Ultimate Real vs. Fake Gucci Bag Guide – The Gucci Bag Serial Number Check: Part 1

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After I discussed the Gucci material, we continue with the most important part of authenticating Gucci purses.

A fair warning before you start reading: the 3 following sections have LOTS of photos. And when I mean lots, I mean loaded by 50 plus images (just counting those images I combined as one).

But with your quest in knowing how to tell if a Gucci bag is real, you need to train your eyes very well. This is where we begin the Gucci bag serial number check.

It could be overwhelming, I know, so you can always try our Gucci bag authentication service for extra protection.


As mentioned in my previous post, this is where I easily weed out fake bags from the real one. Whenever I was asked to sell something, or was in secondhand stores to score a find, I open the bag straight away and look for the leather tag and serial.

A Little Caveat

Time and again, people claim that the lines should be like this, or the embossing/lettering should be clear all throughout etc. From my experience of handling hundreds of Gucci bags, this is not always the case. Why?


Let us call a spade a spade: while Gucci is one of the most sought-after and highly desirable brand in the world, it is no Hermès.

If you are looking at PERFECTION in all details to ascertain a big is authentic, then you will be sorry to hear this. A lot of authentic Gucci bags will be deemed fake if we apply these one-size, fits-all tips. The manner by which Gucci bags are made vary.

Whether from flagship stores or outlets, vintage or new ones, there will be slight inconsistencies with the products even with a stringent quality check.

The point is, you should not rely alone in a single determinant to authenticate a Gucci bag.

Vintage Gucci Bags

So, do all vintage Gucci bags have a serial number? Well, yes and no.

For instance, very early handbags by Gucci had model numbers, but things changed around 1960s as some handbags had, while the others did not have a model number. (For an in depth analysis with visual reference, especially bags from the 1930s until 1990s onwards, you may check the Evolution of the GUCCI Trademark page).

By the 1970s, vintage Gucci bags only had the Gucci script (cursive) with no serial or model numbers. However, the vintage Gucci Accessory Collection bags released from 1979 to 1983 had the serial number in gold. You see items available online with some of the gold lettering faded or peeling off.

But there are also fake vintage Gucci Accessory Collection bags! I have seen tons of these!


While there is a dedicated section for vintage Gucci Accessory Collection (GAC), we will be discussing serial numbers of vintage Gucci bags here as a whole. Not all vintage bags fall under the GAC line, anyway. Below is an example of a vintage GAC leather tag.

Notice that it is rectangular, rounded on the edges, and usually attached in the lining below the inside zipped pocket. It has the Gucci knight crest on top, with the words “GUCCI” (all caps), “Accessory Collection” (cursive) and “MADE IN ITALY” (all caps) embossed in gold lettering. Take a look at the font of GUCCI.

Vintage Gucci Accessory Collection bag with serial number 001-4071-5.. - Vintage Gucci Bags - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real

Vintage Gucci Accessory Collection bag with serial number 001-4071-5..

Through time, the gold lettering might fade. This will only leave the embossing of Gucci knight crest, letters and numbers on the leather. If you also look closely, some authentic GAC bags even have a registered trademark (®) after GUCCI.

Vintage Gucci Accessory Collection bag with serial number 89.01.032- Vintage Gucci Bags - Gucci Serial Number Check- How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real

Vintage Gucci Accessory Collection bag with serial number 89.01.032


As mentioned, not all vintage bags fall under the GAC. An example of this is the a vintage Gucci box bag, with the leather tag and serial number below. Just like GAC, this leather tag is affixed below the inside zipper.

It is round and has a gold-tone hardware affixed to it. If you look closely, you see the Gucci knight crest, the correct Gucci font, the registered trademark (®), and the MADE IN ITALY engraved on it.

Vintage Gucci bag with serial number 007.14.0106 - Vintage Gucci Bags - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real

Vintage Gucci bag with serial number 007.14.0106

As there is a metal hardware, this is concealed by another piece of leather where the serial number is embossed. In some cases, due to the age of the bag, the two leather pieces are split showing how the gold plaque is attached.

