FIVE Ways To Authenticate A REAL CELINE Scarf
Hello friends! Today I want to chat about FIVE Ways To Authenticate A REAL CELINE Scarf. I have done a few posts like this and I thought it was time to dive into the world of Celine Silk scarves. This heritage french brand make beautiful prints, many of which are equestrian and I am lucky enough to have a few in my collection. Today I want to chat about how to spot a real authentic Celine scarf… Let’s chat!!
Also, whilst these tips apply to Celine scarves, they are similar for a lot of luxury heritage brands like Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Dior. So, a lot of the best luxury design houses make their scarves with similar processes, so please feel free to apply these tips to other brands.
Look at the edges – are they hand rolled?!
In my opinion, the first thing you need to look at when authenticating a Celine silk scarf, is the edges. The best brands hand roll their edges. This is exactly what it sounds like; the edges of the silk are not folded and hemmed like a traditional garment, instead, the silk is tightly rolled into itself to create a rolled edge and then it is hand stitched to keep it together. It’s a very fine craft which it time consuming and not many people can do it. It is very intricate and very expensive, which is why only the best brands finish their edges this way. Also, it is a process which can’t be mimicked by machines, so it can only be done by hand.
Just a side note, any brands selling silk scarves with machine rolled edges, shouldn’t be charging the big bucks for their products. A lot of the cost of the luxury silk scarves is in this finish.
What is the scarf made from?!
The top luxury brands will make their silk scarves from silk – not satin. Sounds obvious right?! But you would be shocked at how many brands are trying to pass satin off for silk and it’s just not the same. On top of that, the scarf should not be made of a lightweight silk, it should be made from a thick, heavy silk twill. You can identify this by the small texture lines which run through the silks surface. if you look closely at the photos you should be able to see.
It’s also interesting to note that a counterfeit or designer inspired scarf will not knot well. A luxury silk scarf can be knotted and it will stay knotted all day, where as a satin or poor quality silk scarf which have a more slippery texture and tend to come undone fairly quickly. A silk twill scarf has more grip.
When you hold the scarf up to the light, it should be fairly opaque with very little light shining through it and when you pick it up, it should feel fairly heavy.
Look at the print quality
If you look closely a the print quality of the Celine silk scarf, you will notice it is beautifully and intricately printed. The edges will be sharp and crisp, the colours will be even or perfectly blended. There will be no smudges, no ‘colouring outside the lines’ or translucency to the print. If you look very closely, you will also notice lots of detail within the print too. Generally there is a main image or two and then within that image there will be plenty of details to observe, so no matter how the scarf is worn, there will be lots to look at in all the folds and twists. The main thing is though, that the print quality is sharp, clean, crisp and intricate.
Look closely at the labels
Please don’t get hung up on this point, as not all silk scarves have their care labels attached. Some women keep them on, others remove them and some times they simply fall off. It won’t effect the resale value or the authenticity, however, if there is a care label, it worth looking at. First of all, it generally won’t say the brand name on, so please don’t look for that. Instead it will be a fairly generic looking label and it will be marked as 100% silk and made in either France or Italy.
Look at the branding
Finally, the branding. This is an interesting one, as Celine, like most other luxury fashion houses will print their name into the scarf. Sometimes it will be an ‘on the nose’ depiction of the logo as we all know and love it to be, exactly matching the tag, store front, bags, website header etc. Other times they will depict the logo more in the style of the print. If they choose to use the logo, examine that it is spaced correctly, the perfect font and the width and scale of all the letters are as you would expect. If it’s more in keeping with the design of the scarf and bares no relation to the logo, then check that it is spelt correctly and is printed beautifully. Sometimes if it is shown as part of the ‘picture’ and not in the traditional logo, there will be a secondary logo elsewhere on the scarf which looks more in keeping with the logo. You can see on my scarf that it is heavily representing the traditional Celine logo. The lettering is spaced correctly and the font is as it should be, even though it is ‘drawn’ into the design. Does that make sense?!
Thank you for reading my FIVE Ways To Authenticate A REAL CELINE Scarf. I hope this post is of help! If you have any questions, please let me know. This post includes affiliate links.