The first step to differentiating a beautifully designed Coach bag from a poorly designed knockoff is to inspect it thoroughly. Most Coach bags have a hefty price tag, not because of the brand name, but due to the materials used. Coach is well-known for their monogram “C” which is seen on many of their products such as handbags and purses. Get the best premium leather goods from Coach Singapore. Read more about how to spot a fake Coach product below.

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How to Spot A Fake Coach Product

High-end designer bags tend to be risky particularly when it’s being purchased online. This is probably one of the reasons why people sway away from online shopping when it comes to luxury products and authentic leather goods. Thankfully, there are ways to tell a fake from the authentic version.

Craftsmanship

The first step to differentiating a beautifully designed Coach bag from a poorly designed knockoff is to inspect it thoroughly. Most Coach bags have a hefty price tag, not because of the brand name, but due to the materials used. One of the most common ways to determine whether a bag is real or fake is to check the stitching. Signs of a counterfeit product include loose stitching, crooked stitching, odd spacing, and overstitching. Genuine Coach handbags have close to perfect stitching, and that is the reason why Coach is well-known for their craftsmanship.

Other than that, you should examine the fabric and leather. In any area of the bag, there should not be any uneven designs. Moreover, the signature monogram bags will typically have “C” shapes in sets of two without any patterns being cut off. Due to small shapes of certain bags, it is normal for the “C” shapes to be slightly off. An additional dead giveaway is when the pattern is something completely different such as a completely different letter, such as an “O” or a “G”.

However, if you want to double-check, you may contact the seller to request photos so that you can look at the stitching up close.

Coach creed

The Coach creed was introduced in the late 60s/early 70s without any serial number. The current day creeds have serial and style numbers. Moreover, bags that were made just for the Factory Stores will include an “F” before the style number. The tag within the handbag ought to include a style number, a registration number as well as relevant information about the origin of the product and how it was crafted. You will often see a style number without any registration number or vice versa with unauthentic bags.

Another hint that you should take notice is the wordings on the tag inside. It should be perfectly spaced with no spelling errors. You would instantly know it’s a fake when there are any muddled words, misspellings, or sentences that make no sense.

Do take note that the smaller Coach products such as pouches or purses might not have a Coach creed. However, for the smaller products that do have the creed will not contain a style number or a registration number. This may be slightly confusing particularly if you want to identify whether the bag is the real thing or a knockoff.

If you can’t find a serial number on the creed patch, fret not as Coach had transferred the numbers onto the little white labels inside the inner pocket instead of the regular creed patches.

Materials

Genuine Coach bags are made with high-quality materials such as herringbone weave, straw, denim, sateen, canvas, embossed python or crocodile leather, shantung, and patent leather. Fake materials will usually peel off or wrinkle easily. The hardware on the bag may look like it is genuinely polished nickel; however, it can be simply determined whether it’s a heavy-duty or cheaper material by tapping it with your fingernail. The difference between a solid metal and a painted plastic can be easily felt.

Another way to identify whether the Coach bag is fake is to look at the fabric of the insides. Original Coach bags are sewn with thick cotton, satin or canvas for the insides, whereas fakes’ materials on the inside may look either shiny or glossy.

Enamel hangtags and zippers

Generally, handbags that come with enamel hang tags should have a smooth finish. You can identify knockoff bags if it has raised lettering, making it a dead giveaway that it is not authentic. If it is for the leather tag, embossed lettering is very common.

The difference between the two handbags can be seen in the zipper. For the genuine purse, the zipper has the lettering “YKK” engraved into it, while the fake will not have it. However, if you are still uncertain of the authenticity, simply check out how the purse zips. The genuine ones will most likely zip smoothly and easily without much tugging. This is because; the stitching is perfect, and you should never find the zipper being caught on a seam or a stitch.

