Handbag Authentication Services

Trying to authenticate a luxury piece on your own is an extremely daunting process and there is always that nagging doubt of if you matched every detail. While there are a lot of guides online sometimes it’s nearly impossible to to do all the research yourself. Lucky for you there are a few really thorough authentication companies out there that will give you all the piece of mind you need, to purchase and to sell. The list below will tell you everything you need to know about each authentication company  from how much an authentication cost’s, what items they authenticate, what their turnaround time is and more.

A small caveat about online authentication companies. All the results the provide and certificates are based on that “authenticators” opinion of what they may have or have not seen in the past. There is no school, education or training to become an authenticator. I believe that someone can be really good at learning the nuances of one brand but when a company states they can authenticate 100’s brands, it’s just not possible. There are way too many variables and too much room for mistakes to be made.

Now, If you have to go this route when your either buying or selling, take the time to learn about that company and what they need from you and follow directions. Reach out first and ask questions, make sure they know what they are doing and if you don’t like the answers or they do not respond, move on.  Just because a company is great at marketing, it doesn’t mean they know how to authenticate. With that being said, when sending pictures in, more is better and make sure you include these below!

  • Front
  • Back
  • Side
  • Bottom
  • Logo
  • Interior lining, interior logo, interior date code or any other tabs
  • Hardware
  • Stitching
  • Any other discerning areas which are unique to that item

Below are authentication companies for handbags and their terms.

 

Entrupy

Not a handbag authentication company but a technology company that created a technology utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning to authentication luxury bags. If you sell designer handbags online or have a resale company, you must have the Entrupy device in your authentication arsenal. Entrupy is the only device that can authenticate luxury goods anywhere, anytime. With artificial intelligence and patented algorithms, each item is photographed on a microscopic level and run through the algorithms to determine the authenticity.  You can read about the company here and watch a video of a Chanel Lambskin Medium Boy Bag being authenticated here. Every authentication certificate is backed by their financial guarantee which means for you, even if they get it wrong (there is a process) they will cover your financial loss.

Brands:

  • Hermès – Clemence Leather, Togo Leather, Epsom Leather, Box Calf Leather and All Other Leathers (Exotics Not Included)
  • Chanel – Lambskin Leather, Caviar Leather, Patent Leather and All Other Materials
  • Louis Vuitton – Monogram Canvas, Damier Ébène, Damier Azur, Damier Graphite, Monogram Multicolore, Monogram Vernis, Epi Leather, Epi Electric Leather, Monogram Mat Leather, Empriente and All Other Materials (Exotics Not Included)
  • Céline – All Materials (Exotics Not Included)
  • Goyard – Goyardine Canvas
  • Dior – Canvas, Leather and All Other Materials
  • Gucci – GG Canvas, GG Supreme Canvas, Guccissima Leather and All Other Materials
  • Fendi – Canvas, Coated Canvas, Leather and All Other Materials
  • Bottega Veneta – Nappa Leather and All Other Materials
  • Saint Laurent – Leather and All Other Materials
  • Burberry – Canvas (House Check, Horseferry Check, Nova Check), Coated Canvas (Haymarket Check), Leather and All Other Materials
  • Balenciaga – Lambskin (Agneau) Leather, Goatskin (Chevre) Leather and All Other Materials
  • Chloé – Smooth Calfskin Leather, Grained Calfskin Leather, Suede and All Other Materials
  • Prada – Saffiano Leather, Nylon and All Other Materials
  • Coach – Signature Jacquard, Signature Coated Canvas, Leather and All Materials

Pre-Purchase Authentication: No

Authentication Expert: Artificial Intelligence with Machine Learning

How: If your a business you can learn more and sign up on their website here. If you are looking to have an item authentication with an Entrupy device, you can find a location near you on their website under Entrupy Verified Businesses.

