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?


Responses to: The Good, The Bad, And The Fabulous: Good Replica Handbags Vs. Cheap Knockoffs

  1. Amy ~ 06/23/2013 at 1:47 am

    Hey Eva, I am so so happy I come across your site! it’s made me feel so much more relaxed about choosing now. After looking at your comments I’ve decided to go with PV for my LV stuff, but what about celine bags?
    Thanks xo

    • Eva Knox ~ 06/24/2013 at 10:39 am

      I’m glad I can help! Which Celine bags are you looking for?

      • Amy ~ 07/02/2013 at 3:34 am

        The celine luggage tote, and also ysl clutches :)

        • Eva Knox ~ 07/02/2013 at 8:52 am

          For Celine Luggage tote, you can check out and for YSL clutches, you can take a look at

  2. Mona ~ 06/23/2013 at 10:44 am

    Hi Eva
    I want a great looking Burberry bag. What is best site for that?
    Good magnets, canvas and hardware.

    • Eva Knox ~ 06/24/2013 at 2:45 pm is good for Burberry! :)

      • Cary ~ 09/30/2013 at 1:48 pm

        Is this site good for Louis Vuitton Bags? I’m looking at M70311, Palermo M40145, Totally Monogram M56689, Sarah Wallet M61734 and the Eva Clutch M95567.

        • Eva Knox ~ 09/30/2013 at 2:58 pm

          Have you checked ?

  3. Mandy ~ 07/09/2013 at 6:56 pm

    Hi there,
    Can you please let me know where I can go to get the best quality LV Sofia Cappola replica?
    I am looking for the best quality leather (soft and supple) and as close to the real thing as I can get. Any ideas?

    • Eva Knox ~ 07/10/2013 at 2:35 pm

      You can check out ;)

      • Mandy ~ 07/15/2013 at 7:25 am

        Thanks Eva! Does this look good to you?

        What do you think about the hardware – in particular the zipper pulls? Do they look right?

        • Eva Knox ~ 07/16/2013 at 1:44 pm

          It looks good but the first and the second photo show two different bags, one is cobalt and one is black. Ask them for more photos before you buy it.

      • Maryam ~ 09/16/2013 at 4:05 pm

        Does this site trustworthy? and I am in Canada, should I pay any other taxes at delivery?

        • Eva Knox ~ 09/17/2013 at 1:54 pm

          If you’re talking about, yes, they are trustworthy! :) If you buy one or two bags, you shouldn’t have to pay any other taxes.

  4. Jyotsna Uttamchandani ~ 07/16/2013 at 7:36 pm

    hi i was looking to buy the speedy 30 from
    does it look legit enough?

    • Eva Knox ~ 07/20/2013 at 2:19 pm

      Yes, the bag is good :)

  5. sofia ~ 07/18/2013 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Eva,
    What about the site, is that a good site for the speedy?

    • Eva Knox ~ 07/19/2013 at 2:47 pm

      The site is not god, the bags are too cheap to be made of quality leather and materials. Better check out

  6. Jeanne ~ 08/02/2013 at 11:58 am

    Is the Artsy MM from A good or bad replica?


    • Eva Knox ~ 08/02/2013 at 2:30 pm

      It’s good :)

  7. Sharon b ~ 08/10/2013 at 2:59 pm

    Hi eva, love ur blog.
    Where can I find good quality Burberry belts for men and women? And Burberry handbags?

    • Eva Knox ~ 08/12/2013 at 2:22 pm and are good sites for Burberry bags :)

  8. Alexander Whiteman ~ 08/11/2013 at 12:39 pm

    Hey there,

    I am looking for the best replica LV mens shoes? In size 13 or 12? Do you know where I would go? Also Hermes belts? Thank you so much!


    • Eva Knox ~ 08/12/2013 at 12:43 pm

      Have you checked this site ?

  9. Curt ~ 08/12/2013 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Eva,

    Great site, have been visiting for a while now. I want to buy my wife a Damier Azur Canvas Speedy 35, and was leaning towards PV, but it’s almost $100 cheaper at

    Is the quality the same or would I not even notice the difference? Thanks!

