FIVE Ways To Authenticate A REAL Dior Scarf
Hello, friends! I hope you are well! Today I want to share FIVE Ways To Authenticate A REAL Dior Scarf. I adore silk scarves, and I actually used to work for a silk scarf brand so I am well versed in the manufacturing and printing process and what to look for when hunting for authentic designer scarves. Today I want to show you how to spot a genuine Dior scarf and I even have a fake designer scarf so you can see the side-by-side comparisons.
So, next time you are thrifting and you think you’ve hit big, you can think about this post and see if it’s authentic or not! Also, this blog post and the techniques to authenticate silk scarves can be related to other designer brands like Chanel, Hermes, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Let’s go!!!
Pay attention to the edges
Examining the edges is one of my favourite techniques to immediately confirm the authenticity of a designer silk scarf. The premium brands, like Chanel, Hermes and Gucci will always have hand-rolled and hand-stitched edges, and your Dior scarf should be no exception!
Basically, you want to look for finely curled edges which are hand stitched, rather than edges that are folded and stitched with a machine. The authentic scarves are hand roll and hand-stitched; you can see small stitches spaced a few millimetres apart; they are quite tidy, but if you look very closely, you can detect a hint of “humanity.” Where as the fake scarves will either be machine rolled and stitched, or folded and machine stitched. Either way, there will be no roll / cylinder shape around the edge and no intricate little stitches with barely a visible thread. If you look closely at the image above, you will clearly see the difference.
Look closely at the printing quality
Next up, we are going to look super closely at the print quality. The counterfeit designer scarf on the right is printed REALLY poorly. You can see the scarf has been coloured in badly, the colour doesn’t meet the lines well. The black detailing has some patches of navy blue as the dye isn’t heavily pigmented and it’s generally clumsy, wobbly edged, crude and poor quality.
Where as the authentic Dior scarves are printed with rich and deep colours, the colours are not smudged and it doesn’t appear ‘messy’. It’s crisp, clean and generally just appears to be high quality and well printed. Even the colours are richer and deeper when compared to the fake designer scarf. Again, if you look at the image above, you should be able to see the difference.
The silk should feel thick and heavy
This is harder to show in images, so bare with me as I will do my best, but basically the silk should be thick and heavily, especially compared to designer dupes.
Most designer silk scarves are made from silk twill which is the thickest, heaviest silk you will find, a bit like the silk they use for mens ties. It will be opaque when you hold it up to the light and when you hold it, it will have a ‘weight’ to it. Also, when you knot it, it will be big knot (a lot like a pony tail in thicker hair, the knot will appear more ‘full’)
If the scarf looks more opaque than you might expect, or it feels heavier than other scarves, that’s a good indication it’s real, but also, look out for the lines in the silk as this will indicate it’s a twill which dupes often do not use as it’s much more expensive.
Scrutinise the branding
Next up, it’s time to look at the branding. On this Dior scarf, there is more of a traditional branded marking on the corner. If you look at the brand name and logo, it’s all as it should be; perfectly printed, the correct font, spaced as it should be and of course, spelt correctly – trust me, this isn’t always the case!
On some brands like Hermes, the branding might be more ‘playful’ and in-keeping with the theme of the scarf. In this case, you can’t match the writing to the logo, but you can check that it’s printed well, spelt correctly and any accents are where they should be.
Is there a care tag?
As for tags and care labels, some will have them and some might have gotten lost over the years, but generally they are secured with a minimal amount of stitches, usually one per corner and some will say the brand name on, some will just be marked 100% silk and either made in France or Italy, although most likely Italy.
Finally, the checklist!
Finally, I thought I would make a bit of a checklist:
- The scarf should be silk twill
- The edges should be hand rolled
- The scarf should be heavy
- The branding should be spot on
- If the care label is still attached, it should be marked as 100% silk and made in Italy or France
- The print quality should be perfect, with no smudges or ‘bad colouring in’
Ta da! And there we have it! FIVE Ways To Authenticate A REAL Dior Scarf, I really hope this post is of help, please let me know if you have any question, I’m always happy to help! This post contains affiliate links.