How to Authenticate Vintage Gucci

Vintage Gucci bags are generally less expensive than new ones.
Vintage Gucci bags are generally less expensive than new ones. (Image: Jupiterimages  /Polka Dot/Getty Images)

The sought-after handbags created by designers such as Gucci are so well made they last a lifetime when properly cared for. Vintage Gucci bags add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any ensemble. However, finding a vintage Gucci bag is not always as easy as it seems. With a myriad counterfeit handbags sold online, it is often difficult to know whether or not you are purchasing an authentic Gucci bag. Those sold at estate sales, consignment shops and yard sales are not guaranteed to be authentic either because the seller could have unknowingly purchased a counterfeit bag. Still, don't let counterfeiting stop you from buying the Gucci handbag you've always wanted.

Go online and research the bag. Make sure the bag is one from the Gucci collection by visiting and checking out their bags to make sure the design is featured on the website. The most telltale sign of a counterfeit bag is when the design isn’t even part of the Gucci collection.

Take the bag to a Gucci store for authentication. A list of store locations is available on

Ask the seller of the bag for the original receipt. The chance the seller still has the receipt from when she purchased the vintage bag is small, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. The receipt will usually state the store where the bag was purchased, the purchase price and a short description of the bag.

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