How To Spot A Genuine Marc By Marc Jacobs Bag

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Marc By Marc Jacobs is the beloved diffusion line created by the wonderful creative genius Marc Jacobs in spring 2001.  The beautiful Marc By Marc Jacobs line was a success from day one with its high quality components and youthful designs. Marc By Marc Jacobs popularity has grown steadily over the years, and we were so sad to hear that Marc Jacobs made the decision to end the line. Regardless fakes are still plentiful on the market. If you are purchasing a Marc By Marc Jacobs Bag and are unsure of it’s authenticity we hope this guide can aid you in determining whether the bag is fake or genuine.

FIRST THINGS FIRST …. KNOW WHAT YOU ARE BUYING.

One of the biggest issues we get confronted with as a seller, is when a buyer purchases a Marc By Marc Jacobs bag and confuses it with a Marc Jacobs.  Marc Jacobs is the original line of bags created by Marc Jacobs back in 1986 and carry a significantly high price tag to that of a Marc By Marc Jacobs and are not made in Asia.
Comparison Chart Of Notable Differences Found In Marc By Marc Jacobs And Marc Jacobs.
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Comparison Chart Of Notable Differences Found In Marc By Marc Jacobs And Marc Jacobs.

First thing we will look at is tags and dust bags:

We do not use these items to determine whether a bag is fake or genuine for two reasons:

There are so many variations on the market.
They are very easy replicated.

Dust Bags:

There are several styles of dust bag on the market they are all made from different materials and have different logo prints.

These are the most common examples:

Genuine Logo Print Example 1:

An Older dust bag and with a defective ‘B’ in the print. Printed in all black, the Marc By Marc Jacobs logo is large and harder on the eyes compared to the updated versions in example 2 and 3.
An older style bag but still turns up now and then in the market.
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An older style bag but still turns up now and then in the market.

Genuine Logo Print Example 2:

Same as example one the logo is printed in all black but smaller in size and is slightly risen from the material.
Made from the same material as example one.
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Made from the same material as example one.

Genuine Logo Print Example 3:

The most recent logo print found on dust bags. The ”MARC” is print in black and the ”BY MARC JACOBS” is printed in Grey.

The most common style of dust bag found on the market today.
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The most common style of dust bag found on the market today.

Tags and care cards

Marc By Marc Jacobs care cards are black and normally attached to the bag with the sales tag, whereas a Marc Jacobs care card is white and is found within the bag. The tag information will also vary from style to style as well as the design.
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Example 1 Of A Genuine Care Card/Tag:

The above Care Card/Tag explains in detail on how to care for the bag.The ”BY MARC JACOBS” has a slightly metallic sheen to it on genuine tags. Fake tags tend to have spelling errors.
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Example 2 Of A Genuine Care Card/Tag:

Similar to example one except this care card states the bag is made from genuine Italian leather and has slightly different care instructions. Just like the care card the genuine price label has a metallic sheen to the ”BY MARC JACOBS”.

So if your tag or dust bag looks different compared to another Marc By Marc Jacobs bags. Then there is a high chance it is just a different variant, and should not be used as judging factor in determining the authenticity of a bag. In our experience fake Marc By Marc Jacobs dust bags are without logo.

The lining:

There are several linings used throughout genuine Marc By Marc Jacobs bags.
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Marc By Marc Jacobs Signature Lining:

 The most common lining found in a Marc By Marc Jacobs bag. The lining is made from polyester and has the wording ”Marc By Marc Jacobs” stitched into the lining.

Tip: The first thing you should see when light hits this signature lining in a genuine Marc By Marc Jacobs’s bag is the lettering of Marc By Marc Jacobs. The stitched lettering has a higher gloss than the lining so it should be the first thing to catch your eye.
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Marc By Marc Jacobs Pure Cotton lining:

This pure cotton lining is commonly seen in older styles of Marc By Marc Jacobs bags but has recently been used in the 2015 Top Of Chain range. The lining is smooth to the touch and has no lettering at all stitched into it.
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Marc By Marc Jacobs Canvas/Polyester Lining:

This lining is pure canvas or polyester and is the most common of lining to be found in fake Marc By Marc Jacobs bags. It is mostly used in there canvas and outlet bags.
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Marc By Marc Jacobs Old Signature Lining:

This lining is very rarely seen on the market any more but can be found in older style and outlet bags.
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Marc By Marc Jacobs Printed Lining:

Unlike other diffusion lines like MICHAEL Michael Kors, Marc By Marc Jacobs are fond of their printed linings.

Tip: If you find this type of lining inside your bag always do a little research online or at a reputable dealer of Marc By Marc Jacobs to ensure the style uses it. Most counterfeit Marc By Marc Jacobs bags will use printed lining as it is cheap and readily available.

Inner Tags:

Marc By Marc Jacobs has a variant of inner tags and at times will get people confused.

Bar Code Tag:

Inside every Marc By Marc Jacobs bag for the exception of sample bags there is a white bar code tag. This bar code tag will contain a style number a lot of people believe that you can use this to tell if the bag is genuine or not but this is not the case. Marc By Marc Jacobs recycle style numbers all the time so it is common to find two bags of the same style with different style bar codes.
Example of two genuine bar code style tags. You can see the notable difference in print.
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Example of two genuine bar code style tags. You can see the notable difference in print.

