How to Spot a Fake Burberry Bag

The iconic British luxury brand has its share of fakes. How can you tell if the Burberry handbag that you are about to buy online is real? From lining to stitching to brand logos, here’s our top 3 tips to help you spot a fake Burberry bag.

Know your patterns…

Spot a Fake Burberry Bag
Burberry Classic Check
Spot a Fake Burberry Bag
Burberry Nova Check

The two most popular Burberry patterns are the Classic Check (far right) and the Nova Check (immediate right). The Classic Check has a tan background, with black, white and red stripes of both horizontal and vertical nature. You’ll also notice a faded knight insignia positioned at the intersection of two red lines. The Nova Check pattern is slightly different, with the main discrepancy being that, like the Classic Check, there should be no faded knight insignia. Similarly, the background has a light yellow undertone, and the lines that are red on the Classic Check  have a pinkish hue instead. Any bags that deviate from these well know patterns may be fake.

Check the stitching…Burberry Stitching

Get up close and personal with your bag and check out how it’s sewn together to accurately spot a fake Burberry bag.

From the handle to the lining inside the bag, the stitching should be straight, neat, even and clean with with no loose threads.

If anything looks messy or not quite right, you could be looking at a fake.

Look at interior plaques and tags…

Spot a fake Burberry

Spot a Fake Burberry Bag

Spot a Fake Burberry

The bag should have either a metal plaque or a leather tag. The metal plaque should match the colour of the bags hardware, plus an engraving reading ‘Burberry – London’ in the brand’s signature font. Many (but not all) of the leather tags have ‘Made in Italy’ stamped on the back. Nowadays, Burberry does make some items in China, especially smaller bags and accessories, so don’t worry if you spot a ‘Made in China’ stamp in the bag. Whether it’s metal or leather, the font of the logo on the stamp or engraving is very distinctive. The left side of the U and the Y are slightly wider and the R’s have small tails.

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Milli Midwood

Freelance Blogger

Milli is a fashion blogger, tea drinker and sun worshiper, who has called Dubai her home for the last 24 years. Likes dog videos, free WiFi, Gucci and hashtags because they look like waffles.

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