sewn with thread that matches the color of the bag. All the seams should be secure and the thread color should be a perfect match. You shouldn't be able to see the thread at all when you look at the bag up close, and the seams should be very tight. Tan threads or any loose seams are surefire signs that you've got a fake D&G bag on your hands.
Look inside the bag. Examine the D&G insignia and design inside the bag for any breaks in the pattern. Everything should be symmetrical and the pattern shouldn't touch the seam. If any of the logos inside the bag appear crooked, or it looks like the pattern doesn't end properly at the edge, it probably is not an authentic Dolce & Gabbana handbag.
If you're not shopping at a D&G boutique, purchase your Dolce & Gabbana handbag from an authorized reseller.
Avoid buying designer handbags from online wholesalers that sell dozens of other luxury brands at "discount" prices. In most cases, these sites sell replica handbags.
Sometimes you can snag a bargain from overstock designer handbag sites, but you still need to verify authenticity and take a close look at the bag if possible.
If you're on a budget, consider buying a pre-owned, authentic Dolce & Gabbana handbag from an auction site.