Is Your Coach Bag A Fake?

Coach… sigh. Design, quality and durability make them the quintessential handbags. Unfortunately, for many of us the prices aren’t quite so ideal ($1200 for a Coach handbag? WTF?), so when we spot one for a great price, we want to pounce. But before you purchase what looks like a Coach bag, make sure it actually is one. Ask yourself these five questions.

Is Your Coach Bag is Fake? Ask Yourself These Five Questions?

1. Where Am I?

Seriously. Ask yourself. You can only find Coach in certain places: Coach stores, Coach factory stores,, Coach catalogs, authorized department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Dillards (and their outlets), discount retailers like TJ Maxx and Marshalls and limited duty free locations (luxury boutiques). Yes, you can find real Coach elsewhere, like on, but we’re warning you, detecting a fake gets trickier from here.

2. Are The C’s Lined Up?

Inspect the bag carefully. If the bag is printed, the C’s will not even be the tiniest big crooked. When the purse is upright, They will be in a perfect line. The slightest deviation means you’ve got a fake.

3. Where’s The Dust Bag?

If you’re in a store, ask to see it. If you’re shopping online, make sure it’s included with the purchase. Sleeper Bags or Dust Bags should be dark chocolate brown with a red drawstring. In the bottom right the words in all caps “COACH EST.1941″ written in white.

4. Is There A Logo Tag?

Coach also commonly uses logo tags that are attached by a beaded metal chain. Usually, the tag should match the trim of the bag. The words “COACH” should be raised, not imprinted. Do your research to make sure that the tag goes with the bag you are getting– It is not uncommon for counterfeiters to mass-produce them. Keep in mind that tags are never made out of hard plastic. It’s always leather.

5. Is The Zipper YKK?

Remember that familiar phrase from your childhood, X-Y-Z? It’s time to start putting that to use again. Most authentic Coach purses use the zipper brand YKK– the highest quality of zippers available. So, look carefully at your zipper pull. If your bag is authentic, you will see the tiny  letters ‘YKK’ on your zipper pull. Fake Coach purses do not have the YKK zippers. Can’t tell? Don’t buy it. Walk away and wait until you’re sure.

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    Catherine Brock

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    Blog Comments

    Number 4 is not 100% correct. There are some new bags which have more than one logo tag attached and while at least one tag is leather I have seen a hard platic tag at the Coach store.

    Number 3 is also not 100% correct. The newer bags come with an off-white or brown satin dust bags. The draw strings on the bags can be either white or brown. Also, in addition to the hard plastic hangtags on the new poppy collection bags, Coach is now also making leather hangtags with the Coach creed embossed and/or printed on them.

    When I called Coach directly for a vintage purse, they said NOT ALL Coach purses had YKK zippers.

    I bought a coach purse but it has a zipper that says ideal not ykk whats up with that

    FYI, I have bought a few bags from Coach Factory stores and the bags do not come with any dust bag or boxes. The zipper says IDEAL on it. Those bags that are bought from the Coach boutique do have dust bags and box.

    Hello I have many coach bags I have bought all over the place and recently have found out that (from a person who sells authentic) that ‘all” have ykk zippers somewhere, but from what I am reading some have ideal?I have some of the mini c signatures that have ykk in and out, a few that have ykk and then nothing on the zipper, and some that have a ykk and an ideal on the zipper and then my most recent that I bought from a online auction that is coach chelsey and has ideal in and out on the zippers and on the side front of the zipper a 1 out in front, I paid a bit for it and a wallet that matches. f46459 AND F18919, Can some one help me?I do not want to be taken for my money.

    I just purchased my first Coach handbag at a Coach store. The dust bag is cream colored, and the zipper doesn’t have anything imprinted on it. But I’m confident my bag is authentic.

    Some things have changed yes they do have brown dust bags and now white or cream colored dust bags , some of the zipper pulls are ideal and some are ykk they both are authentic . The rest of the things noted above seem correct to me . I am not an expert but buy lots of coach items . Good luck !

    i am looking to purchase this bag from coach but it does not show the order number.

    Anyone who buys REAL Coach bags (like me) can spot a fake from a mile away…knockoffs are easy to spot.

    I would have to agree. Once you’ve been in a Coach shop you know what’s real.

    I just bought a coach bag from the factory website but when I got it it has to little plastic tags in it one in the bag saying bad in china. And the WRISTlet says made in the phillipinness. Are the real? I have the thing saying they came from coach one way. But why r the plastic things in the bag?

    I bought my first Coach purse from the Outlet store and the hang tags don’t match the trim on the purse, and I didn’t get a dust bag. Is that normal?

    Hello all. We recently got a Coach outlet in Nebraska. Some of the Coach purses there are NOT worth buying at any price. The colors do not look enough like the Coach store variety. Outlet malls have what Coach considers their seconds. That do not make it into a Coach Store. They also make purses & etc. specifically for the Coach Outlet’s. Generally the quality is the same, they are just a lower version of what the store contains. The biggest & easiest way to spot a fake are the “C”s. If they don’t line up, then there’s something wrong.

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