Fakecheck: So you know a real Goyard bag
French extravagance, an elegant appearance and outstanding workmanship – the Goyard bag is the luxury bag, which has established itself as a favorite secret tip among fashion lovers. The French traditional company embellished the bags in an unmistakable logotype, but has not become a mass commodity thanks to minimal advertising and marketing measures, which increases the desire just under old fashion havens. What makes the Goyard Shopper a particularly popular luxury bag is not the unmistakable design and a very high price level, it is also very difficult to get hold of. Exclusively in exclusive Goyard boutiques, the luxury bags are nowhere sold – only online you have the chance to get a second hand or vintage copy. This special feature is often used by the black bunnies of the fashion industry – plagiarism is particularly widespread, and since it is hard to make a comparison because Goyard boutiques are not on every corner, a lot of care is required when buying a Goyard Shopper.
We’ve collected the most important points, tips and tricks for you, so you can get an original and not a victim of plagiarism when buying your Goyard bag:
The shape and sizes of Goyard bags
Sometimes it is the most obvious things that betray a bad fake – the size is often one of the things that is forgotten to be checked. If you know in which sizes original Goyard Shoppers are produced, and the present bag deviates, you need not go into the detail. For example, the famous Goyard St. Louis Shopper is available in just two sizes – once the smaller Goyard St. Louis PM in size 28 cm x 48 cm x 15 cm (including Henkel) and once as a larger version Goyard St Louis Gm in the dimensions 33 cm x 58 cm x 18 cm (also included Henkel). So grab a tape measure and miss as much as possible, or let you send your photos when you buy it online.
Materials from Goyard bags
All Goyard Shoppers are made from the in-house fabric Goyardine. Goyardine is a dyed textile, which consists of cotton, linen and hemp and is subsequently coated and thus made resistant. This gives the bag a slightly leathery, shiny look that is typical of the Goyard Shoppers. If the Goyard bag is matt or reminds you of the Louis Vuitton typical canvas finger! Just those are common mistakes that are happening to counterfeiters.
Colors of Goyard Bags
Goyard lovers appreciate the color diversity of the iconic luxushoppers. In a total of 10 colors, there is something for every taste and every outfit. The Goyardine is made in a brown / black tone, white, light and dark blue, gray, yellow, orange, red, green and a purple / red tone. There are no other colors and color combinations. If you encounter a pink model, you can assume that it is a plagiarism, because this color is fake.
The canvas by Goyard Bags
Meanwhile it is more difficult than ever to distinguish a genuine Goyard Shopper from a fake one. The reason for this is, among other things, that Goyard made a fundamental change in 2006: Instead of painting the Goyardine by hand, Goyard began to use Stencils for the iconic print – so they could keep pace with the growing demand. The fact that many regular customers were annoyed by this change is understandable, finally, one expects for such a high price even the best processing. In addition, despite the quality reduction, the price has been increased, which makes Vintage Goyard bags and second hand models so desirable for many Goyard fans.
In the older models, it was much easier to say what an original Goyard bag and what a fake is – the counterfeiters did not hand-paint their bags, of course, and the difference to the genuine luxury bag was enormous. So be careful with your Goyard St. Louis Shopper – the model from before 2006, the print should not look too perfect. But also with newer models the iconic Goyard St. Louis Shopper, the fabric feels uneven, as if it were hand-painted. When shopping on the net, you should therefore ask the seller for close-up photos, on which the texture of the bag can be seen, especially if it is a Goyard Shopper with Stencildruck.
The stamp of Goyard bags
Another sign for a fake Goyard Shopper is an unclean stamp. A real stamp always says “GOYARD PARIS MADE IN FRANCE” in three lines and is always straight, balanced and evenly punctured. Also the spacing between the lines should be the same size and the lettering in the typical Goyard font. The most common mistake is a wrong font and / or a too deep embossing of the fire stamp.
The seams of Goyard bags
Here, the same rule applies, as for all bags in the higher price frame – the seams should always be straight, balanced and parallel to the edge of the bag. Irregularities or crooked seams reveal many designer pocket plagiarism and are often also extremely obvious. Another important detail in the stitching of Goyard St. Louis shoppers is the color of the seams. The black / brown version of the bag always has a black seam, while the other colors are always embroidered with a white seam. In addition, at the end of the handle, a vertical seam should be located directly in the middle – again straight and even.
The hardware of Goyard bags
The use of hardware is limited to Goyard bags to the minimum. However, here the devil is in the details and a particularly accurate look is required here to distinguish an original Goyard St.Louis Shopper from a plagiarism. For example, the Goyard logo is engraved on the toggle switch of the inside pouch and the words “Goyard” and “Paris” should be located on the inside of the metallic toggle switch. Zippers do not have an obvious branding, but an embossed “G” can occur. These can be easily opened and reopened with original Goyard bags and should slide smoothly. In addition, of course, the hardware always feels heavy and luxurious and should look appropriate. Poor counterfeits often use only plastic parts, which are scratched or even peeled off after a short time.
The inner lining of Goyard bags
The inner lining of Goyard bags is a simple, taut cotton twill, which in most cases is trimmed with a jacquard fabric. If a Jaquard fabric is available, the word “GOYARD” is in uppercase letters. Again, the stitching should be perfect and straight.
The personalization of Goyard bags
Goyard allows its customers a very comprehensive personalization of the bags – many use these to give their Goyard Shoppers a personal touch. If you come across a personalized model when buying a second hand, you should of course know which versions of the design can exist. The following variations of personalization are possible with Goyard bags:
- – Initials: A maximum of four letters can be inserted between the two fonts.
- – Deco: A total of 11 options are available here, so go to the official website of Goyard – here you can virtually create your own personal print and, in case of doubt, make a comparison with the second hand purchase if the existing pattern is legitimate.
- – Colors: A total of 17 colors are available, while two colors can be used or the bag can be decorated in one color. Again, a look at the personalization page on the Goyard website is recommended.
In general, personalized bags are cheaper than bare models when buying second hand.
The serial number of Goyard bags
On older models of the Goyard Shoppers , the serial number is on the inside of the enclosed Pouch inside the bag. On newer models, however, the serial number is at the end of the leather strap that connects the pouch and bag. The serial number is in both cases small and discreetly encrusted. However, a stamped Serial number never a 100% guarantee, because these are now also falsified well and therefore should not be the only one, where you can determine the authenticity of your Goyard Shoppers.
The dust bag and the packaging of Goyard bags
A new Goyard Shopper always comes in a simple, tan dust bag with logos and a simple, unprinted brown box. Older models had a brown dust bag, in the same color as the boxes. When buying a second hand, a dust bag and a box is always a good sign, but you should not just rely on it.
The price of Goyard bags
Also a used, older bag from such an exclusive luxury brand as Goyard will have a proud price. If the price is disproportionate to the condition and age of the bag, keep your fingers away. Compare the prices of your favorite bag and have a realistic price frame in mind before you actually make a purchase. In general, the purchase of designer goods is always only at legitimate boutiques or onlineshops – at Catchys you will find a rich selection of second hand or sale deals for Chloé bags – all shops have been tested and offer authenticity guarantee and buyer protection.
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