Some brisk tips to make sure you evade a knock-off Hermes pocketbook.
The etched key accompanying a Birkin handbag or a Hermes Kelly, need to be an engraved matching set of lock and keys. On the underside the lock, or on the bottom, the word “Hermes” must be engraved into the lock. The serial number of the lock must be also etched onto the matching keys, and the keys and the lock must have the identical corresponding serial number. Beware of any lock and key sets where the numbers do not match. On occasion a buyer may stagger across some older, vintage bags that display the Hermes trademark engraved onto the reverse end of the lock. Any modern Hermes lock, however, should only include the logo printed onto the underside of the lock. Some fakes may take advantage of details taken from a vintage pocketbook and erroneously etched the stamp impression on the back of the lock also. The lock and keys, and all matching fixtures fastened to the handbag must be palladium, or a 24 carat golden plate. Many of fakers when constructing the imitation purses will use regular steel.
Label and Logo: Another shared mistake by the fakers concerns the tag. Most times, a metal plate, or metal label backing will be secured to the interior of the pocketbook, similar to the setup of a Fendi bag and will advertise its label. However, Hermes will at no time employ any type of metal logo logo plate in the inside of the handbag. Any metal label anywhere inside the pocketbook is a major red flag. Instead, clear-cut and elaborate sequence of embossed markings are applied inside their bags.
Leather accents and zipper pull: The leather zip pull, or pull strap should be parallel to the zipper. This zipper pull must also have the name “Hermes” embossed or impressed on it.
Good luck and careful shopping!