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post #1 of 90
Thread Starter 
UPDATE > This has been turned into a wiki you can now help edit -> Spotting Fake Burberry

 

 

Working at an upper-end retailer that sells Burberry, I've seen enough fakes to last me a lifetime. I don't know if they are un-aware of it, or if they just don't care. Here is a quick guide to help you avoid or spot some common fakes, especially the Polo’s.

First, Let's start off with the basics. Always remember that the Burberry Nova Check (this is the correct term for the 'plaid') is always symmetrical, especially in Handbags and Small Leather Goods, this means that the pattern will always line up. The check has ONLY three thick faint navy stripes crosshatching each other. In between the stripes, there is a white filling that is also faint. Also, the red thinner stripes cross exactly in the middle of the blue check. There is also a pic below to help you out. Note how the whole handbag is symmetrical, from the handles, to the Check. Also remember that Burberrys handbags (in the Nova Check) are always over-sized. If you see a really tiny version of the check, it's most likely a fake.



Next, the logo. Look at the BURBERRY LONDON tag above. The best way to point out a Burberry Font is the rat-tails on the R's. The font will look like this always, even on the buttons of a Burberry shirt, or pant.



I'm going to show you a Burberry Polo, and compare an authentic to a fake.
Right here you can see that the trim of the check below the collar is leveled on the real one. And on the fake one, it's diagonal. The diagonal check is not used on polo’s, unless its on the trim INSIDE the shirt and not usually visible if someone is wearing it. The Nova Check inside the lining of a jacket or trench should always run horizontal, and vertical. NOT Diagonally.



Next, there is the Equestrian Knight logo. On the real one, the horse actually looks like a horse, and is more defined. On the fake one, the horse looks really fat, and deformed.



Additionally, there is the all-important hangtag. Remember that the hangtag is meant to be cut off with a scissors or other object. It's pretty hard to take it off by tugging and pulling. If you cut/tug the tag off, it's almost impossible to properly attach it back on the way it was. When returning a Burberry item back to Saks (it didn't fit) I literally had to hand-tie the tag back on, it looked goofy because the string also started to unravel.
Also, the connector in the fake one is most likely a counterfeit one. But I do know that the Burberry Nova Check Handbags come with the same connector, but the tag itself is not navy, its a caramel/brown color.




Alright, that's it. I didn't get too much into it, just the basics. But if you feel like adding anything in, or if you need to correct me, do so in a post please


FYI.. BURBERRY will be 150 years old this year. That's older than Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Versace and Dolce...

post #2 of 90

Re: The Basics of Spotting Fake BURBERRY

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Originally Posted by Kam1645
Working at an upper-end retailer that sells Burberry, I've seen enough fakes to last me a lifetime. I don't know if they are un-aware of it, or if they just don't care. Here is a quick guide to help you avoid or spot some common fakes, especially the Polo’s.

First, Let's start off with the basics. Always remember that the Burberry Nova Check (this is the correct term for the 'plaid') is always symmetrical, especially in Handbags and Small Leather Goods, this means that the pattern will always line up. The check has ONLY three thick faint navy stripes crosshatching each other. In between the stripes, there is a white filling that is also faint. Also, the red thinner stripes cross exactly in the middle of the blue check. There is also a pic below to help you out. Note how the whole handbag is symmetrical, from the handles, to the Check. Also remember that Burberrys handbags (in the Nova Check) are always over-sized. If you see a really tiny version of the check, it's most likely a fake.



Next, the logo. Look at the BURBERRY LONDON tag above. The best way to point out a Burberry Font is the rat-tails on the R's. The font will look like this always, even on the buttons of a Burberry shirt, or pant.



I'm going to show you a Burberry Polo, and compare an authentic to a fake.
Right here you can see that the trim of the check below the collar is leveled on the real one. And on the fake one, it's diagonal. The diagonal check is not used on polo’s, unless its on the trim INSIDE the shirt and not usually visible if someone is wearing it. The Nova Check inside the lining of a jacket or trench should always run horizontal, and vertical. NOT Diagonally.



Next, there is the Equestrian Knight logo. On the real one, the horse actually looks like a horse, and is more defined. On the fake one, the horse looks really fat, and deformed.



Additionally, there is the all-important hangtag. Remember that the hangtag is meant to be cut off with a scissors or other object. It's pretty hard to take it off by tugging and pulling. If you cut/tug the tag off, it's almost impossible to properly attach it back on the way it was. When returning a Burberry item back to Saks (it didn't fit) I literally had to hand-tie the tag back on, it looked goofy because the string also started to unravel.
Also, the connector in the fake one is most likely a counterfeit one. But I do know that the Burberry Nova Check Handbags come with the same connector, but the tag itself is not navy, its a caramel/brown color.




Alright, that's it. I didn't get too much into it, just the basics. But if you feel like adding anything in, or if you need to correct me, do so in a post please


FYI.. BURBERRY will be 150 years old this year. That's older than Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Versace and Dolce...
Wow.. Thanks for the info.
there is way much fake bureberrys.
It's hard to find real ones expect from the department store.
post #3 of 90
Thanks Kam1645 for all the info...it is very helpful!

