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Ultimate Guide on How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real (or Fake)? – Gucci Accessory Collection and Vintage Bags





We had our first foray into vintage Gucci bags, especially the Gucci Accessory Collection in this post. Likewise, we also discussed how to determine authenticity in vintage Gucci bags through serial numbers. You have also seen Gucci knight crest zipper pulls in the Gucci zipper section.

A vintage Gucci crossbody bag from the Gucci accessory collection - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A vintage Gucci crossbody bag from the Gucci accessory collection
A vintage Gucci Accessory Collection saddlebag - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A vintage Gucci Accessory Collection saddlebag with gold-tone hardware

In this section, I will be posting a couple of vintage Gucci bags, some of which are from the vintage Gucci Accessory Collection. The Gucci Accessory Collection is an interesting piece of Gucci history that was made from 1979 until the late 1990s. It has been widely available in airports and department stores.

A navy vintage Gucci Accessory Collection crossbody bag - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A navy vintage Gucci Accessory Collection crossbody bag
Vintage Gucci accessory collection pouch, with red & green stripe- Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Vintage Gucci accessory collection pouch, with red & green stripe
A vintage Gucci Accessory Collection wallet with red and green strip - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A vintage Gucci Accessory Collection wallet

It will be interesting to look at the details on the hardware, leather and monogram print.

Close-up of a GG monogram canvas in a vintage Gucci Accessory Collection
Close-up of hardware with GG on a vintage accessory collection bag - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Rea
Close-up of hardware with GG on a vintage Gucci Accessory Collection bag
GG engraved hardware on a vintage Gucci accessory collection pouch- Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
GG engraved hardware on a vintage Gucci Accessory Collection monogram clutch
GG logo in an enamel in front of a vintage Gucci accessory collection bag - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
GG logo in an enamel in front of a vintage Gucci accessory collection bag

Using less hardware and leather out of pigskin, the usual combination are: 1) navy GG monogram print + navy leather trim + navy/red web stripe details, and 2) beige/ebony GG monogram print + brown leather trim + red/green web strip details.

Gold tone GG hardware and signature strip in a vintage Gucci bag - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Gold tone GG hardware and signature strip in a vintage Gucci bag
Inside of the wallet with the Gucci Vintage Accessory Collection in gold - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Inside of the wallet with the Gucci Vintage Accessory Collection written in gold
Gold Gucci knight printed in gold on the leather interior of an authentic vintage Gucci Accessory Collection clutch bag - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Gold Gucci knight printed in gold on the leather interior of an authentic vintage Gucci Accessory Collection clutch bag

The leather, being pigskin, has the distinct follicle marks; while fake Gucci Accessory Collection bag usually utilizes smoother cow skin leather and vinyl trims. A perfect example is the vintage fake clutch I have used back in 2007 (which is the starting point of my Gucci journey).

A vintage Gucci canvas bag which turned out to be fake - Ultimate Guide Before Buying Purses on Ebay
Notice the shiny leather in this fake vintage Gucci Accessory collection clutch

Aside from the Gucci leather tag and serial number, some vintage GAC bags also have a paper tag beneath. But through use and old age, it is not uncommon to see these tags get removed. Here is an example of an authentic paper tag.

A vintage Gucci bag with a paper tag with GUCCI Accessory Collection written on it - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A vintage Gucci bag with a paper tag with the registered trademark and GUCCI Accessory Collection written on it. The Gucci knight crest is also on the dead center

Here are also a couple of hardware in a vintage Gucci Accessory Collection bag. These are usually engraved GG on a gold-tone hardware:

Gold-tone buckle & GG engraving on the strap of a vintage Gucci - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Gold-tone buckle & GG engraving on the strap of a vintage Gucci Accessory Collection crossbody bag
Gucci knight zipper pull and GG engraved gold tone hardware - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Gucci knight zipper pull and GG engraved gold tone hardware in an authentic vintage Gucci Accessory Collection crossbody bag
Pigskin leather and GG engraved gold tone hardware - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Pigskin leather and GG engraved gold-tone hardware in an authentic vintage Gucci Accessory Collection crossbody bag

As mentioned here, vintage Gucci linings tend to break down, so be attentive with the details of Gucci bags for sale on Ebay.

The photos below are some examples and details of authentic vintage Gucci bags that are not from the Gucci Accessory Collection:

A vintage gucci messenger bag - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A vintage monogram Gucci messenger bag
Leather patch marked with the GG logo - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Leather patch marked with the GG logo
An all-leather vintage Gucci box bag - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
An all-leather vintage Gucci box bag
Circular leather tag in a vintage Gucci box bag - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Circular leather tag in a vintage Gucci box bag
Gold tone hardware with GG engraving in a vintage Gucci box bag - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Gold tone hardware with GG engraving in a vintage Gucci box bag
Some metallic closure have TOHPO engraved - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Vintage magnetic snap closure with TOHPO engraved and a series of codes
A micro monogram GG print in this vintage Gucci bag - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A micro monogram GG print in this vintage Gucci bag
Close-up of the goldtone hardware - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Close-up of the gold-tone hardware

When buying vintage Gucci purses on Ebay, always ask for question on wear and tear. Gucci bags stand the test of time, but they are not infallible. It is particularly not desirable to have a flaking lining and ruin your stuff.

Next in the series, I will be discussing Gucci outlet bags.

