How To Spot A Fake Goyard And How To Choose A Great Goyard St Louis Tote Replica

The Goyard Saint Louis tote is by far the most popular Goyard bag and it comes in two sizes: PM and GM. This is a super popular bag yet I do not see it on the streets as much as I do Louis Vuitton Neverfulls due to the exclusivity of the brand: Goyard has only 29 boutiques around the world and they do not sell directly online, or even display their catalog online. This approach seems almost strange in our tech crazed world where we are used to getting what we want when we want, and usually what we want is available online.

Even with this tight approach to selling, Goyard St. Louis tote is a favorite amongst celebs and handbag lovers around the world. I think these are the bag’s strongest points: it is versatile, lightweight and extremely functional. You can use the Goyard fake St Louis tote as an everyday bag, as a shopping bag, as a traveling bag, as a diaper bag or even as a beach bag as these celebs show:

This article is dedicated towards those are either trying to buy a pre-owned Goyard and want to know how to differentiate a fake Goyard from a real Goyard, or those who want to know what key features they need to pay attention to when shopping for a replica Goyard St. Louis Tote.


How to Tell if YOUR Goyard is Fake?

1) Check the Canvas.

Learning to differentiate a fake Goyard has become more difficult now than it was previously because of a big change Goyard made in the year 2006 when they stopped hand-painting every single dot on their bags and starting using stencils instead to keep up with the large customer demand. As you may expect, many Goyard customers were not pleased with the changes and honestly who can blame them? When you buy an authentic Goyard, for which you are paying top dollar, it is fair to say you expect excellent value in exchange.

This vintage Goyard Steamer Trunk shows off the beauty of the handpainted detail that the bags used to have.

You can see how the dot work on this vintage wallet was varied since it was hand painted.

This is the Goyard bag’s modern texture which shows more uniform dotting due to the use of stencils.

If you look at the older authentic Goyard trunk or the vintage wallet above you and focus on the spots, you will notice that the print is quite different from the modern St Louis totes. The Chevron print used to be messy and imperfect which many argue was actually a good thing because it gave Goyard pieces more character and made each piece truly unique. Before Goyard switched over to stenciled dotting, the easiest way to know how to spot a fake Goyard was to check to see if the pattern was “too perfect”. As one would expect, replica manufacturers didn’t hand paint their fake Goyard totes, so the differences between Goyard bags replica and the authentic were easily noticeable. This made buying a pre-owned Goyard a lot easier, and buying a good knockoff almost impossible.

To this day controversy reigns amongst Goyard fans, many of whom are still complaining about the print being too perfect. This homogeneity makes all the Goyard St Louis totes look too much alike, and take away the charm that the hand painted vintage models had. To add salt to the wound, Goyard also started charging more for their bags even though they stopped hand-painting them which seems to make little sense since their labour costs clearly went down, so it was only natural for this question to arise: are the bags still worth it?

Well on one hand you can’t really blame Goyard. As a company they had demand and their supply was clearly not cutting it ever since their bag entered the mainstream conscious and there were many orders began coming their way. Using stencils was a faster way to make their bags, and they are a business at the end of the day. However the fact that they also increased the prices was what really irked many, myself including.

Honestly if I were to answer the question posed two paragraphs ago, I’d say that if I really wanted a Goyard I would not go for a brand new authentic. I would go for a vintage piece that was still hand painted as I believe the hand painted bags represented the true artistry of the brand. However if I were aching for a brand new bag, I’d go for a fake since there are good replicas of the bag out there. In fact I did a review on one previously which you can read by clicking here. When looking to purchase a Goyard replica these are the most important things you should look for in the canvas:

1. It should have a bumpy texture as if it were actually hand-painted: If you can’t feel the raised bumps, the bag is not a counter quality replica. It’s simply not true that all replica Goyard bags have a smooth surface because they have the pattern printed on the material. If you are buying the bag online, it’s essential to see a close-up photo of the canvas. If the seller is not willing to provide a close up shot, don’t buy it since it is probably a bad fake.
2. It should not look extremely shiny: The bag should not have a plastic-y look and feel as if it were made from cheap vinyl and cheap cotton.


2) Check the STAMP.

If you really want to learn how to tell a fake Goyard, you should also check the embossed stamp. Usually replica Goyard St Louis totes have an imperfect stamp, even if the canvas looks essentially perfect. This tip is mostly useful to those who are trying to authenticate their Goyard. To make it easier for you to visualize, here is a photo of a real and fake interior stamp:

 

A fake Goyard interior stamp. The font is clearly off and the logo is not stamped correctly.

An authentic Goyard interior stamp that is clean and matches the company’s logo.

You’ll notice that for most fake Goyard bags they either don’t use the right font, the letters are too close together or they are too deeply embossed into the leather.


 3) FEEL THE WEIGHT OF THE BAG.

Real Goyard St Louis totes are known for being extremely lightweight due to the materials they are constructed with which include: resin-coated canvas for the exterior and cotton/linen fabric for the interior. By lifting up the bag and checking the weight you could cut your authentication process short if you notice anything unusual. If the bag is on the heavy side, then it’s probably a fake Goyard. The only drawback with this tip is that this assessment is only possible if you already have the bag in person.


4) CHECK THE STITCHING OF THE BAG.

