Authenticate This Stella McCartney

Jteach7

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Hello!
Could you please help me to authenticate this bag?



hi! I could help you but I need a few more pics. Can you show a close up of the lining and the side of the zipper. I haven’t seen a Falabella this size with a zipper pocket inside so it’s giving me pause. But if I see those 2 pics I can be positive. Thanks
 

Jteach7

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Hi there! I’ve been authenticating Falabellas on here for awhile and have a lot of knowledge about them. Unfortunately this bag isn’t authentic. The mini version shouldn’t have a zippered pocket inside for one. The lining is the wrong material and the date code font is off. The side of the zippers should say YKK but this one shouldn’t even have any zippers. I also don’t like when I see Falabellas with tape over the silver snaps. I’ve purchased many new Falabellas and they don’t come that way. A plastic cap comes over the magnetic snap to avoid scratching. I hope you can return it if you purchased it. If you need more help, let me know. Hope that helps!!
 

Jacqui P

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Hi Jteach7, I would be really grateful for your help with a query regarding YKK zips, do you know if Stella McCartney have always used them on Fallabellas?

I am worried as I have just bought (from Ebay) a Large Tote with coin purse but neither the inner zip, nor the coin purse zip, are YKK branded. I did reach out to the Stella McCartney Customer Service but they could not confirm if they have always used YKK zips. They have agreed to look at images of the bag's inner label and charms.

I have flagged to the Ebay seller that I don't believe the bag is authentic. Whilst I await any feedback from SM customer service, it would be great if you could confirm the position regarding the YKK zips, as the Ebay seller is asking why I do not believe the bag to be authentic (which for me is the zip issue and the lining looks a bit 'cottony').

I have a horrible feeling that I may have been duped, so any info you can provide regarding the zip would be greatly appreciated and will help me in seeking a refund.

Thank you.

Jacqui
 

Jteach7

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Apr 12, 2018
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Hi Jteach7, I would be really grateful for your help with a query regarding YKK zips, do you know if Stella McCartney have always used them on Fallabellas?

I am worried as I have just bought (from Ebay) a Large Tote with coin purse but neither the inner zip, nor the coin purse zip, are YKK branded. I did reach out to the Stella McCartney Customer Service but they could not confirm if they have always used YKK zips. They have agreed to look at images of the bag's inner label and charms.

I have flagged to the Ebay seller that I don't believe the bag is authentic. Whilst I await any feedback from SM customer service, it would be great if you could confirm the position regarding the YKK zips, as the Ebay seller is asking why I do not believe the bag to be authentic (which for me is the zip issue and the lining looks a bit 'cottony').

I have a horrible feeling that I may have been duped, so any info you can provide regarding the zip would be greatly appreciated and will help me in seeking a refund.

Thank you.

Jacqui
Hi Jacqui! Unfortunately it does sound like you bought a fake Falabella. If you can upload pics of it I can be positive. But from what you said, it sounds fake. The large tote does come with a change purse. What are the measurements of the bag? Every Falabella I’ve ever owned (and I’ve bought and sold many!) has been branded with the YKK zippers. They’re more expensive and fakes cut costs so don’t use them. Falabellas came out around 2011 and even older ones I have bought always had the YKK zippers.

As for the lining, this they tend to get wrong all the time. It should be a nylon like material and never cotton looking. I’ll add pics for you to compare.

I purchase a lot myself on eBay and see some fake Falabellas here and there. eBay is actually pretty good about returning fake items. You shouldn’t have any trouble and if you do let me know. Point out the inconsistencies between the bag you bought and an authentic one. Also, the bags from Japan are actually very safe to buy because Japan has very strict counterfeiting laws. So don’t pass up the bags from there. Plus they usually have free shipping and it only takes a few days to arrive via DHL.

Here are some pics of a zipper and lining from an authentic bag for your reference. Please let me know how else I can help.
 

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Jacqui P

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Hi Jteach7, Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my query.

I attach photos, I hope they are clear enough - both length and width are 14 inches (36 cm). Also attached are pictures of the lining, chains, outer material and internal zip. The zip appears to have a dollar sign on one side and I think number 6 on the other side.
Thank you again, for your help

Jacqui

chain 3.jpg Outer material.jpg copy internal mobile phone pocket.jpg copy corner stitching.jpg Copy label.jpg Lining.jpg Chain close up.jpg Folded over.jpg Width measurement.jpg Length measurement.jpg Internal Zipper Charm image 2.jpg Internal Zipper Charm image 1.jpg
 

Jteach7

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Hi again, I have attached a couple of other images in case they help.

Thank you again!

Jacqui


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Hi! I can say with 100% certainty that this is definitely a fake! The pics were very helpful. I didn’t realize it was the foldover version of Falabellas. They never came nor should come with a change purse and I’m sure the reps at SM will say the same thing. When you said it was a large tote I was picturing the 2 chain handle larger shoulder bag they make. This bag has tons of red flags. The lining is wrong as I’m sure you can see the difference between the pics I posted. Zippers must be branded YKK, (I’ve never seen an authentic Falabella without them.) I even have several wallets and 3 card holders with zippers and they’re all YKK. The outside stitching isn’t tight enough compared to an authentic bag. Before I became extremely familiar with the brand, I had SM reps authenticate 2 bags for me. I’m shocked they didn’t know about the zippers. Probably newer staff.
Is the seller giving you a hard time? eBay always sides with the customer which should be helpful in this situation. It really infuriates me when ppl sell these fakes as authentic. They’re typically new bags that start at a very low bidding price cause they didn’t pay much for the bag to begin with. I’ve seen up to 13 bidders on a fake Falabella and cringe ! I’m so glad you posted here so I can try to help. Let me know if you need anymore info. And please let me know how you make out. I’m glad you flagged the seller already! These ppl need to be stopped. If you have any department stores nearby that sell Falabellas, I would definitely check them out. I found it very beneficial when I was learning the brand myself. Best of luck and I’m rooting for you!!