    • Eva Knox ~ 08/13/2013 at 1:43 pm

      A trained eye will be able to tell the difference. is a bit sloppy when it comes to details

  10. C ~ 08/27/2013 at 10:05 pm

    Hi im looking for a good looking LV W PM veau cashemire leather
    (the yellow one )replica bag

    • Eva Knox ~ 08/28/2013 at 2:45 pm

      Sorry, but get in line! :) You’re not the only one. There is no good replica of this bag yet, you have to wait a few more months.

  11. Elle ~ 09/09/2013 at 4:07 pm

    I’m a new fan of your blog! What’s your favorite site for C****l totes?

    • Eva Knox ~ 09/10/2013 at 2:31 pm

      You can try and

  12. Elle ~ 09/10/2013 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks! Do you have the password for Uncle Bench? I emailed but haven’t heard back. Any tips on Saint Laurent?

    • Eva Knox ~ 09/11/2013 at 2:28 pm

      The password for Uncle Bench is 20120505 Which Saint Laurent bag?

  13. Elle ~ 09/13/2013 at 10:35 pm

    Love them all. Y line, duffle 6, tote…

  14. Maryam ~ 09/16/2013 at 3:51 pm

    I found teh following site:

    is it a trustworthy site?

    Thanks :)

    • Eva Knox ~ 09/17/2013 at 1:57 pm

      I haven’t heard of this site before and it looks shady! The photos are stolen from the official LV site and the bags are too cheap to be made of real leather. :)

  15. hurricane88 ~ 09/19/2013 at 3:37 am

    hello there great information i was looking for a good website to find micheal kors i know there not very expensive i just wanted to see if there where any high quialty replicas all the ones i see seem to be very cheap

    • Eva Knox ~ 09/19/2013 at 7:41 am

      From my experience, they all look very cheap. But you can check out

  16. Sherry Hines ~ 09/19/2013 at 11:02 pm

    Hello Eva!
    Do you know of a good location (web site) to buy good quality Gucci purse and wallet?

    • Eva Knox ~ 09/20/2013 at 8:33 am

      have you checked this site :)

      • Sherry Hines ~ 10/02/2013 at 8:48 am

        Can you tell me what you think about this wallet and purse?

        • Eva Knox ~ 10/02/2013 at 2:02 pm

          Both look very good :)

  17. Melanie ~ 09/29/2013 at 9:58 am

    Hi Eva I real enjoy your blog. I’m looking for great quality quality louis vuitton artsy gm or mm monogram bag. Any suggestions? What do you think about Do you know like a good site that sells really good quality LV’s? Please let me. And also what do you think about these :


    • Eva Knox ~ 10/03/2013 at 12:30 pm and are good sites but I don’t trust with Louis Vuitton bags, even though they have a new supplier now. So I would go with the Louis Vuitton Artsy from

  18. Celesta ~ 10/01/2013 at 9:34 pm

    Looking for a LV Neverfull MM or GM? What is the best site to order from and the most realistic?

    • Eva Knox ~ 10/02/2013 at 2:53 pm

      Take a look at this site

  19. Faisal Haidary ~ 10/22/2013 at 11:53 pm

    Dear Eva ,
    good Morning . i am looking for LV BAG the new one named ( Louis Vuitton Cuir Orfevre with Monogram Canvas sides W PM Bag ) can you suggest to me the best site for that .
    best Regards .

    • Eva Knox ~ 10/23/2013 at 2:25 pm

      Is this the color you want ?

      • Faisal Haidary ~ 10/28/2013 at 2:28 am

        Dear Eva ,
        yes this is the color
        if the above site its the best replica site for that bag .
        thanks and best regards .

        • Eva Knox ~ 10/28/2013 at 12:25 pm

          Yes, is a good site for replica bags :)

          • Faisal Haidary ~ 10/28/2013 at 11:20 pm

            Dear Eva ,
            Thanks a lot for your help and your blog truly give a good help .
            Regards Faisal .

  20. Laurie ~ 10/23/2013 at 9:52 pm

    I’m looking for the Louis Vuitton Marylebone GM bag. It’s relatively new, so I’m not sure if the replica companies have had enough time to master the production.

    Any suggestions where I should order it from? Or should I wait?

    • Eva Knox ~ 10/24/2013 at 8:47 am

      Have you checked PV? They have really good Louis Vuitton bags, here is the link to the one you want

  21. Renae ~ 10/27/2013 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Eva, loving the blog!! I am looking for the LV Limelight Clutch (color is not important) do you know of any good replicas and where I may be able to find it? Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Eva Knox ~ 10/28/2013 at 1:18 pm

      I’ve searched everywhere and I haven’t found the clutch you’re looking for. :( I’ll keep looking and if I find something good, I’ll let you know.

