How to Spot Fake Prada Bags & Purses: 7 Easy Things to Check

Prada bags, known for their classic aesthetics that never go out of style, are unsurprisingly some of the most popular designer bags in the world.

While they come with hefty price tags, these purses are well worth the investment. Prada clutches usually start at around $300 while regular handbags usually cost more than $1,000. You can buy discounted authentic purses from the Italian luxury fashion house at The Outnet.

Cahier Leather Shoulder Bag, $2,950 at Farfetch

Blending vintage glamour with contemporary design, Prada's iconic Cahier shoulder bag takes inspiration from ancient trunks and antique books with its burnished gold-toned hardware, protective corners and elegantly structured shape

If you have been wanting to get your hands on a Prada bag, the websites below are the most popular stores to buy them online.

1. Farfetch

2. Net-A-Porter

3. Nordstrom

4. Saks Fifth Avenue

5. Matches Fashion

The Milan-based brand is well-loved by many fashionistas and celebrities including the Kardashians, Taylor Swift, and Lily Collins. It’s a normal sight to see A-listers using Prada totes to complete their outfits.

Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and Selena Gomez are only some of Hollywood A-listers who love their Prada bagsRihanna, Taylor Swift, and Selena Gomez are only some of Hollywood A-listers who love their Prada bags

Sisters Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner are fans of vintage PradaSisters Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner are fans of vintage Prada

Emily Ratajkowski enjoys her an afternoon out with her Prada "Cahier" bagEmily Ratajkowski enjoys her an afternoon out with her Prada “Cahier” bag

Fashion icon Alexa Chung and model Miranda Kerr go for the top handle Prada totesFashion icon Alexa Chung and model Miranda Kerr go for the top handle Prada totes

Even Hollywood youngins Lily Collins and Emma Roberts love PradaEven Hollywood youngins Lily Collins and Emma Roberts love Prada

But unfortunately, this brand is so popular that it’s easy and profitable for counterfeiters to create fake Prada bags. If you’re thinking of ordering a bag from a third-party site, make sure you know you’re getting the real thing.

1. Check dustbag and authenticity card

Most Prada bags come in a white dustbag with the Prada logo printed on the front, though there are very few exceptions. The font used in the dustbag print should be consistent with the Prada fonts used all throughout the bag.

Lily Allen carrying an authentic white Prada dustbagLily Allen carrying an authentic white Prada dustbag in London on December 19, 2008

Your bag should also come with a sealed authenticity card showing the bag’s serial number and style information. Some fake bags can also replicate the dustbag and authenticity card but these typically have low-quality prints, with uneven spacing and discoloration.

2. Logo kerning and spacing should be even

Prada’s logo, which includes the inverted triangle, is one of the most distinguishable designer logos. Genuine Prada bags should have logo plaques that are clearly readable, evenly placed and secured on the leather.

Prada's logo includes an inverted trianglePrada’s logo includes an inverted triangle

The logo plaque should be easy to readThe logo plaque should be easy to read

The color of the plaque should match the color of the bag’s leather. Some styles do not have the inverted triangle logo but instead have the words Prada Milano displayed. C

Check that the kerning or spacing is consistent and the font used is the same in all the other brand markings all over the bag.

3. The inside should have an interior plaque

Aside from the exterior logo plaque, Prada bags also have an interior plaque, which design may differ depending on the bag’s style.

Newer bags display Prada Made In ItalyNewer bags display Prada Made In Italy

Older styles display “Prada Milano Made in Italy” done in three lines. Newer styles, however, will have only two lines that read “Prada Made in Italy.” Some non-leather styles feature the leather patch on the interior instead of the ceramic plaque.

4. Hardware and zippers are high quality

The hardware is critical in determining the authenticity of a Prada bag. Some counterfeited purses use cheap zippers and hardware that are prone to discoloration.

The hardware is critical in determining the authenticity of a Prada bagThe hardware is critical in determining the authenticity of a Prada bag

Genuine bags will display high-quality hardware that can be gold-plated or stainless steel. These should have brand name engravings that are properly spaced and readable.

The engraved brand is placed on hardware like buckles, zippers, metal feet, locks, and buttons. Authentic Prada bags use zippers from Lampo, Ykk, Riri, Opti, and Ipi. These brands should be engraved somewhere on the back of the hardware.

5. The lining is embossed fabric or genuine leather

The interior of a genuine Prada bag typically has as much detail as its exterior. Also, the bag’s lining showcases a pattern that displays the Prada name horizontally.

Check the interior details and liningCheck the interior details and lining

The color of the printed lining should match or complement the bag’s exterior color. However, not all styles have this printed lining.

Some bags feature Nappa leather lining, which exhibits a more modern finish.

The printed lining should match or complement the bag's exterior colorThe printed lining should match or complement the bag’s exterior color

6. The leather should feel luxurious

Authentic Pradas are made from the highest quality calf leather, which should feel soft to the touch. Fake leather may look real from afar but it feels rigid and stiff to the touch.

Regardless of the style — classic, ruched, printed or studded — the leather used on these purses is distinctly rich and supple.

Prada purses are made from the highest quality calf leatherPrada purses are made from the highest quality calf leather

Prada clutches will not display excessively bright and shiny huesPrada clutches will not display excessively bright and shiny hues

Pay close attention to the colors in printed styles. Fake Prada bags will display excessively bright and shiny hues while original ones would have smooth and even coloration.

Because of the cheap materials used, counterfeit designer bags also tend to feel heavier than originals. Be mindful of the texture and weight of the bags you purchase.

7. The stitching should be neat and even

One of the telltale signs of a counterfeit Prada bag is messy, uneven stitching. Original Prada purses showcase perfect, even stitches done with a sturdy thread which should be the same color as the bag’s leather.

The topstitching on most Prada bags is slightly angledThe topstitching on most Prada bags is slightly angled

Notice that the topstitching on most of Prada’s bag styles is slightly angled. This is hard to replicate, and most counterfeiters just use a normal straight stitch.

Prada's topstitching is hard to replicatePrada’s topstitching is hard to replicate

Be on the lookout for uneven stitching that looks like it’s about to come off – a clear sign of poorly made counterfeit Pradas.

For more tips on spotting a fake from an original Prada bag, you can watch the video below:

Credit: Prada / Emily Ratajkowski's Instagram / WENN / TNYF / Kento Nara / Future Image

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