Good for Claims: Yes

Cost:

Turnaround: 60 seconds to 60 minutes (24 hours for Hermes)

Financial Guarantee: Yes

 

 

Designer Vault Authentication Review

DesignerVault.com

Brands: Chanel only, handbags, jewelry, shoes and accessories

Pre-Purchase Authentication: Yes

Authentication Expert: Christina Samoylov, owner of Designer Vault

How: Send photos via email

Good for Claims: Yes

Cost:

  • Authentication = $10
  • Written Statement Of Authenticity = $25
  • SNAD Claims = $50
  • 12 Hour Rush Service (additional) = $25
  • Item Identification = $5
  • Estimated Value = $5

Turnaround: 2 Business days

Financial Guarantee: No

 

 

CarolDiva.com

Brands: Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel……..(website does not have a lot of information)

Pre-Purchase Authentication: Yes

Authentication Expert: Carol Ives

How: Send photos via email

Good for Claims: Yes

Cost:

  • General questions and email authentications = $7
  • Hermes authentications: $30

Turnaround: Not stated

Financial Guarantee: No

 

 

Mypoupette.com

Brands: High end designer handbags, shoes, clothing, jewelry and travel

Pre-Purchase Authentication: Yes

Authentication Expert: Angie Houston

How: Fill out online form and include link to website or upload pictures.

Good for Claims: Yes

Cost: See chart below:

  • Hermes or Celine Bags – Same Day $235, 2 Days $165, 5 Days $125, 10 Days $95
  • Handbag or Wallet – Same Day $50, 2 Days $35, 5 Days $25, 10 Days $20
  • Hermes Scarf or Wallet – Same Day $85, 2 Days $65, 5 Days $45, 10 Days $35
  • Clothing – Same Day $50, 3 Days $35
  • Belt – 3 Days $35
  • Jewelry – Same Day $75, 3 Days $45
  • Luggage / Travel – Same Day $85, 3 Days $55
  • Shoes – Same Day $60, 3 Days $35
  • Trunks – Same Day $350, up to 5 days $175
  • Certificate of Authenticity for Celine or Hermes $450

Turnaround: Same day to 10 days

Financial Guarantee: No

 

 

Etincelerauthentications.com

Brands: Chanel handbags, jewelry, shoes and accessories except for Classic Flaps, Reissue Flaps, and the Le Boy Bags from the 15 million series (15xxxxxx) and beyond

Pre-Purchase Authentication: Yes

Authentication Expert: Michelle, long standing member of the Purse Forum

How: Via email by copy and pasting their form

Good for Claims: Yes

Cost: See Below

  • Email Authentication – $7 with Value Estimate – $8 if purchased at same time. Add $3 if purchasing separately
  • In House Authentication – $100 and does not include return shipping and insurance
  • Written Statement of Authenticity (non authentic) $100 for 72 hour turnaround, $125 for 24 hour turnaround
  • Written Statement of Significantly Not As Described (SNAD) $100 for 72 hour turnaround, $125 for 24 hour turnaround
  • Certificate of Authenticity – $30 up to 48 hours

Turnaround: 24 to 72 hours

Financial Guarantee: No

 

 

AuthethenticatorsRus.com

Brands: Michael Kors, Coach and Rebecca Minkoff only

Pre-Purchase Authentication: Yes

Authentication Expert: Ronald Fryer

How: Via email

Good for Claims: Yes

Cost: Pre-purchase – $7.50, additional add-ons like value, original retail value and style name – $4, post purchases – $15 with an additional $4 for style name and or collection, original retail price and value. Claims and disputes – $40 for written report

Turnaround: 24 hours 7 days a week

Financial Guarantee: No

 

 

Reality Check Authentication Services Company Review

RealityCheckAuthentications.com

Brands: Not stated on website but high end

Pre-Purchase Authentication: Yes

Authentication Expert: Kaleigh Kirby and team

How: Send photos via email

Good for Claims: Yes

Cost:

  • Items with a value under $500-        $7
  • Items with a value over over $500- $14
  • Chanel 15 series and up-                 $25
  • Celine, Prada 2013 and up               $24
  • Hermes accessories/belts/scarves  $15
  • Hermes bags                                     $30
  • Item Identification/Item valuation  $7
  • Letter/pdf of authenticity/non-authenticity suitable for paypal/ebay/credit card purposes  $40
  • Rush service (within 24 hrs)             $10
  • Jewelry/watches over $500 value     $40
  • Certificate of Authenticity (hardcopy mailed only, with tamperproof serial number hologram matched to item) $40

