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Coach Purses: How to tell an Authentic Coach Handbag from Fake Coach Handbags

How to Spot a Fake Coach Purse

 

 

Let’s be honest. A Coach purse to many people is a real buying decision. No matter your spending ability at some point you must look at your available money and compare it to your desired purchase. For you it could be $50, $400, or $1200 that is the dollar amount that makes you stop and consider a purse purchase. If you are looking to spend a portion of your hard earned money on a real coach purse you really want to make sure that it is the real deal. Here are a few tips I have put together for you to help make sure you make a good decision.

 

C Pattern Design

 

If your purse is the ‘c’ or ‘cc’ style stitching you will be able to use this pattern to inspect for authenticity. Look at the purse to check for the following.

 

a. The c pattern should go straight up and down.

 

b. The pattern will be centered on the front and back panel of the purse.

 

c. The seam will go straight through ‘c’ or ‘cc’ pattern not cutting off letters. (include picture) You will see the seam in picture does not obstruct the cc pattern.

 

 

 

 

CC Pattern and Seam Display on an Authentic Coach Purse

CC Pattern and Seam Display on an Authentic Coach Purse

CC Pattern and Seam Display on an Authentic Coach Purse

Leather Label with Serial Number

There is a serial number that exists in the majority of the real Coach purses that begins with ‘No’ that is located on the inside sewn in leather label. On some of the smaller purse sizes there is not a tag. These styles would include the clutch, swingback, and the mini. I have also seen fakes that have the sewn in label starting with a No followed by a serial number. However, when you compare this label to the real one the quality of leather and imprinting is obvious which is real. The words on the label should also be in all-caps.

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Know the Real Deal

I would suggest you visit retailers of real Coach stores to begin to teach yourself what an authentic Coach purse looks and feels like. Pay attention to the look and feel of the leather, lining, zipper, stitching and leather tag. As you become more familiar with the real Coach handbags, you will recognize a fake easier.

Poor Craftsmanship - Leather is Pieced Together

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Stitching

View the stitching on the purse. Stitches that are different in width or have threads coming out of the seam are a great way to spot a knockoff. In a real Coach handbag the stitching is impeccable.

Poor Stitching on Fake Coach Handbag

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Coach Style

 

In order to be an authentic Coach handbag it must be a Coach style. This one can be a bit tricky since Coach releases new styles throughout the year. I see the Internet as a great way to help you determine if the style you are looking at is a real style. Ask your question in a forum or blog and learn from others.

 

Zipper

 

Inspect the zipper of the purse. On a poor Coach knockoff, you can simply tell the difference by a looking at the zipper. A Coach purse will use a zipper with the engraving ‘YKK.’ Look for the engraving. If you are still not sure, zip the purse a few times to see how smoothly the purse zips.

 

C not G

 

I think this one should go without saying but it bears to mention since it must be working on some people. The Coach brand starts with a ‘c’ not a ‘g.’ It is unbelievably silly to me but some Coach knockoff have the stitching of a ‘g’ or ‘gg’ not a ‘c’ or ‘cc.’

 

Packaging

 

I have seen some auctions with pictures of purses with plastic wrapped handles. To my knowledge this would also be a sign of a fake Coach purse.

 

So I would love to hear from you. Please let me know of any other ways you make sure that you are purchasing a real Coach purse.

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Libbie Garlock Talboys on January 26, 2017:

I have a Coach purse that I purchased & everyone is saying it is a Fake, however, the individual I purchased it from insists she purchased it at a Coach store & paid a lot of money for it. The bag tag indicates it was made in Turkey & the only number on it is No 8007. The lining does have a 'c' on it but very fant. Can you tell me if this is authentic or fake?

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I have clicked on several of the posted web sites where people have posted them, they are all shut down. I recently bought from coach outlet.com... it is still up and running but the prices did seem unbelievable, has anyone else bought from this site?

Julia on December 01, 2013:

I would like to know how to spot a fake poppy graffiti handbag. They have the words poppy and coach all over it. Not just the simple CC pattern.

cylinder on November 04, 2013:

Thank you for the detailed information you got here. I love how you pointed out each tip with photos. I bought a nice bag from Poshmoda and it's really hard to spot the difference. I have a minimum budget and I don't mind as long as it has great quality and able to perform what a bag is supposed to do. Thanks for the C pattern tip!