Vintage Gucci bag with serial number 001.109.0719 - Vintage Gucci Bags - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real

Vintage Gucci bag with serial number 001.109.0719: notice the YKK zipper pull

In the next post, I will discuss another style of leather tags. This looks slightly similar to the last two examples above, with modifications.

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149 Comments

    • Hi, you can bring your Gucci bag to an appraiser such as a bag consignor. Cheers!

        • Hi Teri! Please upload a clear and close-up photos of the Gucci bag on Tinypic or Imgur, and paste the links here. Cheers!

    • hello, how can i find out if my Gucci purse is real or fake?

        • Bagaholic101, how do I post a new question I have about a vintage Gucci micro gg shoulder flap?

          • Hi Alison! For this free Gucci bag authentication, I will be needing clear photos of the Gucci bag, especially the Gucci tag and serial number. Please upload on Imgur or Tinypic, and put the links in your comment. Cheers!

  1. I just bought a vintage Gucci purse, however I tried looking for other bags, with the same serial number and found now. Does this mean the pride us a fake? The serial number is,22-0014793.
    EBay item number 192469096793.

  2. HI. I bought this bag off of eBay usually I’m pretty good at spotting a bag that is not real but this one was difficult can you please help me our and let me know if this bag is authentic I would appreciate it so much here are some detailed photos well I have photos but how can I post them on here to show you ?

  3. I want to purchase a bag online and I’m not sure if it’s authentic. Could I email you the photos and you could tell me what you think? Please get back to me. Thanks so much.

    • Hi! Please post a link of the photos of your bag. You may upload it on Photobucket or Tinypic. Cheers!

  4. Hi,
    I just purchase a gucci Soho bag on Mercari and wanted to make sure if it is real or fake. The serial number is 308364 891015

    • Hi! Please post a link of the photos of your bag. You may upload it on Photobucket or Tinypic. Cheers!

  5. I need your help I have my bag and havent been able to find the model or to find if is authentic….
    Can you help me out?

    • Hi! Please post a link of the photos of your bag. You may upload it on Photobucket or Tinypic. Cheers!

  6. Hey. Someone gave me this Gucci waist bag and I want to see if it’s fake or not I can’t find their serial number

    • Hi! Please look underneath the rectangular tag inside the bag. Cheers!

      • Do all vintage Gucci fanny pack bags have a serial number? The bag I purchased looks authentic but there is no leather tag inside and no serial number to be found.

        • Hi M. Koffmeier! You may post a link to your photos so I can have a look. Upload it on Photobucket or any image hosting site. Cheers!

    • Hi! Please post a link of the photos of your bag. You may upload it on Photobucket or Tinypic. Cheers!

    • Hi! Please post a link of the photos of your bag. You may upload it on Photobucket or Tinypic. Cheers!

  7. I just bought on a Poshmark what looks to me like Authentic I own 5 authentic Gucci handbags purchased from Store how can I tell if real ? I have pics with serial number and tags

    • Hi Crissie! You may post a link to your photos so I can have a look. Upload it on Photobucket or any image hosting site. Cheers!

  8. Hi!.I have my Gucci bag.it was from abroad given to me by my auntie ..can you tell m if that is fake or real.the serial is
    269364
    1688.

    • Hi Lhai! You may post a link to your photos so I can have a look. Upload it on Photobucket or any image hosting site. Cheers!

  9. Hello! Do all Gucci bags have to have 10-13? What if mine only has 8. It reads the numbers 177088-01
    It’s a special gold python Gucci Indy. Feels real and looks authentic to the T, leather is soft and details are close to perfect. But the serial code worries me. thanks for helping

    • Hi Ash! You may post a link to your photos so I can have a look. Upload it on Photobucket or any image hosting site. Cheers!

  10. Hi, I have this Vintage Gucci with the serial # 14.02.013, could you tell if this is fake o real?

    • Hi Yadira! Please complete photos of the Gucci bag so it can be authenticated. Cheers!

  11. Hello, Bagaholic101
    can you help me with my vintage gucci bag, please? i can upload photos, because im not sure about it, plz help

    • Hi Amanda! In my opinion, this vintage Gucci bag with serial number 001.58.0920 is authentic. Cheers!

