Christian Dior’s beautifully crafted handbags are known for their feminine and elegant aesthetics. Everyone from fashionistas to royals have been spotted with their iconic pieces. The most popular and sought-after bag from Dior’s collection is the Lady Dior. The bag comes with a hefty price tag and in different colors, leathers, finishes and sizes.
If you wish to save a bit of money on your next purchase, turning to the pre-owned market can be a great option. Make sure to follow these authenticity tips when looking for a pre-owned or vintage purse fit for a princess!
Leather label tag:
All Dior purses include a leather tag inside the bag that contains a heat stamp. The leather tag should have rounded, not sharp, corners. Bags produced before 1990 are finished with one line of stitching at the top of the tag only, whereas the tags on more recent bags are stitched all the way around. The top stitch on very recent bags should be a different color from the rest of the stitches around the border of the tag.
On the back side of this tag, you will find a serial number.
The heat stamp is found on the leather tag inside the bag. It has the Christian Dior logo on one side and the date code on the reverse side. The logo stamp includes the words “Christian Dior PARIS” with either “Made in Italy” or “Made in Spain” beneath it. The lettering should be clean and even with no color running outside the letters. A sloppy logo stamp is indicative of a fake, so be aware when contemplating a used or vintage designer handbag. The stamp should be perfectly centered in the middle of the leather tag. The stamp should be in silver or gold. If it is simply embossed into the leather with no color, there is reason to question a bag's authenticity.
Stitching that is crooked, irregular lengths, or placed at strange angles are sure signs of a fake. Dior’s iconic Cannage quilting is made up of small and even stitches in a relatively thin thread. The color of the thread should be the exact same color as the leather. Counterfeiters often have a hard time getting the color of the stitching just right. Cannage quilting is intricate and beautiful. It is one of the most difficult patterns for amateurs to replicate. Compare any photo of an authentic Dior handbag with your prospective purchase and look out for any irregularities.
Dior handbags come with a grey authenticity card. On the reverse side, authentic cards have two small spaces and one large rectangular space for store details and the date to be stamped. A common feature of counterfeit authenticity cards is the use of two large rectangular slots.
The beautiful arched handles of the iconic Lady Dior handbag are sturdy and stay in place when not being held. Replica handles easily move from side to side and tend to squeak. Fake Lady Dior handles may also have some warping and be misaligned. Dior wraps the handles of brand new bags in paper, while replica handles are often wrapped in plastic.
Charms and logo tag:
Christian Dior handbags often feature the brand’s letter bag charm with a leather backing. The metal circle which holds the charms should be fairly sturdy on a real bag, representing the quality of the brand. The Dior charms can move around a little, but should not be shaking about excessively while you carry the bag.
Always be aware of these details when contemplating purchasing any pre-owned designer handbag.
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