FIVE Ways To Authenticate A REAL Burberry Scarf
Hello friends! Today I want to share five ways to authenticate a real Burberry scarf. I love a silk scarf and in my experience of thrifting, I find you can often get lucky in the scarf section. However, there are fakes out there and it can be hard to know what’s real and what’s not. So today I’m going to show you how to authenticate a Burberry scarf and a lot of these tips can be applied to other luxury brands too.
Also, a little known fact about me is that I worked for a luxury scarf brand for a while, so I am well trained in the world of luxury silk squares, so I’m super excited to share my knowledge with you! Silk scarves are so beautiful and intricate, as well as being really versatile, so they are one of my favourite accessories to shop for! I hope after this post you will feel as excited about them as I do!
Look for the hand rolled edges
One of my favourite ways to quickly authenticate a designer silk scarf is by checking out the edges. The top brands; Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Hermes (to name a few) will always feature hand rolled and hand stitched edges.
Basically, what you want to be looking for is the edges shouldn’t be folded and stitched like the hem of a shirt, instead, the edges should be delicately rolled, so the outer edge is like a tiny cylinder. The roll is stitched by hand, you will see tiny stitches every few millimetres, they will be very neat, but if you look very closely, there will be an element of ‘humanity’ to it.
Also, the thread in the hand rolled edges should be almost invisible, just tiny pin pricks every few millimetres. With the bulk of the thread being hidden on the inside of the roll.
Look at the print quality
Next up, look at the print quality. The fake designer scar on the right is REALLY badly printed. The colouring isn’t inside the lines, the lines are wonky and crude looking. The black detailing is smudged and almost dark blue in areas. It’s just clunky, crude, smudged and poor quality. Where as if you look at the authentic Burberry scarf, the coloured are rich and deep, the lines are fine and crisp, and the colours meet the lines beautifully. It generally just looks like it was done with more intent and the execution is more refined. It doesn’t matter if the silk scarf you are trying to authenticate is Burberry, Gucci, Chanel or Hermes, it should always look like the colours are rich and deep, the lines are fine and intricate and the printing is perfect.
The silk should be thick and heavy
If you look closely at the image above, you should be able to see the lines in the silk of the Burberry scarf, this is because the silk is a heavier silk twill. Much like the silk they make a mans tie from. This is the thickest, heaviest and most high quality silk and it is what most of the best designer brands will use to make their silk scarves. When you pick the scarf up, it should feel heavy in weight and when you wear it, it should keep you warm. Where was the fake scarf above is so lightweight that in the light it is almost see-through, it is also more prone to damage like snags and the silk is just a lightweight, almost parachute silk. It doesn’t have a texture and it’s more of a high shine finish. An authentic designer scarf should be more matte, heavy in weight and have a slight twill texture to the surface. It should also be thick enough not to be opaque.
Look closely at the branding
Next up, look closely at the branding. On some scarves, like above, the brand name is more of a drawing or painting look, so it won’t match the brand logo perfectly. However, it should look well spaced and correctly spelled. If the branding on the scarf is meant to perfectly represent the logo as it is on the label, then take very careful note of the font, spacing and general proportions to make sure it looks right. Think of the Chanel logo for instance, none of the letters have flicks on them and the letters are spaced fairly far apart, if a scarf was in a times new roman font and the letters were close together but it was meant to represent the official logo, then it could be a very heavy tell tale sign the scarf is fake. Of course, sometimes brands will have fun with logos on scarves and represent them in new ways, but if it is meant to be the official logo, it should look exactly like the official logo.
As for any further representation of the logo, like the man on horseback, even if he is depicted in more of a painterly way, the general proportions should still look correct and it should be executed well.
If there is a scarf tag on the scarf, then that should represent the logo well too. For instance, the tag you can see in the image below is the original Burberry logo; the font is correct and well spaced.
Don’t be put off if it’s marked as ‘Burberrys’
Finally, this is fairly specific to Burberry, but they are a heritage British brand who used to be know as Burberrys’, not Burberry as they are now. Also, the logo has changed over the years too. So if you find an item which is vintage and marked as Burberrys’ and the font is different, then don’t be put off. It’s just a vintage item. Look on google for the original logo to see if it matches and look for the other identifiers like the silk twill and hand rolled edges.
Ta da! And there we have it! FIVE Ways To Authenticate A REAL Burberry Scarf! I really hope this post is of help and interest to you. Let me know if you have any questions and thank you so much for reading. This post contains affiliate links.