The resurgence of Loewe reminded me of the era when Mulberry regained its popularity. Not only they were both some sort of under-the-radar brands making major break-through into the heritage dominated mainstream luxury handbag world, they also symbolized a new chapter respectively in counterfeiting. If the emergency of counterfeit Mulberry Alexa, Bayswater signaled the beginning of the replica era, fake Loewe Puzzle, Hammock and Gate marked the revolution of replica - an era when fakes are almost too real to authenticate.
The authenticity of newer Loewe styles in the resale market is critically concerning because it is one of the brands authenticators didn’t pay attention early enough. According to my first-hand source, one of the most established luxury resellers, for instance, has never authenticated a Loewe bag. They let brands like Loewe, Fendi, Bottega free flow into operational processing without any professional authenticating and their authenticators have never gotten to inspect those bags by a significant amount.
In the past, authenticators could teach themselves over Google and PurseForum and quickly learn the tricks primarily based on quality evaluation. There is a sea change in the imitation game in recent years that, quality no longer is the threshold between the real and fake. It has become so intense that Louis Vuitton has to employ a completely disruptive technology to combat it, in other words, even the brand itself might have trouble determining authenticity of its own products via visual inspection.
Here below is a side by side comparison between a so-called state-of-the art fake Hammock bag and a real one.
The logo stamp is almost indistinguishable but the stitching on the counterfeit is much wider with unnecessary double stitches. It’s worth noting that, depending on the batch, a Hammock bag may or may not have double stitching to the position where the arrow points to.
The interior logo heat stamp is very deceptive and only trained eyes are able to tell the nuances.
The date code and “Made In Spain” stamp are italicized on the fake Hammock bag but it won’t take long for counterfeiters to make that correction.
While I have to refrain from giving away too many cues, the takeaway is the newer Loewe styles are heavily knocked-off and their quality way above the average fakes, and they have been overlooked by many authenticators. I highly recommend avoiding shopping pre-owned for Loewe Puzzle, Hammock and Gate; they are usually priced not too far off from retail with more super replicas prevailing in the resale market than one would have assumed.