Ultimate Guide on How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real (or Fake)? – Gucci Bag Zipper





You have already reach the 7th post of the ‘Ultimate Gucci Guide’ on buying Gucci purses on Ebay. I hoped you learned a lot with my Gucci hardware tips. By now you might already feel comfortable looking at bags online. In this section, I will be discussing Gucci zippers.

I will be dividing this post into several parts, each with the aim of familiarizing you with the hallmarks of a real Gucci bag.

A Little Fake Parade

Here we are with another fake parade, though not as long as this. Let’s start with a fake zipper pull.

The photo below is bad fake. Judging by the photo alone, the metal looks and the font is flimsy. It is nothing like an authentic Gucci metal zipper pull.

Fake Gucci metal zipper pull - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Fake Gucci metal zipper pull

That’s an easy one. Now, let me challenge you with a difficult one (though you might have already seen this in our serial number guide). Look at this Gucci zipper pull:

Fake Gucci Positano Monogram Canvas bag with serial number 153033 9771 - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Fake Gucci Positano GG Monogram Canvas bag with serial number 153033 9771

This zipper pull is similar to what you can find in a lot of contemporary Gucci bags. This is what I call a plain, unmarked leather zipper pull. It looks quite decent, but the giveaway was the leather tag and the serial number.

As I have been saying over and over again, you don’t have to focus on one detail. It is best if you look at several things before arriving at a conclusion on authenticity. Anyway, zipper pulls like this are much easier to copy.

Next is the zipper head. The photo below shows a fake zipper head and D metal pull (where the leather pull attaches), and it is is fake. As you will see further down below, not all Gucci bags have a marking (either GUCCI, YKK or LAMPO, etc) but this plain one doesn’t cut it.

Fake Gucci zipper head - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Fake Gucci zipper head

Last but not the least, look at the two GUCCI marked zippers. One of them was a bad fake, while the other is a slightly better fake.

Fake GUCCI marking underneath a zipper - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Fake GUCCI marking underneath a zipper, the zipper pull is easy to fake as well.
Fake Gucci marking underneath an Abbey messenger - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A slightly better but still fake GUCCI marking

Now that you have seen these fake Gucci zippers, let us look at different details of an authentic Gucci bag zipper.

Contemporary Plain

As mentioned above, this type of leather zipper pull is easier for Gucci replica makers to imitate. They manage to copy even the correct slanting stitching.

For the sake of discussion, let me first draw your attention to the the following (as this is important in subsequent sections).

There are two types of hardware where the leather pull attaches:

a) the thin D-metal without a screw

b) the thick D-metal with a screw

A wooden handle tote with a standard plain side leather zipper pull

Also, there are two types of plain zipper pulls:

a) a standard plain leather

Standard plain leather zipper pull on a brown Gucci monogram canvas bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag

b) a wide plain leatherA wide plain leather zipper pull on a brown Gucci bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag

Now, you can have a combination of these four things, such as the examples below:

A Gucci luggage with a wide plain smooth leather zipper pull - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
An authentic thin D-metal without a screw and wide plain leather Gucci zipper pull
A wooden handle tote with a standard plain side leather zipper pull
An authentic thick D-metal with a screw and standard plain leather Gucci zipper pull
Also a standard plain leather zipper pull on a black Gucci monogram bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
An authentic thick D-metal with a screw and standard plain leather Gucci zipper pull
Another sample of a wide plain smooth leather zipper pull on a brown Gucci bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
An authentic thin D-metal without a screw and wide plain leather Gucci zipper pull
Standard plain leather zipper pull of a brown leather Gucci bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
An authentic thick D-metal with a screw and standard plain leather Gucci zipper pull
Standard plain leather zipper pull on a black Gucci monogram canvas bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
An authentic thick D-metal with a screw and standard plain leather Gucci zipper pull

Not so confusing, right?

Gucci-Marked Leather Pull

You have learned those four combinations above, however, in the examples of Gucci-marked leather pulls below, they fall under the thin D-metal without a screw. (I could not find a Gucci-marked zipper pull with a thick D-metal and screw). As mentioned in another post, the embossing can become shallow due to several factors.

Here are examples of authentic Gucci-marked leather pulls:

A bag with two GUCCI marked leather zipper pull
A bag with two GUCCI marked leather zipper pull
A brown GUCCI marked side pocket leather zipper pull - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
A brown GUCCI marked side pocket leather zipper pull
A Gucci Gifford tote with a GUCCI marked side zipped pocket - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is R
A Gucci Gifford tote with a GUCCI marked side zipped pocket
A GUCCI marked side pocket leather zipper pull - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
A GUCCI marked side pocket leather zipper pull
A light-colored GUCCI marked side pocket leather zipper pull - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
A light-colored GUCCI marked side pocket leather zipper pull
Another GUCCI marked side pocket leather zipper pull - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
Another GUCCI marked side pocket leather zipper pull
Due to use, the mark could fade - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell
Due to use, the mark could fade

Interestingly, you should note that the examples above are for contemporary Gucci bags with a contemporary leather tag. These Gucci-marked leather pulls below do not have a D-metal, rather a round one. These are from a 90s Gucci bag.

Sample of a GUCCI marked side pocket leather zipper pull - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
Sample of a GUCCI marked side pocket leather zipper pull
Gucci marked leather zipper pull from a nylon canvas and patent leather Gucci bag
Gucci marked leather zipper pull from a nylon canvas and patent leather Gucci bag

Medallion

If you recall this post on round leather tags, I first mentioned these medallion zipper pulls. The interlocking GG is attached to a chain, which is then attached to a circular ring attached to the zipper head.

