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12 Ways to Spot Fake Hermès Ties

Rucha Phatak
Hermes of Paris or Hermès, established in 1837, is a luxury brand that specializes in leather goods, men's and women's apparel, accessories, and perfumery. Owning a Hermès bag, scarf, or tie is a signature statement in the fashion world. This story acts as your detective to help you spot fake Hermès ties and rescues you from creating a dent in your savings.
By the end of this story, you will be able to recognize an authentic Hermès product spot-on.

Tie up with Hermès!

The fashion empire, Hermes of Paris, was established as a workshop that created the most exquisite harnesses (wrought), saddles, and bridles.
Today, the company's product sales comprises 30% leather goods, 15% clothes, 12% scarves, and 15% ties.
Thierry Hermès (1801-1878) started off his business as a harness workshop. Hermès's son Charles-Émile Hermès diversified into saddlery and retail sales. When his sons Adolphe and Émile-Mauricetook charge, they retitled the company name as Hermès Frères(Hermès brothers) with a new clothing line and accessories to go along with it.
In 1950, the company saw the launch of its well-renowned duc-carriage-with-horse logo and signature orange boxes.
A favorite brand with the royals, celebrities, it has now spread its wings across the world and captured the hearts of the commoners as well. 
The company takes pride in their wide range of Hermès products - equestrian products, leather, scarves, ties, men's and women's wear, perfume, watches, stationery, footwear, gloves, enamel, decorative arts, home accessories, tableware, and jewelry. An amazing sale of a million ties over a year is one out of their many achievements.
Buying a Hermès product is a dream come true for any commoner. However, buyers beware! You just might get ripped off with a fake Hermès product which circulates the fashion markets today. It may seem genuine to one's eye; however, a closer examination reveals its authenticity.
Wondering how to identify fake Hermès ties? Tie up with this story  and investigate further.

Deciding Factors for Authentication


Good feedback and a clean history is the key to recognizing an authentic seller. Be rest assured, he will sell you genuine Hermès ties.


A Hermès tie is priced between USD 150-400, depending upon the style and pattern. If it is available at a really low price, chances are it might be a knockoff. Another key to distinguish a fake tie from a genuine one. However, a discount on the genuine Hermès tie does not imply it is a fake one.


Feel the fabric, and let your fingers decide! The genuine Hermès has got a matte finish, and it has quite a stiff feel which gradually softens over a period of time; however, the material of a fake one has a shiny appearance and is very soft to feel.

Measurement and Weight

The Hermès tie has had different sizes over the years― in the 80s, the width was 3.25 inches, which then increased to 3.5 inches in the 90s. Today, they produce ties up to 3.58 inches in width. Check the Hermès website for the various sizes and prices of their ties. 
The fake ones may just be smaller or wider as compared to the genuine ones. As far as the weight goes, Hermès ties are lighter compared to the fake ones, the reason being regular silk ties do not weigh more than 1.6 ounces.

Twill Bias

Fake ties have twills which are splitting images of each other. On the real Hermès ties, twills run in the same direction and one distinguishing factor is the 11 and 5 o'clock diagonal on the front of the Hermès tie, with a 2 and 8 o'clock diagonal at the back.


The background color of the tie is used for the inner lining; whereas the fake one usually uses black lining regardless of the color used on the tie.


The "dovetail" fold of the Hermès tie is another unique feature that differentiates it from the fake one whose fold is tacked down and sewn together. Where will you find it? At the back of the tie.


A single thread stitch, which matches the color of the tie itself, runs along the entire length of a Hermès tie; while a multiple thread heavy stitch runs in a fake one. You just can't miss it. It is right there for you to see. Lift the folds.

The Hanging Thread

A hanging thread is another feature that cannot escape your eyes. ½-1-inch in length, you will see it right there, where??... At the back of the tie fold again. Fake ones do not have it on them.

Code and Logo

The fabric has the name and logo of the company printed on it with a pattern mark representing the pattern code. The code is a combination of 2-, 3-, or 4-digit pattern code followed by two letters referring to the factory design. A square stamp sewn on the tie... YOU GOT IT is a fake one.


The self loop is used to put both ends of the tie together and is sewn on the tie. It consists of the company logo and capital-letter inscriptions such as "Dry Clean Only" and "100% Silk" or "Made in France" written vertically. The question is where do you look... keep looking... there, at the back of the bigger end of the tie. Voila! Fake ones do not carry these loops on them.

The Box and the Tissue

Signature orange boxes with the company's name and logo with tie wrappers of tissue in off-white color are the distinguishing features between the genuine Hermès and the fake ones which come in plastic bags or boxes that do not match the Hermès signature color.
Most importantly, a visit to the Hermès website can save you the eye-strain and getting duped. Smart people think wisely and are always up-to-date, hence always check the website which lists the product types―silk twill, basket weave silk, skinny twill, jacquard silk twill, etc.
As Oscar Wilde rightly said "A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life." Take your first step, refer to Buzzle's deciding factors and buy yourself a Hermès tie or maybe present one to your loved one.