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How To Spot a Fake Hermès Birkin? A Side-by-Side Fake Birkin vs Real Comparison

Are you purchasing a vintage Hermes Birkin bag? Take a look at this Hermès Birkin bag real vs fake comparison to avoid losing your hard-earned money.

Bags of the French fashion house Hermes can be rightfully considered the most recognizable. These famous and luxurious bags are carried by celebrities, A-listers, and heroines of television series.

One of the most famous and iconic bags by Hermes is the Hermes Birkin bag. It is manufactured exclusively by hand, usually on order. As a rule, only 5-6 pieces per month are produced, so there is always a queue of eager customers waiting to get their exclusive luxury. Hermès bags are a real work of art with up to 3 thousand seams made by hand. Therefore, it takes from 15 to 30+ hours of work of a whole studio to create only one bag.  

With that in mind, you may think that it should be hard to fake an Hermes bag. The reality is that there are many counterfeits on the market and they are getting better and better each year. Want to know how to tell a fake bag from a genuine one? We have prepared an Hermes Birkin fake vs real comparison for you to learn what details to pay attention to!


 1. Leather 

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The first thing you should carefully examine is the quality of the leather. Hermès uses only the highest quality leather and materials in general. There’s nothing like the smell and the feel of an authentic Hermès bag. Moreover, when standing, an Hermes Birkin bag shouldn't normally slouch or bulge too much even if it is a pre-loved piece.

When examining these side-by-side real vs fake pictures, first thing you notice is the poor leather quality on the replica. You can notice how significant the shape loss is on the Birkin replica bag by examining the pictures above.


 2. Piping

We have already mentioned that the materials that Hermes uses to make their bags are of superb quality. They were designed and built to last and probably even become a family heirloom. Therefore, it's highly unlikely for the leather to be rubbed and torn that much as on this replica Birkin even if the bag is well-used. On the left, you can see what an authentic Birkin looks like after many years of use. Even though it's another type of leather, one can't help but notice that an authentic Hermes Birkin ages gracefully.

You can also deep leather ribs resulting in a black cord on some of the corners. That's something that would never happen to an original bag due to its structure. In addition to the fact that the piping on Hermes bags doesn't have such cords, it obviously demonstrates poor leather quality.


3. Hardware

Hermes uses only precious metals for their hardware - usually palladium or plated gold. It means that the hardware on Hermes bags will not fade or tarnish. You can notice slight tarnishing on the fake in the pictures above. Besides, it is not as shiny as the authentic.

The hardware on authentic Hermes Birkin and Hermes Kelly bags looks and feels heavy. So if you have a bag in front of you and the hardware is light and cheap, it is a sure telltale sign that the bag is fake.

Here's what you can do to check if the hardware of the bag resembles the original quality. Squeeze hardware cleaning paste and polish it a bit. If tarnishing still pertains after that, it might be a sign that this Birkin purse is not authentic.

In this picture, you can clearly see once again how scratched the Birkin replica' hardware is while on the real one there are only hairline scratches. 

There is another red flag here and it is the difference in the fonts. The font on the fake Birkin bag is much thicker. Moreover, the small left-angled dash typical for the French language above the letter E is a lot bigger on the replica.


4. Lock

Have a closer look at the lock. If the bag is genuine, the lock and the keys are smooth with no burrs and blemishes. On Hermes Birkin replicas, the hardware is usually made of basic metal with gold or silver coating. And again, the font on the two handbags is different. The engraving should be as neat and clear as in the left picture. What a striking fake vs real difference!


5. Clochette

Comparing the two clochettes in the pictures, it becomes clear that they slightly differ in shape and size. Bear in mind that in genuine Hermes bags the keys are attached directly to the leather band, Hermes doesn't use key rings. Moreover, the clochette itself should be made of one piece of leather folded at the top. If it is not the case, you are looking at the fake. 

Let's examine the stitching. Since all Hermes bags are handmade and hand-stitched, the seams on the bag should be just perfect. Though the number of stitches on both fake and authentic bags here is the same, you can clearly see how sloppy the stitching looks on the fake. Besides, with few exceptions, the thread is usually the same colour as the leather. 


6. Zipper

A genuine zipper on Birkin should have the name “Hermès” engraved on the metal puller. There is also one peculiarity regarding Hermes zipper pullers that can help you spot a fake. The puller should never hang down at a 90 degrees angle, it must be aligned with the zipper at all times.

Here there is no zipper puller at all. First, it definitely shows poor quality as it is impossible for a genuine Birkin zipper puller to just fall off, no matter how old the bag is. Second, it seems like the broken part wasn't aligned with the zip line. So, probably it was broken on purpose so that the buyer doesn’t spot a fake.


7. Heat Stamp

Another easy way to spot a fake Birkin is by looking at the heat stamp. All Hermes bags have heat stamps either in gold or silver depending on the model and colour. The heat stamp features the Hermes logo and the phrase "Made in France" in uppercase using the original font. All the words should be centered and evenly lined up.

On the fake, the font is too thin and the embossing is too deep. On the authentic, it is nice and elegant.


8. Blind Stamp

Apart from heat stamps Hermes bags also have a blind stamp which is a great tool when authenticating a bag. It is a code featuring a letter, often in a shape, indicating when the bag was manufactured. The fashion house started dating the bags in 1945 using alphabetical order. If there is just a letter with no shape, the bag was produced between 1956 (A) and 1970 (Z). If the letter is in a circle, it means that you are looking at a piece manufactured between 1971 (A) and 1996 (Z). If the letter is surrounded by a square, the purse was made between 1971 (A) and 2014 (R). Starting from 2015 Hermes has been putting blind stamps on the inside of the bag and not on the backside of the strap. Additional numbers next to the blind stamp indicate the section at the atelier where the artisan who crafted the bag works.

On the fake Birkin bag here the square is too big and the embossing is too deep while on the authentic Birkin it is crisp and neat. And, of course, the sloppy stitching in the right picture definitely gives away the fake. 



Were you surprised to see this side-by-side fake Birkin vs real comparison? We hope that it was useful and we're one step closer to our mission to eliminate replicas from the preloved marketplaces.


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  • Posted by Kelly on

    I agree except #2. I’ve seen authentic Birkins and Kellys with really bad abuse on the piping base and lower section corners. Some, because they never sent their bags to be conditioned, had leather pulling off. Others because of daily use and type of leather used. Some are very durable others aren’t.

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