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Is this an authentic Balmain

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by geijutsu, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. geijutsu

    geijutsu Member

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    Hi everyone, been lurking here for quite some time so I thought it's about time that I start posting.

    About a moth ago, I purchased a grey Balmain blazer off ebay, the seller assured me that it's guaranteed to be 100% authentic, upon un-boxing it, the blazer was fine and felt great to me, the stitching, material...etc was fine, however, the thing that felt off was the eagle brooch that came with the blazer, somehow it looked...cheap, I just couldn't understand how such an expensive piece could come with such a poor hardware, I payed $900+ shipping and it is said to retail for about $3500, I uploaded detailed pictures for you guys to take a look at it, please don't hesitate to ask for more detailed pictures in case you need them to verify the piece's authenticity.

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbezqz9aMT1rpqi91o3_1280.jpg
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  2. geijutsu

    geijutsu Member

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  3. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    "Balmain" appears to be spelled correctly. So you shouldn't have to worry about that.
     
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    newyorknoir Senior member

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    yes
     
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  5. geijutsu

    geijutsu Member

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    Phew, thanks guys, but what baffles me is why is the eagle brooch made so poorly as apposed to the jackets price tag, you'd expect something of higher end.
     
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    what exactly do you mean by poorly made..? It feels like a lightweight piece of aluminum? The brooch can't be that heavy or it would weigh the lapel down and eventually deform your jacket.
     
  7. geijutsu

    geijutsu Member

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    Yeah exactly, I thought about that too, you're right, I guess I was just being a little neurotic.

    thanks.
     
  8. GBR

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    Surely you will discard the eagle?
     
  9. gsugsu

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    The brooch is almost as big as your hand! Surely it is just a marketing/branding device rather than an actual piece of jewelry. Did you expect it to be solid silver? You have a jacket with original tags from Mr. Porter so what are the odds someone faked these? If you are worried about having purchased a counterfeit you should not be focussing on that ugly bird but rather comparing the manufacturers tag to legitimate products.
     
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    Yes, the bird goes in the rubbish.

    Overall, how does the jacket fit?
     
  11. eddievddr10

    eddievddr10 Senior member

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    ding! ding! ding!
    did you buy this from someone in texas?
     
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    :facepalm:
     
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  13. Ivar

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    Looks authentic. The Mr. Porter tag also inspires confidence. Not sure I like the jacket's styling, though. But it's your call.
     
  14. geijutsu

    geijutsu Member

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    I don't know, I think depends on where I'm wearing it though.
    lol, I didn't expect it to be solid silver, but I expect it it to look a little better overall, but I guess the whole weight argument makes sense.
    Fits quite well actually, although it's quite small for a size 50, I usually wear somewhere between 46 and 48, and this one fits just fine.
    No, I bought it from someone in NY on ebay.
     
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    Beijing. :nodding:


    Don't suppose it matters what it's made of, just as long as you show and brand whore with it.
     
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    What do you guys think of these two items on eBay? Real or fake? Pictures look real (YKK zippers say mad win italy on them, white size tag, correct item number printed on the label) but seems like there are lots of fakes of the same item on ebay. I am super wary of fakes. Also how do I go about getting an official legit check? Has anyone tried emailing a Balmain store with photos?
    1. "Balmain Men's Wadded Biker Leather Jacket SS12" http://goo.gl/YFuVhk
    2. "Balmain Noir / Black Slim Stretch Biker Mens Jeans 011"http://goo.gl/Sp43zH
     
  18. comrade

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    Rubbish?

    Put it up on eBay. Surely, some Napoleonic Wars re-encator
    is willing to pay big bucks for it.
     
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