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Spotting Fake VB Rocks Rock & Republic Denim
Here is a guide to
show you how to avoid the multitude of Fake Rock & Republic
Denim that is on eBay.
You should find out some basic information about them (e.g. wash, cut and crown colour) before bidding. If you think a pair of jeans may be genuine, then take a closer look at the inside tag. The inside tag will have a code written on it, a mixture of letters that stands for the jeans cut and crown colour. The code will look something like this:
In this example, the MRD bit stands for Madrid, which is the cut of the jeans. The CWN part simply stands for crown and and then the end letter/s will stand for the crown's colour: in this case, W for white.
The price is not really a factor when deciding whether the jeans are fake or not; both genuine and fake pairs go for the same price so it is more important to concentrate on the specifics instead. Don't be swayed by very high prices; this doesn't necessarily mean they are real! Although the jeans originally retailed for £300-£400, you can pick up a (used) pair from £40 upwards.
03. CROWN COLOURS
Fnd out what the official name of the crowns are before you go bidding. Often, there are some completely fabricated colours up for sale. An example is baby pink crowns on white or blue jeans - this colour doesn't exist, I'm afraid! Below is a list of the only colours that crowns are available in. An asterisk (*) denotes pairs that come with crystals. White crowns come in crystal and non-crystal pairs.
Blue (a baby blue)
Gold (a dull gold shade)
White (can sometimes look blue-ish, but this is often from the dye from the jeans) *
Fuschia (a very dark, hot pink "Barbie" shade)
Yellow (very bright shade)
Pink (hard to describe, very, very pale but if it is genuine, it will have shimmery thread) *
60's (lime green)
70's (Copper, nearly orange, but not quite as bright)
80's Wash (very pale green-gold colour)
90's (a more metallic, brighter gold colour)
Apricot (peachy/ verging on gold shade)
Foam (gorgeous aqua, "sea foam" colour ) *
NB: White jeans are available only with gold, silver, red, blue, white and black crowns. Black wash jeans are only available in silver crowns.
04. COMMON THEMES IN FAKE AUCTIONS
a). Sellers who claim they are selling the jeans wholesale... ROCK AND REPUBLIC NEVER, EVER SELL THEIR JEANS WHOLESALE! If a seller claims to be a wholesaler of Rock and Republic, then you can be 100% sure that they are fakes.
b) Another common theme fake auctions. The seller has "purchased the jeans from America" for themselves or a "wife/sister/friend" but they were too small. They are now selling them at a rock bottom price because they got them cheaper in America! SOUND FAMILIAR? Sellers like this are just lulling any potential bidders into a false sense of security. Many bidders think that, just because the jeans are from America, they are real. Although R&R jeans are undoubtedly cheaper in the U.S, fakes can be found on both sides of the Atlantic!
c) Another tell tale sign is when the seller is selling loads of the same pair of jeans (complete with same picture for each auction) but in a range of different sizes. You would never find real jeans in such abundance like this as they are simply far too rare. STAY AWAY FROM AUCTIONS THAT SEEM TO HAVE THE JEANS IN BULK!
05. QUESTIONABLE PHOTOGRAPHS
Common themes with regards to photos in fake auctions:
Tiny pics that you can hardly make out so, from a distance, the jeans look as if they could be real. Often, sellers have photos of the jeans from strange angles, meaning they look convincing enough to deceive people.
Often, sellers will mix pics of real AND fake pairs to confuse buyers. Be careful! Look out for continuity in pictures if you think this may be the case.
If the seller ONLY has stock pictures of the jeans and no real photos of the actual jeans they are selling, refrain from bidding. Stock pictures include photos of models in genuine jeans which you would find on the Rock & Republic website or another reputable department store.
Also steer clear of any seller who ONLY has pics of Victoria or any other celeb wearing the jeans and then claims that they are selling the same ones
A good, honest seller should have loads of clear, good quality pics and if they don't, you should ask for more detailed photographs! If they are genuine then they would have no trouble in fulfilling your request.
