longchamp tips fake vs real

In our latest thrift haul, we discovered seven Longchamp bags . . .  yes seven!  This is a first!

(Oh, and BTW, they were only $2.00 each at a Family Thrift OUTLET store!)

Now, we are not claiming to be experts, but with seven different Longchamp bags we knew that we had an opportunity to compare the bags and train ourselves to find the fakes.

First off, all of the bags had leather trim, properly stamped Longchamp hardware, and the frosted plastic tags inside.  At first glance, there were no obvious fakes.  None of the bags had the typical calling card of replicas, such as poor stitching, cheap fabric, misspellings, etc.

Here are some of the ways that you can determine whether your Longchamp bag is authentic:

  • Authentic bags have defined diamond patterns on the leather, the fakes often have a fish-scale pattern.
  • Authentic bags have no plastic tubes or cording in the handles, they are perfectly flat folded leather.  The high quality leather gives the handles their stiff shape while the replicas require a stiff cording in order to get their inferior quality materials to stand up and take form.
  • Authentic bags have a snap that is reinforced with a clear plastic disc.  Foldable Pliages have snaps near the bottom also.  Many of the fakes will be missing this detail.
  • Authentic bags are made of a matte finish fabric that barely reflects light.

Since the authentic bags were not all the same, this really was a fantastic hands on teaching session!   Also, we found that just because your Longchamp’s tag says Made in China, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a fake.  Longchamp bags are made in France, China and Tunisia.

Enjoy this video as Jen explains the difference between the real and fake Longchamp bags!