How to detect fake YSL bags:
When buying new, Yves Saint Laurent bag always comes with its own card and pouch. If those aren’t available, this is a red flag.
Yves Saint Laurent bags are renowned for being durable and well made, so the first thing to do to detect counterfeits is to thoroughly check its quality.
Whether the bag you are checking is slippery, suede or calfskin, the material should always feel super soft and durable.
The lining is almost always black and is made of fabric or leather.
Look at stitching – apart from tight, even stitches, no loose threads and all edges are contoured, there should never be any diagonal stitching, especially with quilted YSL bags cotton.
It is important to become familiar with the different Saint Laurent symbols. Take note that they have changed over the years, so if you’re looking at a vintage bag, it might be a different logo from the modern one.
For the “Saint Laurent” or “Saint Laurent Paris” logo, the N and T in “Laurent” are always connected, no matter where the label is on the bag. Note that the R in Laurent and the R in Paris have a slightly different font, which is something counterfeiters often overlook.
Most YSL bags are labeled with a serial number, which is usually stamped on the skin somewhere inside the bag. This is often accompanied by the phrase “made in Italy.” You can actually look up the serial number on Saint Laurent’s website.
The three-letter logo is very specific, so you should consult its image carefully before buying. The overlap and thickness of the letters never change, although some things can differ depending on the era of the bag, such as whether the logo is attached to a decorative nail tip.
For chain bags, the links will always be made of flat chain links, and there will always be a connector labeled Saint Laurent.
The large locks or the inner closure are always stamped with Saint Laurent Paris, although smaller locks on the wallet may not be present.
The underside of the lid will usually leave the signature of Saint Laurent Paris bare.
If you are confused and really unsure, you can contact a professional authentication service for a second opinion.