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// Published Aug 05 2015

How To Spot A Fake Chanel Bag

Tip #1: If The Hardware Of The Bag Is Silver, The Interior Font Should Also Be Silver

Tip #2: There's A Science To Every Hologram Sticker

Serial Number

Year Manufactured

Style of Serial Number Sticker

20xxxxxx

2014 to 2015

An eight-digit serial number in black font. 1’s have feet, 0’s have strikethroughs. Two gold CC logos are present with gold flecks in the background. Clear tape with X indicator is placed over the top to prevent removing.

19xxxxxx

2014

An eight-digit serial number in black font. 1’s have feet, 0’s have strikethroughs. Two gold CC logos are present with gold flecks in the background. Clear tape with X indicator is placed over the top to prevent removing.

18xxxxxx

2013 to 2014

An eight-digit serial number in black font. 1’s have feet, 0’s have strikethroughs. Two gold CC logos are present with gold flecks in the background. Clear tape with X indicator is placed over the top to prevent removing.

17xxxxxx

2012 to 2013

An eight-digit serial number in black font. 1’s have feet, 0’s have strikethroughs. Two gold CC logos are present with gold flecks in the background. Clear tape with X indicator is placed over the top to prevent removing.

16xxxxxx

2012

An eight-digit serial number in black font. 1’s have feet, 0’s have strikethroughs. Two gold CC logos are present with gold flecks in the background. Clear tape with X indicator is placed over the top to prevent removing.

15xxxxxx

2011

An eight-digit serial number in black font. 1’s have feet, 0’s have strikethroughs. Two gold CC logos are present with gold flecks in the background. Clear tape with X indicator is placed over the top to prevent removing.

14xxxxxx

2010 to 2011

An eight-digit serial number in black font. 1’s have feet, 0’s have strikethroughs. Two gold CC logos are present with gold flecks in the background. Clear tape with X indicator is placed over the top to prevent removing.

13xxxxxx

2009 to 2010

An eight-digit serial number in black font. 1’s have feet, 0’s have strikethroughs. Two gold CC logos are present with gold flecks in the background. Clear tape with X indicator is placed over the top to prevent removing.

12xxxxxx

2009 to 2009

An eight-digit serial number in black font. 1’s have feet, 0’s have strikethroughs. Two gold CC logos are present with gold flecks in the background. Clear tape with X indicator is placed over the top to prevent removing.

11xxxxxx

2006 to 2008

An eight-digit serial number in black font. 1’s have feet, 0’s have strikethroughs. Two gold CC logos are present with gold flecks in the background. Clear tape with X indicator is placed over the top to prevent removing.

10xxxxxx

2005 to 2006

An eight-digit serial number in black font. 1’s have feet, 0’s have strikethroughs. Two gold CC logos are present with gold flecks in the background. Clear tape with X indicator is placed over the top to prevent removing.

9xxxxxx

2004 to 2005

A seven digit serial number in black font. 1’s have feet, 0’s have strikethroughs. Two gold CC logos are present with gold flecks in the background. Clear tape with X indicator is placed on the top to prevent removing.

8xxxxxx

2003 to 2004

A seven digit serial number in black font. 1’s have feet, 0’s have strikethroughs. Two gold CC logos are present with gold flecks in the background. Clear tape with X indicator is placed on the top to prevent removing.

7xxxxxx

2002 to 2003

A seven digit serial number in black font. 1’s have feet, 0’s have strikethroughs. Two gold CC logos are present with gold flecks in the background. Clear tape with X indicator is placed on the top to prevent removing.

6xxxxxx

2000 to 2002

A seven digit serial number in black font. 1’s have feet, 0’s have strikethroughs. Two gold CC logos are present with gold flecks in the background. Clear tape with X indicator is placed on the top to prevent removing.

