The Chanel Classic Flap is probably the most recognisable silhouette of the fashion House. Introduced in the 1955 by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, the bag remains one of the top desired bags by men and women across the globe. This, of course, creates high demand for replicas, as the price of this grail keeps increasing.
To authenticate the Chanel Classic Flap bag start by authenticating the overall look method followed by caviar leather that can be purchased in both- low and high-quality replicas. Next, check measurements and sides alongside the CC lock and hardware. Lastly, check the logo, signature, and string.
How To Legit Check Chanel Classic Flap
- Checking the overall look
- Authenticating the higher quality caviar leather
- Looking at the lower quality caviar leather
- Measuring the bag's dimensions
- Legit checking the side of the bag
- Taking a close look at the CC lock
- Inspecting the hardware
- Examining the logo printing
- Looking at the chain
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Looking At The Overall Look
Like always, let's start with an overall look.
Chanel is very well-known for its quilted leather bags. The authentic quilts would not appear too puffy. The same can not be said about the replica, as the quilted leather looks very bulky which gives it a cheap look. Additionally, the diamond shapes look much larger in the fake.
Inspecting the shape, you may notice that the flap part of the fake Chanel goes far beyond the bottom layer's outline. In the authentic example below, notice how well aligned are the top and the bottom parts.
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Looking At Caviar Leather
Here we have a comparison with a higher-quality replica, which means that it should be more accurate.
What is caviar leather you might ask - well, it would not be an exaggeration if we said that it is the most durable leather ever that is grainy and is super good even after years of wearing.
As you can see the authentic leather has this "engraved" look, while the replica has almost an even surface which automatically goes against the idea of caviar leather.
The authentic quilted material is puffier than the fake one, which is pretty flat.
Looking At The Lower-Quality Caviar Leather
We are about to compare a lower quality caviar skin with the authentic one.
First of all, as you can see, the grains are much smaller on the fake model, which looks even worse than the one we talked about in the previous method. This would be particularly notice when inspecting the bag in real life.
Apart from the leather, diamond shapes on the replica are too large, when they are supposed to be the same size as shown on the first picture.
Checking The Measurements
Let's compare Chanel Classic bag fake VS real by checking the dimensions.
As you can see, the fake model is taller, while it is supposed to be the same size as the bag on the left picture. This method would, of course, only be useful when having an authentic bag by your side. However, you can always search up the required dimensions of a particular bag's size and verify, whether your item corresponds to those.
Apart from the wrong size, we want you to take a closer look at the stitching, which is perfectly straight on the authentic bag, while the stitch is made sideways on the right picture.
Authenticating The Side
The authentic Classic Flap is pretty wide at the bottom and gets skinnier at the top, which contrasts is not really there on the fake model, which automatically shows that there is not much room inside the bag.
We already talked about the caviar leather, but we want to point out this difference again. Look at how textured the material is on the authentic bag, while the fake is almost smooth. The difference also shows in the softness of the original leather, while the fake material seems to be solid.
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Verifying The CC Lock
The original Chanel logo is truly iconic, but it does not show the same effect if it is fake.
The colour of both metal logos shown down below is gold, but the difference appears in the shades- while the authentic logo has a warmer shade, the fake one seems to have a colder (bluer) tone.
The difference in the caviar leather texture is noticeable again, as it is very poorly replicated. In the below Chanel CC lock real vs fake comparison, the fake grains are much smaller.
Checking The Hardware
The difference appears in this hardware detail as well, as it is the backside of the CC lock. The screws on the authentic metal plaque are much larger.
The font has been copied inaccurately too, as it is bolder and larger on the original model.
However, keep in mind that the fonts used in this detail may vary with the production year. Our example shows a more recent release.
Looking At The Logo Printing
The authentic font is less defined, while the replica one has an "engraved" look to it. The registered trademark sign ® is another way to spot a fake Chanel Classic Flap.
Even though the fake text printing looks similar to the authentic one, the fonts are still not quite the same. However, keep in mind that this printing may still vary across the retail bags.
Checking The Chain
This is the last authentication method we will be looking at today. The fake leather string, that goes throughout the chain, is way too wide. The chain links also appear too large.
When the authentic string has a great caviar texture, the fake one fails to replicate it once again.
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