Here are a couple of authentic zipper pulls with interlocking GG medallion:

A GG medallion zipper pull on a white Gucci nylon canvas tote bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A GG medallion zipper pull on a white Gucci nylon canvas tote bag
A GG medallion zipper pull on a brown Gucci nylon canvas tote bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A GG medallion zipper pull on a brown Gucci nylon canvas tote bag
A GG medallion zipper pull on a black Gucci nylon canvas tote bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A GG medallion zipper pull on a black Gucci nylon canvas tote bag
A GG medallion zipper pull on a black pigskin leather Gucci bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A GG medallion zipper pull on a black pigskin leather Gucci bag
A GG medallion zipper pull on a brown patent leather Gucci bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A GG medallion zipper pull on a brown patent leather Gucci bag

Metal Pulls

The first photo of this post is the ugly and fake metal zipper pull. Below is an example of an authentic metal zipper pull. Look how exquisite the engraving on the polished silver metal. Bonus that the stitching on the nylon canvas is captured excellently here as well.

A black nylon canvas Gucci tote bag with a metal zipper pull marked with GUCCI - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Rea
A black nylon canvas Gucci tote bag with a metal zipper pull marked with GUCCI

In a lot of Gucci hobo bags, it is familiar to see this G metal zipper on the large compartment. This has GUCCI engraved near the hole attached to the zipper head. Also, this style of hobo bag usually has a diamante lining inside.

A G shaped metal zipper pull on a black Gucci nylon hobo bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A G shaped metal zipper pull on a black Gucci nylon hobo bag

Below is an example of an authentic interlocking GG zipper pull.

A black patent leather bag with a GG metal zipper pull - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A black patent leather bag with a GG metal zipper pull

Vintage

We have focused previously on vintage monogram canvas, as well as the serial number for a Gucci Accessory Collection (GAC). Below is a close-up of the gold Gucci knight crest zipper pull. This is detachable from the zipper head and usually sold separately on Ebay.

This Gucci knight crest had a revival in the Gucci Babouska collection from Fall 2008/2009.

A Gucci knight crest zipper pull - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A Gucci knight crest zipper pull
Another sample of a Gucci knight crest zipper pull - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Another sample of a Gucci knight crest zipper pull

Look at this variation of the Gucci knight crest. It is in a square-ish gold-tone hardware, and if you look closely, attached in a YKK zipper head.

A vintage Gucci bag with a rectangular gold tone zipper pull with the Gucci knight - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
A vintage Gucci bag with a rectangular gold tone zipper pull with the Gucci knight

The gold-tone interlocking GG zipper pull below can also be found in some vintage Gucci Accessory collection bags. You can also see that the hardware is attached to a YKK zipper as well.

A vintage Gucci accessory collection bag with a gold tone GG zipper pull - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A vintage Gucci accessory collection bag with a gold tone GG zipper pull

Lampo

Don’t be surprised if you see that your Gucci bag has a LAMPO zipper. Gucci used and has been using different types of zippers, and LAMPO had been one of them. The shown here are from an authentic Gucci hobo bag and a Gucci bowling bag.

A Gucci nylon canvas tote with a LAMPO zipper underneath - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A Gucci nylon canvas tote with a LAMPO zipper underneath
A Gucci bowling bag with a LAMPO marked zipper - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A Gucci bowling bag with a LAMPO marked zipper

YKK

You have seen that Gucci Accessory Collection bags used YKK zippers. Actually, a lot of contemporary Gucci bags also use this type of zipper. It has the YKK etched on both sides of the zipper head.

A YKK marked Gucci zipper pull in contemporary bags - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A YKK marked Gucci zipper pull in contemporary bags

Remember the thick D-metal I had first mentioned above? Here is a close up of its screw, specifically a Phillips screw with a (-) sign.  The other end should be blank like the one above, and the zipper pull after the photo below.

A YKK marked Gucci zipper pull with a phillips head screw on one end - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A YKK marked Gucci zipper pull with a Phillips head screw on one end
Another sample of a YKK marked Gucci zipper pull in contemporary bags - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Another sample of a YKK marked Gucci zipper pull in contemporary bags

Here is also an example of a YKK zipper in vintage Gucci bags. Notice that it rests parallel to the direction of the zipper. However, I have seen vintage bags with this zipper pull a bit loose thus the head looking a bit limp.

A vintage Gucci bag with a YKK zipper pull - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A vintage Gucci bag with a YKK zipper pull

Other Zipper Information

Have you ever seen this zipper pull before? This is an authentic zipper pull made from Lucite. It has GUCCI etched on it. The zipper below is from an authentic satin bag with bamboo handles described in Part 3 of the serial number post (i.e. the one without the registered trademark).

A Gucci zipper pull marked with GUCCI made from transparent Lucite plastic - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
A Gucci zipper pull marked with GUCCI made from transparent Lucite plastic

In contrast to the hideous GUCCI engraving on the zippers above this post, this one is beautifully done with the correct anatomy of a Gucci logo.

Underneath of a zipper marked with GUCCI A YKK marked Gucci zipper pull in contemporary bags - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Underneath of a zipper marked with GUCCI

But do not be surprised that some Gucci bags zippers do not have anything written underneath. For instance, look at these authentic zippers (silver and black) that are blank. However…

Non-marked underneath of a silver authentic Gucci zipper - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Non-marked underneath of a silver authentic Gucci zipper
Non-marked underneath of a black authentic Gucci zipper - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Non-marked underneath of a black authentic Gucci zipper

… if you look closely, the zipper actually is marked with “5CN”.

Authentic Gucci 5CN zipper head
Authentic Gucci 5CN zipper head

With these Gucci zipper information, I bet you will be more empowered browsing for authentic Gucci bags on Ebay. Next in this ‘Ultimate Gucci Guide’ series, I will be discussing about the Gucci lining.

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