5xxxxxx

1997 to 1999

It’s important to note the font style changes at 51xxxxx. The 0’s have strikethroughs up to 51xxxx. 0’s have no strikethrough from 51xxxx to 56xxxx. 0’s have strikethroughs from 57xxxxxx as well as small feet on the 1’s. The hologram should be on a white sticker with gold CC logos placed throughout. Chanel appears on right side of the sticker with a dark line on the opposing side.

 

 

4xxxxxx

1996 to 1997

Seven digit serial number is printed on a white sticker with serial number in black. Gold CC logo with circle is also in place on the sticker. 0’s will have strikethroughs and 1’s will not have feet.

3xxxxxx

1994 to 1996

Seven digit serial number is printed on slightly translucent sticker with black font on the serial number. Gold CC logo with circle is also in place on the sticker. 0’s have strikethrough’s and 1’s do not have feet.

2xxxxxx

1991 to 1994

Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker. Gold CC logo with circle is also in place on the sticker. 0’s have no strikethroughs up to 27xxxxx. 1’s have feet.

1xxxxxx

1989 to 1991

Seven digit serial number printed on a white sticker that provides a cut out at the hologram. Interlocking CC logo with circle appears in a translucent color. 0’s have no strikethroughs and 1’s have feet.

0xxxxxx

1986 to 1988

Seven digit serial number printed on a white sticker that provides a cut out at the hologram. Interlocking CC logo with circle appears in a translucent color. 0’s have no strikethroughs and 1’s have feet. Important to note is that, early serial numbers that started with a 1 or 2 did not have a leading “0” therefore, these were six-digit serial numbers.

 

Tip #3: Interior Markings Will Always Read 'CHANEL' With Either 'Made in France' or 'Made In Italy'

It's important to note that all fonts will be in uppercase. This stamp can be located in the lower portion of the interior flap with the 'MADE IN' either being directly below the 'CHANEL' stamp or across from the 'CHANEL' stamp. It's also important to note that some vintage handbags will state 'CHANEL MADE IN FRANCE' with 'PARIS' across from this stamp.

 

Tip #4: The Interior 'CC' Marking Should Show The Right Side On Top As Well As The Left Side

 

Tip #5: Not All Stamps Are Embossed Directly Onto The Bag

 

Above are just a few examples of other types of labels that are currently used for handbags. The silver tone labels are typically used for limited edition special pieces, jewelry stamps are reserved for Minaudiere bags while the leather tab with gold or silver embossing can be seen on a variety of Chanel handbags.  Note: This is not conclusive of all of Chanel's interior tags.

Tip #6: The Authenticity Card Should Never Have A Rainbow Hue

An authentic bag will come up with an authenticity card just as the one above with a clear gold bolder. The opposite side of the card will have a few paragraphs in different languages certifying the bag is in, fact authentic as well as the numbers that match the hologram sticker inside of the bag.

Tip #7 What Goes Into A Chanel Handbag?

Chanel handbags only have a few interior linings. They are calfskin, grosgrain, jacquard with CC logo written throughout, jacquard with CHANEL written throughout, lambskin, satin and suede.

Tip #8: If The Handbag Is Of Gold Tone Hardware The Font Will Be Of Gold Tone 

 

It's also important to note that if the bag is composed of a mixture of gold and silver tone hardware, the bag's interior font will be gold.

Tip #9: With Classic Chanel Flaps, The Diamond Stitched Pattern  Will Have 11 Stitches Per Diamond

Tip #10: The Back Plates on Chanel Handbags Should Show Flat Screws

Chanel Handbags will have a two flat screws on the back plate rather than raised screws. Occasionally, these will replaced and there will be different screws used. It's important to notate the font lettering and distance as that of course would remain unchanged and is consistent throughout Chanel's handbags.

 Please Note: This is not an exclusive Chanel authentication guide. For authenticating Chanel handbags we always recommend using a third party professional service. Designer Vault is not affiliated with Chanel. Chanel is a trademark of Chanel.

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