HOW TO SPOT FAKE STONE ISLAND
Stone Island, founded in 1982 by Massimo Osti, has grown in popularity over the years, meaning that more replica and counterfeits are produced each year. The famous Stone Island Badge is also a largely faked object. This guide will also explore how to spot a fake Stone Island Badge.
Before thinking about purchasing Stone Island online, it is advisable to be equipped with the most information possible to understand how you can spot a fake Stone Island using the tips below. We go into the most effective ways to authenticate and spot fake Stone Island, in collaboration with Paninaroplug, a long time seller and expert in fake Stone Island and knowing what to look out for.
HOW TO CHECK THE CERTILOGO
To their credit, Stone Island have made large strides to cut out counterfeiting. Using the CERTILOGO, one can simply check if their Stone Island is real.
In spring summer of 2014, Stone Island added the Certilogo system to all garments. This is a QR code that can be quickly scanned to verify the authenticity of your Stone Island piece. Any item from after 2014 should be easy to authenticate using this system. That being said, there are still fake reproductions of Certilogos which are luckily easy to spot.
Before even scanning the Certilogo you will see that the 'L' of 'CERTILOGO' should have a kink or curve in it for a genuine piece. If the L is completely straight with no kink, upon scanning in the Certilogo, it will return the item as being counterfeit (see example below).
The material for the Certilogo labels is not cotton and shouldn't take to dye. Since Stone Island are famous for dying their garments, this is another way to spot a fake item before scanning the Certilogo. One can also verify the authenticity using the Stone Island Art Number Checker tool.
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SPOTTING A FAKE STONE ISLAND BUTTON
After the Certilogo, buttons are the easiest way to determine the authenticity of a Stone Island peice. This is an especially good method for items released before the introduction of the Certilogo in 2014.
The method is simple. Fake buttons will have four rounded holes for stitching, whereas authentic buttons will have four triangular holes.
A widely faked item is the Raso Gommato jacket which has been referred to as the 'Raso Tomato' jacket. This will tend to have rounded holes for buttons which should be considered a red flag.
HOW TO SPOT A FAKE STONE ISLAND BADGE
The problem with Stone Island badges and using them to verify a Stone Island garment is that real badges can be affixed to fake garments and it has been known to find fake badges on real garments. To spot a fake badge, start by looking at the colour of the logo. Authentic badges will have pale, rather than vibrant, greens and yellows which are saturated.
Furthermore, as seen in the Stone Island badge example, authentic badges tend to include a 'drop stitch' which is a green or yellow stitching around the compass. Good replicas may also have this detailing, but if it doesn't, the badge is most likely fake.
On the old green-edge badge, there is black stitching running through the green and gold colours. On modern badges this is the opposite. There are probably more fake green edge badges than real ones since they add to the desirability of the garments.
Check out our video for a more in depth look at Stone Island Badges 6:37 Fake vs. real badges. Here we provide three examples of badges. Two replica Stone Island badges and one authentic. We also go into what to look out for when buying Stone Island online.