We love our trends and checking our new brands, but we are also conscious of cost. One way to enjoy a blend of high-fashion brands and cost-effective shopping is through consignment shopping. In NYC one of our favorites is at Michael’s, The Consignment Shop, a staple among New York’s most fashionable and savvy women.
Since 1954, they have been dressing New York City women in high-end designer apparel and accessories for a fraction of the retail price. From clothing and handbags, to shoes, jewelry, and furs, they offer designer labels that are curated by top merchandisers with years of experience in the high- end market.
Additionally, we recently learned more from the team at Michael's about how to spot a fake bag. From Chanel to Hermes and more, here is what to look for when shopping consignment.
How to Spot a Fake:
Chanel Handbag: The leather should be soft and delicate to the touch. The bag should have a high stitch count, about 10 or more stitches per itch. There should not be any loose threads. Fake bags will have about 6 stitches per itch.
Chanel CC: The iconic CC lock should be flat and the right C lies over the left C. On the inside of the flap, the lock lies flat and says Chanel on the left and Paris on the RIght.
Hermes Birkin: The stamp on the authentic bag is clean and uniform, but the stamp on the fake bag looks spotty and irregular.
To learn more about fakes, be sure to visit them on YouTube in their 'How to Spot a Fake Series.'
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