April 16, 2007

SS07 Lookalike Bags

Ages ago, a friend requested that I do a post on the affordable versions of hit bags. So last summer, I compiled a bunch of 'inspired' bags with their originals in this post. It's been awhile, bags have come and gone so I thought I would do a new one.

The Dior Black Cannage Lambskin Bag has really caught my interest this season. Mostly because I'm desperate for a black bag and a tiny bit because Ashley Olsen and the models looked so cool holding and swinging it. It's available online for 1290USD.
The 'inspired' version by Bebe is at an overpriced cost of 198USD. It looks decent enough, although maybe a bit too small.

The Chanel Cabas was last winter's it bag so new versions of it in different colours and material were released this season. Not sure about the cost though.
And the high street followed of course. The bag on the left is by Nine West (at 120USD and also available in silver and white), and the bag on the right is by Bebe (239USD). OK, is there a reason Bebe bags cost so much?

I'm not a big fan of the spot-my-brand-from-30-feet-away Prada bag (1052USD), but nevertheless I present you a very similar looking one by Guess (75USD). Although obviously, no one mistake your Guess one as Prada.

Chloe bags must be one of the most copied brands out there. Here is the black Betty bag by Chloe (right) selling at 932GBP and the high street version by Oasis (a UK high street chain,) selling at 65GBP.

Again, another lookalike by Oasis at 40GBP (left) but this time it's Chloe's double-pocket Edith at 924GBP (right).

Ahh, Marni's quirky little purse. I've always found these Marni purses so cute, but I haven't figured out an unquirky way to wear it yet (which is why I can't actually imagine owning a Marni purse).
These lookalikes are by Top Shop -they look good for a quick run to the supermarket on weekends. The Marni one is now on sale for 415GBP and the Top Shop ones are 55GBP each.

And finally, tha bag I was drooling over last summer -Botkier's medium Bianca satchel. I still haven't gotten over how pretty it is, esp the dark brown one (no pics here)! I would have totally gotten one if it costs less than it's 595USD!
A similar-looking one is available at Urban Outfitters at 68USD. Ok, it doesn't look that much like Botkier's but there are some similarities. Unfotunately the leather is no where as divine as Botkier's. Sigh...

Phew, that was a lot of sites! I assume that you all as fashion lovers are able to exchange basic currencies speedily so I didn't bother to convert. Gosh, the prices of bags have really gone up haven't they? Both the high end and high street ones!

Photo credits: The sites linked to the label of the bags.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im a huge bag fan, so this is a great blog! Am loving that bag from urban outfitters, pity i havnt seen it in the UK. Keep up the good work!!

4/17/2007 2:15 AM  
Anonymous donna said...

i was going to post a message saying how i would enjoy a post about bags and what you girls think is in for s/s07 - this sort of does it. keep up the posts anyhow!!

4/17/2007 3:06 AM  
Blogger scarlettholly said...

I think the oasis ones work best, and the urban outfitters. I agree, bags have gotten sooooo expensive.

4/17/2007 4:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you live in canada and or have access to a canadian superstore their new line joe carries a bag that is nearly identical to the chanel 'garbage' bag
plus its only 10 dollars! what a steal.
it comes in three different colours. Red white and black

4/17/2007 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Fashion Today said...

What a great rundown of bags! This is the kind of thing that I'd love to see more of out there on the web!

We all need to keep working on saving money while staying up with the newest trends.

Keep up the great work!


4/17/2007 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really want that nine west bag! it's not exactly like the chanel, but it's stylish in its own right, which is what you want in an imitation bag for sure.

4/18/2007 1:37 AM  
Blogger NYC Modelista said...

Love, love, love the high-end-low-end comparisons. Brilliantly done.

4/18/2007 2:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderful post... these handbags are great armcandy.

4/18/2007 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Shelby said...

I love these bags!!
I looked at UO for the Botkier look alike and can't find it! If you could help that would be amazing!!

4/18/2007 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. All UGLY bags. Can't you just post some CLASSICS? Meaning nothing with all these unnecessary hardware and fancy shit. Classic lines. Classic shape.

I doubt you actually know what fashion is.

4/18/2007 10:30 AM  
Anonymous Isabel said...


Here's the link to the UO Botkier-type bag. It's really cute for the price.

4/18/2007 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Kimberley said...

That Marni purse is fantastic! It's like a combination of a jewelry and a handbag, so I'd skip wearing any accessories and use it to spice up a basic jeans and white singlet outfit. Now if only I could afford it...

4/18/2007 6:25 PM  
Anonymous Miriam said...

I love how you campared prices. You should do that in every blog. in USD please!

4/19/2007 7:16 AM  
Blogger Henna said...

Ugh, how rude of anonymous to say that you don't know what fashion is. They absolutely DO know what fashion is and their site is one of the best on the web. And all the bags weren't ugly - sure a couple may have been, but that's not their fault, they're just giving us comparasions of it bags! Fashion is in the eye of the fashionista.

In any case, excellent excellent post. One of your best by far. This should be a regular feature! Atleast once a quarter, please!

4/21/2007 4:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh. How rude of Henna to say that I can't have an opinion.

'Fashion is in the eye of the fashionista.'

EXACTLY. My eye says they just like to look at the popular magazines and copy what the popular kids have to say.

No brains of their own. Maybe once a month they actually have something useful to say. Me, I just enjoy the sheep watching.

4/21/2007 9:55 AM  
Blogger Overpriced Designer Man Bag said...

there's nothing wrong with getting inspired by high fashion...but this is borderline plagiarism.

i guess in the end, money talks. they're targeting women who won't spend $1000+ on a bag but want the same style as Chanel etc. so i guess they're smart in that respect, even though the ethics is questionable.

4/21/2007 9:33 PM  
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