How to Tell a Real Kate Spade Handbag

Make sure you've got your hands on a real Kate Spade.

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The sleek style of Kate Spade has been a favorite among women since its launch in 1993. When a fashionista takes a look at the price tag of a handbag she's been longing for, she likely knows by the price tag whether she's touching an authentic bag or just another knock off. Frankly, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. We love a good deal -- but you get what you pay for. Splurge sister. You're worth it.


A high end designer is not going to produce items of poor quality. When examining a Kate Spade handbag, check for close, tight stitching. Loose stitching and crooked labels can be a warning sign that the handbag is a 100 percent knockoff. Kate Spade handbags also have large metal feet on the bottom of the bag. If you notice pointy studs, then you are most likely looking at a fake.


A label within the bag as well as a label sewn onto the front of the bag are signs of an authentic Kate Spade Handbag. With bags made since the year 2000, the label will say "Kate Spade New York," unless it is part of a special collection. The label will also include the country of origin.


Where did you purchase your Kate Spade Handbag? You will not find an authentic Kate Spade bag at a purse party. Do you think her sales are so low that she needs to resort to these types of parties? Not going to happen. You also won't find authentic Kate Spade Handbags at flea markets or kiosks. If you want a guaranteed, authentic Kate Spade handbag, it's best to purchase one from one of the many large retailers or Kate Spade boutiques located worldwide.

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Kate Spade is not a copycat. You will not find an authentic Kate Spade handbag that is similar to the styles of other high end designers such as Burberry, Chanel, Dooney and Burke, or Coach.

The sale and distribution of counterfeit products is a crime under federal and state laws. This is punishable by fines and even imprisonment.


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