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6Ways to Spot Fake Jimmy Choo Handbag

Known for a contemporary and daring design philosophy, Jimmy Choo is a modern collector’s favourite. Whether you are picking up a pair of Jimmy Choo women’s sunglasses or stepping into a party in a pair of Choo pumps, you will be wearing a piece of art that has graced red carpets and high-fashion ramps the world over. Because of this undeniable charm and beauty, Jimmy Choo products also have their share of pretenders, waiting to cash in. However, a Choo is not something that can be easily copied and with a few expert glances and informed notes in the back of your head, you can figure out whether the product in front of you is authentic or not.

Authenticate Your JCs

When you plan to add a Jimmy Choo product to your collection, it is always good to do some homework and identify the models and designs to familiarize yourself with the quality and look. There are many iconic Jimmy Choo bags that are loved by the connoisseurs. The Lohla Jayne tote features a large soft shape and a fair amount of hardware balancing a simple body, just like this original piece authenticated by the experts at the Luxury Closet. This round hobo is another much-cherished Jimmy Choo design, with the accented hardware and the metal Jimmy Choo letters on the bottom of the body. The Chandra is a perfect example of a ladies Jimmy Choo wallet, complete with embellishments and the hallmark hardware.

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Jimmy Choo Pink Metallic Leather Chandra Embellished Clutch

Recognize the Logo and the Colour Theme

The Jimmy Choo trademark is very recognizable. Spend time studying the logo on the official website or from an earlier product you own. A lot of the fakes fail to get it right. 

Let’s start with the Jimmy Choo logo printed on an enamel plate. The plate should be a variation of the color purple. The enamel plate will be situated on top of a leather tab that matches the exterior of the bag. ‘Made in Italy’ should be stamped in capital letters just below the enamel plate.

Now move on to consistently look at out the “MM” letters in Jimmy as the left part is thinner than the right. Now, for the “H” in Choo, be particular to look at the “H” on a reliable handbag. The horizontal cross-bar on the H should unquestionably not be at the center but towards the top, about 75-80% of the way up. Once the font has the appropriate H, proceed toward letters “OO” in Choo. They will possess a slightly dented look providing the “OO” an oval type instead of a good circle. The metal work of the Jimmy Choo trademark is very intricate and the result of perfect finishing that most duplicates cannot reproduce.

Check The Insides

When you are picking up Jimmy Choo women’s bags, there are certain brand hallmarks which will help you distinguish the real stuff from the pretenders. Genuine mole-skin is the inside material of choice for JC bags, whether you are considering  Jimmy Choo hobos or women clutches. It is easy to identify the woven cotton and moleskin inner linings of a Jimmy Choo bag, fake ones will have a cheaper texture or a different material like satin, suede, canvas and others.

Check the Zipper

Jimmy Choo hardware is unmistakably luxe. If the zipper is not engraved with the Jimmy Choo trademark and is not a gold rectangular piece then it is fake. A lot of times you will come across Jimmy Choo posers with hardware from YKK, which is popular in itself as a zipper brand. However, do not fall for this not-so-subtle attempt to dupe you. When you close the zipper of an original Jimmy Choo bag, the centre of the zipper spine would look like a row of diamonds. Fakes will have cheap zippers without this finishing touch. The leather quality around the zipper is another good indicator.

Hardware Finishing

Some Jimmy Choo women handbags have metal closures. Look for the clear lettering of the brand between the screw heads. The typography should be sharp and clear, the perfect finishing of a luxury product. Feel the metal clasp or closure. Originals will feel heavy, fake ones will have a hollow sound when they close. Note that all screws on JC bags will have flat heads and never Philips head.

Dustbag

The material and lettering on the dustbag is another giveaway to a fake. Authentic dustbags will have “JIMMY CHOO” and “LONDON” on it and the feel of the material must be one that isn’t very thin. Fake ones will have the incorrect font and will be made in a cheap material.

Common Observations

A lot of fakes tend to oversell just to convince the buyer that the Jimmy Choo is real. If you see a ‘genuine leather’ tag, drop the piece. JC wouldn’t be so tacky as to state the obvious. Everybody knows that Jimmy Choo uses the highest quality, patented leather – they don’t sell products with tags to remind customers of that. Whenever there is any engraving and it looks shoddy – only one explanation – fake. Luxury brands pride themselves on the finishing, so the typography is always immaculate and consistent. The screws used on a Jimmy Choo are always flat heads. Originals do not have hanging price tags.

Now you are armed with the basics on how to spot a fake Jimmy Choo. But that is not all. Choosing your seller wisely is a great way to avoid the experience of ending up with a fake. You will be spending a small fortune on this luxurious addition to your collection. It is better to trust the experts and choose a retailer who deals only with authenticated goods. Since 1996, the Jimmy Choo stable has enamoured the high fashion world with unique designs, uncompromising quality and an everlasting popular culture appeal. Add this luxury essential to your closet now!

Swati Talwar

Global Content and India Office Head

Seasoned lover of the written word. Travel junkie and Hogwarts alumni. Currently composing notes for the upcoming fashion week. You can also call me Licorne Magique (don't ask me why!).

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