Founded by Gianni Versace in 1978, the Versace brand prides itself on impeccable quality and vibrant style. It’s no secret that many high-end brands are copied and made into cheap knock-offs. Versace is no exception. You don’t need to look far to find fake Versace, particularly accessories such as handbags and sunglasses. Educating yourself about authentic versus fake Versace items requires a few comparative steps.
Read the manufacturing location. Authentic Versace is always made in Italy. If the item was made anywhere other than Italy, treat it as a red flag. When buying a piece online, ask the seller for a picture of the manufacturing tag indicating the item's origin. Blatantly fake Versace will often read "Made in China" or "Made in Taiwan."
Examine the craftsmanship. Authentic Versace stitching is consistent, seamless and practically invisible. Fake Versace displays inconsistent, sloppy and discolored stitching. A small stray piece of thread might peek out from a knock-off label but never a real Versace. Real Versace sunglasses are well crafted and sturdy without any imbalance between the two sides, while a knock-off pair is often flimsy and disjointed.
Note the packaging. Versace takes meticulous care of its items including packaging. An authentic piece will be packaged in a box with the Versace logo and a clean dust-bag with a silk drawstring cord. Fake Versace is typically packed in plastic bags, if at all. Versace sunglasses should be packaged in a smooth leather glasses case, not a plastic bag or hard plastic container.
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Touch the product. Authentic Versace clothing and accessories feels smooth and luxurious, with every hem and crease designed to lie naturally and consistently. Your Versace should never feel stiff, rough or itchy. Fake Versace is often inflexible on the outside with poor quality cloth on the inside. These knock-offs can also retain an odor from the long, poorly protected journey between East Asia and the United States.
Compare the price. Real Versace typically costs thousands of dollars so, if you find a seller who claims they have the real deal for under $100, it's probably a fake. Even gently used authentic Versace products routinely sell for several hundred dollars on internet auctions because the quality is simply that good.
If you are buying online check the seller's reviews and ratings. Some people know they are purchasing fake items and don't care. Make sure those rave reviews are from customers who expected to buy authentic items and not just mediocre knock-offs.
Christina Bednarz Schnell began writing full-time in 2010. Her areas of expertise include child development and behavior, medical conditions and pet health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations.