3 Tips to Authenticating Vintage Fendi Bags

November 4, 2016 2 Comments

5 Ways to Authenticate Vintage Fendi BagsWhenever 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!

Be Classy, Be Confident, Be Strong


Bianca Ida


  1. Kari Lynn

    December 8, 2016

    I am unable to find information on Fendi inside logo tags….I’ve seen some some recently with a hot stamped logo on the interior leather? It’s a clean clear press on a clean stitched leather patch….I thought all Fendi’s had a metal interior logo??? I found one on a Mama & Baguette??

  2. recycledrosesguide

    December 8, 2016

    Depending on the age of the bag, the inside logo will vary. Most Fendi bags feature an interior logo engraved into metal. However, there are some bags that have the Fendi logo embossed into a piece of leather in the interior. For example, the Fendi 2 Jours and 3 Jours bags feature the Fendi logo stamped onto a piece of leather with the serial number stamped on the back. The leather is attached by a single clean row of stitching along the top. I hope that you found this helpful. Let me know if you have any more question as I would love to help!