Comparing a fake and an authentic Mulberry bag

The purpose of this post is just to look at the difference between a fake and an authentic Mulberry bag.

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. =)

Authentic Mulberry disc versus Fake Mulberry Disc - Manila, Philippines

Authentic Mulberry disc versus Fake Mulberry disc

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.

Authentic Mulberry metal plate versus fake Mulberry metal plate - Manila, Philippines

Authentic Mulberry metal plate versus fake Mulberry metal plate

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.

Saks Fifth Avenue

But I’ve also seen fake Bayswater bags with leaves that are separated from one another but the trunk shape still looks off.

Authentic Mulberry zipper pull versus fake Mulberry zipper pull - Manila, Philippines

Authentic Mulberry zipper pull versus fake Mulberry zipper pull

 

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.

Authentic Mulberry buckle versus fake Mulberry buckle - Manila, Philippines

Authentic Mulberry buckle versus fake Mulberry buckle

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.

Authentic Mulberry discs - one with a serial number and one without - Manila, Philippines

Authentic Mulberry discs – one with a serial number and one without

Vintage Mulberry serial number on a wexford and canvas messenger

Vintage Mulberry serial number on a wexford and canvas messenger

Mulberry Tillie Washed Denim - fob and serial number

Much modern: Mulberry Tillie Washed Denim – fob and serial number

Mulberry Blenheim with a blank fob

Mulberry Blenheim with a blank fob

Another blank one from this Mulberry Ledbury

Another blank one from this Mulberry Ledbury

And another oldie font on this Mulberry Jamie bag, look how it was a number away from the infamous 026904 =)

And another oldie font on this Mulberry Jamie bag, look how it was a number away from the infamous 026904 =)

Mulberry coin fob and no serial number - Authentic Mulberry bag

Coin fob with no serial number in this Mulberry Roxanne Bag

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!

The most faked serial number of Mulberry Bags: "026904" - Mulberry, Philippines

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.

ETA (07/04/2012):

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:

Fake Mulberry Bag serial number: 275288 - Manila, Philippines

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, 252136258798932351, 924565,    207542346352249328257528327448254571262541, 565321, 373140, 757156, 144188, 329116, 240535 and 258668.

(From a seller on Ebay.ph of a fake Mulberry patent shoulder bag)

Mulberry Bayswater FAKE Serial number 025869 - Ebay.ph Manila, Philippines

(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.)

Fake Mulberry Serial Number 565321 - Fake vs. Authentic Mulberry Bag

Mulberry Fake Serial Number - 327448

Fake bag - Mulberry 968327

Mulberry fake serial number 565321

Mulberry fake serial number 932351

Mulberry fake serial number 329116

Mulberry 994889

Mulberry 207542

Mulberry Alexa Designer Bag 565321 Lovinyourbags

Mulberry Small Bag 254571 lurleene

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.)

Mulberry Roxanne bag fake serial number 025869

Mulberry Tillie denim bag fake serial number 373140

Mulberry Blenheim bag fake serial number 026904

Mulberry Alexa bag fake serial number 373140

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!

ETA:
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! =)

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ETA: (20 June 2016)

I posted a recent entry with this fake serial number ‘026904’ http://bryologue.com/fools-gold-fake-mulberry-brouhaha/ 

bryologue

34 Comments

  1. I am a new collector of Mulberry bags, and this is really helpful! thanks a lot

    • Hi! No problem and I’m really happy that I helped you! I was almost burned by fakes before as well and I reckon new Mulberry lovers will immediately search for the serial numbers most especially! *hugs*

  2. hello my friend! i really really find your blog very informative with regards to mulberry bags. i am an avid mulberry collector myself.i have a mullberry darwin emmy in oak and a mulberry mitzy tote. however, i was disappointed to see a fake mulberry bag and much to my dismay it had a serial number 565321 which is the serial number of my mulberry mitzy tote which i bought in sommerset,england last 2009..its very distressing..

