How to Spot Fake Chloé Bags: 5 Ways to Tell Real Purses

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Chloé bags have been around since the ’50s, and since then, it’s grown to become a world-class brand of bags and apparel that’s worn by many celebrities, such as Madonna, Emma Stone, and Cameron Diaz.

“Chloé clothes are my entry into a softer Jada,” Jada Pinkett Smith told The New York Times before attending the Chloé fashion show in Paris in 2015. “Usually, I like to dress with edge, with a lot of rock ‘n’ roll leathers, I like to appear tough. But these designs are so light and elegant, and they really speak to the more feminine side of me.”

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith attends the Chloe showActress Jada Pinkett Smith attends the Chloe show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 on October 1, 2015, in Paris, France

An authentic Chloé bag isn’t just a fashion statement – it’s a status symbol, and making sure the Chloé bag you’re buying is the real deal can be tough sometimes.

If you need help knowing where to buy your next Chloé bag, or finding out if the bag is genuine or not, then read on to find out how to spot a real Chloé bag from a fake one.

Where to Buy Chloé Bags

Like all the other expensive designer brands like Hermès and Gucci, the only places where you can find genuine Chloé bags are at official Chloé boutiques around the world.

Although the brand is based in France, Chloé has dozens of locations all over the globe. They also run an online store that is available in a lot of countries, so if you don’t live near one of their physical branches you can always purchase a Chloé bag online instead.

Kate Bosworth totes Chloé's Mira crystal-embellished shoulder bagKate Bosworth totes Chloé’s Mira crystal-embellished shoulder bag while celebrating the opening of the French luxury house’s first proper Los Angeles boutique on Melrose Place in 2009

There are also Chloé bags available in numerous online shops, though many aren’t affiliated with Chloé at all. Authorized retailers selling authentic handbags include Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman.

Buying from unauthorized platforms either results in you getting a second-hand bag or a counterfeit, as it’s unlikely that new, authentic Chloé bags are sold on these sites. CNBC reported in November 2019 that many designer handbags sold on The RealReal, an online luxury consignment store, are fakes.

If you’re planning on getting a Chloé bag from third-party stores, though, then it’s important to learn the following tips to tell the difference between a real Chloé bag from a fake.

1. Examine the Leather Used

The leather of a Chloé bag is very high in quality. Soft and supple are the key characteristics of genuine Chloé leather, so check the texture and the feel of the bag to see if it fits the bill.

Dead giveaways of a fake Chloé bag are if the leather used feels cheap, stiff, and has an unnatural smell to it. If you can’t tell the difference, though, then be sure to check the color and design of the leather used.

Chloé's iconic Marcie round saddle mini bag in small grain calfskinChloé’s iconic Marcie round saddle mini bag in small grain calfskin

Chloé bags don’t come in all shapes and colors, and you can compare the bag you’re planning on buying with similar bags found on the Chloe online store. If you can’t find a matching model of the Chloé bag you’re buying, take that as a huge red flag.

2. Test the Hardware

Chloé hardware is tough and durable, and has the capability of lasting years on end without much wear and tear to it. If the hardware of the bag you’re looking to buy doesn’t match any one of these descriptions, then the bag may be a counterfeit.

Counterfeit hardware generally feels easy to wear off, and are either too shiny or too dull than their authentic counterparts. Like with the leather, it’s good to compare the bag with similar bags online and see if the hardware features (color, texture, design) look the same.

Small Aby Lock chain bag designed in the shape of the iconic padlock featured on the Maison's original Paddington bagSmall Aby Lock chain bag designed in the shape of the iconic padlock featured on the Maison’s original Paddington bag

Finally, a really useful tip to remember regarding their zippers is that Chloé exclusively uses YKK branded zippers in their products, though they usually don’t come with the logo. So, if you see a Chloé bag that has any other kind of zipper, then it’s probably not the real deal.

3. Inspect the Logo

The Chloé logo isn’t as obvious as in other designer bags. It is generally found embossed in the interior of the bag. Make sure to be nitpicky when inspecting the logo of the bag – is it in the dead center of the interior?

Chloé's logo symbolizes a timeless and enduring form of valueChloé’s logo symbolizes a timeless and enduring form of value

Is everything spelled correctly, including the capitalization? Are the letters a bit too thin or a bit too thick compared to the logos found in Chloé bags? Does the logo look faded or smudged?

If you notice any lapse in the quality of the logo, it’s probably not a manufacturing mistake – the bag’s just likely a counterfeit.

4. Look for the Serial Number and Hologram

Each Chloé bag comes with its own serial number, usually stamped on a leather tab sewn to the bag’s interior pockets. The numbers on the tab come in different fonts depending on the production date and model of the bag, so it’s important to do some research to determine if the font corresponds to its overall design. It may take a while, but it’s a great indicator in separating the real bags from the fakes.

On real Chloé handbags, you will find a tab in the inside pocket with a lot number and a unique serial number that should match the accompanying authenticity cardOn real Chloé handbags, you will find a tab in the inside pocket with a lot number and a unique serial number that should match the accompanying authenticity card

Other than the serial number, a hologram can be found on the other side of the leather tab. The series of numbers and letters found on the hologram should match the authenticity card of the bag if it has one.

The hologram is a sticker, though, and can be peeled off over time, so if you’re getting a pre-loved bag then this probably isn’t the most reliable indicator for authenticity.

5. Check the Stitching

Designer bags have some of the best stitching found in a bag, and Chloé is no different. Expect quality stitchwork from a genuine bag, and that the stitches contain no irregularities or uneven patterns.

Large Marcie handbag with decorative saddle stitches on the front flap that tie in with the brass studs trimming the curved edges for an equestrian influenceLarge Marcie handbag with decorative saddle stitches on the front flap that tie in with the brass studs trimming the curved edges for an equestrian influence

Slanted stitching isn’t used in Chloé bags, so if you see the pattern on a bag, then it’s not Chloé. Also, make sure to check for traces of glue as that’s only present in counterfeit bags, and never in an authentic one.

Chloé Questions and Answers

What is Chloé?

Chloe is a fashion designer brand founded by Gaby Aghion in 1952. The brand started off in Paris, France, and has grown to become a world-class icon for bags. Chloé is owned by the Richemont Group.

How much is a Chloé bag?

As Chloé is a luxury brand, their bags come at an equally luxurious price. As of this article’s writing, their online store lists bags ranging from $761 to over $2000, so be wary if you see deals on Chloé bags any cheaper than this price range.

Where are Chloé bags made?

Chloe bags are mostly made in Italy. They are also made in countries such as France, Romania, Bulgaria, and Spain. They are not made in China.

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