      • Renae ~ 10/28/2013 at 6:39 pm

        Thanks so much!!

  22. Shari ~ 11/03/2013 at 10:05 pm


    Thanks in advance for taking time for my question. I’m looking at a LV bag on named LV Monogram Bag 91952 in coffee. Do you know anything about this site or this bag? Is the site reputable and the bag look “authentic”?

    • Eva Knox ~ 11/04/2013 at 3:11 pm

      I don’t know what to say… the bag has only one photo, it doesn’t look so good and the site looks shady…

      • Shari ~ 11/04/2013 at 6:01 pm

        Thanks so much. Have you found this same bag on a different reputable site?

        • Eva Knox ~ 11/05/2013 at 3:56 pm

          You can check out and :) Let me know if you can’t find it.

  23. Renae ~ 11/06/2013 at 11:02 pm

    Hi Eva, any luck on the LV Limelight clutch?

    • Eva Knox ~ 11/07/2013 at 3:01 pm

      I hope you like one of these colors and here is a black one

      • Renae ~ 11/16/2013 at 10:09 am

        Thank you so much Eva!! Once I make the purchase I will submit my review.

        • Eva Knox ~ 11/18/2013 at 4:00 pm

          Great! Thanks and good luck! :)

  24. lillady25 ~ 12/02/2013 at 4:07 pm

    I am looking for a good quality phillip lim pashli replica? Any good websites I should check out??

    • Eva Knox ~ 12/04/2013 at 12:17 pm

      You can try and :)

  25. Tabitha ~ 12/06/2013 at 7:12 am

    I see a lot of the sites you have suggested are shut down. I just ordered a purse from PV. I hope the bags are good quality replicas. Do you have any website suggestions for Gucci Replicas?

    • Eva Knox ~ 12/09/2013 at 3:17 pm

      They are not down, they just have other domains and names :) Which Gucci bags are you looking for?

  26. Juliana ~ 12/09/2013 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Eva,

    I’m looking for a LV monogram canvas Delightful MM. Which is the best site for this purse?

    Thank you.

    • Eva Knox ~ 12/10/2013 at 3:40 pm

      This is a good site :)

  27. Lili ~ 12/15/2013 at 4:46 pm

    I’m looking for a high quality Mulberry Antony.
    Have checked the PV website but they don’t have that style. Can you recommend another seller? Thank you!

    • Eva Knox ~ 12/16/2013 at 3:42 pm

      Here is a nice one :)

  28. Majay ~ 12/26/2013 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Eva I’m looking for a high quality ysl Cassandre clutch and/or cross body (with and without tassel) also, any tell tale signs to look for with ysl reps? Thank you in advance!!

    • Eva Knox ~ 12/27/2013 at 10:29 am

      You should be careful with the color of the hardware, they are usually too gold and they look cheap. You can check out this site

  29. Sharon ~ 01/03/2014 at 8:17 pm

    Hi eva, I m looking for a really good quality prada saffiano black tote plz help thnx

    • Eva Knox ~ 01/06/2014 at 3:11 pm

      What size? Is this ok ?

  30. Sharon ~ 01/07/2014 at 12:58 pm

    Medium size.
    The link u suggested iker is PV right?

    • Eva Knox ~ 01/07/2014 at 3:55 pm

      Yes, It’s PV :)

  31. Rocio ~ 02/04/2014 at 3:54 pm

    Im sorry i spell wrong i Will like to know a site where i can buy a speddy mini HL lV ? Thank You

    • Eva Knox ~ 02/05/2014 at 2:57 pm

      Is this the bag you want ?

  32. Sharon ~ 02/26/2014 at 5:02 pm

    Hi eva, where can I find berkin style bag no logo but good quality leather that’s stays put and doesn’t slouthch? Thnx

    • Eva Knox ~ 02/27/2014 at 3:10 pm

      Try :)

  33. karen ~ 03/01/2014 at 8:48 pm

    Hola … algun sitio para una LV y q cual me recomiendas que sea vea casi como una autentica. =)

    • Eva Knox ~ 03/04/2014 at 11:18 am

      Hola! Puedes probar

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