Underscore or dot?
for City/First the underscore between Balenciaga and Paris has turned into a dot since 2005- any bags with a later production date would have a dot.
I would therefore always ask a seller when the bag was bought.
I would love to uplad some pics, but am not sure how to do it?
Perhaps someone could help,
Often the bales are one of the first ways to spot a fake. The bales should be thick and rounded not thin or square. Here are pictures of the bales on a fake caramel and white City. Following that are pictures of the bales on an authentic caramel and white City. Notice the rounded shoulders of the real bales and the square appearance of the fake bales. Always ask for clear, closeup pictures of the bales.
Note the black thread at the top of the tag and matching thread on the sides and bottom. VERY often fakes will have the same color thread at the top. It should always be black and is often a very quick way to spot a fake bag.
The rivet are on the back of the studs on the handle. Balenciaga has only ever used 2 types of rivets. upto 2002(?) the rivets were flat solid round studs. no notches.
Since 2002 the rivets have two long notches on either side of the stud.
CORRECTION: Balenciaga used round rivets on the back of the studs up until S/S 2005. They switched over to notched rivets with the A/W 2005 bags.
Weekenders and Work bags have 4 "feet" on the bottom; have a center stitch running from the bottom of the exterior pocket to the bottom of the bag; and do not have shoulder straps. The Weekender has 1 stud at the base of each handle and 3 studs underneath it. The Work has 1 stud on the handle and 2 studs underneath.
The Day bag was introduced in S/S 2005 and always has a leather interior tag. The exterior and interior pockets of the Day bags are much deeper than the pockets on the City, Work and Weekender.
*The interior of a motorcycle B-bag is ALWAYS lined in black canvas. The front pocket is partially lined in leather the same color as the bag. If the pocket is open, you should be able to see leather, not black canvas (but this may differ from the older bags pre-2005)
** A B-bag should always "collapse" when it is set down on its base. No matter how full the bag is, the top should always slouch down.