Although we do our best in giving authenticity opinions, sometimes we cannot come to a consensus and refer tPFers to outside authenticators.
typhanie72 has confirmed that Burberry itself will comment on authenticity:
Originally Posted by typhanie72
According to the Burberry Area Manager in our area, Houston, Tx. - Burberry does offer authentication services but not in their stores. The sales associates are not allowed to say or comment on the authenticity of the bag . . . that job resides at their Corporate Office in the Legal Dpt.
The service is free as long as you are willing to pay the shipping to and from. The item has to be brought into a store where the associates write up a work order for the service.
Also, they are required to notify you that you are also accepting the risk that the item will not be coming back if the Legal dpt determines that it is a FAKE. All item that are deemed FAKE by the Legal dpt will be confiscated and destroyed by Burberry to ensure that they are NOT further circulated in any markets.
(Information adapted from burberry.com, fragrancex.com, fundinguniverse.com, theselvedgeyard.wordpress.com)
1856 Thomas Burberry, a 21-year-old draper’s apprentice, opened a small outfitter’s shop in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England.
1880 Burberry developed Gabardine – the breathable, weatherproof and tearproof fabric. Patented in 1988, Burberry was the original name, but then soon switched to Burberrys, after many customers from around the world began calling it Burberrys of London. This name is still visible on many older Burberry products.
1891 Now trading as Thomas Burberry & Sons, the business opened a shop in the West End of London at 30 Haymarket which is now the site of Burberry's corporate headquarters.
1895 Burberry developed the Tielocken, the predecessor of the trench coat, which was adopted by British officers during the Boer War.
1901 The Equestrian Knight trademark appeared for the first time accompanied by the Latin word ‘Prorsum’, meaning forwards.
1909 The firm registers the "Equestrian Knight" trademark. The armor signifies the protection afforded by the outerwear, the "Chivalry of Knighthood" reflects the company's own standards of integrity, and the Latin adverb "prorsum" ("forward") referred to Burberry's innovative fabrics and styles.
1914 Commissioned by the War Office to adapt its earlier officer’s coat for new combat requirements, Burberry added epaulettes and ‘D’ rings, and the ‘trench coat’ was born.
1920 The Burberry Check (formally known as the Haymarket Check or Burberry Classic Check), registered as a trademark, was introduced as a lining to the trench coat in 1924.
1967 The Burberry Check was applied to umbrellas, luggage and scarves.
1988 The Thomas Burberry collection was first introduced in Great Britain and extended to the United States in 1990. The new merchandise was priced 15 percent to 30 percent less than Burberry's designer lines.
1999 Burberry launches the Prorsum collection.
need date The Novacheck was introduced for the younger market, later altered by making it more "exploded" (bigger) and slanted in a diamond or "mitre" pattern.
2006 Christopher Bailey debuted the "Housecheck", a more exploded version of the Novacheck.