The purpose of this post is just to look at the difference between a fake and an authentic Mulberry bag. I have grown an affinity with it, especially reading online on Mulberry’s humble beginnings in England.
But yesterday, I bought a secondhand fake Mulberry Alexa from a seller here in the Philippines with the intention of getting that turn lock hardware in the postman’s lock for my Mulberry Bayswater. Upon inspecting the item, I saw the stark difference between the hardware of an authentic and a fake Mulberry bag. It was my first opportunity to closely handle and inspect a fake Mulberry and I thought this post might be of interest to new Mulberry lovers out there. I am no expert in Mulberry bags but with limited knowledge of what to look for.
The photos below are just guide to differentiate the hardware, without discussing much of what makes them different because the counterfeiters might be reading. =)
Look at the details of an authentic Mulberry disc (L) compared to the fake Mulberry disc (R). See the difference between the shape of the leaves and a major give away was the shape of the trunk.
The same thing can be said about the metal plate engraved with the Mulberry tree. The authentic one (top) has better definition of details compared to the fake (bottom) metal plate. You can even see how the fake one has leaves connected to one another.
But I’ve also seen fake Bayswater bags with leaves that are separated from one another but the trunk shape still looks off.
As for the zipper pull, more than the sloppy engraving on the fake one (right), you can see how it is different from the authentic one (left) by looking at the overall shape of the hardware. The edges are particular points of interest in looking at the zipper pull.
The buckle from an authentic Mulberry Bayswater (top) looked extremely finished and detailed compared to the buckle of a fake Mulberry Alexa (bottom). You can see how the letters were nicely engraved on the authentic buckle, while the bottom one was handled by careless hands.
Last but not the least, the serial number. Mulberry is known to have produced items WITH and WITHOUT serial numbers, as well as WITH and WITHOUT those discs/coins on older styles. From what I’ve read from the Purse Forum, it depends on what year the bag was made. The Mulberry disc to the left on the first pic was from my Mulberry Bayswater, while the one to the right was from my Mulberry wexford leather messenger. The one below it (albeit tarnished, LOL) was from the same style of vintage Mulberry messenger but with canvas body and wexford leather parts.
(ETA 11/12/2014: also take note, the font itself changes through the years. The blue one above was from a Mulberry Tillie in washed denim. Take note of the difference between it and the two vintage wexfords before it.).
But in any case, when asking about the serial number of a bag from the seller or seeing that the serial number is the infamous 026904 like the one below, run away. It is the most fakest (redundancy needed for emphasis) serial number ever! Mulberry serial numbers may be randomly assigned, but they are unique and knowing the number can help to disprove authenticity!
But then again, I can’t speak for the bags they call as “Euro Exact Copy” or “7A”. So always ask for detailed pictures from the seller of the hardware, and if the serial number was not shown… still ask! Do your business somewhere else if the seller proves to be uncooperative and save yourself the possible hassle. When in doubt, you can have them authenticated at the Purse Forum in the “Authenticate this Mulberry” thread.
I already remember the other infamously faked serial number! I have combed my email and found this photo sent by a seller of a fake Mulberry laptop bag last year:
So aside from 026904 watch out for Mulberry bags with the serial number 275288 because that is 99.99% fake, my friend. Other serial numbers to watch out for are 025869, 252136, 258798, 932351, 924565, 207542, 346352, 249328, 257528, 327448, 254571, 262541, 565321, 373140, 757156, 144188, 329116, 240535 and 258668.
(From a seller on Ebay.ph of a fake Mulberry patent shoulder bag)
(From another seller of a fake Mulberry Bayswater on Ebay.ph, see it has the same number as the patent one above? And the same wrong font as well.)
And an Alexa sold for Php 30,000! Whoa! Just looking at the fraying “leather” is enough to see that it is not leather at all. Tsk.
And this fake Tillie at Php 45,000 (that is more than $1,000 for a fake.)
Remember, serial numbers should be 99.99% UNIQUE!
Helpful tip, Google “Mulberry <serial number of your bag”>, and if another bag with the SAME serial number appears, it is very likely that you have a fake bag (unless you got the first ever bag with that number. IT DEFINITELY EXISTS SOMEWHERE OUT THERE.) I do not have all the numbers of all fake serials but, again, it should be unique. Sorry for the keyword spamming of those known Mulberry serial fakes, but if that is needed to serve as a caveat to potential buyers, so be it.
When all else fails, or you are not too confident with your research and scrutinizing bags yourself, the best way is to buy directly from Mulberry. But where to buy Mulberry bag online? Mulberry.com offers shipping globally, as well as authorized department stores/distributors and very trusted resellers, thus your Mulberry bag is always a click away!
As of July 8, 2014 or more than two years since I’ve made this post, about 40% of my blog views concern this Mulberry post (Google Mulberry + serial number ) . I’ve been getting a lot of emails from readers as well on how helpful this blog post was, and I cannot imagine the number of people who averted buying fakes because of this. Do your research and good luck! =)
ETA: (20 June 2016)
I posted a recent entry with this fake serial number ‘026904’ http://bryologue.com/fools-gold-fake-mulberry-brouhaha/