With the costs of handbags rising exponentially on a yearly basis, the fake market has upped their game, even cranking out replica designer handbags at too-good-to-be-true prices. If you are a handbag fan, you know that the fake handbag market supports some fairly shady dealings, from human trafficking to medication and outside.
As a consumer, the best defence against unwittingly buying a fake designer bag is to educate yourself to the finer features of the real deal. The following list is included of characteristics that are particular to Italian design house–Prada’s handbag lineup. Hopefully, knowing some of those finer points of the design aesthetic will keep you on the right side of the knockoff handbag controversy.
The Logo Plaques
The emblem plaque on the inside of a Prada bag will match the color of the inside liner, also will have”Prada, Made in Italy” composed in 2 lines of text. Note: with a few classic bags, they used only one line of text.
All Prada hardware is engraved with”Prada” – all of it. No exceptions. Should you spot a single piece of hardware on the bag that doesn’t have”Prada” engraved on it, then the bag is a fake.
Salon utilizes the following brands of zippers exclusively: YKK, Riri, Opti, Ipi, and Lampo. It is possible to find the brand marking on the underside of the zipper (remember,”Prada” will be engraved on the top). If the zipper manufacturer isn’t one of those recorded, it’s a fake.