How to Tell If a Prada Handbag Is Genuine

There are often clues when a bag is not genuine.

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There is no shame in choosing a reasonably priced imitation bag over its expensive designer counterpart. But if you do go for the real thing, you'll want to make sure you have the real deal before shelling out big bucks or bagging to your girlfriends about your banging new bag. Don't think you're buying Prada and then discover that what you really got was "Frauda."


Be realistic about the price. You are more likely to encounter the Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy than bargain Prada. According to My Perfect Designer Handbag, genuine Prada bags typically sell for $1,000 to $1,500. If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is.


Check the tag. The tags on the inside of Prada bags say "Prada Made in Italy" and nothing else. This tag will be made of leather or metal and will be stitched, not glued, into the bag. Cloth and glued-in tags are both sure signs of a fake.


The Prada logo should appear on all metal. The background of the bag's exterior Prada logo plaque should closely match the color of the bag. The word "Prada" should be slightly raised.


Examine the seams. The seams of a genuine Prada bag will be straight and uniform. If the bag has a pattern, it should line up perfectly on both sides of any seams.


Look at the lining. Prada beauty is not only skin-deep. The word "Prada" should appear repeatedly in a horizontal pattern over the entire inside of the bag. If the Prada name is missing or crooked, the bag is not real.

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You never have to doubt a handbag's authenticity if you buy it directly from Prada.


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