        • Hi, yes, I just saw your comment. Kindly post the photos of the Gucci bag you want to be looked at here in the comments. You may upload the photos on Photobucket, Tinypic or Imgur. Cheers!

  12. what about this..no serial number but just write “38” &gucci then made in italy

    • Hi! It is possible to have authentic vintage Gucci bags with this number. But please post photos of the bag in question to have a closer look. Cheers!

  13. Hi! I love your site. It’s auper insightful! But because I’m such a newbie can I get your help determine if this vintage I bought is real or fake? Can’t wait to hear from you soon and thank you!

    • Hi Jess! This round vintage Gucci monogram bag with serial number “007.115.0088” is authentic.

    • Hi! This Gucci bag with diamante lining is authentic. It uses a smooshy, soft leather, thus the embossing looks peculiar. Cheers!

  14. Hi what is the email for you so I may send you photos/information on some bags I’d like your expertise in?
    Thank you in advance
    Francesca

    • Hi Francesca! Please upload a photo on Tinypic or Imgur, and paste the links here. Cheers!

    • Hi Angela! This is an authentic vintage Gucci monogram bucket bag. However, please note that the lining of these bags tends to be flaky overtime, reduced to a flaky quality. Cheers!

  15. This was a gift back in high school 80s, and always wondered if real. Moms boyfriend who was a “look at me” man. Can you help? If it is real…whats the value?

    • Hi Cathryn! Please upload a photo on Tinypic or Imgur, and paste the links here. Cheers!

  16. Hello, I just bought a GUCCI bag at GUCCI outlet in florida. Are those authentic too? Thanks!

    • Hi! Gucci Outlet bags should be authentic. But for your peace of mind, post a picture here as uploaded through TInypic or Imgur. Cheers!

  17. Hi pls check my bag if it is original or fake
    Pleasd. 186236 at the buttom is 002058

  18. Hi pls check my bag if it is original or fake
    Pleasd. 186236 at the buttom is 002058

    • Hi Camille! I will be needing photos of the bag. Please upload on Imgur or Tinypic, and put the link in your comment. Cheers!

  19. Hi I’m hoping you can help me know more about nyvintage gucci bag, is it real, what is the bag and any idea when it’s from, I have tried adding photos in the two formats you suggested but I can’t seem to do it, I could email pics? Serial number is 37-01-5572

    • Hi Cassi! This vintage Gucci monogram canvas sling bag with serial number “007.23.0017” is authentic. Cheers!

  20. Hi,
    I just purchaseda Soho Bag on Mercari.
    It has the serial number 308364 891015
    I saw one of the comments in this website also has the same serial number. Should this be a unique number? I have also Include the link of the bag. Please let me know if it’s real or fake. Thank you

    • Hi Jessica! This vintage monogram Gucci Accessory Collection bag with serial number “89.02.018” is authentic… AND STUNNING!

  21. Can you please help authenticate?
    [IMG]http://i67.tinypic.com/335860x.jpg[/IMG]
    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Jamie! For this free Gucci bag authentication, I will be needing clear photos of the Gucci bag, especially Gucci marking inside the bag. Although this has no serial number, it should have these markings. Please upload on Imgur or Tinypic, and put the links in your comment. Cheers!

    • Hi Georgia! This black monogram canvas Gucci shoulder bag with serial number “90646 1705” is authentic. Cheers!

    • Hi Fritzie! The Imgur link does not work. Please provide the correct link. Cheers!

  22. Hi, I saw a Gucci bag on Shpock that I like but I’m not sure if it’s real. The price is quite cheap for its actual price in the shops and the person is selling so many Gucci things. Would you be able to tell?
    Thanks

    • Hi Noor! For this free Gucci bag authentication, I will be needing clear photos of the Gucci bag, especially the Gucci marking inside the bag. Please upload on Imgur or Tinypic, and put the links in your comment. Cheers!

