Chanel handbags are easily one of the most replicated items on the market, and Chanel Aged Calfskin Quilted 2.55 Reissue 226 is no exception. Designed by Coco Chanel herself in 1955, it was first reissued in 2005 and immediately became a target for tons and tons of replica manufacturers.
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How To Legit Check Chanel 2.55 Bag?
- Analyze the overall shape and the front flap of the bag
- Inspect the backside of the bag
- Look at the upper view
- Examine the side view
- Pay attention to the bottom of the bag
- Check the calfskin texture
- Verify the mademoiselle turnlock
- Authenticate the metal Chanel snap button
- Take a look at the inner CC logo stitching
- Inspect the inner logo print
- Finish off with examining the chain hardware
The Overall Shape Method
Let’s begin our investigation by looking at the overall shape of the bag, which has some inconsistencies, as seen on the real vs fake Chanel 2.55 bag comparison below. The authentic Chanel bag is slightly wider in dimension, especially at the bottom, and it has a trapezoid shape, while the fake bag is more of a rectangle. However, please note that the overall shape of the bag may appear different depending on the contents and whether you are wearing it or letting it lay flat on a surface.
Next, pay attention to the front flap. The authentic bag has it almost straight with a slight curve and narrow corners. On the fake it is more curved and slightly shorter than it should be (note how it ends further from the bottom of the bag). Not only that, but it also appears to have an asymmetric shape. If you compare the left and the right ends of the flap, they have different heights. It is because one of the sides was stitched with more material so it hangs lower than the other. Of course, the authentic Chanel bag would be perfectly symmetrical.
The Backside of the Bag Method
The second method we are going to cover today requires you to look at the backside of your Chanel bag. Here you should once again pay attention to the shape. The original Chanel bag should not be shapeless, and the corners of the bag should be rounded, but the edges should be straight.
Next, examine the back pocket of the bag. The shape of it is incorrect. It should be more curved and rounded.
Finally, notice the metal holes on the top of the back plate, which are used for inserting metal chain hardware. In this replica model they are too big.
The Upper View Method
In this method you should clearly spot one difference. The replica bag appears to be more folded, therefore, thinner at the top. Also, the folding line is more noticeable.
Not only that, but the chain straps start further back, unlike the authentic version.
The Side View Method
As for the side view, we suggest you focus your attention on the structure of the bag.
One major flaw about most Chanel bag replicas is that they lack structure and tend to look slightly shapeless. This fake is no exception, and it becomes especially noticeable when looking at the bottom of the bag, which would be completely straight in the authentic and not curved. The authentic bag should be firm, stand straight and maintain its shape. This general rule is true for all elements of the bag, however, it does not apply to the bottom of the bag, which we will discuss in a bit.
One unrelated detail that we want to mention is that the authentic bag should be very lightweight, even with all the chain hardware. So bear that in mind while we move on to our next point.
The Bottom of the Bag Method
One trademark detail of authentic Chanel 2.55 bags is the foldability of the bottom. In other words, the bottom of the bag should not feel too stiff, and it should easily fold down. The fake bag, however, would remain firm at the bottom and maintain its shape.
The last small element to notice here is the middle stitch. On the replica it seems to be too deep.
The Calfskin Texture Method
The next step in order to legit check Aged Calfskin 2.55 Reissue 226 bag is to recognize the calfskin texture. Chanel It can sometimes be hard to tell if the leather is good quality, but with just a few small signs you should be able to easily recognize it.
Firstly, inspect the quality of the leather. Aged calfskin should be soft and have a pleasant leather smell without any factory odors.
Next, check the detailing. Do not forget that this model has a distressed “wrinkle” texture, which should be consistent for the whole bag. Not only that, but the leather should look a bit matte, but not dry. In the example below the fake is too glossy.
Finally, verify the stitching. Remember that the authentic bag should have about 7 stitches per side of the guilt.
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The “Mademoiselle” Turnlock Method
One of the most notable details of this bag is the rectangular turnlock, which gives it a vintage look. This detail, surprisingly, is often overlooked by the replica manufacturers.
First and foremost, the turnlock seems a bit bigger on the authentic. Furthermore, the fake bag has it too squeezed in the leather flap, thus creating wrinkles. It should not be this way, and the leather around the turnlock should be smooth.
Next, inspect the CHANEL lettering logo. In the replica it seems to be less printed in the metal, therefore, less visible.
Finally, of course, make sure that your turnlock works smoothly and is not crooked or unevenly shaped. Remember, authentic Chanel bags are almost flawless in their design, so there should not be any defects.
The Metal Snap Button Method
For the snap button, you should pay attention to the color. On the replica it seems to be of a shiny white gold color, while the original has less shiny yellow gold shade.
The stitching around the button looks strange too. It appears to be too squeezed in the leather and stitched in a different technique.
The Inner CC Logo Stitching Method
There is not much to point out about the inner CC logo stitching, except for the obvious difference in color. The inner lining of the authentic bag is burgundy, but the replica is much lighter in shade.
Other than that, the stitched logo looks thinner and the threads are also a wrong shade.
The Inner Logo Print Method
While at the topic of inner details, let’s discuss the Chanel logo print. Look closely on the following real vs fake Chanel 2.55 bag comparison.
Most importantly, the letters are too thick. It is especially noticeable on the ® trademark symbol. This is one of the most obvious flaws of this replica. It is probably due to a small mistake in printing.
The words “Made in France” also appear to be placed too close to each other, with smaller spacings than needed.
The Chain Hardware Method
Our last method for today is the chain hardware method. The first thing we advise you to do when authenticating the chain hardware is to hold the chain in your hand. You should note that it is quite heavy.
Next, if you have measuring tools nearby, you should carefully measure the length of the chain. It should be 11.5" (29 cm) doubled up and 20" (51 cm) as a single chain.
And last but not least, the pattern on some of the chains is unclear on the replica. In other words, the pattern was not properly squeezed in, which may be because the manufacturer considered this detail too insignificant to pay attention to.
The Bottom Line
We sincerely hope you found this guide useful. However, if you still have doubts about the authenticity of your bag, feel free to contact us! We will be happy to assist you with our professional Chanel authentication service.