Tory Burch is quite possibly one of the most popular American designers of our time. Her quintessential American sportswear line of the same name has become a go-to in many women’s wardrobes across the country. Growing up right outside of Philadelphia, Tory was a total tomboy; climbing trees and playing in the backyard with her three brothers. Her love of fashion came from her parents Buddy and Reva Robinson, who she says were the most “effortlessly stylish couple” and a huge source of inspiration for her. Buddy’s signature was a pair of classic Hermes loafers while Reva had an affinity for glamorous bohemian caftans. In 2004 after having worked for designers Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Narciso Rodriguez at Loewe, Tory Burch finally launched the brand of her own namesake and it has since become a closet staple for many women. It’s hard to walk down the street without seeing Tory Burch’s signature logo adorning handbags and her iconic Reva flats - named after her mother of course.
Like with many other popular luxury brands, counterfeit Tory Burch handbags are becoming more common. With the rise of luxury secondhand and consignment shopping comes an influx of replicas and counterfeiters. We all love a good discount, but not at the expense of the integrity of the product or brand. Even though Tory Burch’s price point is significantly lower than that of brands like Louis Vuitton or Chanel, replicas are still being produced and as long as replicas exist, people will be buying them. It is more important than ever as a consumer to know exactly what you are buying when shopping secondhand. Many online resellers will not be up front if the item they are selling is not the real thing. There are specific trademarks of quality to look out for as a buyer, especially when shopping secondhand. Our authentication team is here to help and has prepared a helpful guide to make shopping secondhand for a Tory Burch handbag a breeze. Read on to find out what to look for to make sure the Tory Burch handbag you are looking to purchase is the real deal.
1. EXTERIOR MATERIAL
Tory Burch is known for using a number of different exterior materials like leather, canvas and nylon. Pay close attention to the look and feel of the leather. Tory Burch always uses real leather, though the types of leather will vary depending on style. Tory Burch uses a textured scratch resistant leather for her most popular Robinson line. The texture of this leather should be a very fine cross-hatching pattern throughout with clean casing around the edges. If the bag is made of faux leather, it is definitely not authentic.
The lining of authentic Tory Burch bags often varies depending on style. The most popular material for lining that you will come across is a nylon lining branded with the logo. The nylon lining should be soft to the touch and the circular double T logos printed throughout should be crisp and of varying sizes. The nylon lining will oftentimes (but not always) be the same color as the exterior color of the bag.
The stitching on Tory Burch handbags should be straight, consistent and evenly spaced. The stitching should also be the same color as the rest of the handbag, unless a contrast stitch is part of the aesthetic of that particular style.
The hardware on Tory Burch handbags is typically either gold or silver tone. All of the hardware on the bag should match, as Tory Burch does not mix metal tones. Tory Burch uses logo-stamped zipper pulls and clasps on all of her bags. The zipper pull on an authentic Tory Burch handbag will either be stamped with the double T logo or have “TORY BURCH” in all caps stamped on each of the sides of the pull. One important thing to note is that Tory Burch does not stamp the underside of her zippers, nor does she use a specific brand like ykk, riri or lampo. This part of the zipper should be completely blank. On a bag that has a snap button closure, this snap should also be completely blank. Oftentimes cheap replicas will use a snap closure that has a sequence of random letters and numbers stamped on it.
5. LOGOS AND STAMPING
When it comes to logos and stamping, in many Tory Burch handbags you will only find the double T logo emblem on the exterior, interior or both. This logo emblem is always made of metal, and can vary in size and tone depending on the style and hardware of the rest of the bag. More recent Tory Burch bags, however, have the brand name stamped in all caps, in a matching tone to the hardware. The brand name stamp should be clear, crisp and easy to read.