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06 December '23

How to Spot a Fake Birkin Bag

In a world where there are very few certain things, one is written in stone: a Hermès Birkin is forever.

If history clearly demonstrated that the stock market can go up and down, banks can go bankrupt and the house market can crush, investing in a legendary bag is always a good choice. And not just because a Hermès Birkin is probably the most coveted bag in the world, but mostly because its retail price keeps growing year after year. According to sources, for example, in 2022, in the pre-loved market, the average price of a Hermès style was up 200% compared to the previous year. Why? Mainly due to the limited quantities of products that Hermès makes available in its stores across the world every year.

Hence, if you cannot control your Hermès cravings anymore and you are searching for the pre-loved Birkin of your dreams online or offline, please carefully follow the advises listed below provided by Lampoo’s Head of Brand Valuation, Erika Vecchiatti, on how to spot a fake Hermès Birkin.

1. Hermes Date Stamp

To be authentic, each Hermès Birkin bag must carry the so called “Date Stamp”. Hermes uses letters in alphabetical order to date the bags, often surrounded by a shape. From 1945 to 1970, no shapes were used. From 1971 to 1996, a circle shape was used. From 1997 to 2014, a square shape was used. Most recently (2019), no shape was used. If there are additional numbers or letters next to the blind stamp, these indicate the section of the atelier in which the bag maker works.

2. The Logo Stamp

The logo stamp, embossed on the inside with the heat stamping technique, must read “Hermès Paris Made in France”. It’s normally very neat and precise and it sits right below the stitching. If it’s too far down, you might have spotted a fake. 

3. Saddle Stitching

Hermès bags are hand-crafted from skilled artisans. It actually takes 25 hours to craft a Birkin. While examining the saddle stitching, don’t panic if it does look imperfect. Actually, it’s a good sign since it might mean the bag has been made by hand and not by a machine in whatever industrial plant. 

4. Signature Hardware

On a Birkin bag, the hardware on the front straps where the lock sits is engraved with “Hermès-Paris” in neat font directly under the rectangle opening for the lock. Gold-plated hardware has a hallmark on the left of the Hermès-Paris stamp. Non-gold hardware plates don’t feature this hallmark stamp.

5. Iconic Zippers

In a Birkin bag, normally a clean upper case “H” sits at the end of the zipper. But please note that older models might only have a neat square instead of the letter.

6. Padlock And Key

In an authentic Birkin bag, an Hermès engraving must appear on the bottom of the padlock. Make sure the number of the lock corresponds to the number engraved on the accompanying key, that should perfectly sits inside the leather clochette attached to the same leather strap as the padlock. In an authentic Birkin bag, the clochette is made of one piece of leather. 

7. Size Matters

Finally, don’t forget to measure the bag. A Birkin comes if five different sizes: 25 cm, 30 cm, 35 cm, 40 cm and 50 cm – the number indicates the exact measurement of the base of the bags. Not an inch more or less… numbers don’t lie! 

Now you are ready to start searching for the perfect Birkin bag… the spirit of Jane Birkin herself might be with you!

Written By Alessandra Turra