Almost every fashion brand has a line-up of knock-offs now. It’s post LV, Chanel, Off-White era, we are talking about Ganni, Totême and By Far. Economy of scale has enabled counterfeiters to fake the expected and unexpected, the known-to-all and the niche new entrants. In Valentino’s case, although the designer hasn’t been the buzziest brand for a few years, there has always been a constant stream of Rockstud counterfeits as well as its extensions such as the Rockstud Spike, Candy Rockstud being produced and quality improved.
During a recent research, I was astonished to come across a fake Valentino Rockstud Rolling tote on Yoogi’s Closet. As one of the most trustworthy luxury resellers, Yoogi’s is probably the cradle and still source of reference of authenticators employed in the U.S. resale market and if Yoogi’s started to miss out, the outlook of the industry all of a sudden gets grimmer.
Here below, we will go over some side by side comparisons between this fake Valentino Rolling tote and the genuine version along with some FAQs about authenticating recent Valentino styles.
I. Brand Foil Stamp
Logo foil stamping is still a manual process resulting in lots of variations. It is not uncommon to see irregularities such as the depth of the stamping and thickness of the foil, but the fundamental font type should be consistent.
II. Interior Brand Tag
Valentino is not known with the best quality control and the construction of the interior fabric tags has been observed with subtle differences between different styles and batches. However, the fake tags have been making one consistent mistake that I will have to refrain from elaborating further.
Please note, the interior brand tags can come in in different colors, materials such as leather and metal depending on the series of products.
III. Hardware - Zipper Pull
Valentino has been using the same type of branded hardware for almost a decade and that really gave counterfeiters the opportunities to catch up. The metal component of the zipper pull is getting so close that it is almost impossible to tell from photos.
IV. Serial Number Tag
Valentino started to switch its serial number tag from leather to tyvek, a type of tear-proof polyethylene fabric in 2016 when Rockstud Spike first came out. Therefore, it would a big red flag when a bag, say introduced in 2018, carries a serial number tag in leather.
It’s worth noting that Valentino’s serial number is not unique; it only indicates style, size, material or color, therefore, two identical Valentino bags could have the same serial number, in fact, they should have the same number!
I hope you find this article helpful.