  3. Hi. Unfortunately I’m now the not so proud owner of another serial number 565321, on a Mulberry Bayswater.

    It was a treat for my daughter, who has has a rough time recently, so I avoided eBay in case I ended up with a fake, only to find that the people who run the site at http://www.mulberryhandbagsstore.co.uk are not as ligitimate as they portray, and neither are their products.

    I have since contacted them, and they offered to settle by letting us keep the bag and refund 20% of the costand I quote “As return will waste a lot of time and money on it, also there will be risky on the way.”

    I chose to decline the offer of settlement, as I dont trust it will happen, so insisted on a full refund. So far they have not contacted me again.

    • Sorry for the extremely late reply. 🙁 I personally think you have better chances of running into authentic ones on Ebay (given that you do your research and carefully ask questions), than from websites purporting as Mulberry’s official site. Hopefully you get your refund as well. We all get burned at one point and it makes us more careful. I hope your daughter is doing fine now.

  4. Just to let you know that my Anthony, bought in a House Of Fraser in Feb 2012, has 7 digit serial number.
    Thank you for this really helpful guide. I’m looking to buy a second hand Bayswater & in one day I found three with serial number 565321. I’ve found that you really have to read between the lines & if it doesn’t feel right, it usually isn’t!

    • Wow I realized I haven’t replied to this >_< I'm hoping you already found a Bayswater of your own, cheers! <3

  5. Ladies, don’t dismiss eBay!! Sometimes, if you are lucky and thorough enough, you can get something really decent!! Like me, who just bought Mitzy hobo in a rearest “Rouge Noire” colour for just a fraction of original price and it’s absolutely authentic!! Though I’m still in a process of DIY-renovation of my bag, I love it and it makes me sooo happy!! So, eBay is a great source, just know your stuff. Bryologue, thanks so much for a detailed article, it was very helpful.

    • Yes! Doing our homework is always a good start. We just need to make informed decisions. Congrats on your Mitzy! ^_^

  6. Thank you Bry!!! By the way, some of your projects (Leather dying and repair) helped me a lot with my renovation and you inspired me to write the article about it, maybe someone will find it useful. Please keep your a good job!!

  7. Thanks a LOT!!! Sooo detailed and so well illustrated with photos – WELL DONE 🙂
    You are sure to have saved a few people from wasting their money.

  8. Thanks Bry,

    I thought I’d come across a real find when I stumbled on a “Mulberry” Messenger Bag in a charity shop. Thanks to your fascinating and thoroughly researched piece I now know that it’s a fake!! It has the 029604 tag. I definitely won’t be trying to sell it on eBay!!

    Take care,

    Colette

    • No problem! Just make sure you take note of all these points. And when in doubt, you can always consult ‘The Purse Forum’ for added assurance. 😀

  9. Thank you so much Bry. These informations are very clear and so helpful ! I was interested in a second hand Alexa with number … 565321 ! I believe the seller does not know that the bag is fake. I feel that I should tell him. Warm regards, Juliette

    • Hi Juliette! Good to know you dodged a bullet! So happy you saved your moolah!!!

  10. was going to buy a pre loved mulberry bayswater with no. 275288, great to find this post before complete the trade.

  11. This is the most comprehensive authentication guide for Mulberry. Thank you for putting in the work. It is very helpful!

  12. Just bought mulberry bag in a second hand shop thought I got lucky as it was selling for £25 and the woman sai. It was mulberry the bag looked like the real thing but after reading this article I’ve relised it was a fake , the number on the bag is 026904 just the the two others on this website , this article was really helpful lucky I didn’t pay much for mine , but Iam gonna return it thank u

  13. I bought mulberry bag from second hand store, I didn’t know what I was buying , just like the bag soft leather. I just check online to see what the bag sale for, I got lesson on mulberry bag. I found out it’s not authentic serious number 565321. I still like my bag only cost me $7.00. Even with all the tips it was still hard to identified fake from real everything look real except for the serial number that you said for fake. I thank you for the information.

  14. I bought a fake. I don’t mind though, I love the bag. I picked it up for 20 bucks. I loved this post though!

    • Awwww I hope you have a good find soon as sometimes an authentic one will be around 20 bucks as well. Good luck!

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