Every Chanel handbag from the late 1980 onwards will contain a hologram sticker with a serial code which is 6 to 8 digits. The sticker is mostly hidden in the handbag and can be difficult to spot at first, but you should be able to find it.
If your bag does not have the hologram sticker, or it different from the photo below then this might be a red flag about the authenticity of your handbag.
There is the possibility, the sticker could have come off the bag or become faint and hard to read, but these stickers are made to last and wear pretty good.
MADE IN STAMP
The “ MADE IN “ stamp which specifies where your Chanel handbag was made, should read MADE IN FRANCE or MADE IN ITALY.
Rarely could be MADE IN SPAIN. It never specify the city as “made in Paris” or any other country other than above ones. Also the text on the stamp is always in UPPERCASE.
Look at the quality of the chain to the Chanel handbag strap, which may be a full metal chain or chain interwoven with leather. Parts of the strap where the chain joins are unnoticeable and well hidden.
Depending on the colour of the hardware on your Chanel bag is gold or silver, the colour of the text on the made in stamp will be the corresponding colour of the hardware (gold or silver).
Look at the CC logo, it may be stitched onto the bag or part of the hardware. Pay attention to which C overlaps which. In the real Chanel the top of the right C should overlap with the left C and the bottom of the left C should then overlap over the right C.
Also attention to the stitching, it will be very fine and even, not large stitching which causes puffiness.
We recommend that you arrange a specialist and trusted authenticator to look over any pre-owned Chanel handbag that you bought or that you only buy from trusted sources, where the item has already been authenticated. We do have authentic Chanel you can buy here.