How do you tell a fake vs genuine MCM bag? Especially in recent years, when the brand has regained popularity, numerous copies of the famous MCM bag have been circulating on the market again. So that you can avoid a fake purchase, we have summarized the most important features for you.
Clues to tell fake vs genuine MCM bag
CHECK THE LABEL ON YOUR MCM BAG
The MCM label is an important authenticity feature and can expose a few plagiarisms through small but important details.
Only a few bags and accessories do not have this characteristic brass plate. It is rectangular, has rounded corners and the original MCM lettering always runs in double lines.
Under the lettering is the emblem with the typical laurel branch provided with a bow. It is worth taking a closer look here, because with original products there are always exactly nine leaves on the left side of the loop, while there are only eight leaves on the right.
If this feature does not match, it is very likely that it is not a real MCM bag. There is usually a centered “R” underneath the laurels and the lettering “MÜNCHEN” underneath. Your eagle eye is also in demand here, because the dots of the “Ü” are always attached above the “M” in original products.
The writing on the brass plate, if attached on the outside, is never blackened in the original condition. If your bag has a blackened font, this can be a clear indication of a counterfeit.
The engraved code, which is usually on the bottom of the label, usually consists of one letter and four digits, but on vintage models it can happen that the code consists of only one combination of digits.
The MCM shield is almost always attached with screws. Also make sure that the screws are countersunk and do not protrude. With newer models it is also possible that the sign was not fastened with screws, but with a kind of rivets. because the dots of the “Ü” are always attached above the “M” in original products.
LOOK CLOSELY AT THE PATTERN AND MONOGRAM
Of course, original MCM bags are handmade and thus made with the highest quality. Therefore, pay close attention to the transitions of the monograms.
Many counterfeits lack a seamless transition and matching of the pattern. In the case of original products, however, the monograms always run perfectly and the transition fits perfectly with the previous course. Also take a closer look at the seams. These should always be neatly processed and have exactly the same distance from the edge.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE HANDLES AND METAL APPLICATIONS
Usually, the hangers of an MCM bag, to which the handles are attached, always have the shape of an “H”. The MCM logo is usually on the crossbar of the handle hangers, not in the form of an “H”, but instead of an “H”. Since 2014, however, bags have also been produced, an “O” was used. Here the logo was engraved vertically on the hanger. Also pay attention to the different metal applications of the bag. Models with a shoulder strap almost always have an engraving with the MCM logo on the adjustment buckle.
TAKE A LOOK AT THE WARRANTY CARD
To protect itself against counterfeiting, MCM, like many other labels, has launched a guarantee card. When you purchase original products, you always get them automatically. The card is given together with care instructions in a black envelope with the MCM logo. The card contains the product number of the item, among other things.