Inspecting the quality of the leather should be your first check when authenticating your Chanel 2.55 bag.
Genuine Chanel 2.55 lambskin leather bag
LAMBSKIN LEATHER SHOULD FEEL SILKY SOFT
A lambskin bag (yes, made from a lamb), should feel silky soft and appear visibly smooth. The finishing of the leather oozes quality and luxury. Fake Chanel 2.55 bags rarely use the same high quality raw materials and fail to match the high quality signature finish. It helps if you can look and feel a genuine 2.55 bag. If you don’t have access to an original Chanel 2.55 pop into a Chanel store to inspect the bags. Chanel use a variety of materials for their 2.55s but lambskin and caviar are the most popular.
Fake Chanel 2.55 lambskin leather bag
FAKE LAMBSKIN LEATHER THIS DOESN’T FEEL SILKY SOFT
If you are inspecting a lambskin bag, does it feel super soft? It’s not very easy to tell from pictures but the replica leather below doesn’t feel anywhere near as soft, nor does it even smell like the quality leather that Chanel use.
CAVIAR SKIN LEATHER
Caviar skin is made from pebbled calf (cow) leather. The leather has a characteristic bubbly appearance, see the picture below. I wouldn’t say caviar skin is rough to the touch, more textured.
Chanel caviar 2.55 flap bag
Caviar skin leather is more durable, less likely to scratch and mark, a serious consideration if you are accident prone or wish to use your bag daily. Caviar leather also tends not to lose its puffy raised appearance. So if you prefer the fuller look you may want to consider this style of bag. Calfskins are also used with Chanel totes, Cambon ligne lines, and the grande and petite shoppers.
If you have a caviar bag run your fingers over the leather, you should feel raised dimples. Many people have a firm favourite but looks and preference are personal. Let’s face it, most of us like both.
Check Style Republic’s article revealing how the Chanel 2.55 bag is made.