Pay attention to the color of the stitching of the bag. Black Goyard bags feature black stitching while ALL the other colors have white stitching. Also remember to check to see if there is a white stitch in the middle at the end of the handle tabs for all colors other than black bags which should have black stitching down the middle of the handle tabs. Of course, if the stitching is sloppy and messy that’s a dead giveaway and a sign the bag you are looking at is not only fake but a very bad fake at that.

As is important to check with all bags, make sure the stitch work is clean on the Goyard bag you are judging.


5) CHECK THE SERIAL NUMBER.

The Goyard St Louis tote comes with a detachable pouch which is something you must check and which will quickly be able to tell you if you have a fake on your hands.  There should be a serial number on the interior of the pouch for older St. Louis totes. For the newer styles, the serial number should be on the end of the leather strap that attaches the pouch to the bag. The numbers are small and discreetly embossed. If the bag you have has no serial number it is definitely a fake.

The serial number on the interior of a Goyard pouch.

The serial number on the end of the strap connecting the pouch to the bag.


6) CHECK THE HARDWARE.

The hardware is minimal on Goyard bags and wallets, but as you know every detail on the bag important if you want to learn how to tell if a Goyard bag is fake. The logo is engraved on the snap button of the detachable pouch, and the words “Goyard” and “Paris” should be visible on the interior of the metallic snap button.

Both the words “Goyard” and “Paris” are clearly visible.


FINAL THOUGHTS:

I have yet to see a replica Goyard bag that knocks every one of these requirements out of the park, however there are some that come close like this bag I previously reviewed. Overall regardless of whether you are shopping for an authentic Goyard St. Louis or a knockoff, these six characteristics are very important in order to help you recognize whether the bag is fake, and if it is fake how good or bad of a fake it is!

Balenciaga Classic City (Metallic Edge) Replica Bag Review

Hey everyone! So last year as part of my bi-annual replica bag haul I scored a Balenciaga Classic City in taupe gris with the metallic edge detailing. The real bag retails for $2,490 on Barney’s and is completely sold out on Balenciaga’s official website. The bag is super luxe yet very functional at the same time. The shoulder strap the bag comes with makes it a no fuss bag in the sense that you can simply throw it on your shoulder and go out. I’ve always personally had a soft spot for bags with shoulder straps since they make carrying the bag so easy, and help add a nonchalant vibe to your overall look as these celebs showcase while carrying the bag:

Celebs carrying different Balenciaga bags

Another aspect of the bag I love is all the small details starting with the braided handles. I think that the braided handles add such a defining touch to all of Balenciaga’s models and really think it is one of those signature touches that can help you easily identify the brand. The braided handles add a beautiful sense of femininity to an otherwise very tom-boyish bag in my opinion. Another defining feature of Balenciaga’s classic bags are the tassels. There are tassels on every zipper of the bag (on the top and the front) and this is another signature design feature which screams Balenciaga to me.

The bag retails for $2,490 on Barney’s New York site.

Balenciaga bags are also very slinky. The bag does not stand up easily on its own since the leather is so supple, and it slouches quite easily. I really think that the slinkiness adds to the overall carefree vibe that exudes from the bag. The leather on the particular bag I chose is chevre which is goatskin. I have to say this is the first chevre leather bag I have ever owned and the grain on the leather is magnificent. The texture is matte with a drop of shine, and looks stunning in person (pictures can’t really justify the look or supple feel).

Overall I have to say that the Balenciaga City bag is a very thoughtfully designed bag that really makes you appreciate the overall art of handbag design. I think that the bag is really functional for use on a day to day basis and have personally been using it as my go to bag for weekend shopping when I am going for a no-fuss experience. Here are more pics of the bag for you to judge:

The bag came wrapped beautifully with protective packaging around the metallic hardware to prevent it from being damaged during the shipping process.

The braided handle details are absolutely stunning and my favorite design feature of the bag.

The pull-out mirror is also a neat little feature. Even though we live in the age of digital tech. where you can pull out your phone to take a quick selfie or use the camera as a mirror (I don’t do this personally but I have seen others guilty of this act), it’s nice to have an old-school leather clad mirror available on hand in your bag!

The interior of the bag is made with a black fabric lining.

A view from the back of the bag where the detailing is visible. Also I think this picture does a great job of showcasing the suppleness of the leather!

A close-up of the zipper & hardware. As I have mentioned over and over on the blog the hardware, zippers, and stitching usually point to how well a bag is made. This is what often separates a good fake from a bad one. As the picture above displays the stitching, and hardware are all on point.

The strap comes in super handy if you want to simply wear the bag as opposed to having to carry it. The strap is a bit longer compared to its authentic counterpart, however this is a minor difference I can live with.

The interior tag inside the bag that is stamped with the Balenciaga logo.

As you can see there is a serial number on the back of the tag that correlates with Balenciaga’s authentic serial # system. “Made in Italy” is also stamped in the bag!

The interior zipper of the bag is pull out on both sides make it easy to access the top zipper.

Another closeup showcasing the beautiful grain of the chevre leather as well as the lovely stitch detailing.

This picture shows a top view of the bag where you can see the tassels on the top zipper as well!

Overall I love this bag, and it is an excellent replica in relation to leather, stitching, hardware quality, and overall craftsmanship (9.5/10). However if I were to share one gripe about the bag it would be that I went with the metallic edge detailing. It is very fun and really stands out, especially when you consider the contrast between the leather and hardware, however if I were to pick again I’d go for a black bag with all black hardware or silver hardware which would have more of a subdued look. A new Classic City bag is actually on my 2018 bag wishlist so I’ll have to order one and let you guys know how it turns out!