Hermes is one of the most sought after and prestigious luxury brands today. First founded in 1837, this elite brand has been setting itself apart from the rest since the start for its renowned craftsmanship, exclusivity and quality.
It’s no secret that Hermes caters to the elite society in particular and that investing in one of its pieces is going to never fail in retaining value. Birkin bags, being the most popular, can range anywhere between $10,000 to $300,000.
When investing in a Hermes in the pre-loved market, there are many things you need to take into consideration before assuming its authenticity. It takes years of experience in authenticating the brand to make an accurate assessment. That is why we recommend investing a small amount to verify with a reputable authenticator service such as www.realauthentication.com
Fortunately, there are a few giveaways that you can look out for when shopping for Hermes from a second-hand store, an online shop, or a friend.
With the brand’s high standards, you can expect no less than for your Hermes to be made from only top-quality leather. Due to the leather’s treatment, it retains a particular scent over the years that can distinguish it from a counterfeit. The logo stamp, stating “Hermes Paris made in France,” is located just below the stitching on the exterior’s front center of your handbag, and on the back of the flap. Also, note that it’s always embossed on the bag rather than simply being printed on the surface.
Being worldwide globally recognized for its top-notch quality, Hermes uses only the best. Please take notice of the quality of the item; it should feel luxurious to the touch. The “saddle” stitching on the exterior and interior of the handbag are all carefully handmade by one Hermes expert artisans and feature a double-stitching technique on the base of the bag’s handles. This is a high-quality technique that prevents the stitching from unraveling should a stitch or two break over time due to wear.
Depending on age, your Hermes handbag may feature a date stamp by displaying a circled-in or squared-in letter depending upon the year it was made in. But take note that Hermes does not give authenticity cards with their handbags, so if your seller is offering one, that should serve as a red flag.
The hardware on your Hermes bag should feel matte, smooth, and heavy. The zippers, always parallel to the zipper line, will have the letter “H” at the end on most handbags. On the front of your straps, based on the model, you can usually find the brands’ engraving “Hermes Paris,” just as you would if your bag featured a padlock.
To get a feel for what a genuine Hermes looks and feels like, consider visiting a local retailer who sells the brand. Check out the hardware, the stitching and even the scent of the bag. This will help you distinguish a real product from a fake once you begin to shop pre-loved Hermes.
Even with experience, though, it can be difficult to notice all the subtle details. It’s always worth investing a small amount to ensure its authenticity. That is where we can help. Investing a small amount in Hermes Authentication Services will allow you to rest assured you will not fall victim to fraud.
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