Other things to look out for

The product should look neat and sturdy without having it slouched to one side or lopsided. The cause of this is either the uneven lousy stitching or low-quality material. Coach will always use a leather or suede trim instead of leather or shiny plastic. You can tell the difference between leather and plastic in person, based on its smell.

In addition to the product itself, the packaging should also not be overlooked as sometimes that’s the first thing that gives the product away. For dust bags, the logo should appear on the bottom right instead of in the centre. In general, Coach bags are wrapped in thin sheets of quality paper with a gold Coach logo sticker on it.

Lastly, if the manufacturing country says China; it does not indicate that it is fake. The reason is that most Coach products are crafted from there. However, China-made products can also be a show sign that the product might be fake and it is more deceiving than you’d think.

As we talk about buying authentic Coach products online, it’s wise to purchase them from credible merchants such as Zalora and Farfetch. Save big with Zalora’s promo code or Farfetch vouchers for your Coach purchases! Besides purchasing online, you can also shop for the brand’s products at Coach Outlet Singapore in IMM, VivoCity, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Paragon, Jewel Changi Airport, and more!

Can you buy Coach online?

Absolutely! Coach leather goods aren’t just available at physical stores but also on online fashion retailers. Shop from fashion marketplaces like Zalora, Reebonz, Farfetch, and Giglio where you can purchase Coach items at a fraction of their retail price. Apply vouchers during checkout to save even more on your Coach purchase!

How much is a Coach bag in Singapore?

The price of a Coach bag starts as low as S$88 for a preloved satchel bag on Style Tribute and can go as high as S$2,087, which is a beige-coloured Double Swagger Tote on Farfetch. Below is a price table of some best selling Coach bags in Singapore.

Coach Bag

Price

Store

Coach Charlie Bucket 21 Bag

S$ 580.46

Farfetch

Coach Parker TOP Handle Tote

S$ 882.02

Farfetch

Coach Courier Crossbody Bag

S$ 283.15

Farfetch

Coach Monogram Medium Tote Bag

S$ 165.00

Style Tribute

Coach Baby Blue Leather Satchel Bag

S$ 88.00

Style Tribute

Coach Black Rivington Belt Bag

S$ 445.97

Ssense

Coach Black Rivington Backpack

S$ 899.01

Ssense

Coach 1941 Turnlock Clutch Crossbody Bag

S$ 559.23

Shopbop

Coach 1941 Colorblock Rambler Crossbody Bag

S$ 417.65

Shopbop

Coach Charlie 27 Carryall Tote

S$ 814.06

Farfetch

How can you tell if a Coach wallet is real?

Since Coach’s name rose to prominence in the leather goods market, it has opened the doors for the infiltration of Coach counterfeits. So it is sometimes inevitable to come across fake Coach wallets sold by online merchants. Here are some quick tips to help you identify whether your Coach wallet is authentic or not:

  1. Check for any glue residue inside and outside of the wallet.
  2. The double “C” logo should have two C’s facing each other and appear symmetrical; the logo shouldn’t look crooked.
  3. Inspect the stitching - the seams should be straight, and no threads are falling out.

To avoid falling into the trap of obtaining a fake Coach wallet, there are two things to keep in mind when purchasing a Coach wallet online:

  1. Verify the wallet’s serial numbers or request for proof of purchase from the seller; To be on the safe side, purchase from an authorised Coach sales associate or retailer.
  2. Perform a price comparison of the wallet with the same model shown on the official site. As of 2020, the price of Coach wallets and cardholders ranges from S$117 to S$549 on Zalora. Any Coach wallet priced below this range may be a fake product.

Does Coach have a smartwatch?

Coach has been crafting watches for as long as they started introducing other fashion items like shoes, sunglasses, and jewellery. As such, Coach quickly caught up with the smartwatch trend by releasing the modernistic Coach Bleecker smartwatch that is disguised as an analogue timepiece. It features basic activity tracking, numerous smartphone notification options, and 3-day battery life on a full charge.

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