THE JEANS DO NOT COME IN 30" OR 32" LEG LENGTHS IF THEY ARE GENUINE AND UNALTERED! The inseams are very, very long, typically 34" or sometimes longer. You just need to get them altered to suit.
Another note on sizing. The jeans do not come in dress sizes, but waist sizes! Many real sellers, of course, state the waist size and its equivalent dress size. But if you see jeans that have dress sizes on the tags, STAY WELL AWAY!
Please note also that Rock & Republic's sizing is HIGHLY ERRATIC! I speak from experience here! My advice for finding the right size would be NOT to automatically bid on your usual size. Go by the seller's measurements (AND I MEAN THE ACTUAL MEASUREMENTS THE SELLER HAS TOOK WITH A TAPE MEASURE, NOT WHAT IS ON THE LABEL!) And compare these measurements to a favourite pair you already own/are comfortable in.
NOTE: The biggest size the jeans come in is a 32" waist (approx. a UK size 16 I think). So if you see some seller flogging size 33" or above, I'm sorry, but they are fake! The jeans also ONLY COME IN WOMEN'S SIZES. YOU DO NOT GET KIDS/INFANT SIZES IN VICTORIA'S JEANS! If you see some cute baby/kids size jeans - they are FAKE!
07. FAKE TAGS!
A lot of fakes have a blue tag that says "Rock & Republic" on one side, and in red lettering on the other, "DRY CLEAN ONLY DO NOT WASH"! NO V.B JEANS HAVE THESE TAGS!
You may also have spotted some that sport black leather tags, that look almost like keyrings. Some real pairs do have these, but please do not take this as a confirmed sign of authenticity, and instead look at the jeans as a whole.
08. THE CROWNS ON THE BACK POCKETS
NB: The only place where there should be a crown is on the back pockets, one on each back pocket. Some fakes include a mini crown on the tiny fifth pocket of jeans.
09. THE BLUE VICTORIA BECKHAM PATCH
|REAL PATCH||FAKE PATCH|
10. THE DOUBLE R TAGS
The double R tags are posistioned near the fly, on the edge of the bit of material where the button is attached. And also on the right hip, note the positioning. (NOTICE HOW THEY ARE ALSO BACK TO BACK, WITH ONE OF THE R'S BACK TO FRONT!)
Here is a list of cuts that the jeans come in. The name included in brackets corresponds to the Rock & Republic name for that cut. Names like L.A and London, etc are the V.B names for these styles, but they are the same fit as their other name!
NB The V.B jeans will never have the other R&R name on them. If they do, they are fake. Alot of fakes, for some reason, say 'Roth' on the label so be careful!
The Victoria Beckham cuts are:
Here's a list of washes that V.B jeans come in.
The washes should have gradual fading on places like the front of the thighs, whiskering on the tops of the legs and on the bum. It will never look streaky and cheap! So watch out for dodgy fading, streaking, strange spots on the material etc etc!
CROWN & WASHES GALLERY
ADDICT WASH (Addict Wash is a medium blue wash with slight fading and whiskering)
|BLUE CROWN||FOAM CROWN||FUSCHIA CROWN||GOLD CROWN|
|SILVER CROWN||SILVER CRYSTAL||WHITE CROWN #1||WHITE CROWN #2|
|WHITE CRYSTAL||YELLOW CROWN|
DARK VAPOR WASH (A dark blue wash with heavy fading, whiskering and distressing.)
|FOAM CRYSTAL||PINK CRYSTAL||RED CRYSTAL||WHITE CRYSTAL|
|BABY BLUE||BLACK CROWN||GOLD CROWN||RED CROWN|
|SILVER CROWN||WHITE CRYSTAL|
RADION WASH (A dark blue-black wash with fading, whiskering and slight distressing along the hem lines)
|BLACK CROWN||GOLD CROWN||SILVER CROWN|
|LIGHT ADDICT WASH
BABY BLUE CROWN
|RADIAL BLUE WASH
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