  23. Hi.
    Im looking at purchasing a bag. Not sure if its authentic. Would so appreciate your help in indentifiying

    • Hi Devorah! For this free Gucci bag authentication, I will be needing clear photos of the Gucci bag, especially the Gucci marking inside the bag. Please upload on Imgur or Tinypic, and put the links in your comment. Cheers!

    • Hi D! This vintage Gucci Accessory Collection bag with serial number “116.02.007” is authentic. Cheers!

  24. Can I please have your email or contact information I will send you a picture of a bag for you to check if it is authentic or fake

    • Hi Richard! For this free Gucci bag authentication, I will be needing clear photos of the Gucci bag, especially the Gucci marking inside the bag. Please upload on Imgur or Tinypic, and put the links in your comment. Cheers!

    • Hi Richard! The link you provided from Avito is not working. For this free Gucci bag authentication, I will be needing clear photos of the Gucci bag, especially the Gucci marking inside the bag. Please upload on Imgur or Tinypic, and put the links in your comment. Cheers!

    • Hi Eric! This white vintage Gucci monogram sling bag with serial number “001.261.4425” is authentic! Cheers!

  25. Hi bagaholic!
    I just bought a preloved gucci marmont flap in Japan, people said that preloved in japan is authentic. But can you please authenticate my handbag, i tried google it and compare it to thru website photos, but still dont know either it is fake or not
    Here is the serial number
    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=3306zx1&s=9

    • Hi Xana! This black Gucci Mamront Flap bag with gold hardware and serial number “446744 9022” is unfortunately fake. And quite a bad fake if I may add. Did you buy this from Japan yourself, or a seller claiming it was bought from Japan? Yes, Japan has strict laws on selling counterfeit items. This is the reason why a lot of people selling online will claim that their items came from Japan to lend an air of authenticity to it. Hope you get a refund. Cheers!

    • Hi John! This Gucci Nymphaea Bamboo Top Handle bag with serial number “459076 520981” is authentic! Cheers!

  26. I am looking to purchase a vintage Gucci bag however not quite sure if it is authentic. Please verify if 7458 18 718 and 120886 002988

    • Hi Kanesha! For this free Gucci bag authentication, I will be needing clear photos of the Gucci bag, especially the Gucci marking inside the bag. Please upload on Imgur or Tinypic, and put the links in your comment. Cheers!

  27. I found a Gucci bag in my house but there is no serial number on the back of the tag. I looked all over the purse and there is no serial number anywhere. This purse has all of the characteristics of an authentic bag except there is no serial number. Can you please verify?

    • Hi Scott! For this free Gucci bag authentication, I will be needing clear photos of the Gucci bag, especially the Gucci marking inside the bag. Please upload on Imgur or Tinypic, and put the links in your comment. Cheers!

    • Hi Tina! This black Gucci Marmont Bag with serial number “448065 170701” is authentic! Cheers!

  28. Hi Bagaholic101,
    I just purchased a Gucci Marmott small bag with serial number: 443497 002988
    Can you help authenticate it please
    Thsnks

    • Hi Rims! For this free Gucci bag authentication, I will be needing clear photos of the Gucci bag, especially the Gucci marking inside the bag. Please upload on Imgur or Tinypic, and put the links in your comment.

    • Hi Tina! This black leather vintage Gucci bag with serial number “001.406.0625” is authentic. Cheers!

    • Hi Julie! This black Gucci leather bag with gold hardware and serial number “269928 1000” is fake.

    • Hi John Smith! Yes, this vintage Gucci bag with serial number “012.024.0525.50” will not have the registered trademark. A gorgeous vintage luggage bag!

    • Hi Jason! The tag looks like it was cut from an authentic vintage bag and glued onto this bag’s interior. I’d stay away, if I were you.

  29. I just bought a Gucci bag And I cannot tell if it is authentic!! The serial number is 001•4206 and then the second line is 001998. I’d be happy to send some pictures!

  30. HI i bought a gucci bag online i want to know if its fake or authentic. Tnx

    • Hi Mellisa! Please upload a clear and close-up photos of the Gucci bag on Tinypic or Imgur, and paste the links here. Cheers!

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