Ultimate Guide on How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real (or Fake)? – Case Study: Comparing a Real vs. Fake Gucci (Gucci Soho Leather Disco Bag)

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After our real vs. fake Gucci bag comparison for Gucci Abbey Messenger bag, we look at another case study. This is an interesting one. The Gucci Abbey has been released about 10 years ago, while the bag we’ll discuss here is recent.

The Gucci Soho Disco bag is a sure hit. First released in 2012, the style is still being sold by Gucci. Due to its massive popularity, the market is flooded by fakes.

Let’s start with our comparison!

The bag on the left is an authentic Gucci Soho Disco bag, with the fake on the right. If you look at the GG interlocking logo, they appear to be the same.

Comparing a Real vs. Fake Gucci Soho bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real

Comparing a Real vs. Fake Gucci Soho bagHowever, if you look closely, you will see the inconsistency of the GG interlocking logo. The points where the two G meets look shallow, and the stroke of the inverted G almost has no curve at all.

GG Interlocking details - Comparing a Real vs. Fake Gucci Soho bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real

GG Interlocking details

If you look at the strap detail, you will see the clumsily done edging of the leather. Zooming at the photo, the jagged edging looked more stark with the light-colored leather.

The hardware looked extremely faded on the fake bag, considering that it is a newer style.

Buckle details Comparing a Real vs. Fake Gucci Soho bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real

Buckle details Comparing a Real vs. Fake Gucci Soho bag

With the picture of the tassel below, you can see a lot of red flags on the fake one. Similar to the strap buckle above, the one below has faded hardware instead of the gold-tone in an authentic Gucci Soho Disco bag.

The stitching and edging on the real bag were well-made, while you can see the bad edging job and the overlapping leather of the fake bag. The tassels also looked wrinkly, like a crepe paper quality to it.




Leather tassle and hardware -Comparing a Real vs. Fake Gucci Soho bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real

Leather tassle and hardware

If you compare the black Gucci tags on both bags, you will see the difference in the font of the numbers. The font of the “CCI” in GUCCI is not consistent with an authentic GUCCI logo font.

Black Gucci fabric tag in the lining - Comparing a Real vs. Fake Gucci Soho bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real

Black Gucci fabric tag in the lining

The leather tag of the fake Gucci Soho Disco bag doesn’t look as good as the one from the fake Gucci Abbey Messenger bag. The embossing is off on all accounts.

Gucci leather tag - Comparing a Real vs. Fake Gucci Soho bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real

Gucci leather tag

If you flip the leather tag, you will also see that the font is not consistent with serial number font of contemporary Gucci bags. Both bags have the serial 308364 (which, is the style number for a Gucci Soho Disco bag), with their complete serial as “308364 498879” for the authentic and “308364 9991” for the fake bag.




Gucci Soho bag serial number - Comparing a Real vs. Fake Gucci Soho bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real

Gucci Soho bag serial number

This case study comparison is an excellent guide if you were to decide in buying Gucci Soho Disco bag purses on Ebay.

In the following days, I will be posting other interesting posts that will complement this “Ultimate Gucci Guide”, such as this guide for authenticating the ever-popular Gucci Dionysus bag.

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54 Comments

  1. Hi,can you help me please?I want to buy Black Gucci Soho Disco bag from someone else,but I don’t know it’s authentic or not?Can you tell me what’s serials numbers on this bag?Has it always got 12 numbers?6 up and 6 numbers under line?Can you tell me:”What’s 6 numbers under line,please?”
    308364
    162928???
    This numbers is correct or not?Because I told them:” send photos what’s serial numbers black Gucci soho disco bag”.Thank you for your help.

    • Hi! Please put a link to the photos and I could help you out. Some Gucci serial numbers are used on both fake and authentic Gucci bags. Cheers!

  2. Hey! where did you even get a fake gucci disco bag?? I’m thinking of getting one for my friend! Please let me know 🙂

    • Hi! I do not advice buying a fake Gucci bag, thus I cannot help you. Thanks!

  3. Hello
    I bought gucci soho disco bag from someone else.. can you help me authenticate if it is real or fake?

    Thank u

  4. Hi i‘m going to buy a gucci soho chain bag
    but i‘m not sure if she‘s real or not
    could you please help me? ❤️

    • Hi! Please post photos of the bag so we can have a good look. Cheers!

  5. Hi! I wanna buy the gucci marmont shoulder bag in size small online. Could you do the comparison between the real and the fake one?

    Really looking forward for your reply.
    Thanks.

    • Hi! Please post photos of the bag so we can have a good look. Cheers!

    • Hi! The photos look blurry, but I am seeing red flags. Please post clearer photos of the leather and the serial number to be sure. Cheers!

  6. Hi!

    Where can I send photos for you to confirm if authentic? I really appreciate it! I’m almost 100% its fake when comparing to my authentic smaller disco bag.

    • Hi! Please upload it online like on Photobucket, and post the link here. Cheers!

    • Hi! Please post a link to the photo. I am unable to view IMG_0588.PNG . Cheers!

    • Hi, unfortunately one photo is not enough to authenticate this Gucci Soho bag. Please include a clear and close-up photo of the Gucci leather tag and serial number. Cheers!

    • Hi! Needs more photo, especially the Gucci leather tag and serial number to authenticate. Cheers!

  7. Where can I send you some pics for you to help me authenticate 2 gucci bags?

    • Hi, please upload it on Photobucket or Tinypic and post the link here. Cheers!

  8. Hi!! I am interested in buying this gucci diaper bag and the price is very affordable, I was wondering if you can autheticate it. Please!! before bidding on it.

    Thank you!!

    • Hi! This is unfortunately a fake Gucci Soho Leather Disco Bag. The “serial number” M40992 is actually the style number for a Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Monogram Mimosa Bag. Louis Vuitton uses date code and not style numbers, as well. Cheers!

  9. Hi is this authentic wanted to buy this buy not sure whether is it authentic or not .
    [IMG]http://i68.tinypic.com/33lcn6b.jpg[/IMG]
    [IMG]http://i63.tinypic.com/5lquxz.jpg[/IMG]

    • Hi! Needs more clear and detailed photos to be sure. However, I am not liking the zipper in the photo. Please put more photos. Cheers!

    • Hi Caitlin! The link for this black Gucci Matelasse Chevron Camera Crossbody bag is not working.

    • Hi Zeinab! I need clear photos of the leather tag and the serial number to be sure.

    • Hi Stacey! Unfortunately, I cannot view nor open the link provided. Kindly give the correct link. Cheers!

    • Hi Stacey RVA! I am personally not confident in buying this Gucci Soho bag with serial “308364 170701”.

  10. Hello can you please tell me if this is authentic?

    I’m not sure how to go about sending you pics?

    • Hi Natalie! I don’t see any link to photos. Do upload on Imgur or Photobucket, then put the URL here. Thanks!

    • Hi Caroline! I’m seeing red flags with this Gucci Soho Camera bag with serial number “308364 498879”.

    • Hi! I’m not Natalie. However, even without the serial number, I’m inclined to think that this Gucci Soho Disco bag is fake.

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