How we Check
The in-house team of experts at The Luxury Closet is highly trained to verify the authenticity and the condition of the luxury products. They ensure that only 100% authentic items are put on sale.The evaluation process is unique with its own mix of assessment criteria and differs according to the category. Each item is evaluated based on the following combination of hallmarks, hardware, stitching, symmetry, material, craftsmanship, stamping, codes, hologram stickers, and packaging. Our authenticators also check if the items have been modified or amended (e.g., aftermarket diamonds, replaced batteries, repaired bags, etc.)
Here are some of the important areas of our authentication process:
Authenticity Cards and Information Booklets
All mounted gemstone and diamond grading are performed without removing the setting. The grading is done in consistency with GIA standards, and all gemstone weights and measurements are approximate to industry standards.
Brand, Care and Composition label
Amendments Made by Sellers
Be an Authenticator
Luxe brands use the highest quality of materials available and employ the most refined method of workmanship. This explains why counterfeit items cannot match the standards of genuine luxury products. Inspection of small details can clearly classify the difference between a genuine and a counterfeit product. Here are some tips to check for authenticity:
Stitching and Symmetry
Luxury pieces are crafted with perfection to the last stitch. If you come across uneven stitching, it is probably a fake. The brand logo and the lettering should always be in symmetry. Even though the outside of the bag might look perfectly done, you should look for clues inside.
Most products from luxury brands have unique manufacturing batch numbers. Always compare the format of the date and the font. For example, Gucci bags have a particular font, and Chanel bags have a unique serial number for every bag with the first two digits signifying the year of manufacture (eg.13XXXXXX).
All luxury brands have a specific format and font in which their logo is designed. The logo and embossing on the product can be easily cross-checked from the brand’s website. For example, check for the font on the inside of Jimmy Choo bags or for the missing MADE IN ITALY stamp right below the logo plate.
Each brand has a unique way of embossing and lettering on the bags. For example, the Gucci Guccissima leather is embossed with the GG logo and the Louis Vuitton Vernis leather is embossed with their monogram. Fake bags are usually over embossed, with much darker/deeper lettering.
If you look at the zippers, you will often find names like Lampo or Riri. These are the high-end zipper brands that luxury bag manufacturers use. For example, Dior and Balenciaga use Lampo, and Marc Jacobs uses both Lampo and Riri, while YSL has been using their own branded zippers.
Louis Vuitton uses eight 6-head screws in their bag, while Chanel uses flat heads (though some older bags have Phillip screws). Most other brands are less consistent with their type of screws, but a simple check of the quality of the screws can determine if the bag is a replica.
Our in-house certified authentication atelier is the heart of The Luxury Closet. Our authenticators are housed in a workshop that is professionally equipped with state of the art technology to provide accurate results. They go through a rigorous authentication process for each item to ensure that every item placed on The Luxury Closet is 100% authentic.
Head of Merchandising and Authentication
Silvia has worked in the luxury business for over ten years and comes armed with an extensive background in jewellery and gemology. At The Luxury Closet, she manages the authentication team wherein she provides leadership, training and operational solutions. She oversees the authentication process with complete adherence to the strict standards of authenticity.
Head Authenticator and Brand Compliance Specialist
Purva is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and a GIA Accredited Jewellery Professional. The years of working with a jewellery company and then for an auction house in California has given her expertise in authenticating gemstones and jewellery with precision.
Marco Polo Espina Bulanhagui
Lead Authenticator of Watches and Accessories
Marco hails a legacy of family watchmaking and servicing business and is the 3rd generation working in the watch industry. His extensive background in this field has helped him develop a keen eye for luxury watches and accessories.
Lead Authenticator for Handbags and Small Leather Goods
Gerardo`s knowledge of leather, hallmarks and handbag craftsmanship come supported by the fact that he has examined over 15,800 handbags so far. Years of working with luxury products have made him nothing short of a perfectionist in this field.
Lead Authenticator for Clothing
A background in Fashion Design and years in the textile industry has helped Aditi hone her skills for luxury garments. Today, her extensive knowledge of fabric, garment design and construction, as well as quality standards and norms of the apparel industry are second to none.
Are all the items sold on The Luxury Closet 100% authentic?
The Luxury Closet guarantees lifetime authenticity for all the items sold through us. Our team of authenticators check every detail to leave no space for doubt. In case of a sale of an inauthentic item, you will receive a 100% refund. The Luxury Closet will also bear the cost of return shipping.
Do the items on sale come with an authenticity card/certificate/authentication report?
Most of the items on our website come from individuals who wish to sell their pieces. Therefore, the availability of an authenticity card differs from product to product. Whether or not an item comes with an authenticity card or a certificate is stated in the product details of each item.
How do you check for authenticity?
Following a rigorous inspection process conducted by our team of in-house authenticators, we guarantee our customers utmost security and assurance when shopping at The Luxury Closet. Click here to get a sneak peek into our authentication process.
Can I get the items bought at The Luxury Closet authenticated from the store?
The Luxury Closet does not sell any product that has not passed our authentication process or quality standards. While you can be assured that all our products are authentic, you can definitely authenticate the purchase yourself or get it verified from the store.