How to Spot a Fake Prada Purse

The devil might wear Prada… but is it real? Despite how popular counterfeiting has become, it doesn’t take a professional to determine what’s real and what’s fake when it comes to purses. Whether you’re buying a used Prada tote or simply want to know if your favorite blogger’s bag is genuine, look at the logo, hardware, fabric, and other accessories.

EditInspecting the Logo
Look for the signature curve in the “R” in the Prada logo. This is the most defining characteristic of the Prada logo and the biggest giveaway that a bag is fake.The right leg ot the “R” curves slightly upwards. If the leg is straight like a regular “R,” you have a counterfeit bag.[1]
Find anywhere the word Prada is printed or engraved on the bag to make sure the curved “R” is present in each spot. This includes extras like the dustbag if there is one or the authenticity card.

Examine the triangle logo for the correct font, spacing, and color. The inverted triangle logo is easily recognizable. Ensure that the letters are evenly spaced on the plaque and that the font matches the font on all other uses of Prada on the rest of the bag. The background color of the plaque will match the color of the bag if it’s genuine.[2]
The plaque should be fastened securely to the front of the bag and not falling off or skewed at all.

The logo on a real bag will be easily readable, no matter how small the font is.

While you’re checking the font around the bag, check that all words are spelled properly.

Make sure the logo plaque on the inside matches the interior fabric. For example, if the bag is cream, the plaque will be either the exact same shade of cream or slightly darker. The logo will be ceramic on leather bags and may be leather on non-leather bags. A plastic or fabric tag is a sign of a counterfeit bag.[3]
The interior logo plaque should also be rectangular, which is different than the exterior triangle plaque.

A real Prada bag will have a plaque with 4 rounded corners that’s securely attached to the bag.

If there is no interior logo plaque at all, it’s not a real Prada bag.

Check that the interior logo plaque says “Prada Milano Made in Italy”. The phrase will be split between 3 lines on the plaque. “Prada” is on the first line, followed by “Milano” on the second line, and then “Made in Italy” on the third line.[4]
If it says “Milan” instead of “Milano” for example, it’s a fake.

Newer styles of genuine bags might say “Prada” on the first line and “Made in Italy” on the second line instead.

EditChecking the Hardware
Compare all of the hardware to make sure it’s either all gold or all silver. Prada only uses high-quality gold and silver for its hardware. They will never mix colors on a bag so check that all of the hardware including zippers, clasps, and feet are all one color. Different colors or finishes mean the bag is fake.[5]

Open and close the zipper to see if it runs smoothly. On a real Prada bag, the zipper should work easily. There won’t be any snags, catches, or broken zipper pieces.[6]
An exception is if you’re buying a used bag where the zipper might have been damaged by the owner. Ask if this is the case.

Read the zipper brand to see if it’s Lampo, Ykk, Riri, Opti, or Ipi. These are the only brands that Prada uses for its bags. Find the brand embossed on the back of the zipper.[7]

See if all of the hardware says “Prada.” On Prada bags, every piece of hardware has the brand name engraved on it. This includes the zippers, buckles, metal feet at the bottom, locks, and any other decorative pieces.[8]
If any of the hardware is blank, it’s not a real bag.

On the zipper of a real bag, the Prada engraving will be on the front side while the zipper brand will be on the back.

Not all real Prada bags have metal feet on the bottom of the purse or special accents like locks. Check the Prada catalog online to see if your model is supposed to.[9]

EditExamining the Material
Run your hand over a leather bag to see if it’s soft to the touch. Made from real calf leather, Prada leather bags should be supple and smooth. If the leather is stiff or unbending, it’s likely a fake.[10]

Check that the interior fabric is high quality and has the Prada pattern. The interior will either be embossed jacquard nylon fabric or nappa leather. The fabric will have a pattern that alternates a line printed with Prada and a line of rope motif.[11]
Every other line with the Prada logo will be printed upside down.

