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Michael Kors brand manufactures the bags and wallets using fabric (usually branded with MK logos) and natural leather. If you are looking at the fabric, make sure that the logo is even. It is a really common thing for me to see the logo/print displacement in counterfeited products. Even if the wallet was purchased in the outlet (or discounted) – it should always have the logo printed in the properway.
It is really difficult to authenticate leather. However, there are some basic rules that you should follow. First of all, the leather must be natural, so if you can notice the synthetic smell – it is surely a fake. Secondly, natural leather should have this delicate, silky touch. Fake leather feels a bit more like plastic.
MK brand uses hardware in two colours: silver and gold. Pay attention to the fastening of the metal elements of the product. Especially when looking at the metal plate branded with Michael Kors logo (Michael Kors EST. 1981) attached to the external part of the wallet. Make sure if it is fastened strongly and evenly. Besides, the proper and even spacing between the letters is a really important factor.
Another metal element that we should examine is the zip fastener: the cursor with the branded tag – to be more precise.
MK uses YKK branded zip fasteners. Sometimes you can meet „no name” coursors without any logo or simply with a number 8 engraved or stamped on it. Anyway – the coursor should work smoothly. It should always flow perfectly and it can’t block suddenly.
The plate attached to the coursor should be Michael Kors branded on both sides. The inscription must be stamped in metal precisely. You should be alarmed if the font or the way it was stamped is different than the one at the metal plate attached to the wallet. Also if the spacing between the letters is uneven or one of the letters appears lower or higher than the rest – you definitely hold a fake product in your hands.
And last but not least: if the zip fastener’s colour is gold and the other piece of hardware like circle key chain is silver – be sure it is a fake.
Dimensions of the paper tag attached to the wallet are: 42 mm (width) x 89 mm (height). It is pale brown branded with white „MICHAEL Michael Kors” logo. On the reverse side it is branded with the same logo but white and you should find there information like: bar code and serial number defining the model, colour and materials used to produce it, the name of particular model and information if it is fabric or leather that was used. The tag is very often perforated on the bottom so that you can easily detach the price from the tag.
They must be even. There is absolutely no place for any irregularities. Make sure that the ending of the seams perfect and that the seams does not finish somewhere suddenly(it must flow accurately from the starting point to the finish line).
Wallets are small and so are the pockets, therefore the s– if made improperly – can easily get ripped. Remember that the threads should be exactly the same color as the rest of the wallet, so in case of examining blue leather wallet – all threads should also be blue.
One detail about the fakes that you should keep in mind is that very often the threads’ endings are singed to avoid unstiching and that is unacceptable in original MK products.
I don’t want to focus here on the pockets but on two other details. At first let’s have a look at the lining – it can be beige or black. Pay attention to the logos – if they are uneven, probably the whole wallet is a fake.
The last thing applies to the „Michael Kors” logo stamped in leather. Always check if the spacing is even and if the inscription is straight and stamped regularly. And what really often appears in fakes – if there are no misprints or spelling mistakes.
You will find them inside the wallet, placed on the tiny silicone tag together with information on the country of production (it can be Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Korea, USA, sometimes also Italy). The code consists of 1 or 2 letters and 4 numbers. In some models, under the silicone insert you will find another white insert with the serial number – exactly the same as the one printed on the paper tag attached to the wallet. However, this is not a rule so don’t worry if you cannot find the white insert inside your wallet.