How can you tell if a Hermès Birkin handbag is authentic?


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There are several ways to tell if a Hermès Birkin handbag is authentic, such as checking the bag's features, including its material, logo, stamping, hardware and detailing. Hermès named this handbag line after the actress and singer Jane Birkin. As of 2014, Hermès bags have a price range of $10,500 to $150,000.

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Check for the following signs to verify that a Hermès Birkin bag is authentic.

  • Material - The Hermès handbag uses exotic leathers made from crocodile, ostrich, alligator and other lizard skins. This gives the leather a different look and feel.
  • Logo and Stamping - The logo and stamping on a Hermès bag are thin, crisp, clear and refined, as opposed to fat and sloppy with the fakes. This goes for the stamping on the bag, the flap and the hardware.
  • Hardware - Birkin bags come with a buckle, studs, lock and key and a clochette. The lock will be heavy, and the Hermès stamping on its bottom should be fine and clear. It should also be stamped clearly with the same number on the key. The clochette for the keys should be made with a single piece of leather and not two. All the hardware on the bag should have the same color and finish.
  • Detailing - Stitching should be aligned perfectly, symmetrical and slightly slanted.
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