FIVE Ways To Authenticate A REAL Gucci Scarf
Hello friends! Today I wanted to do a post on how to authenticate a Gucci scarf. As you might have noticed, I’m a huge fan of a classic silk scarf, but there’s a lot of fakes out there and I want to share some tips and tricks on how to spot a fake and authenticate a genuine Gucci scarf. This post is for all my fellow thrifters who have scored a Gucci scarf in a thrift store or charity shop, and want to know if they have found the real deal or not! Let’s go!
Also fun fact, I used to work for a luxury scarf brand, so I am well versed in the world of silk scarves and the skills and techniques displayed in each one. The craftsmanship in a luxury silk square cannot to be replicated in a fake and I’m super excited to share my knowledge with you.
Does the silk scarf have hand rolled edges?
You might have heard me talking about this before, but like the top luxury brands; Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, Gucci have hand rolled edges on their silk scarves. If you look at the edges of the scarf, you will see instead of being folded and machine stitched, the edges are actually rolled and then secured with tiny hand stitched the thread is barely visible as the majority of the thread is inside the roll, so all you see is tiny pin prick stitches every few millimetres. Have a look at the photos and see if you can see!
Look closely at the silk…
An authentic Gucci silk square should be made from beautiful silk. Mine is made from a really pretty silk crepe, however others will be made from a silk twill. Whichever yours is made from, it should be high quality, 100% silk and not have a high shine, coarse or satin feel or look to it.
Look at the Gucci branding
If your Gucci scarf features the Gucci chain print monogram, look closely at it to make sure the g’s are the right shape and font. It should be exactly ‘right’. The inside of the g’s should appear slightly ‘coloured in’ and there should be two dots to make up the ‘diamond’ of the monogram between each set of G’s.
As for the Gucci logo, this could be shown in a variety of fonts and designs, sometimes just as the monogram, others in a slightly more block-y 70’s print, sometimes in more italics like mine and others in their classic, simple Gucci lettering, similar to what you might see on the header of their website or in their labels.
Whatever it is, always examine the letting, logos and monograms and make sure they look ‘right’. Even if the lettering is too tall, or doesn’t have quite the right flicks on the letters, it can be a clue what what you are looking at is not authentic. Also check it’s evenly spaced.
Finally, your scarf might have a fabric label attached to the silk. These can often fall off over time and they can change, so if yours doesn’t look like mine, don’t be put off. The most important things to look for are that it’s only attached with four simple hand stitches, one at each corner, not sewn flat on. Also, it should be marked that it’s made in Italy and made from 100% silk.
What’s the print quality like?
No matter how new or old your Gucci scarf is, the print quality should be perfect. The colours should sit neatly within any lines, there should be no smudges, runs or uneven patches of colour. It should be crisp, perfect and generally ‘just so’.
How heavy is it?
Finally, the weight. This is often forgotten, but the weight of items should always be considered when it comes to designer items, everything should have a good ‘weight’. From jewellery to bags and even scarves, there should be a good weight, not especially heavy, but never ever light. For example, an authentic Hermes clic clac bracelet will weigh more than a fake clic clac bracelet and a well versed sales assistant and authenticator will be able to tell its authenticity from just holding it.
Similarly, an authentic Gucci scarf should weigh more than a fake scarf. If the scarf is made from silk twill, it will feel noticeably heavier and thicker than your average silk or satin scarf. If it’s a lighter weight silk crepe like mine, it will be lighter than twill, but still feel heavier and thicker than a lightweight silk scarf. The silk should always look opaque and not seem easy to snag. An authentic Gucci scarf should never look sheer or feel flimsy.
And there we have it, Five Ways To Authenticate A REAL Gucci Scarf. I really hope this post is of help to you! Please let me know if you have any questions, I’m always happy to help, scarves are a real passion of mine! Also, please do read my posts on how to authenticate Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Chanel scarves too. This post contains some affiliate links.