How to Spot a Fake Hermes Scarf

Overview

Hermes is all about elegance. Think buttery scarves flowing across your hands like a mountain stream. Think walking down a Paris street in the fall, your boots clacking across the cobblestones. Think bold prints and smooth silk and that little extra something that makes your outfit truly fabulous. If you dream in silk printed scarves and Hermes is the only brand that will satisfy your craving, don't settle for less. Do the research and be sure you're getting a real Hermes before you buy.

1.

The thread that attaches the tag to the scarf always should be the same color as the thread on the scarf. Knockoff Hermes scarves often will have their tags sewn on in basic white or black thread.

2.

The color saturation in real Hermes scarves is nothing short of amazing. The colors should be rich, vibrant and bold--this coloration is something that knockoff scarves simply can't achieve. If the colors look weak or watered down, then you're probably holding a knockoff.

3.

Hermes is known for its incredibly detailed images. If you notice a lot of blank space in a scarf, it's likely not Hermes. If you think that a pattern is too basic and that each picture in the pattern isn't richly detailed, then it's not a Hermes.

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Do some research before you spend your precious money on a Hermes scarf. Its patterns are well-known, so counterfeiters will try to produce knockoffs with the same patterns. If you know what the real pattern you're interested in looks like, you won't be taken in by a pale imitation.

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Take a scarf--or a picture of the scarf--to an authorized Hermes retailer. He, better than someone with an untrained eye, will be able to tell you if the scarf you're interested in is real or fake.

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A real Hermes scarf will cost you several hundred dollars or more. A knockoff could be sold on a street corner for $20 or $30. You will never find a real Hermes scarf for such a low price. Recognize such sales for what they are: shams.

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