As the ultimate investment, Maia ensures that you not only walk away with the perfect bag or accessory, but also assurance that your purchase is 100% authentic and of the highest quality. With this in mind we’ve developed our comprehensive Hermès bag authenticity guide – complete with close-up images to highlight precisely what you should be looking for.
Hermès only use the finest of leathers and exotic skins, however a leather hang tag will not be attached (unlike on most leather products). You can often tell by the smell of the material. The shape of the bag is also something to consider as an authentic bag will be perfectly proportional and symmetrical when stood on its feet. Unless clearly intended to have an unsmooth texture – like that of a Hermès bag crafted in crocodile skin – the bag should be soft and even, without any bulges.
The lock, keys, buckle & feet studs – These are either gold plated or made from palladium, not silver as this would tarnish.
Hermès bags are hand stitched to the highest of quality using a slanted design and almost always in the same colour as the leather. The stitches will be perfectly spaced, yet tight and always going in the same direction. Imperfect bags do not leave the manufacturer so any defects will be a clear indication of a fake bag, however if the stitching is ‘too perfect’ this could indicate that it has been done by machine.
The letter year of manufacturing will be stamped in a square or circle underside one of the closure belts. However some vinatge bags will not bear a stamp.
‘Hermès Paris, Made in France’ will be located on the front face under the flap. Look closely at the spelling and the accent of the è. The markings to differentiate the exotic skins will also be shown here.
Each bag will have a solid and sturdy lock with its own key. The lock will have the Hermes name engraved onto the bottom as well as a number that should match that also engraved on the key. Again make sure to check the accent on the ‘é’ in order to determine authenticity. Fakes tend to miss this.
The feet are there to support the whole bag so check that you can stand the bag upright without it collapsing to either side. They will be positioned evenly apart and will not have any indication of wearing.
The interior leather zipper tag will be parallel to the zipper hardware, not perpendicular.
Originally dust bags were produced in an orange flannel material, those from 2007 onwards will be in a beige and light brown Herringbone toile.
Hermes bags never come with paper tags or plastic card certificates. Only exotic skins can come with a CITES paper certificate. However the CITES for vintage bags may have been lost or just never given by Hermes.