How to Read a Coach Serial Number
Until the mid-2000s, a Coach’s serial number was four digits and a dash. But that’s all changed. Coach’s serial number is now five or 10 digits, depending on how many years it’s been in production. Here’s how to decipher it:
No number in a Coach bag is a sign that the bag is not genuine
If the Coach bag does not have a style number, it is probably not a genuine one. It is common for promotional items to be produced without style numbers. These bags can end up on the reselling market via former Coach employees. Luckily, the style number contains the exact information about the bag. It is easy to see when a Coach bag is not genuine by looking for the style number.
Another tell-tale sign that the bag is not a genuine Coach is if the font on the Coach logo is different from what the authentic logo looks like. A genuine Coach bag’s font should be pointed on the top instead of flat. Also, the letters should be the same shape as the letter “C.” If there is no serial number, the bag is most likely a fake.
The serial number is usually stamped on the inside of the COACH bag. The serial number is located on a square patch of leather sewn into the lining. Some smaller purses may not have a serial number, but you can still be sure of their authenticity. A genuine serial number will be a combination of numbers and letters, with the last 4-5 digits indicating the style number. However, if the serial number is missing, the bag is not a genuine.
Another sign of a fake is an improperly constructed Coach bag. A Coach bag should be perfectly smooth and well-made, with straight stitching and even sizing throughout. The handles and hardware should also be smooth. Authentic Coach bags will be free of tarnish. Another sign that the bag is fake is if the seller has listed an unusual number of replicas of the same bag. While fake products may appear authentic, the materials used to create the knockoff are inferior.
Check the stitching on a Coach bag
If you have a genuine Coach handbag, you can tell the difference in quality by examining the stitching. Unlike some knockoffs, a genuine Coach bag has straight stitching throughout and is evenly sized. The edges and corners aren’t overly stitched either. While a fake may look convincing, this is a major red flag for counterfeiters. Here are some tips to tell if your handbag is a genuine Coach and avoid paying too much.
– Before purchasing, check the stitching on the serial number. This is the best way to know the authentic style number of your Coach handbag. Check for a Coach logo on the stitching and see if it is visible on the back of the bag. The stitching on a Coach bag may be a good sign that you’re purchasing a replica, so it’s important to find it.
– Ensure that the creed is legible. Usually, the creed is stamped on the inside of the bag, but newer bags often have gold font embossed on the creed. If you notice a different color on a signature bag, it’s probably a fake. Ensure the stitching on the creed is consistent all the way around.
– A fake isn’t going to have the “C” pattern on the inside. It should have two symmetrical “Cs” inside and outside. If you notice one of these patterns, then you’re probably looking at a fake. Make sure that the letter patterns are the same on both sides and that the stitches are even and symmetrical. If not, look for the lettering on the inside, as well as the stitching around the zipper and creed.
Check the leather stamp
One way to determine if your Coach bag is authentic is to check the leather stamp for a serial number. The leather stamp will have a small piece of text on it, like the style number or a serial number. The serial number will tell you information about the bag, including the style and materials used in the construction. The style number is stamped directly onto the leather on older bags. If you see a style number but cannot read the serial number, this is likely an older style of the bag.
While most of the Coach bags are stamped with a serial number, some pieces were made before the creed was introduced. The earliest examples are characterized by a tiny, barely visible stamp. Pre-creed items are those that were manufactured in a single New York City factory before the company expanded its operations to other cities in the U.S.A. in the 1980s. As a result, you should avoid those pieces.
Another clue to a fake COACH bag is sloppy stitching. A genuine COACH bag has even, symmetrically spaced stitches that match every other stitch. The stitching should be even and straight, and you should never find an overstitched seam. A fake Coach bag will have a sloppy stitching pattern that makes it appear unidentifiable to the eyes.
Lastly, look for the COACH logo. Most metal hardware is stamped with the brand’s logo, but some older “classic favorites” bags are not. However, if you’re buying a new COACH bag, look for the style number stamped on the creed. For example, a new Coach bag will not have the COACH logo on the zipper, but older “classic favorites” styles will not have it.
Check the metal tag
If you’re buying a vintage Coach bag, the most important thing to know is its serial number. Although this information may not be readily available, it’s vital for determining the authenticity of your bag. Most Coach bags come with a metal tag, and you should check this tag to see if it contains a serial number. This is not a hard task, but it requires a bit of research.
Typically, your bag will have a serial number of two or three digits, followed by a hyphen. Some of them will have more than one hyphen, and a letter is added to indicate the country of origin. If you can’t find this tag, you may need to contact a Coach store and ask them to verify the number. Once you’ve got this information, you’ll have the confidence to purchase the bag.
Next, check the creed tag for any leatherware. If it says “Leatherware,” it was made before the creed stamp was implemented. Afterward, it will say “Made in USA.” Check the creed tag to see if it says “LeatherWARE” or not. If it says “Leatherware” or “Made in USA,” it’s probably made in the original Coach factory in New York City.
You can also use a digital camera to identify a Coach bag’s creed. This is an easy way to identify an authentic bag, since the creed tag is usually attached to a bag with a beaded chain. If it doesn’t, it’s a fake! Fortunately, the Internet has a database where you can lookup the number and verify it’s genuine.
Check the hangtag
To check the serial number on your Coach bag, you can look for the style number on the hangtag. Coach style numbers used to be placed on the creed patch on the back. Since that time, they’ve moved to a white tag sewn into the bag. The hangtag will list the bag’s style number and information about its origins. If you don’t have the hangtag, you can search online to find the style number.
A genuine hangtag will have an evenly-stamp and no crooked stitching. Its black patent leather matches its patent detailing. The keychain/hangtag hole matches the brass hardware on the buckle. Fake hangtags will have a crooked stitching or a stamp in the wrong font. If you’re unsure, look for other characteristics of the hangtag.
If you can’t read the hangtag, you should ask a store employee or a friend for assistance. Typically, the hangtag will display the Coach brand name on top. A paragraph will also display the serial number. Look for the letter “A” or “C” in a crisp, uniform font. This information will help you identify a genuine Coach bag. If you’re still unsure about the hangtag, try doing a Google image search for the bag style.
The creed can also be a sign of authenticity. Earlier Coach bags were stamped with the creed. After the creed was introduced, the company changed the process. Nowadays, the creed is placed in the interior pocket of the bag. If you’re looking for a special edition Coach bag, you can look for the serial number stamped on the creed. Otherwise, it will have a five-digit style number.