Look for clean stitching along the seams. Real Prada bags should not have stitching that is crooked, uneven, or sloppy. The stitches will be small and sturdy. If they’re frayed in any areas, that’s a sure sign the bag is a fake.[12]
On a leather bag, the stitches should match the color of the leather.

Designer bags almost never have seams that are glued.

EditAnalyzing Additional Pieces
Find a small white tag inside the bag with a number printed on it. Every real Prada bag will have this tiny square tag somewhere in the interior. The number is the purse factory number.[13]

Check for a white dustbag with the Prada logo printed in black on it. A dustbag is a cloth covering similar to a pillow sham that protects a purse from dirt, sun exposure, and moisture. The font that’s on the dustbag will match the font on the Prada bag itself (the logo or the interior fabric font) if it’s a real bag. It will also have a drawstring.[14]
There should be a label stitched in the dustbag that says “Prada” and “100% Cotton Made in Italy”.

Not all Prada bags come with a dustbag. If there isn’t one, ask the seller.

Older purses may have a navy dustbag with Prada printed in gold.[15]

Examine the authenticity card for the right information and good quality. Each Prada bag comes with a sealed authenticity card that contains the serial number and purse style information. Signs of a forged authenticity card include uneven spacing between the letters and numbers, slanted lines, or low-quality printing.[16]
The authenticity card should come in a black envelope embossed with the Prada logo. A printed logo signals it’s a fake.[17]
Contact Prada via their website if you want to check that a serial number is valid. Fill out the contact form, making the subject line something like, “Please verify the serial number of my Prada bag.” Include the serial number in the body of the email form.[18]

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Today in History for 3rd January 2019

Historical Events

1338 – Jacob of Arteveld elected mayor of Ghent
1888 – 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington, D.C.
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1961 – US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba
1985 – Leontyne Price makes her final operatic appearance in a televised performance of “Aida” at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
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Famous Birthdays

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1897 – Pola Negri, [Barbara A Chalupiec], Polish-American stage actress (Madame Dubarry), born in Lipno, Kingdom of Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1987)
1923 – Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, Australian actor, pilot and radio announcer, born in Coogee, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2009)
1944 – Blanche d’Alpuget, Australian novelist, biographer and second wife of Bob Hawke
1953 – Angelo Parisi, French heavyweight judo (Olympic gold 1980)
1965 – Mark Dewey, pitcher (SF Giants), born in Grand Rapids Michigan

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1974 – Gino Cervi, Italian actor (Les Miserables, Naked Maja), dies at 72
1992 – Judith Anderson, actress (Star Trek 3), dies of pneumonia at 93
1994 – Roel Bazen, Dutch sound technician (Van Kooten and The Bie), dies at 48
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How to Keep Red Hair Color from Fading

If you love the way you look as a redhead but you hate how quickly the color fades, you’re not alone. Red hair coloring is notoriously the hardest to maintain.[1] Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to keep sporting your crimson locks a little longer between touch-ups.

EditTaking Care with Washing
Wait at least 2 days after coloring to wash your hair. If you wash your hair too soon after coloring it, the cuticle can lift and your hair color can seep out, causing the color to fade almost immediately. By waiting for about 48 hours after coloring to wash your hair, the dye will have time to saturate the strand.[2]
Because color processing can strip the natural oils from your hair, you probably won’t have to worry about your hair becoming oily during the 2 days after you get your hair colored. However, if your roots do seem oily, you can spray them with a little dry shampoo to make them look cleaner.

Use a shampoo and conditioner formulated for color-treated hair. Products designed for processed hair are alcohol- and sulfate-free and are made to be extra gentle to help protect the color of your hair. They may also contain vitamins and antioxidants to nourish and protect your hair.[3]
If you like, you can use a shampoo or conditioner designed to deposit additional color onto your hair every time you wash it. However, keep in mind that this can change the appearance of your hair color.

