• Guide to Leather Colors

    To understand how Lux Exchange categorizes aged leather, see Dover Saddlery’s Leather Color Guide. This is a good resource to describe the patina or level of darkening on Louis Vuitton handbags and accessories. Most of the leather goods at Lux Exchange range between “Newmarket” (little to no darkening; looks new) to “Hazelnut” or “Cognac” (well-aged, darkened). Occasionally we accept or consign handbags with significant wear or darkening, though this is often noted upfront and in the product descriptions. When we do accept handbags with significant wear, we make every effort to contact Louis Vuitton to have it professionally cleaned or replaced.

     

    Leather Colors

    Courtesy of Dover Saddlery

  • Chanel Authenticity Guide

    Authentic Chanel purses, bags, and wallets have come with authenticity cards embossed with a serial number since the mid-1980s. The serial number matches the serial number appearing on a tag stitched or stuck to the handbag’s interior lining.

    Chanel has always put their interlock CC logo on their tags. After about year 2000, Chanel protected the tags with a clear film and added a hologram as a security measure. The sticker, Chanel logo, and hologram design varied with the manufacturing date. Note that over time, serial number stickers may become detached from handbags. Authentication cards also often become lost. Therefore, Chanel handbags missing these items may still be authentic.

    Serial Number Year
    Number Styles
    Appearance of Authenticity Tag
    22XXXXXX 2016 & later Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Eight-digit serial number printed on white tag covered with clear film and two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” is on the right side of the tag. Dark line on left side of the tag. Gold specks throughout the tag.
     21XXXXXX  2015-2016 Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Eight-digit serial number printed on white tag covered with clear film and two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” is on the right side of the tag. Dark line on left side of the tag. Gold specks throughout the tag.
     20XXXXXX  2014-2015 Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Eight-digit serial number printed on white tag covered with clear film and two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on the right side of the tag. Dark line on left side of the tag. Gold specks throughout the tag.
     19XXXXXX  2014 Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Eight-digit serial number printed on white tag covered with clear film and two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” is on the right side of the tag. Dark line on left side of the tag. Gold specks throughout the tag.
     18XXXXXX  2013-2014 Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Eight-digit serial number printed on white tag covered with clear film and two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” is on the right side of the tag. Dark line on left side of the tag. Gold specks throughout the tag.
     17XXXXXX  2012-2013 Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Eight-digit serial number printed on white tag covered with clear film and two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” is on the right side of the tag. Dark line on left side of the tag. Gold specks throughout the tag.
     16XXXXXX  2012 Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Eight-digit serial number printed on white tag covered with clear film and two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” is on the right side of the tag. Dark line on left side of the tag. Gold specks throughout the tag.
     15XXXXXX  2011 Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Eight-digit serial number printed on white tag covered with clear film and two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” is on the right side of the tag. Dark line on left side of the tag. Gold specks throughout the tag.
     14XXXXXX  2010-2011 Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Eight-digit serial number printed on white tag covered with clear film and two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” is on the right side of the tag. Dark line on left side of the tag. Gold specks throughout the tag.
     13XXXXXX  2009-2010 Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Eight-digit serial number printed on white tag covered with clear film and two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” is on the right side of the tag. Dark line on left side of the tag. Gold specks throughout the tag.
     12XXXXXX  2008-2009 Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Eight-digit serial number printed on white tag covered with clear film and two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” is on the right side of the tag. Dark line on left side of the tag. Gold specks throughout the tag.
     11XXXXXX  2006-2008 Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Eight-digit serial number printed on white tag covered with clear film and two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” is on the right side of the tag. Dark line on left side of the tag. Gold specks throughout the tag.
     10XXXXXX  2005-2006 Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Chanel introduced the eight-digit serial number around this time. They printed on white tag covered with clear film with two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” is on the right side of the tag. Dark line on left side of tag. Gold specks throughout the tag.
     9XXXXXX  2004-2005   Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Seven-digit number printed on a white tag covered with two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” is on right-hand side of the tag. Dark line is on left side of tag. Gold specks throughout tag.
     8XXXXXX  2003-2004   Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Seven-digit number printed on a white tag covered with two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” is on right-hand side of the tag. Dark line is on left side of tag. Gold specks throughout tag.
     7XXXXXX  2002-2003   Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Seven-digit number printed on a white tag covered with two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” is on right-hand side of the tag. Dark line is on left side of tag. Gold specks throughout tag.
     6XXXXXX  2000-2002   Zeros have diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Seven-digit number printed on a white tag covered with two Chanel logos. Additional security features to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” is on right-hand side of the tag . Dark line is on left side of tag . Gold specks throughout tag.
     5XXXXXX  1997-1999 Zeros have diagonal slashes up to 51XXXXX. Zeros have no diagonal slashes
    from 52XXXXX-56XXXXX. Zeros have diagonal slashes from 57XXXXX and higher. Serif-face “1” from 57XXXXX and higher.
    Seven-digit number printed on a white tag covered with clear film and interlocking CC background pattern as in previous years. From 57XXXXX on, Chanel only used two logos. Additional security features were added to prevent the tag from being removed without damage. Introduction of “CHANEL” on right-hand side of the tag. Dark line is on left side of tag. gold specks throughout tag.
     4XXXXXX  1996-1997  Zeros have diagonal slashes. Sans-serif “1”. Seven-digit number printed on a white tag with prominent Chanel logos. An opaque film covers the tag.
     3XXXXXX  1994-1996  Zeros have diagonal slashes. Sans-serif “1”. Seven-digit number printed on a white tag with prominent Chanel logos. An opaque film covers the tag.
     2XXXXXX  1991-1994 Zeros have no diagonal slashes up to 27XXXXXX. Serif-face “1”. Seven-digit number printed on a white tag with prominent Chanel logos. An opaque film covers the tag.
     1XXXXXX  1989-1991  Zeros have no diagonal slashes. Serif-face “1”. Seven-digit number printed on a white tag with faint Chanel logo pattern and left side cutout. An opaque film covers the tag.
     0XXXXXX  1986-1988  Zeros have no strikethroughs. 1’s have serifs (feet). Seven-digit number printed on a white tag with a faint Chanel logo background pattern and left side cut out. Opaque film covers tag. Early serial numbers (starting with a 1 or 2) did not have a leading zero; these were six-digit serial numbers. The 6-digit serial number tag was larger than the tag produced with the seven-digit tags.

