July 04, 2006

Lookalike Bags

I was searching for photos for the post on white bags last Thursday when I saw a lot of bags that were 'inspired' by high end bags, and I thought it would be fun to look at them. Now these 'inspired' bags I am talking about are not the obviously-fake ones sold on unreliable-looking websites. These bags are from high street retailers, shops that we all usually shop in. I am not saying it's right or wrong for high street retailers to go copy things by high end brands, but simply thought it would be interesting to show you the bags I happened to stumble across online:

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I'm sure you all recognise the YSL Muse bag, which is this season's IT bag. It's also one of the most copied bags I've seen this season. The top photo shows the YSL Muse bag ($1895), and the bottom photo shows 'inspired' ones from Urban Outfitters ($58).

Another spotlight bag this season -Fendi B-bag (top). Obviously the bags aren't exactly the same, but I'm sure you can see the similarities. I can't find out how much the B-bag shown in the picture costs, but the 'inspired' one is by Bebe for $239. To be honest, I'm slightly surpised at how much the Bebe costs, considering it's not exactly an 'original' bag.

The Chloe tote (left) is one hot bag this season. I'm not so hot on the 'inspired' one since it looks kind of cheap in the photo, but it does look incredibly practical -think about how useful it would be for going to school, (not to mention I wouldn't have to worry about making the bag dirty!) The Chloe Betty is sold at $1550 and the Urban Outfitters at $98.

The Marc by Marc Jacobs North/South Holdall bag (left) is another one of this season's practical and stylish bags. It looks great to carry around the city. But I think the Gap tote (right) looks pretty too. It doesn't have the instant 'fashionable-feel' to it, but it looks fantastic to carry things around (although definately in a less city environment,) and it's only $48.

Another Marc by Marc Jacobs lookalike is this one: Core Canvas Tote (left). While the Marc Jacobs bag is cute, it's also one of those very seasonal bags, meaning that it will be instantly recognised as 'so last season' next summer (because prints are so much more recognisable and less versatile than plain leather.) This is why the Reserve Hopsack City Tote by Free People is a brilliant alternative, not to mention it's really cute too. I can't find out how much the Marc one costs anymore since it's off the websites. The Free People one sells at $148.

The last one if the Diorissimo by Dior. It looks like a pretty classic monogrammed Dior bag to me, (it's not really my taste but I'm sure someone like it.) Bebe has a very similar one for $169 if you like the design more than you care about the label. Otherwise, the Diorissimo sells for $890.


Wasn't this fun!

26 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great tip! I now have a sudden urge to run out and buy the UO copy of the YSL Muse bag. The others don't really look so much like the original. And I can't believe Bebe charged 239 for that bag! It's insane!

7/04/2006 3:16 AM  
Blogger Princess Sarah said...

that was fun! thx!

ya that bebe one sooo isn't worth it. before knowing the price, i thought something about it looked cheap. I think it's the patent strip across the bottom...

7/04/2006 3:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i lalalove your blog. i'd like to ask if you know any good boutiques or stores here in vancouver, canada. we recently moved her from dubai and i have no clue where to shop. i miss the ms. selfridges and mango stores i used to shop in back home. any tips?

7/04/2006 4:14 AM  
Blogger Sophia said...

dont like any of the lookalikes :( i love designer bags for their originality which these lookalikes lack... having said that some of these bags might be perfect for some budget-tight highschool students!

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7/04/2006 9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aldo also has many lookalikes, including the marc jacobs stam.

7/04/2006 12:26 PM  
Blogger plain.jane said...

i like B. Fendi Patent Leather Pochette... just like the lookalike, a half B.

7/04/2006 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think lookalikes are pretty ok, except for the cheaper looking ones...and although they make a big deal out of high street stores and sites like ASOS.com ripping off designer wear, i don't think it's such a bad thing...how many people can afford a new $1000 bag every year, much less every season? for every 1 person who can afford the latest Chloe there are at least 20 who cannot, and is it then fair to say that fashion can only be enjoyed (legitimately) by the wealthy?
can we really put a patent on creativity?

TG

7/04/2006 5:50 PM  
Blogger WWND said...

apart from the print tote, I wouldn't go for any of the other knock-offs, they look too blatant. I love handbags for their originality and practicality, not to mention cuteness. it's one thing to buy a real Chloe and quite another to settle for a lookalike.
to the 9:14 Anon (DUBAI GIRL)- there are lots and lots of options in canada, not so sure about vancouver, but Toronto has the following chains- Mango, Zara, H&M, Tristan & America, Jacob, not to mention various little boutiques in the Yorkville and Queen street areas. for more Toronto & NYC fashion, check out my blog:
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7/04/2006 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE this post.. thanks for the tip!

7/07/2006 12:17 AM  
Blogger FreFab said...

I have to say, I have been wanting a muse bag soo bad...but, I can't buy one because I am about to get married...thanks for posting this...I never noticed it at URBN:) I am going today!!!!!!!!!!:)

7/08/2006 4:17 AM  
Blogger Miss Cameron said...

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7/12/2006 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absolutely love that bebe purse, I don't like spending a lot on purses but when I saw that bebe one in the store ( it is way nicer looking in person, btw) I wanted it so bad. To me, even 169 is a little steep, but I love how it has those compartments in the front and it is a really nice size too). They had one in black and now they only had one and it was dark grey, I am considering buying it, I really think its worth it, seeing as how the one that is by Dior is not even half as cute. Anyway, can u please tell me the name of that bebe purse?
I would really like to know, thanks.

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1/23/2007 10:56 AM  
Blogger Pinkie said...

I absolutely love the YSL Muse bag.. I have been searching everywhere to find the right "inspired one". It is sooo adorable!

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