Spotting Fake Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts

April 18, 2017

Spotting Fake Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts

Ever since I've started selling Ralph Lauren polo shirts in 2013, many people have asked me how do they tell the difference between real and fake Ralph Lauren polo shirts.

I've been an avid buyer of many brands before 2013. Ranging from Fred Perry, Burberry, Prada and of course, Ralph Lauren. I sought good deals almost everywhere on the internet.

I've been burnt many times all because I wanted to find a good deal. So I'm hoping this post can help others not face the same mistake I did.

Before I begin, please understand that the clothes manufactured are made by machines and are still susceptible to errors. A slight misalignment does not mean it is fake. 

The few main things which I will cover are as follows,

1. Labels

2. RN or Factory number

3. Stitching

4. Hems

5. Misconceptions


Ralph Lauren typically has only 2 kinds of labels at their collar under their brand, "Polo Ralph Lauren".

The top picture shows the newer version and the one below is the older edition which most people recognise.

One key trait of authentic shirts is that the colour of the shirt will be the thread used in the stitching of the label at the sides (See markings).

RN or Factory number

This is relatively simple. By looking at the underside of the sizing label, aka the one that says, “M” just beside the big label, “Polo Ralph Lauren”. There should be a number indicating the factory or retailer/registration number.


This can be quite tough to spot because it takes experience. An authentic polo shirt doesn’t mean it won’t have a single loose thread. Likewise, a fake polo shirt doesn’t mean it will have any loose threads.

Basically, what you should be looking out for is consistency.

The grain and texture should be consistent throughout the shirt. The stitching of the pony should be embroidered neatly without too many loose threads. 


Only Ralph Lauren’s Polo shirts have a distinctly longer back length compared to the front. 

Their hems are always, and I repeat, ALWAYS split. This purpose goes back to their history of tucking in the polo shirts. If someone is selling you a polo that has the same length, or even worse, without a split hem, please be extremely wary and cautious.



Many also think being made in China equals fake. That's false. If you were to head down to their retail outlets, a good 50% of their shirts are made in China, others in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam and Pakistan. 

Hence, its country of origin is NOT a good indicator. If you think about it, most stuff is made in China anyway. Do you question if an iPhone is fake? It's made in China after all.

I hope this post has benefited those who are reading. Will be uploading more content to come in the future. Until then, shop safe, shop smart, shop wisely.

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