Authenticating Chanel is a true mixture of art and science and one of the most fun parts of authentication in my opinion. It's easy and it's hard. It's easy if you have seen more than 500 Chanel handbags ranging from 1980s all the way to 2010s. It's hard if you miss certain chapters or just haven't seen enough variations.
Chanel is one of the luxury brands that are least known for consistency throughout history. Logo, stamp print, hardware, even overall quality have been changing overtime, making one broad stroke approach almost impossible. If you think you can accurately authenticate a Chanel bag following 10 tips, 8 steps, or 5 signs, think again.
Let me begin with some seemingly impossible imperfections of the stamp print. The following images are detailed stamp shots of authentic vintage Chanel handbags that most people would easily group as fake. However, these handbags have also been authenticated by five leading independent industry experts and they are all real.
Yes. Chanel can be sloppy. However, most majority of authentic Chanel bags circulated in the resale market will have standardized, crisp stamp print like this.
So, how come Chanel is so sloppy? I think it has something to do with the technique of making in historic context, ink, material or the combination of two or three of them. See below logo stamps of Stella McCartney handbags and I found the same sloppiness happens to this brand a lot. So consistent imperfections can be a good sign. Who would have thought of that?