All replica handbags are certainly not created equal. And the sad truth is that many thrifty ladies who choose replica don`t have enough experience with authentic designer handbags to realize when they`re toting an inferior fake. Fortunately, I`ve been around the block and have seen good fakes and bad fakes—and most importantly, I`ve seen and touched the real deal. So what makes one fake replica Louis Vuitton handbag a masterpiece of replica artistry and another just a disposable knockoff? Read on to find out!
First and foremost there are a few key details to look out for when you`re buying a fake handbag. I`ve devised a system I lovingly call “S.H.A.M.” that can help you distinguish the most awful frauds from the most fabulous fakes.
Stitching: Is the stitching even, consistent, and not coming loose? Is the thread the same color as on the original? Is the bag stitched together or does it contain a lot of parts that are glued? Glued-together bags are a dead giveaway.
Hardware: The hardware on replica handbags should have some serious weight to it. Even if it`s not made of the same material as the original, it should look exactly the same, and have the feel of serious metal. Look out for metal that looks too shiny or has chipping gold-colored paint.
Accents: Are all of the details and logos accurate? Look out for details like color and placement of logos and monograms, the fonts that are used on any engravings or textual details.
Materials: This is a big one. Research the materials that are used in the authentic bag you`re buying a replica of. Better yet, try to get your hands on a real one to see just how supple that leather feels, and how soft and not plasticky the coated canvas is. Avoid replicas that are overly shiny (unless the original is really shiny) or have an oily texture. Also, the leather of designer handbags tends to be really soft and flexible. Avoid replica handbags that are stiff and rubbery.
Don`t Get Burned: Learn Good Replica Handbag Details
Obviously, the best replica handbags will be as indistinguishable from the original as possible. So if you are planning on buying a replica of a specific bag, it`s a good idea to educate yourself on the fine details that set that bag apart from other bags. For example, on many authentic Louis Vuitton handbags, like the Speedy, you`ll find tan leather handles. These handles change color to a more cognac hue over time as they naturally oxidize. The leather of the bags themselves will also darken over time. Only the finest of replica Louis Vuitton handbags will imitate this. Learning about the fine details of specific bags takes time and experience, but using my little S.H.A.M. system will help you avoid unknowingly wearing a replica purse around that screams to people in the know, “this handbag is a sham!”
Hopefully this little guide will be helpful in your quest to seek out the best replica handbags out there. Have you ever received a replica handbag in the mail that just screamed, “I`m a sham!” right out of the box? How about an entire row of stitching being missing and having the handle of a replica Speedy 30 fall right off. It`s happened to me. But by gaining a little experience shopping for replica (and finding those retailers that you really trust) you can avoid this awkward situation and seek out only the best of the best. What are your bad replica handbag horror stories?