How I Got My First Tory Burch: Confessions of a Shoe Lover and Compulsive Buyer

Minette, my Singapore-based sister-in-law, messaged me through Facebook last January with exciting news.She came across a shop within Far East Plaza Orchard Road, selling genuine Tory Burch at discounted rates. Apparently, the owner could no longer pay for the franchise fee and had to shut down. Otherwise, she could be penalized much worse imprisoned. Thus, all merchandise should be disposed immediately. I honestly felt sorry for the owner but then who would walk away from a really good deal?

Without further ado, I impulsively asked Minette to purchase a pair for me - black Revas with the signature gold medallion. Knowing how I adore Tory Burch, she gladly indulged my whim and also said that I could pay her up later on.  Afterwards, something dawned on me and I shuddered! How could I forget checking for legitimacy BEFORE the purchase?

Minette mentioned that the shoes were authentic as they can be. Singapore has ultra-stiff rule against counterfeits and posers.  As the country is rather small, shops possessing such items could be easily spotted and penalized by authorities.
However, her reassurance was not enough to soothe me. I immediately read articles about assessing Tory Burch authenticity then made up my own checklist. Here are points I asked her to inspect:

The Tory Burch Reva Authenticity Test

1. The Box
-Tory Burch emblem is at the center and measures 4 inches in diameter: CHECK
-No messy ink splatters and bleeding: CHECK
-The style, code/color, description, size, suggested retail price, shoe image and barcode are printed on a sticker located at the side of the box: CHECK
Note: The box is also made of hard and very sturdy board. Not like the regular cardboard box we usually get from local departments stores and flea markets.

2. The Medallion
-The medallion color is gold NOT bronze: CHECK
-It does not come with tissue wraps: CHECK
-It is not stuck on the shoe with glue: CHECK
-Underneath the gold emblem is a separate piece of leather that attaches it to the shoe and is held together by metal: CHECK

3. Seams and Stitches
-As all Tory Burch Revas are made using one piece of leather/material, there should only be one seam which is located at the middle of the heel area: CHECK
-No piecing together of material at the sides or front of the shoes: CHECK
-The shoes are reinforced with a single running V-stitch all around: CHECK

4. The Size Indicator

-The size sticker at the middle portion of each sole is transparent and round: CHECK
-Size indicator font is gold and is represented as 5M/6M/7M etc.: CHECK
-The size is not encircled and font is not too large: CHECK

5. Shoe Information

-Made in Brazil: CHECK
-The shoe information (size, code, materials used) are inscribed on the toe area of each shoe: CHECK
-Does not describe the leather as “real leather”: CHECK

The Revas fortunately passed the authenticity test and I have to say that they were truly meant for me after all. I received the Tory Burch package last February 3 via Minette’s friend who came home from Singapore to visit family and friends. I was super happy!

One can be instantly guaranteed of genuineness if the merchandise was purchased directly from a Tory Burch outlet. But it does not mean that we can only buy from an outlet. There are also legit sellers/boutiques out there. As consumers, however, we must be very shrewd before shelling out hard earned cash. Good thing, I didn’t learn the hard way.

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