Whenever I go to a thrift store, the first place that I rush to is the purse section. I am ALWAYS looking for authentic designer bags for less and thrift stores are the perfect place to find them! This past year, I have acquired quite the designer handbag collection with pieces including Fendi, Gucci, and Jimmy Choo!
Like I said before, when I enter a thrift store, the first place that I go to is the purse section. While looking through the racks at purses, I find that the majority of the “designer” bags that they have are not authentic. Although there is no harm in using a unauthentic bag, it’s just not my thing. However, every once in a while, I stumble across a hidden gem (aka an authentic bag). Recently, I have been finding a lot of vintage Fendi bags. But, how do you know if it is “real” or not? Don’t fear! Let me share with you some tips on authenticating vintage Fendi bags!
1. The Fendi Logo
Do you know what the Fendi logo looks like? If you don’t, then you should familiarize yourself with it. The left “f” should be upright while the right “f” should be upside down. Next, you need to pay attention to the lines that make up the “f’s. ” The line of the left “f” should be slightly higher than the line of the right “f.”
2. Examine the Bag
How does the bag feel to you? Does it feel sturdy and well-made or does it feel like it will fall apart if you set it down? Authentic Fendi bags are crafted with the finest materials and are built to last over time. The stitching should be even and uniform while the color of the thread should match the material of the bag. Next, look at the hardware. Depending on when the bag was made, the hardware may vary. Typically, the hardware is engraved with the Fendi logo.
3. Interior Logo Tag
Vintage Fendi bags typically have an interior logo tag. In most cases, this tag is made of either metal or leather (depending on its manufacturing date). “Fendi S.A.S” began appearing on bags made in the 1970’s and 1980’s, in addition to, (R), as Fendi registered their logo. As the 1980’s continued, Fendi bags included a serial number consisting on numbers on the inside lining of the bag.
I hope that you found these tips helpful!
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