Is the Hermes which costs you hundreds of thousands definitely genuine? Does the overseas purchasing promise made by sellers really guarantee that every brand bag is genuine? China is the world’s largest consumer of luxury, but Chinese customers often fall victims to fake products. If some people can know whether your Chanel bag is genuine or fake in at least 10 seconds, will you trust them. They are the luxury connoisseurs, an emerging job group, with some outlandish flavor and a sense of mystery.
Don’s say directly the bag is fake.
Wearing black work suit and only one glove, with magnifiers whose magnification range from 10 times to 100 times lying on the work bench, luxury connoisseur Li Wentao spends almost work time like this. Every day, he would deal with various luxurious bags in front of this bench. These bags come across the country, bought by owners of second-hand luxury shop or ordinary people. Li Wentao said that when he got the product to be authenticated, he would first look. Wearing only one glove can protect the client’s article and directly feel the leather with another hand while at the same time observing with the eyes. Second, to smell. The connoisseur will smell the scent of the bag. And third, to compare. The connoisseur will use magnifiers of different magnification and caliper of different measure to closely observe and compare the logo, hardware, ID card or even trivial stitches of the package.
After the whole process of looking, smelling and comparing, Li Wentao has already known the result. If the article is genuine, we would issue a authentication paper, and if not, we would say to our clients that “this bag is not ok” or “some problems exist in this bag”, instead of directly telling them the bag is fake or -graded replica, in order to protect the “face” of the clients. Li Wentao said that most clients are calm toward the authentication result.
Observe the bags of passers-by when shopping.
When at work, the clients can not meet the connoisseurs, so Li Wentao can only “talk” in his heart with the bags in front of him with his hands and tools. He has to feel at least 40 to 50 bags per day and keeps seated all day long. Li is an experienced connoisseur. His biggest hobby out of work is to frequent the second-hand store to buy bags. Usually, Li would look at the bags of passers-by unconsciously, finding out what brand, what type they are and whether they are genuine or not.
Lurk in the social networks of counterfeiters.
In fact, to be a luxury connoisseur necessarily means dealing with numerous counterfeiters. In the authentication industry, there is a unspoken rule: if the article is fake, the connoisseur can not explain why whatever the clients inquire. This is to protect the brand and at the same time prevent the counterfeiters from improving their skills of counterfeiting using this as a clue.
Some counterfeiters make every attempts to get the ways of contact of connoisseur, for example, to offer an weekly salary of 600,000 to invite the connoisseur to give a lecture. At this time, the working ethics of the connoisseur is at test. Li Wentao said: “I’ve added 2 counterfeiters in my Wechat account. One was specialized in making really worse C-graded replica and the other in A-graded or even super A-graded replica.” I will keep close attention at every news of theirs, but never interact with them, lurking among them to know the latest news in the counterfeiting field.