Famously known for their “Le Pliage” tote bag, Longchamp is an iconic French brand that has captured the hearts of people from all over the world. People craze over the bags as they are versatile, practical, low-maintenance, minimalistic, and comes in a variety of designs and colours. The bags are not difficult to get your hands on as they are available literally everywhere. However, you need to be wary as there are many counterfeit Longchamp products sold in the market. So, here is a guide to spot whether your tote bag is fake or authentic.
The first step to checking the bag is to look at the pattern of the leather flap. An authentic bag has diamond patterns made out of somewhat straight crisscross lines. As for the fake, it typically has a lightly-indented fish-scale texture, circular or irregular pebble-like surface or smooth.
On the other hand, the backside of the leather flap should have a jockey logo indented in it. It may also turn tan after extended usage. It also should be smooth and not hairy. Do be reminded that totes that are larger in size, the indentation may not be that obvious. Nonetheless, it still can be easily felt if you run your fingers across the flap. In contrast, the fake generally has no jockey logo and can be completely flat. Furthermore, the flap feels like it has no hairs or too hairy.
Another important aspect to take note of is the hot-stamped graphics. The jockey logo of the leather flap should be right smack in the middle of it. The image should be pointed to the left side along with a hot-stamped line beneath the logo for the older bag models. The newer models will not have this line. Underneath the jockey logo should be where the snap button is located and the image is also well-aligned. The design on the snap button should look like a jockey and not other shapes. Alternatively, a counterfeit product will not always have the jockey logo perfectly centered and the image is inversed.
An authentic pair of handles is usually rather flat. Similar to the leather flap, the diamond-shaped pattern should also be present on the handles. The edges are painted black or dark brown. There is actually a division between the folded leather straps of the handles, with nothing in between. When the tote is still brand new, the handles will tend to be “stiff”, but after prolonged usage, it will become “soft”. Other than that, the attachment for the handles is stitched to perfection without any odd spacing in between as well as double stitching on the corners where it might be potentially strained.
Conversely, the imitation tote will have straps that are more rounded. This is due to the synthetic leather used to manufacture it. The thin artificial leather would actually be too delicate to form an arch shape. It will also not handle the weight of the bag particularly if it’s too heavy. The side of the handles will usually have a binding or poor finishing. As for the attachments, it might be overstitched, crooked or has a bigger stitching area.
An authentic tote bag has a nylon canvas body which is quite matte and does not reflect any light. If the bag reflects quite a bit, it is definitely a fake. Also, if it looks shiny from afar, that is a bag you would not want to purchase.
There are only so many colours Longchamp uses for their tote bags with more than 12 colours offered every season. There is a list of colours called the “Pliage colour code table” that you can check on their official website. The stitching will usually match with the colour of the nylon bag. So if the stitching is white in colour or differs from the nylon colour, it is a fake.
Zipper and zipper pull
An additional sure sign of an authentic bag is the “YKK” and “T” letters marked on the zipper. Besides that, the round zipper pull reads “LONGCHAMP” on the top curve and “1948” at the bottom curve. It is normal for the “gold” zippers to fade over time.
The fake bag will not have the lettering “YKK” and “T” marked on it and the “LONGCHAMP” on the zipper pull will probably be misspelled and the font for “1948” will look a little off. With prolonged usage, you will spot some discoloration on the zipper.
You can also refer to the “Pliage colour code table” for the interior of the bag. But typically, the light or vibrant coloured bags will usually have a white or beige lining, while the darker colours have a darker lining. The pocket should be made with the same material and colour as the exterior nylon body. It also gives off a smooth rubbery texture.
In contrast, the lining colour of the fake bags is different from the nylon exterior and does not have a smooth rubbery texture.
Longchamp does not only cater products for women as they have products such as wallets, backpacks, document holders and many more for men!