Avoid clarifying and anti-dandruff shampoos, which can strip the color from your hair. [4]

Condition every time you wash with a hydrating conditioner. Dyed hair tends to be extra dry and brittle, which will make your hair color look faded and dull. In addition, dry hair tends not to hold color as well. A good conditioner formulated for color-treated hair will give your fiery locks a much-needed moisture boost and will protect your hair in the future.[5]
Color-depositing conditioners can help add a boost of red to your hair each time you wash. Just make sure to match the shade to your color.

Rinse your hair in cool water when you wash. Hot water causes your hair to expand, which opens the cuticle on each strand, allowing water and shampoo to penetrate deeper into the hair and wash out more color with every rinse. Cool water seals the cuticle and locks in moisture.[6]
In addition to preserving the color, rinsing your hair with cold water will make it look shinier.

Skip the shampoo altogether for an even gentler wash. Try co-washing instead, or washing your hair using just conditioner. Apply conditioner to the roots of your hair and massage your scalp for several minutes to loosen any dirt or oil, then rinse your hair.[7]
Washing your hair with conditioner will help it look shinier and will help preserve your hair color.

Co-washing works best on dry hair. It also works well on curly hair. If your hair is both curly and dyed red, co-washing will keep your color from fading and keep your hair moisturized and frizz-free.

If your hair tends to be oily, you will probably see better results by using a gentle shampoo.

Wash your hair as infrequently as possible. The more often you wash your hair, the faster your color will fade. Try to limit washing your hair to once or twice a week to preserve the bright red color of your hair as long as possible.[8]
When you shampoo every day, your scalp produces excess oil. At first, when you skip a day shampooing, your hair may seem very oily; however, over time, your scalp won’t produce as much oil and you won’t need to wash your hair as often.[9]
Use dry shampoo if your roots get oily between washings. Dry shampoo can help absorb dirt from your roots, helping your hair look cleaner.[10]
If you exercise every day, spritz a little dry shampoo on your roots after your workout. If you can, try waiting until your hair is almost dry. The product will distribute more evenly, giving you cleaner-looking hair.

Apply a deep conditioner once a week. Keeping your hair moisturized is the most important thing you can do to keep your color looking vibrant longer. A deep conditioner, like a hair mask or a hot oil treatment, will pump your hair full of moisture and nutrients to keep it looking healthy, strong, and bright.[11]
If you like, you can make your own deep conditioner by blending avocado, egg, honey, coconut milk, and half a banana. Apply the mixture to your hair and let it sit for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it in cool water.

Switch out your shower head for one with a filter. Normal tap water contains minerals, sediments, and additives like chlorine, all of which can dull your hair and strip its color. Choosing a shower head with a filter will ensure that you’re washing your hair in only the purest water.[12]
Remember to change out the filter on your shower head every 6 months or so to continue getting soft, clean water.

EditProtecting Your Color from the Elements
Don’t swim in chlorinated pools or saltwater. Fresh water is fine for swimming, but swimming in a chlorine pool will bleach out your hair and can drastically change the color, and saltwater is extremely drying and may dull your hair’s fiery shine.[13]
If you do decide to go swimming in chlorine or saltwater, wear a swimming cap or don’t put your head in the water.

If you do get chlorine on your hair, you’ll need to wash it out with a clarifying shampoo, which will fade your color.

Keep heat styling to a minimum. Heat can dry out your hair, which will make the color look dull and faded. Occasional blow-drying or straightening is fine, but it shouldn’t be done every day.[14]
If you do use heat tools like a blow-dryer or a curling iron, spray your hair with a thermal protectant first so the heat doesn’t damage your hair.

Wear a hat if you’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun. UV rays can damage your hair and dull your color. It’s already a good idea to wear a hat to protect your face from sun damage, but covering your hair can help keep your color looking new longer.[15]
You can also spray your hair with a UV-protecting spray before you leave the house if you know you’re going to be in the sun.[16]

Have your hair glazed every 4 weeks. A glaze is a treatment that will boost the vibrancy and shine of your hair for about a month. You can either have this done at the salon or you can purchase an at-home glaze.[17]
If you’re glazing your hair at home, follow all of the instructions on the packaging. Consider asking a friend to help you to ensure even coverage.

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