Founded in 1921, Gucci is a Italian fashion house that produces fashion goods such as handbags, shoes, belts, suits, and more. The 'Made in italy' trademark withholds almost 100 years of history in the making. However, because Gucci is a very popular fashion house and is know for it's high quality goods, it is highly replicated. Today, I'm going to talk about how to authenticate a Gucci belt. Some tips, tricks, and showing some obvious things to quickly spot a fake not just on eBay, but everywhere else as well.
First, before we even talk about the belts, a Authentic Gucci belt, bought from the website or at a local Gucci boutique, always comes with a complementary bag, and not only for belts, but with all of their other products as well. If you bought a belt new from a website other than eBay, if you did not receive packaging, that's not a good sign. However, It might of been possible that the supplier did not include the bag. Regardless, if you buy it new, It should come with the bag. The bag is a dark brown color with the 'Double G' printed all through the bag. The inside of the bag has the 'Double G' logo on all the sides, but on the bottom of the inside of the bag, there are no 'Double G's. specifically, the belt should come in the smallest Gucci bag available (the farthest to the right). Also, they should come with a dark brown string tied on the box to keep the item from falling out. When purchasing a Gucci belt online in the official store, it actually does not include a separate box for the belt, but just has the dark brown bag in the picture. When opening the bag if included, it should have the 'Double G' logo on the extra plastic inside. If all that's correct, direct your attention to the dust bag.
The dust bag
When looking at the Gucci dust bag, it should be a dark color, like the Gucci bag. It should only have one string, on the top right. If it has two strings, It is a fake dust bag. Also, it should say 'Gucci' in yellow/gold letters. If it does not have that, you've got a fake. It should also have a tag inside of the dust bag saying 'Gucci Made in italy'.
The stitched belts include the green-red-green belt with brown and black leather and the blue-red-blue belt with black leather. First of all, look closely at the stitching. The stitching should have absolutely no errors; period. If there are stitching errors, you've got a fake for sure. There should be no loose or missing stitches on the color-pattern. If there is, you've got a fake. Also, make sure the red stripe is perfectly centered on the belt. If there is less green stitching on one side of the red, and more green stitching on the other side, then the belt is fake. Same with the blue-red-blue belt. There should be no 'GG' pattern on the leather for any of these belts. That's only for the leather belts and the monogram beige belt. Also, make sure when you rub your fingers on the stitching that some of the color doesn't rub off. If that is correct, then turn your Gucci belt over. The stitched belts should have a suede-type material on the back of the belt. It also might be leather as well. If that is correct, then turn your attention to the serial number. The serial number could be located in two places. The newest Gucci belts should have the serial number next to the buckle. However, the older Gucci belts should have the serial number in the center of the belt. When looking at the serial number for authentication, look at the first four digits. The first four digits should not be '1212'. That is a serious giveaway to a fake Gucci belt. A authentic stitched belt should start with '114' rather. If that is correct, make sure the size of the belt is printed in the serial number. Read the serial number, and check if the size and cm length are in the serial number. Sometimes the fake Gucci belts have the actual size printed separately on the very end of the belt, or next to the serial number. If that is correct, check how many digits the serial number has. A authentic Gucci belt has 21 digits in it's serial number. If that is not correct, you have a fake Gucci belt. If that's all correct, then pay attention to the buckle. The buckle should be held with a piece of leather, not aluminum. The 'Interlocking G' buckle should not be able to be removed from the actual belt. The buckle is suppose to be made out of a ruthenium metal. On the back of the buckle, on these model belts there should be no screws. Also, move the belt around a lot. If it squeeks or makes and other sound, then it's fake. Also, there should be NO button holding the buckle in place. Another obvious giveaway. If that's correct, make sure it has a leather piece next to the buckle on the front side of the belt to put it around you. If it goes not, then it's fake. Also, it's suppose to be made out of leather. The color of the leather is suppose to be what ever color the leather on the belt is. For example, the green-red-green with black leather should have a black leather piece. The brown leather one should have a brown leather piece. None of them should be mixed. Also, it's not fixed, it's suppose to move forward and backward. Also, there should be double stitching on the leather. There should be a leather trim on the colors on the belt. It should not just be the colors. All the belts should be squared off. All belts have 5 holes. If that's all correct, then you have a authentic Gucci belt.
