Salvatore Ferragamo, a high-end Italian designer of luxury goods, opened his first store in the United States in 1919 in Santa Barbara, California. Movie stars quickly became obsessed with his beautifully-crafted shoes, and it wasn’t long before he opened a shop on Hollywood Boulevard. Today, Ferragamo continues to be a symbol of high quality and craftsmanship, and remains a celebrity favorite for clothing, shoes, handbags, and other accessories. That’s why there are a lot of counterfeit Ferragamo products out there. Here’s how to distinguish between authentic goods and the fakes.

Check the lining of your bag or necktie—it should have “Salvatore Ferragamo” stitched into it. Fakes often have blank, solid-colored lining.

An authentic product should have one or more tags, one of which has a serial number underneath. Fakes never have a serial number. Look for this.

Examine the font of the tags. The tags or labels should proclaim “Salvatore Ferragamo,” which should match the font of the designer’s logo exactly: some of the letters should touch, others should not. Visit the official Salvatore Ferragamo website to double-check.

Check all the hardware attached to the item, if any. They should all have “Ferragamo” engraved on them. Look closely for misspellings.

For handbags, look for a small, white dust bag with a red drawstring mouth, included for storage of the handbag. Non-authentic bags rarely come with this.

Tips

  • In general, the stitching and workmanship should be immaculate. Fakes often have loose strings or threads, crooked stitches, or other telltale signs.
  • If you see a tag that says “genuine leather” or “real leather,” the product is a fake. That goes without saying when it comes to authentic Ferragamo products.