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How we proceed with items upon receipt in our SACLÀB studio

Authentication and Grading

Hermès Kelly Mini 20 Crocodile Black Vintage

Handbag appraisal

We aim to extend the life cycle of authentic high-end leather goods through bespoke service and full transparency. Building on our in-house experts’ long-standing expertise and specialization in the world’s most acclaimed handbag manufacturers, each item is attentively inspected before admission to our portfolio.

How we authenticate

First and foremost, we guarantee that every item sold through SACLÀB is an authentic original.

As we carefully hand-pick the items we offer, we take our time to thoroughly verify each bag’s authenticity. From single stitches to general construction and craftsmanship, our in-house experts examine its anatomy from the ground up, inside-out. After initial inspection, they draw on a database of 25,000 images and detail shots – comprising logos, stamps, stitching and leathers of all relevant brands – for reference and comparison.

Chanel Single Flap Valentine Orange Saclàb CC

“If you work with high-end handbags on a daily basis, most often a counterfeit falls out of range with the first touch,” Oliver, co-founder and Managing Director of SACLÀB, explains.

With our focus on top-tier designers such as Hermès, Chanel, and Dior, our in-house experts are trained to rigorously assess brand-specific criteria and review distinct details. Alongside timeless classics, we complement our knowledge on new creations, colours, and materials each season.

Hermès Birkin 30 Ostrich Bleuet Saclàb

We gladly assist you in case you have any questions about our authentication procedure or a specific item from our selection.

If you wish to learn more about what to consider when evaluating your own Hermès or Chanel handbag – or if you want to ascertain how to spot a counterfeit – read our complete guide on authentication.

Hermes Constance 18 Ostrich Pourpre Saclàb

How we grade

“The bag that I purchased was described perfectly. The customer service during the purchase as well as after the purchase has been nothing short of impressive,” says Sabia from Dubai about her experience with SACLÀB.

To ensure that your order fully meets your expectations, we determine each bag’s condition before listing it on our website. For this purpose, we have defined straightforward quality criteria within a five-point grading system to apply whenever we receive a new arrival in our SACLÀB studio.


We grade the condition of each bag from 1 to 5:

  1. Unworn with all accessories. Totally unused.
  2. Hard to believe somebody owned it before. Showing minimum signs of wear.
  3. Pre-loved. More than one imperfection.
  4. This beauty has admittedly been used. Aged visibly and gracefully.
  5. A bag with traces of a former life.
Chanel 19 Large Chevre Black

Grades 1 through 3 are deemed suitable for immediate resale by SACLÀB. If a bag is issued grade 4 or 5, it can either be sent to one of our SACLÀB restoration laboratories or can be transformed into a one-of-a-kind original.

After all, our objective is to make your purchase as convenient and carefree as possible. In case you wish to know more about the condition of a specific item, reach out to our customer care.

Are you interested in selling your designer handbag? Consign with us now, or directly resell your treasure via SACLÀB. Get in touch for a bespoke offer – and our consultants will arrange everything to suit your needs.

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