Monogram 'GG' Beige Belt
This belt is slightly different than the two stitched belts, because it has the monogram 'GG' pattern. There are several ways to spot a fake Beige GG Monogram belt. First of all, check the pattern. Make sure, the very beginning of the belt starts with two Gs, not one or half. Also, for every two Gs, there is a hole for the buckle in the 2nd G. If that's correct, then check the monogram itself. Check the bottom line of GGs. They are both GGs, but on a authentic Gucci belt, it should appear like the 1st G is an actual G, but the 2nd should appear like a C. It should be that way for the whole bottom line of monogram. If it is not, then you have a fake. Also with the buckle, there are no screws. The leather piece should not have monogram on it. It should just be brown leather. It should not be fixed, but you should be able to move it forward and backward. Again, on the belt, there should be NO button of any sort holding the buckle in place. A very obvious giveaway for a fake. And the main color of the Monogram should be Beige, but the 'GG' should actually be blue. The inside of the belt should be black leather. The serial number should not start with '1212'. If it starts with 1212, it's a obvious fake. However, don't say that 1212 is only fakes. Some top-notch Gucci belts actually use '114' but only 114. The leather fakes say '114' but the actual serial number for most leather ones is actually '223'. However, this specific belt does start with 114. Check to make sure the serial number is next to the buckle or in the middle of the belt. Some of these belts might actually have a suede-type inside material. Make sure the buckle is the correct width. It should have 1.6'' width. If the buckle seems really thin and light, it's a fake for this model. The reason I say for this model is some of the belts have different thicknesses. But for this one, any thinner would be a fake. All the belts should be squared off. All belts have 5 holes. If all these things are correct, you have a authentic Gucci belt.
Black Impreme Belt
This belt is in it's own category because it has it's own ways of checking for authenticity. First of all. Check the 'GG' stitching. On the very last line of 'GG' stitching, the belt should have two Gs, as of every other line. However, on a real belt, it's suppose to appear like the 1st G is an actual G but the 2nd G is suppose to appear as a C. Same with the top line of Gs. Also, the buckle may seem completely matte, but actually the right-side up G is matte but the upside-down G is actually a metallic black color. It's hard to see, but if you look closely on a real belt it will be that way. Also, this is the only model belt where there are screws on the back of the buckle. None of the other models should have screws, but this one is special. It needs screws on the back because if you notice on a real belt the back of the buckle is actually a different color, it's actually chrome. Those two pieces are actually separate, so that's why they need screws so they can hold together. Also, this belt, like all the others, should NOT have a button holding the buckle in place. Once again, obvious giveaway. The inside of the belt should have the Suede-type material in the inside. Again, check the placement of the serial number. If the serial number is next to the buckle, that would indicate a newer authentic Gucci belt, a style in witch they just released. If it is not there, check the center of the belt. If it's in those two places, then check the serial number itself. It should contain 21 digits. The correct belt number for this would start with '223'. A fake one would probably start with '1212' as most do. If it says 1212, it's a obvious fake. If that's all right, check to make sure the size is actually in the serial number and that the actual size is not printed anywhere else in the belt, such as next to the belt, at the end of the belt. All the belts should be squared off. Also, all belts should have 5 holes. If this is all correct, you have a authentic Gucci belt.
These belts are basically the same authenticity check as the last two belts shown. First of all. Check the 'GG' stitching. On the very last line of 'GG' stitching, the belt should have two Gs, as of every other line. However, on a real belt, it's suppose to appear like the 1st G is an actual G but the 2nd G is suppose to appear as a C. Same with the top line of Gs. Smell the leather. If the leather does not actually smell like leather, then it's probably a fake. Also, this belt, like all the others, should NOT have a button holding the buckle in place. Once again, obvious giveaway. The inside of the belt should have the Suede-type material in the inside. Again, check the placement of the serial number. If the serial number is next to the buckle, that would indicate a newer Gucci belt, a style in witch they just released. If it is not there, check the center of the belt. If it's in those two places, then check the serial number itself. It should contain 21 digits. The correct belt number for this would start with '223'. A fake one would probably start with '1212' as most do. If it says 1212, it's a obvious fake. If that's all right, check to make sure the size is actually in the serial number and that the actual size is not printed anywhere else in the belt, such as next to the belt, at the end of the belt. All the belts should be squared off. All belts should have 5 holes. If this is all true, then you have a authentic Gucci belt.
If all of these things are true about your Gucci belt, then you have a authentic Gucci belt. I hope this was helpful to you. Please, if you see any spelling or factual related errors, please tell me so I can correct it. I want accurate information. Thank you for reading my guide. I'll make more soon!