Made In Tag:

Marc By Marc Jacobs manufacture their bags in three countries China, Vietnam and Indonesia the Made in tag used will be one of two variations.

Examples of small ”Made In Tag’ found in genuine Marc By Marc Jacobs Bags:
The small made in tag is double sided. One side will have Made in China, Vietnam or Indonesia.
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The small made in tag is double sided. One side will have Made in China, Vietnam or Indonesia.
On the back it will say 100% leather or 100% PVC
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On the back it will say 100% leather or 100% PVC

Examples of large ”Made In Tag’ found in genuine Marc By Marc Jacobs Bags:
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The larger tag has Made in China, Vietnam or Indonesia in both French and English.
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The larger tag has Made in China, Vietnam or Indonesia in both French and English.

Just like the bar code tag it is common to find two exact same styles with different Made in style tags. This is due to the practice of factory outsourcing to meet production demands. The same bag will be made in multiple factories using different tags.

Prefix label:

This label can turn up in Marc By Marc Jacobs bags but very rarely. This small label contains more information about the bags components to abide by import laws. Normally these labels are removed before sale.
Example Of A Prefix Label.
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Example Of A Prefix Label.

Sample Label:

The sample label as the name suggest is only found in sample bags. Sample bags are bags that have been put through a trial production run in factories to distinguish quality control issues. These types of bags never make it to market but can be purchased through invitation only sample sales or factory direct buyers. These type of bags will only include this single label. One side will have the manufacturing date and the other side will have ''MADE IN''. 
This Sample Label Shows The Manufacturing Run Of This Bag Was Dec 2015
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This Sample Label Shows The Manufacturing Run Of This Bag Was Dec 2015

Marc By Marc Jacobs Label:

This label is only found in older models and would not be found in bags made within the last 5 years.
This type of label is found in older bags.
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This type of label is found in older bags.

Hardware:

Zippers:

Marc By Marc Jacobs like most diffusion labels use the trusty YKK (Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha) Zipper. Depending on the style of the bag the zippers will be PVD coated in a metallic finish or brushed which gives the appearance of an antique scratched finish.
Examples of YYK zippers and where to find the logo.
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Examples of YYK zippers and where to find the logo.

The Zipper Pull:

The pull on a Marc By Marc Jacobs bag will have ‘’MARC BY MARC JACOBS’’ clearly printed in caps and spaced out between words. The most common mistake you see on fakes is the lettering is crammed together with little to no spacing.
Examples of Genuine Mac By Marc Jacobs zipper pulls.
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Examples of Genuine Mac By Marc Jacobs zipper pulls.

The Logo Plate:

The logo plate comes in many shapes and sizes the most common one is the STANDARD WORK plate commonly found throughout the Marc By Marc Jacobs range.
The STANDARD SUPPLY plaque is commonly found through out the range.
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The STANDARD SUPPLY plaque is commonly found through out the range.
This plaque is commonly found on the Too Hot To Handle range.
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This plaque is commonly found on the Too Hot To Handle range.
This STANDARD SUPPLY plaque is printed directly on to the leather. Currently used in the TOP Of The Chain range.
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This STANDARD SUPPLY plaque is printed directly on to the leather. Currently used in the TOP Of The Chain range.
Only found on sample bags as it was the plaque to be used in the new MBM bags before it was decide to end the line.
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Only found on sample bags as it was the plaque to be used in the new MBM bags before it was decide to end the line.

Other Hardware:

Just like the zipper pull ”MARC BY MARC JACOBS” will be clearly printed in caps on genuine bags throughout.
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You can clearly see the lettering perfectly spaced.
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You can clearly see the lettering perfectly spaced.

Creed Stamp:

Genuine Marc By Marc Jacobs  Bags carry a creed stamp on the inside of the bag, again they can vary in shape and size depending on the model. They will be clearly printed directly on to the leather or a small metal plaque.
Examples Of Marc By Marc Jacobs creed stamps.
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Examples Of Marc By Marc Jacobs creed stamps.

Leather And Stitching:

Marc By Marc Jacobs although made in Asia use imported high quality Italian cow leather for the diffusion line as well as saffiano and PVC leather. The stitching will always be clean and tidy on the outside of the bag, but it is not unusual to find an odd thread hanging out on the inside of the lining.
You can clearly see the grain on the leather of a genuine Marc By Marc Jacobs bag and neat clean stitching.
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You can clearly see the grain on the leather of a genuine Marc By Marc Jacobs bag and neat clean stitching.

Note: If you’re stitching is not 100% there is a chance that the bag is an outlet bag instead of a boutique bag. Some bags found in  Marc By Marc Jacobs outlet stores are quality control rejects and may have slight imperfections such as not near perfect stitching.

We hope this guide has been useful and has given you a general idea of what to look for when purchasing a genuine Marc By Marc Jacobs bag. To avoid disappointment always purchase your bags from reputable sellers like ourselves eLux Boutique.
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