Turnaround: 48 hours

Financial Guarantee: No

 

 

Memes Treasures

Brands: Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Balenciaga, YSL, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Dior, Prada, Fendi $ Dior and others

Pre-Purchase Authentication: Yes

Authentication Expert: Melissa Knope

How: Via text and email

Good for Claims: Yes

Cost:

Louis Vuitton starting at $12+

  • Certificate = +$18
  • Letter + $5
  • Louis Vuitton = Starting at $12

Chanel Authentication starting at $20+

  • Certificate = $25
  • Letter = $5
  • Estimated value = $4.50
  • Value over $2,500 = $5

Other Brand authentication starting at $18+

  • Certificate = $17
  • Letter = $5
  • Estimated value = $4.50
  • Value over $2,500 = $5

Turnaround: Within 60 minutes for Louis Vuitton and within 24 hours for all other brands.

Financial Guarantee: No

 

 

Lollipuff.com

Brands: Alexander McQueen, Azzedine Alaia, Balenciaga, Celine, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Louboutin, Hermes, Herve Leger, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Roland Mouret, Smythe, Valentino, and Yves Saint Laurent (Saint Laurent)

Pre-Purchase Authentication: No

Authentication Expert: Fei Deyle, Owner of Lollipuff

How: Via email

Good for Claims: No

Cost: One Handbag Authentication = $25, One piece of clothing, shoes or accessories = $20 each.

Turnaround: 24 -48 hours

Financial Guarantee:  No

 

 

Authenticatefirst.com

Brands: High end handbags excluding Prada Saffiano Ciur Bags and Chanel Series 17 (17xxxxxxx) and above.

Pre-Purchase Authentication: Yes

Authentication Expert: Gina Nixon started the company but authentications are outsourced to different people

How: Send photos via email or Dropbox

Good for Claims: Yes

Cost: Value of items =$299 or less = $25 / $300 and above = $50

Turnaround: 2 Business days (approximately)

Financial Guarantee: No

 

 

Realauthentication.com company review

Realauthentication.com

They offer authentication for basically everything luxury but a little weary as there seems to be mistakes made quite often.

Brands: See website

Pre-Purchase Authentication: Yes

Authentication Expert: Two girls from Fashionphile created this company, Anastacia Bouzeneris and Jenna Padilla.

How: Via email or text

Good for Claims: Yes

Cost:

  • $20 for authentication
  • $30 for authentication with certificate
  • $10 Identification (Style, Size & Material)
  • $5 Age
  • $5 Color
  • $10 Guaranteed 12 Hour Response

Turnaround: 24 hours

Financial Guarantee: No

 

Bababebi.com

Brands: Hermès only

Pre-Purchase Authentication: Yes

Authentication Expert: Dimity Giles

How: Email photos

Good for Claims: Yes

Cost: Email Opinion:

Leather handbag or wallet – US$65

Exotic skin handbag or wallet (Crocodile, alligator, ostrich, lizard) – US$125

Himalaya Crocodile handbag – US$200

Certificate Opinion:

Certificate Opinions of authentic items describe model, size, leather, color, year of manufacture and include two pictures, of the item and the stamp.

Certificate Opinions of not authentic items list aspects that are inconsistent with authenticity.

Leather handbag or wallet – US$85

Exotic skin handbag (Crocodile, alligator, ostrich, lizard) – US$200

Himalaya Crocodile handbag – US$300

Turnaround: 12-24 hours, three hour express service available

Financial Guarantee: No

 

 

Purseforum.com

Brands: The focus is on handbags but occasionally other items such as clothing and jewelry

Pre-Purchase Authentication: Yes

Authentication Expert: Anyone who registers on the website.

How: Upload pictures or links to the correct forum and the community will share their knowledge of that brand (piece).

Good for Claims: No

Cost: Free

Turnaround: Depending on who’s viewing the thread but can be immediately or a couple days.

Financial Guarantee: No

 

Authentication companies we do not endorse due to unethical online reviews and business practices.

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