    Common counterfeits

    Serial numbers found on many mass-produced counterfeits:
    7244764
    8890212
    9133021
    9395451
    10218184
    10216144
    10350533
    10316128
    10387881
    10401243
    10486163
    10501943
    10501946
    11062948
    11063908
    10634341
    10885140
    10905401
    10903785
    11022848
    11063908
    11061887
    11127595
    11131833
    11132646
    11355938
    11136858
    11155659
    11258448
    11387879
    11357137
    11435776
    11546099
    11595889
    11659931

  • How can I tell if my purse is authentic?

    Since we buy, trade, consign, and sell luxury purses, we see a lot of products moving in and out of LuxExchange. We guarantee our products are 100% authentic, and we inspect them carefully. But what are some tell-tale signs, you ask? Let’s take a look at three dead-giveaways that a bag is a knockoff. Let’s use a Prada for example.

    The Logos

    The logos are everywhere, and they pay special attention to ensure that each logo appears beautiful, crisp, and detailed. On the knock-off in the image below, note the emblem and it’s attachment. The fake bag has an enamel emblem and no obvious indication of how it is fastened to the bag (it appears glued, not sewn and/or riveted). In the real Prada, the logo is leather and metal, and is securely fastened to the bag. Sometimes the emblem is first riveted to a patch, then the patch is stitched to the bag.

    Logos
    Furthermore, take note of the scale and proximity of the words “Prada” and “Milano” to other elements, including the edge of the triangle. Logos need “breathing room” to be effectively conveyed; the fake has all the elements crowded into the triangle and they are as large as they can be.

    The Interior Lining

    Part of what you pay for in luxury handbags is a beautiful, well-crafted bag outside and inside. Designers pay special attention to the details so you feel like the designer just knows what you’ll need in a bag. Take a look at the tag on the inside as well as the fabric of the lining. Luxury handbags will have the designer name on the outside and the inside.
    Inside-emblem

    In the photo above, there is a generic lining in the fake bag along with a blank tag. In the real bag, the lining is an exquisite textile with the designer name everywhere. Not all authentic bags will print the designer name on the inside, but they have absolutely taken special care to how you experience the inside of the bag, whether it’s accordion pockets, calfskin, pen holders, key clasps, or matching zipper pouches.

    The Hardware

    Now here is where designers really knock it out of the park. Remember the logos we talked about? Designers of authentic luxury bags have paid attention the hardware. Whether it’s Chanel‘s “Lampo” hardware or “Prada” emblazoned on all things metal, rarely do designers leave the hardware bare or run-of-the-mill.

    Hardware

    You might see the fake bag’s “hardware” on other types of apparel at a sporting goods store: unmarked plastic zippers. Contrast this simplicity to “Prada” engraved on nearly every single piece of metal.

    The “Duh” Moment

    Luxury handbags do not have tags on the inside that say, “Made in China.” If anything, they have tags with Date Codes or Authenticity Codes.

    China

    Luxury handbags are not made in China.

    Even if your bag has all the characteristics of an authentic bag, there are some really, really good replicas out there–and you might even pay a pretty penny for them! Your best bet is to buy from a reputable retailer, keep your date/authenticity code cards, and know your bags!

  • Gucci Heart Bit Small Top Handle

     

    This Just in! The Gucci “Hear Bit” bag! It has a soft metallic sheen to the leather trim, and best of all its pink! The bag is in Mint condition without any signs of wear.

    Come see us today!

    • light gold hardware
    • natural cotton linen lining
    • double handles with 15 cm drop
    • adjustable and detachable shoulder strap with 50 cm drop
    • double zip-top closure
    • bottom feet
    • inside zip, mobile phone, and pda pocket
    • 30 x 20 x 16 cm