This topic should be a STICKY!!!
post #4 of 90
I second the sticky motion - definitely will reference this

I love Burberry.
post #5 of 90
Wow, great info. Thanks!!!
post #6 of 90
Awesome..thanks!!
post #7 of 90
Thank you very very much! I don't search for burberry online but I know this will be very helpful!
post #8 of 90
thank you!!
i love burberry too but after buying a fake off ebay i was apprehensive of going back on ebay to find something real!
post #9 of 90
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Originally Posted by missmelon
I second the sticky motion - definitely will reference this

I love Burberry.
I third it! Thank you for your hard work!
post #10 of 90
It's so good to know there are others out there who loathe fake Burberry as much as I do... I own many pieces and when I see that awful teeny-tiny nova check floating around on scarves, bags, etc, I want to puke. Thanks for the great info, I hope others will put your expertise to good use!
post #11 of 90
are there any legit sellers on ebay selling Burberry polos for men?
post #12 of 90
can you give some info on differentiating fake scarves from real ones? i will definitely make this a sticky but hopefully you could do that!
post #13 of 90
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Originally Posted by jetsetter
can you give some info on differentiating fake scarves from real ones? i will definitely make this a sticky but hopefully you could do that!

Yes, scarves info, if you know of any, please!
post #14 of 90
kam1645, are you saying you see customers wearing fake burberry or you see people trying to return it? and if you're talking about people trying to return it, what do you do with it?
post #15 of 90
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by themeowmixcat
kam1645, are you saying you see customers wearing fake burberry or you see people trying to return it? and if you're talking about people trying to return it, what do you do with it?
I was talking about customer wearing it when they shop. Ironicly, most customers are under the impression that the fake Burberry that they are wearing is real. About 80% of the women/men wearing the fakes are cocky or really snobby. I just smile at them and say nothing lol.

Its pretty hard to return fake Burberry, the associates for Saks see these designers all the time and know the product, unless the fake is an A+ replica, it will most likely get spotted. And if the tags are removed, you can forget about a full refund lol.
post #16 of 90
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kam1645
Quote:
Originally Posted by themeowmixcat
kam1645, are you saying you see customers wearing fake burberry or you see people trying to return it? and if you're talking about people trying to return it, what do you do with it?
I was talking about customer wearing it when they shop. Ironicly, most customers are under the impression that the fake Burberry that they are wearing is real. About 80% of the women/men wearing the fakes are cocky or really snobby. I just smile at them and say nothing lol.

Its pretty hard to return fake Burberry, the associates for Saks see these designers all the time and know the product, unless the fake is an A+ replica, it will most likely get spotted. And if the tags are removed, you can forget about a full refund lol.
I remember I was at Bloomingdales with my mom once and she had gotten my sister a Burberry headband and it literally started to FALL APART after 2 weeks so my mom went back to see what was up with that and when we went to the counter the sales lady had to call in another manager just to look at it to make sure it was authentic and that we weren't trying to scam them, because obviously there were no tags on it or anything. It seriously took them about 15-20 minutes before they would do the return and by that time 3 people had looked at it.
post #17 of 90
hey Kam1645.... can you or anyone else goood with burberry.... check designergoodsonline.com to see if they are selling legit burberry....??? prices are really cheap... and the pic looks good and everying (all centered)
post #18 of 90
Quote:
Originally Posted by quynhdo
hey Kam1645.... can you or anyone else goood with burberry.... check designergoodsonline.com to see if they are selling legit burberry....??? prices are really cheap... and the pic looks good and everying (all centered)
I don't know if you have your answer yet, but this site was discussed somewhere else on here (I don't know how to post a thread, I'm new, sorry!), but the verdit seems that they're legit. But do a search anyway...
post #19 of 90
if it weren't for this forum i never would have noticed
but i wouldn't purchase burberry from places other than saks or the actual burberry store
post #20 of 90
Hi Kam1645,

I want to buy a Burberry bag for a present, but dunno if this seller sells authentic Burberry bag.

http://cgi.ebay.com/BURBERRY-LOLA-AU...QQcmdZViewItem

Hope you you can help me out THX,

Rush
post #21 of 90
Why did designergoodsonline close, anyone know?
post #22 of 90
Hi people, I am a friend from Singapore. Below is a photo provided by a local seller who says his Burberry polos are authentic and sold hundred over polo tees.



and the link is http://forums.hardwarezone.com/showt...2&page=1&pp=15

According to the threadstarter, Kam1645, it seems obviously the polo tee is fake but I will just like to double assure. First of all, the font "R" looks fake according to what was mentioned above. Secondly, the Nova check is diagonal and lastly, the hangtag is just hooded onto the button, can be easily removed and attached back. Also, from my knowledge, Burberry Golf has another logo, not the classic Equestrian Knight? It also says made in London, however the hangtag is in chinese which most probably made in Hong Kong or China instead.

Please advise. Thank you.
post #23 of 90
VERY VERY VERY VERY SUPER DUPER FAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAKE
post #24 of 90
hey kam or anyone else......I've been staring at pics for like an hour and I just can't tell.

I'd really appreciate it if you tossed in your two cents on whether or not this was real

http://www.williammccarthy.com/ebayc...urberrytag.jpg
(tag pic)
http://www.williammccarthy.com/ebayc...g/burberry.jpg
overall.

Thanks in advance, I do appreciate it.
post #25 of 90
Is all burberry made in England?
Could you help me tell if these are real or fake.

Polo Shirt




L/S with hood
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