How to Spot Fake Moncler Jackets: 7 Easy Things to Check

Founded in 1952, Moncler is well known for its down jackets. The Italian clothing company creates a variety of apparel including jackets, parkas, coats, shirts, and trousers for men, women, and children.

Focusing on high-quality craftsmanship and stylish designs, the brand has won the hearts of many and has become one of the go-to labels for jackets.

Anna Faris wearing a Moncler jacketAnna Faris wearing a Moncler jacket while doing errands in Studio City on January 29, 2013

When Moncler blew up as a designer brand in 2000, it became a target of counterfeiters. To fight the problem of black market copycats, Moncler has stepped up its security measures by adding a couple of helpful tools to help their customers authenticate a Moncler product.

However, buying Moncler jackets from authorized retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom is arguably the simplest way to ensure that you get the real thing.

Jane Krakowski wearing a Moncler jacketJane Krakowski wearing a Moncler jacket while out with her baby in Manhattan on March 10, 2014

If you have been planning to purchase your own Moncler jacket, make sure you check it for authenticity. These days, counterfeiters have become more advanced in their methods, making it even tougher to determine the authenticity of a product.

While the company is headquartered in Milan, Italy, Moncler has factories in many European countries. Most jackets are made in Romania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Moldova/Moldavia, Hungary, and the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

Thanks to these tips, spotting a counterfeit product should be a little easier.

1. Check the code through the Moncler website

As part of its campaign to end counterfeiting, Moncler has set up a code checker tool on its website. You will first be asked to register at the beginning of the process. Once your details have been registered, you will be asked to input the QR product code.

Take advantage of Moncler's code checker toolTake advantage of Moncler’s code checker tool

You have the option of scanning the certilogo code with a smartphone or entering the 12-digit code manually. The next page will display the results of your code. If the website detects a fake number, you will be redirected to contact customer service.

2. Check the styles

A lot of counterfeiters make up completely nonexistent styles that look nothing like the original styles. Familiarize yourself with the styles that are currently available on official retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.

Beware of items tagged as “vintage styles” or “limited edition” as they may be fakes being sold as unique styles on unauthorized sites.

Moncler runway presentation for New York Fall Fashion WeekMoncler runway presentation for New York Fall Fashion Week at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 14, 2017

3. Check the labels

Moncler labels are found on the inside of jackets, typically stitched on the upper part near the hood or collar. The label is clean, with a minimalist design.

Authentic Moncler jackets do not have uneven stitchesAuthentic Moncler jackets do not have uneven stitches

It shows the Moncler text with the M and rooster emblem. This whole display should look finely made, with proper spacing and appropriate font/colors. Fake Moncler jackets often have uneven stitches, with some letters looking significantly bigger or bolder than the others.

4. Check the cartoon strip

Not all styles have the cartoon strip label, but those that do provide an added feature that you can check. On authentic jackets, the comic strip is located at the inner front panel on the left side of the jacket.

Not all Moncler jackets feature the cartoon strip labelNot all Moncler jackets feature the cartoon strip label

The label is made of fabric that has no sheen to it. The printed ink must be a little muted and never too bright. Fake jackets typically try to replicate using vivid colors on a plastic-like material. Misaligned comic panels are also clear signs of counterfeits.

5. Check the fabric

Moncler down jackets are usually made of 100% polyamide or nylon. This is a highly resistant fabric that provides comfort and waterproofing. The jacket’s texture should feel smooth to the touch and should not look overly glossy.

Counterfeiters often use lesser quality fabric as alternatives, which look and feel really cheap. Authentic Moncler jackets also age well and should retain comfort and quality even with normal wear and tear.

6. Check the hardware

The majority of hardware found on a Moncler jacket has either the brand name Moncler or the brand logo engraved. Throughout the years, the brand has used several zippers including Lampo, Fiocchi, and Vislon.

Inspect the Moncler zippers and buttons very closelyInspect the Moncler zippers and buttons very closely

Inspect the markings on the zippers and buttons very closely. Some counterfeiters are able to use these same brand of zippers but have a hard time making an exact copy of the logo. Some fakes don’t have any markings on them at all.

7. Check the website or seller

Fake products are being distributed in the black market and through unauthorized sites online. Before hitting the purchase button, do a little bit of research on the website you are buying from. In particular, be extremely careful when shopping on auction sites like eBay.

If you are considering buying through this method, it is essential to choose a trusted seller with great feedback. Inspect the listing and look for suspicious signs, which may include unresponsive sellers, misspelled words and product photos that were just grabbed from the Internet.

The safest way to shop for genuine Moncler products is by going directly to authorized sellers. Aside from the Moncler website, these are the most popular authorized websites where you can get authentic Moncler jackets:

1. Nordstrom

2. Amazon

3. Barneys New York

4. Matches Fashion

5. Saks Fifth Avenue

Need more tips? Watch the helpful video below.

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