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 websites 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 website from how much an authentication cost’s, what items they authenticate, what their turnaround time is and more.

I want to add a little caveat here. There is no way, without a sliver of a doubt, to authenticate items from photos. There, I said it and it’s true. Why I say this is that there are too many variables when trying to authenticate from just a photo. It really matters which photos are being sent, who’s authenticating, what their background is, how much they really know about that designer brand and who’s to say that the bag doesn’t get switched by the seller. I’m not trying to scare you, just trying to inform you and to make sure you’re you’re choosing a qualified authentication expert and sending the right photos in. With that being said, more is better but make sure you include these below!

  • Logo
  • Interior lining, interior logo, interior date code or any other tabs
  • Hardware
  • Stitching

When choosing authentication companies, do your research. Google the name of the company. Multiple post in Purse Forum claiming fraud? Move on. Multiple websites stating that this company is a scam? Move on. While it’s your choice who you hire, just be smart!

 

Entrupy

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. I stand behind this company 100% because when you remove the human emotion from the authentication process all you’re left with is fact.

Which brands does the device authenticate? As of September 2016:

  • Chanel – Lambskin Leather, Caviar Leather, Patent Leather and All Other Materials
  • Prada – Saffiano Leather
  • Gucci – Gucci Canvas, Gucci Supreme Canvas, Guccissima Leather and All Other Materials
  • Fendi – Fendi Canvas, Fendi Coated Canvas, Fendi Leather and All Other Materials
  • Hermès – Clemence Leather, Togo Leather, Epson Leather, Box Calf Leather and All Other Leathers (Exotics Not Included)
  • Céline – All Materials
  • Burberry – Haymarket Check, Exploded Check, Nova Check, Super Nova Check, House Check and All Leathers,
  • Louis Vuitton – Monogram Canvas, Epi, Vernis, Damier Ebene, Damier Azur, Damier Graphite
  • Dior – Monogram & Coated Canvas, Calfskin Leather and all Other Materials
  • Goyard – Goyardine Canvas
  • Balenciaga – Lambskin (Agneau) Leather, Goatskin (Chevre) Leather And All Other Leathers

 

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

 

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

 

Authenticatemybag.com

Brands: High end handbags

Pre-Purchase Authentication: Yes

Authentication Expert: Micky Loewie

How: Send photos or links to their email address or use their authentication form

Good for Claims: Yes

Cost: $10 for general, $18 for express, $55 for certificate for non-authentic handbags, $30 for Hermes, $75 for certificate for non-authentic Hermes

Turnaround: 48 hours

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Memes Treasures

Brands: Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Balenciaga, YSL, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Dior, Prada, Fendi $ Dior& other

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.

 

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

 

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)

 

Realauthentication.com

Be very careful with this company and there are several reviews that they have gotten authentications wrong.

Brands: See website

Pre-Purchase Authentication: Yes

Authentication Expert: Unknown

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

 

Bababebi.com

Brands: Hermès only

Pre-Purchase Authentication: Yes

Authentication Expert: Dimity Giles

How: Email photos

Good for Claims: Yes

Cost: $65-$250

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

 

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.

 

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

Yonnit

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