General First, know that some counterfeit bags appear to be nearly perfect and some authentic bags may seem a little imperfect. It is important to familiarize yourself with Coach products in person. Visit a Coach store or authorized Coach retailer and learn how they feel and what they tend to look like. Leather Coach uses various types of leather, but something they all have in common is that they are of a nice quality.
Unless it has been severely mistreated and dried out, it does not crack or seem to be damaged if folded in half. Coach leather is also not paper thin and prone to peeling though some is easy to scuff. This does not mean the bag is counterfeit. Signature bag fabric In signature bags, the C pattern is properly aligned, generally either at a 90 degree or 45 degree angle.
Coach tries to connect the classic signature pattern fabric at seams in ways that look attractive instead of messy. Newer style bags are lined with various fabrics in solid colors, stripes, signature, logo, tattersall, and other patterns; again, the fabrics are of a nice quality, so fabric that feels cheap suggests counterfeit. These are a few a very few! Note that signature lining right will not appear in a signature bag. With few exceptions, signature bags do not have signature lining.
Some bags, like quilted bags with signature patches can still have signature lining. Signature bag with signature lining. Stitching Stitching can be a helpful tool when trying to determine authenticity, whether in person or from a photograph. It can be easier to see the quality of stitching in a photograph than it is to see leather quality. Examples of crooked lines and mistakes in stitch size.
Coach is not perfect. Just keep it in mind as you look at other things. Coach Creed The Coach creed is stamped into leather, either in front of the interior pocket in an unlined bag, or on a leather square that has been stitched into the lining of a lined bag. An example of an authentic creed stamped in metallic ink in a handwriting-type font. The creed in an authentic bag has no misspellings, typos, or words running into each other.
Some very obviously bad creeds — misspellings, typos, words running into one another, etc. Here are some additional fake creeds, identifiable by the pressure of the stamper — one is way too light, the other is a bit heavy.
Creeds are not consistent in every way. Some are stamped a little more lightly than others though they should always, always be readable , some have a different font size, some have justified alignment with weird spacing, some have left alignment, some center the last line, etc.
It seems to depend on the country of manufacture, the age, and probably the factory. A few creeds from authentic bags. Some older bags did not have numbers, just the creed. In some cases, the number was at some point pasted into the bag underneath the creed there will be an empty rectangle where it used to be but may have gone missing. Those will be New York City-made bags.
Each style is assigned its own style number, so if your bag was made or after or you suspect it was , look it up. This will usually give you some product search results or images. You can also search on purseforum. Vintage and uncommon bags can be difficult to find images of because vintage bags do not have a style number and uncommon bags are uncommon. It may be best to simply ask about it on purseforum.
If you authenticate a hangtag you have only authenticated the hangtag, not the bag to which it is attached. Here is an authentic Coach hangtag from a vintage bag, just to illustrate that not all authentic hangtags are created equal, quality-wise. Fake paperwork almost always indicates a fake bag. Fake price tag on a fake bag.
There should be more than a barcode and a string of numbers stamped inside. Real price tags have short descriptions of the item, and a price at the bottom unless it has been removed. Real paperwork, dust bags, etc do lend a bit of credibility to a bag but cannot be relied on as proof of authenticity. You must check everything else as well. Some of the older zippers like Falcon are marked underneath so the marking is hard but not impossible to see. I have read that some authentic bags have had COACH embossed zipper pulls, but the ones in the photos are those I often see on fakes.
Many modern bags have the Coach logo imprinted on the hardware. It is sometimes subtle — on the inward-facing side of a buckle, for instance. The logo need not be on every piece of hardware or even the majority. Sometimes it might only be on one thing, and sometimes there are none at all.
Assorted authentic hardware, some stamped, some not. A few examples — authentic stamped hardware, counterfeit stamped hardware. Some differences are very obvious if you pay attention. Fake turnlock vs authentic turnlock. The country of manufacture appears in the creed, but there are sometimes fabric tags sewn into the lining as well.
There may be others as well. Some individuals who sell Coach on eBay and other sites can be trusted to have authentic Coach that you can compare yours to, but many sell counterfeit items — use common sense and take care who you listen to. If you see something that is inaccurate please feel free to leave a comment!