MESSAGE FROM MODERATOR: Please refer to this post that rx4dsoul has so kindly put together for us before posting:
Originally Posted by rx4dsoul
FRIENDLY REMINDERS FOR MEMBERS SEEKING ASSISTANCE IN AUTHENTICATION :
Please follow format and try to limit to one request per post to avoid confusions and mix-ups:
Name/item description/specific item FIRST:( example: LP Large Long Handle in Rouge ). Sometimes links are posted and the links contain A LOT of items, so please be more specific. Name of the seller: (if you know it) Item no.: (if it is on auction) Link to the item/link to the photos or attach photos : CLEAR PHOTOS (avoid flash and blur) of the whole item, parts such as the leather and horse and rider stamp, the zipper head and zipper pull, other leather marks, etc... ESPECIALLY OF THE TAG (when applicable)If there is none, then please ask the seller for it BEFORE posting the item here…. This actually is to save time and money on your part especially when you have a deadline to beat for returning fake items. Ensure that your links open.
Please limit to one item per post. It will be easier to sort out and avoid confusion. You can always post as many separate items as you like.
Following format will also make easier for members to follow who are selling authentic and fake items.
Label your item.
Labelling your item is important, in the sense that some sellers might mislead you...ie show an authentic tag with fake everything else. This is the same reason that we discourage authentication based on the tag alone, we can only say if the TAG is REAL or FAKE, not the item. This is for your safety, unless the item is in your hands and you are absolutely certain the tag isn't a transplanted one (yup, its been done!)
Minimize discussion of details on the main thread please. If your item is found to be not authentic, please backread and take a look at other items that were found to be real. Reasons for failing authenticity (especially for Pliages and similar items) will almost always be similar.
Please do not promote sellers.
This is not a substitute for professional authentication. Please read TPFs rules, regulations and guides. http://forum.purseblog.com/announcement.php?f=126&a=35 http://forum.purseblog.com/announcement.php?f=126&a=8 Difficulties posting pics? Help is here: Posting Photos If a request is overlooked, it might be that we are a little preoccupied, but please also take time to check out reminders...you might have missed including something/s needed for us to help you out.
(leather and vintage items mostly have to wait around for Ballet_Russe or CH<3LONGCHAMP)
TIA for your cooperation and we hope to be able to help everyone.
I have that same exact Longchamp bag which I bought at Saks over 10 years ago (yeah, hard to believe, but I'm still using it!) and I can confirm that the zipper pull (Longchamp Paris on one side/Longchamp France on the other) is exactly like mine, as well as the "Longchamp" etched around strap buckle. I looked at the leather tag inside mine and on the front it is stamped with the "Longchamp" Paris seal with the horse (similar to the zipper pull outside) and the back, which I've never looked at before, is also not centered, with the numbers 28765 and 3 other numbers below it (these ones are centered, but I couldn't make it out -- I've had this purse for a long time). The placement of the numbers is same as your picture.
I'm pretty sure mine is authentic because after several years of daily wear, the strap started getting worn out. I sent it back to the manufacturer and they replaced the strap free of charge. I don't think they would have done that if it wasn't authentic.
Yes, the leather on my Longchamp is very smooth (no grain or texture on it), almost like patent, but not as shiny. I was concerned about it too, when I first bought it, but the SA told me that's how Longchamp makes it and that this leather finish is really durable. Well, after all the years I've carried it, in snow/rain/throwing it around (it was my everyday purse when I had toddlers), I can certainly vouch for that. It's like the bag that won't die - the leather is amazing! It still looks like new, and even though I certainly didn't baby it, it barely shows any marks at all -- I have to really look hard to notice them.
Not crazy about this style anymore, but it sure IS durable, so I still wear it from time to time, and I think it's cool that it's still carried in stores after all these years. Hmm... does that make it a classic? I never would have thought that when I first bought it. Hope this helps. Enjoy your purse!
i think it just may be a few years old. as far as i knew, longchamp has their name on the interior lining of the leather bags now. however, as ckaya mentioned, the leather looks right, and ive been using mine for years and i agree, it is very durable.
Hi all, I recently bought a 2ndhand Longchamp Planetes bag from a US seller on Ebay without realising there're lots of fake ones out there (silly me...). After receiving the bag, I read some guides on Longchamp bags and the features of my bag look real enough, however I read somewhere that the authentic version should not have plastic tubing in the handle. I noticed that my bag has a bit of tubing poking out, so am feeling a little bothered by it. Would appreciate if anyone could help me take a look at the pics and see if the bag is authentic, thank you so much!
At first I thought her items should be genuine as they are 2ndhand and items she said she no longer wanted. However, it occured to me that it is possible that she might have bought fake items and then tried to dispose of them online.
Sorry, to make it clearer, what I meant was that I wondered if the tubing in the handle is showing cos it's a defect and that most people might have not seen the tubing before becos it shouldn't be showing.