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How To Authenticate Burberry Handbags

Burberry handbags exude style, class and are actually quite the investment! One can almost (but not quite) understand why so many produce counterfeit ‘designer’ items in hopes of imitating the allure of iconic Burberry handbags. Sadly, in today’s time, there are more producers of fake ‘designer’ items that are often sold for way more than they’re worth. The worst part? Hard-working fashionistas end up being ripped off, and utterly unaware of it until they attempt to resell their item to an authentication focused store (yup, like us). But, if you know Luxity at all, you’ll know that we only do 100% authentic luxury items – and for good reason! Authentic Burberry handbags are made with high-quality materials, designs and have perfect craftsmanship that is simply impossible to emulate. So, we’ve gathered some useful tips to authenticate Burberry handbags, so you won’t get bamboozled!


Burberry Handbags in South Africa The first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about the brand is their iconic Burberry check print. Often, this is the first signifier of authenticity too – which is why it’s important to become familiar with the brand’s prints. The two most popular Burberry patterns are the HAYMARKET CHECK and the NOVA CHECK.

Burberry Haymarket Classic Check

Burberry Print The Classic Check pattern features a tan base background, decorated with black, white and red horizontal and vertical stripes and a faded knight insignia positioned at the intersection of two red lines as seen above.

Burberry Nova Check

Nova Print The Nova Check pattern is similar. The background has a light yellow undertone, and the lines that are red in the Classic Check pattern have a pinkish hue instead (as seen above). Furthermore, the Nova Check pattern does not have the faded knight insignia.

Other Burberry Patterns

Limited edition rainbow print Although, there are many different variations that the brand has experimented with, for example, the limited-edition rainbow check print that Burberry released in support of LGBTQ. However, we must encourage you to take precaution when it comes to other unpopular creative deviations as they may be a counterfeit signifier. What’s more, try to avoid any bags that are missing specific pattern elements, or that include additions to these traditional patterns. Ensure that squares created by the intersecting lines are neat and even. A sloppy pattern indicates a low-quality fake. Lastly, if you’re unsure, check the pattern on the bag against a photograph of a verified authentic Burberry website.


Burberry craftsmanship Burberry is well-known for its high-quality materials and craftsmanship, as soon as you see a poor stitching job or excess glue – run! So, we encourage you to get up close and personal with your Burberry bag and check out how it’s sewn together. From the handle to the lining inside the bag, the stitching should be straight, neat, even and clean with no loose threads. If anything looks messy or not quite right, you could be looking at a fake.


Burberry leather label Most Burberry bags contain either a metal plaque or a leather tag. The metal plaque should match the colour of the bags outside hardware along with an engraving of ‘Burberry – London’ in the brand’s signature font. However, if the item says made in Poland, Romania, India, Spain, Italy, USA or China – don’t be alarmed, there are Burberry factories all over the world, they even contract other high-end clothing makers in different areas to make items for them. Instead one can inspect the text, the signature Burberry font is very distinctive. The left side of the U and the Y are slightly wider, and the R’s have small tails. Also, check that the logo is centred and that any stitching is aligned and neat. Additionally, most new and authentic Burberry handbags feature a style number on the reverse of the ‘Made in’ label.

Where To Buy It

Burberry South Africa If you’re looking for authentic luxury items in sketchy alleyways or questionable websites, then you can expect nothing but low-quality fake for high prices. For authentic Burberry, only purchase from official Burberry stores or authentic designer resellers like Luxity, where we promise genuine luxury items – or nothing! Ready to look at authentic Burberry handbags? Visit us at one of our flagship stores in Cape Quarter, Cape Town and Melrose Arch, Johannesburg or browse through our convenient online store filled with more AUTHENTIC luxury brands.