How to Tell a Fake Fendi Purse

Marie Gillain's Fendi gets just as much attention as she does on the red carpet.

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Fendi says class, style and sophistication -- the one thing it doesn't say is fake. Girl, you know you want to rock a Fendi, but don't give in to a great deal before you get all the facts. Some Fendi bags will set you back more than 1000 dollars, so you'll think you're getting a bargain at 500 dollars. But if you're being tricked into purchasing a fake, it's more likely worth 25 dollars -- and illegal. Check out the product and the salesperson before making your Fendi purchase.

1.

There's a hologram sticker in every real Fendi bag. Check yours out as soon as your have the product in your hands. If it's peeling, faded or otherwise less than perfect, you might have a fake. A really early Fendi bag might not have a hologram sticker, but everything currently on the market from the manufacturer should.

2.

The interior of a Fendi bag is one thing that counterfeiters often forget to copy perfectly. Rough, thin fabric? Not a Fendi. Expect satin or an equally luxurious and soft lining. If you shudder when you put your hand in your purse, it's probably not the Fendi you desire.

3.

Fendi didn't get famous by using cheap materials to make bags. The leather should be real, supple and even. Any cloth should be free of snags, richly colored and soft. If you notice cheap material or shoddy stitching, it's probably not a real Fendi.

4.

The straps of a Fendi should feel weighty and solid. Lots of faux handbag creators make hollow straps. Tap your fingers against the straps. There should be a leather core in every Fendi strap that makes it feel solid. Make sure the stitching at the end of each strap is uniform and even with no flaws.

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Look at the Fendi logos on the bag. They should be even and boldly colored. If they're fading and off-center, then it's not a real Fendi. Remember, Fendi became a quality brand name by only producing well-made, quality bags that were able to sell for high prices.

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Take your purse to a Fendi retailer or high-end department store and ask for help authenticating it. They should be glad to help you -- especially a Fendi retailer, if you can give them information about where you purchased the counterfeit. Even if the details on the purse are perfect, a trained professional should be able to determine whether the purse is a real Fendi or if it's a clever fake.

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