Hello there! If I was able to convince you on my last post that Cath Kidston bags are a good buy and not really made for grannies, chances are, you’re eager to grab one for yourself. But be wary, because there are lots of fake Cath Kidston bags out there: there are lots in Greenhills and even in online shops! While buying from the Cath Kidston website or from a Cath Kidston boutique is the most ideal, I know that some of you may be in a budget or would want to be practical and buy pre-loved items (at alam naman nating lahat that I love ukay, so I don’t want to be prissy and tell you that buying directly from the Cath Kidston website or a Cath Kidston boutique is the only way to go). Like what I always say, “Mas OK nang second hand kesa peke.” But what’s worse is buying a fake, pre-loved “Cath Kidston” kuno, tapos proud na proud ka pang dala-dala ‘yun, ‘di ba? Thus, I thought of writing a post on how you could EASILY recognize an authentic or a fake Cath Kidston bag.
With my recent Cath Kidston bag-hoard direct from London (through Motherhood), I guess I can be an authority on how to spot the real from the not (I wonder when the day that I will be able to easily recognize an authentic Birkin will come. Hehe). Now, let me do the honor of sharing it with you.
Anyway, here’s a photo of two Cath Kidston Carryall bags. One of them is a fake, while the other is authentic. Can you guess which is fake and which is authentic?
At first glance, it would be difficult to determine which is authentic and which one is the fake. It used to be that I thought fake Cath Kidstons were shiny, while the authentic ones were matte. However, I realized that there really were shiny authentic Cath Kidston bags, depending on the material that was used. But do remember, too, that most “Cath Kidston” bags I saw being sold at Greenhills had shiny finishes. So if I were you and I’m gonna buy my Cath Kidston bag, I’ll buy one that has a matte finish.
Anyway, back to identifying a fake from an authentic Cath Kidston. I have two telltale signs for you, but these two will be more than enough.
First, check the front logo.
Take a look at these logos:
The logo at the top is the logo of the fake Cath Kidston, whereas the logo at the bottom is the logo of the authentic Cath Kidston. Notice that the logo of the fake Cath seems to have “air” inside and is kulubot, whereas the authentic Cath’s logo is laid flat on the bag. And that’s not just because the fake Cath Kidston is old while the authentic one is new. Let me show you the logo of my one-year old, frequently used Cath Kidston bag vis-a-vis the logo of the fake Cath Kidston:
See how the logo of a very-much used Cath Kidston bag is still lying flat against the bag?
And lastly, check the label inside the bag.
There is a big disparity between the inside label of fake and authentic Cath Kidston bags, that I don’t think I still need to describe them in detail.
Look at the label of the fake Cath Kidston:
Now look at the label inside an authentic Cath Kidston Caryall:
Now here’s another collage, this time with the inside label of my old, authentic Cath Kidston Day Bag:
I hope you noticed that:
- the label of the fake Cath Kidston bag is like only one folded strip of thin satiny cloth, whereas the there are two thicker and unfolded/discrete satiny cloth in the authentic ones
- the color of the writing of the fake Cath Kidston bag is all orange-y red (na parang nauubusan na ng ink), while the color of the writing in authentic’s label is a bold red and blue, na mukhang marami pang ink yung printer. 😉
- obviously, the words and font styles and font sizes of the fake and authentic bags’ are very different.
As for the quality of the fabric used, I still can’t say how to distinguish a fake from an authentic Cath Kidston because Cath Kidston bags vary in material. But I guess the signs I mentioned will help you a lot in determining whether your Cath is the real deal.