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How to spot fake Chanel sunglasses

Jakub Odcházel

Medically reviewed by Jakub Odcházel, Chief Optician, on 25 Aug 2019
Written by Leonie Bauer

Original Chanel sunglasses are famous for their extravagant designs and outstanding quality. The name Chanel indicates top-quality lenses and unbreakable frames.

However, there are lots of counterfeit Chanel sunglasses out there. Due to their low price and quality, fake sunglasses can be very harmful to our eyes. That's why Lentiamo has made a list of tips on why and how you should stay away from fake, non-original eyewear.

We will show you how to avoid harmful shades in our series „How to spot fake sunglasses“. In six articles you will learn how to easily distinguish counterfeit Oakley, Prada, Carrera, Persol or Dolce & Gabbana fakes from the original brand sunglasses.

Why fake Chanel sunglasses harm your eyes

Chanel sunglasses are stylish, elegant and very professionally manufactured. Fake Chanel sunglasses, on the other hand, lack a sufficient UV filter, shatter-resistant lenses and rugged frames. Because our pupils are wide open through the dark lenses and no UV filter blocks the sun's rays, we can seriously damage our eyes and vision. That's why we have to know how to distinguish fake from original sunglasses.

2 tips on how to spot fake Chanel sunglasses

1. Check the arms

Chanel sunglasses are manufactured in Italy – original sunglasses have the fact (Made in Italy) written on the right temple together with the letters CE. On the left arm they have an identification code where the second string of characters should start with the letter C.

2. Check the lenses

New Chanel sunglasses models have a small Chanel logo on the lens and a vertically etched identification code on the right.

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Comments

  • Karen

    I lost a pair of authentic Chanel sunglasses approximately five years ago. I have the box they came inAnd was wondering what numbers will help me track down the same “make and model” Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.

    Reply
    • Gergana-Ekaterina
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      You might be able to find an identification code where the second string of characters should start with the letter C.
      This code might be able to find the model that you are after.

      Kind Regards.

      Reply
  • Sara

    Is there a site that I can send pics to to offer me a information about authenticity?

    Reply
    • Gergana-Ekaterina
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello Sara,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Sadly, I am not aware of such a website.
      I apologize that I cannot be of any help.

      Kind Regards.

      Reply
  • Nox

    Would absolutely every pair have Chanel etched on the lens?

    Reply
    • Gergana-Ekaterina
      Lentiamo.co.uk

      Hello Nox,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Mainly the newer models of the Chanel line sport a small Chanel logo on the lens and a vertically etched identification code on the right. If yours does not have one, please check the other markings and/ or steps to verify the validity.

      Kind Regards.

      Reply
  • Lana

    So we’re the vintage sunglasses ever made in France ?

    Reply
    • Jk

      I'm not sure if Chanel eyewear was ever produced in France.

      However, the reason the glasses are made in Italy is because Luxottica hold the license to produce the eyewear on Chanel's behalf. In fact, Luxottica holds the license to a bunch of other luxury brands as well. They are the largest eyewear company in the world and they own Sunglasses Hut and LensCrafters too.

      Reply

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