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43 comments

  1. Hi there wondered if you could help? I’m watching a bag that is Vintage Gucci, it’s has a gold metal tag on the back which has the knight to the left with GUCCI and R circled above, then to the right it has Gucci written in italics (like the Gucci style) with MADE IN ITALY underneath

    Thanks

  2. Hi! I have a beautiful Gucci bag that fits all of these requirements, perfect patten on the outside, all of the hardware has the imprinted logo, the inside of the bag is slightly shedding its lining, and it has a serial number. The only thing that concerns me is that the paper tag on my vintage Gucci accessory collection bag. In your photo Gucci is on top and the crest is dead center. On mine, Gucci is dead center and the crest is on top. Otherwise everything else is the same. The back of the paper tag is authentic and the leather tag is beautiful. Does this small difference on the paper tag mean it is not authentic?

    1. Hi! I have seen this type of Gucci tag that you described, but I can’t seem to find one from my own photo collection. If you could post a photo, this would be helpful but I see nothing to worry about. Cheers!

  3. Hi there,
    This is an excellent guide to identifying Vintage Gucci! I wondered if you knew anything about the label “Gucci Parfum” that appears in some vintage Gucci clutches from the 1980s. Do you know anything about this label? It confused me that some small Gucci Bags have this label. I have only seen this label on Gucci clutches. Any info you have would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hi! This is most likely given as free purses for Gucci perfumes. It also has the pigskin leather used on it. Kindly post a photo if you can. Cheers!

  4. I hope you are still keeping up with comments on here, because I really appreciate your tutorials and have an important question. Did Gucci ever made a blondie bag WITHOUT the big medallion on the front. I have on and everything looks so perfect except I couldn’t find single other one online that was the blondie style and did NOT have the medallion either attached or cut out on the top flap. Please help!

    1. Hi! Sure, you can post a link to the photos of your Gucci bag in the comments. Happy New Year from our side in the Pacific!

        1. Hi! To educate more people, I suggest making photos publicly available. Try uploading on Tinypic, then paste the URL/link to the photo in the comment. Cheers!

  5. Greetings!

    Thanks so much for all your helpful tips for authenticating vintage Gucci bags. I’m new to the vintage bag scene but found what I believe to be a real vintage gucci bag from the 80’s for a steal of a deal. Would love your help in confirming if this bag is indeed authentic. I’ve included links to pics below. The serial number on the back of the tag is in a different format from the others that I’ve seen, but overall I believe the bag has many markings that confirm it’s authenticity.

    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=15z5zdd&s=9#.WmfBlt-nFPY
    http://i67.tinypic.com/6ga2hj.jpg
    http://i65.tinypic.com/35k0210.jpg
    http://i67.tinypic.com/o0uxco.jpg
    http://i63.tinypic.com/15q92sh.jpg
    http://i68.tinypic.com/30vfzeq.jpg

    Thank you!

  6. I recently received a Gucci accessory collection bag, it is in used condition, but I have no idea on the name of this bag, is it possible to send a picture to anywhere. For confirmation?

  7. Hi! I bought a vintage Gucci bag from an estate sale. Can you tell me is its authentic? I read all your articles….and I think its authentic,, however not totally sure. I was told that it was from the late 70s, possibly early 80s. It has the gold cursive logo. I haven’t seen that logo in your articles.

    1. Hi! The Gucci cursive logo can be seen in one of the case studies (i.e. Gucci Abbey) I had posted. But yes, I have seen vintage bags with this logo font.

      If you can post a photo, I could help you out. Cheers!

    1. Hi! Thank you for posting such detailed photos! It helps a lot in authenticating Gucci bags. Yes, this is an authentic vintage Gucci Accessory Collection bag. This still has the tyvek/paper material underneath. Congratulations!

  8. I bought a Gucci bag and I’m having a hard time tracking down solid info on it. Can you tell me if you know anything about it? It’s gucci monogram with knights zipper full and gold g closure.

    1. Hi! We need a photo of the bag to be sure. Several Gucci bags have the knight zipper pull in monogram. Cheers!

  9. Hi! I love your posts. It is very informative. I am looking into this vintage bag but quite hesitant as it doesn’t match every details that you have pointed out (the label seems to be off). I would like to seek your opinion and expert eye on this 🙂

    https://www.ebay.de/itm/Gucci-Schultertasche-Handtasche-Vintage-Monogramm-Weinlese-Tasche-80-Jahre/112812236332?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

    Thanks very much for your help! 🙂

  10. I don’t want to post a link right away, but I see a vintage Gucci online… Everything seems to check out and even has this red drawstring pouch included… But the buckles lack GG symbol.

  11. HI I hope you can help I wanted to find out if this is a authentic bag ?

    You may have to zoom in on the zipper photo as it does say ykk on the zipper pull and the side of the zipper as well hopefully you still check this blog as your blogs have been very helpful

  12. Hi,
    (this is a correction post as my first post had a dud link for pictures)

    What a wealth of knowledge you hold! Thank you for sharing! I purchased 2 vintage gucci bags online and i studied the pics against your notes and i think they are real. It would be of great reassurance if I could trouble you to look at the photos and authenticate it too. Thank you

    https://1drv.ms/f/s!Ao-YyhNcqj2EhhbwohSdp2_CE_VI

    1. Hi! This is an authentic vintage Gucci Accessory Collection bag. Interestingly, Gucci launched a bag for Spring/Summer 2018 called Gucci Ophidia bag inspired by this style.

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