MsMe on June 22, 2012:

I just spoke to one of the coach customer service and asked them if all their product has a YKK on the zipper. She told me that if you bought it from coach all the Zipper should have a YKK but if its from the outlet store some have and some don't or have a different one but its still authentic. So i guess its not.

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This was very helpful but theres a few things that arent that true... Yes they use the YKK zippers but they don't always. They use about five diff brand of zippers... Cuz i have a legacy sig and it doesn't have YKK zippers on it and i bought it rite from coach... And plus another one i bought from coach the zipper does not slide that great... It getts stuck all the time... So sum of those facts don't always matter...

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I bought a coach purse on ebay that says it was handcrafted in vietman .also zipper has ykk on it. could it be fake

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If a coach wallet has cc on the zipper is it fake??

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Guest1 on April 24, 2011:

Perhaps things have changed since this article was released, but some of this information is incorrect. My "cc" pattern goes diagonally (this could be because it is a handbag) not vertically. Also, the zipper does not have the ykk symbol, but I am 100% positive it is authentic. I ordered it online, from the coach website

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Has anyone bought from cbnshoop.com? Are they real or fake Coach items? Retired items? Thanks for any advice.

Randi on March 12, 2011:

I just want to say thanks!! I just got home with a new bag I got off someone and quickly realized it was a fake. Thankfully they guy was nice and is meeting my husband tomorrow to give the money back. He said he was just going off of what his wife said and he had no clue. After reading this I could tell right away from the leather, zipper, and lack of serial number. Thanks again, you saved me from walking around with a fake!!!

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katie o. on January 22, 2011:

Another way to tell (I guess is kinda a no brainer) is if the "c" or "cc" s overlap each other. With the authentics, they will never ever overlap the "c"s but I ended up with a fake that did.

mysisters on January 17, 2011:

Great Hub. I think its great to teach people how to tell an authentic from a fake. Thanks for posting.

BagLady on January 12, 2011:

I've worked at Coach for 3.5 years, and the ONLY way to know that you have a Coach item is from purchasing it from a Coach full price or factory location or an authorized retailer like Nordstrom, Macy's, Lord and Taylor, etc... Anything else is a gamble at best! Anyone can copy a "serial" number (Coach bags do not have a serial number, but a manufacturing code and style number). Also note that bags purchased at factory stores may or may not have at one time been full price. They make styles for factory only of usually lesser grade leathers. The bags are still of great quality, simply different. Also, be mindful of the pricing differences between full price and factory items. Factory items are usually very inexpensive, you can find great values, but if you purchase a factory item from somewhere other than the store, the person may be making a profit off of you!!! To get the newest styles of the best quality, visit a full price Coach store and let an experienced sales associate assist you. If you are not near a Coach store, visit coach.com (and coach.com ONLY), or call Coach customer service at 1-888-262-6224.

Bring any handbag to a Coach store and anyone can let you know if it's real. Associates usually feel bad that someone's been had, and can't "officially" say it's fake, but they'll know. Trust them, but expect them to tell you it's not real unless you purchased from a place I mentioned.

As someone else said, Coach has been around since 1941. It's an American fashion icon, great quality, with exceptional customer service. Styles and designers have changed, materials and suppliers have changed, manufacturers have changed, so there's no way to definitively say a bag is real or not without seeing it in person. These tips are good, a great start, but are not ALWAYS true and not all inclusive.

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j0nny on November 30, 2010:

thanks for the help. the 1st pic u showed was the exact same purse i got for my girlfriend. the thing that i really found helpful was the zipper and the ykk. its there and now i know i got a good deal and a authentic purse. =)

j0nny on November 30, 2010:

thanks for the help. the 1st pic u showed was the exact same purse i got for my girlfriend. the thing that i really found helpful was the zipper and the ykk. its there and now i know i got a good deal and a authentic purse. =)

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shortcake on October 27, 2010:

Yes, You say the Ykk has to be there? I see everything but that the letters.!

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I have a real coach that i have had for 5 years, its a real coach im pretty sure because i got it from the coach store, but the stitching is starting to come undone. So now i buy used too and i got one that has a tag in it telling me its made in the us with all this other stuff No-9764, real or fake?

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I have a coach bag I bought that looks like it passes all your criterias except the ykk zipper (but it works easily). The model is NO 060-1047. Can you tell me if its real or fake.

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