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UPDATE: This post has been updated on April 16, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

I swear Céline makes the most lustworthy bags on the planet. And this Classic Box Bag rocketed to being no. 1 on my personal wish list. For the last 2 years, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect medium sized satchel bag in a classic shape and as soon as I laid my eyes on this particular Céline bag I knew it was “The One“. Then I cried out in utter desperation; $3,400 for this small boxy bag? With all due respect to Phoebe Philo and her incredible talent to create the most coveted bags worlwide, this price is absolutely outrageous and unjustifiable! When did designer fashion get so overly expensive anyway? It’s a worrying development in fashion I noticed over the last few years. But I digress…

Céline Medium Classic Box Bag in brown

Céline Classic Box BageBay
($3.400, eBay)

Fashion Insiders & Celebrities Love Céline

Fashion Insiders carrying a Céline Classic Box Bag

Alessandra Ambrosio, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Walsh and Michelle Williams carrying a Céline Classic Box Bag

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Lush Leather Boxy Shoulder Bag

UPDATE (04/16/2015): Discovered the most spot-on Céline Box bag dupe today! Check out this real leather box bag by Lush which is currently on sale for $99.99.

Lush Leather Boxy Shoulder Bag in black (Céline Box knockoff)

Lush Leather Boxy Shoulder Bagamazon
($99.99, Amazon)

Mango “Sasha” Flap Cross-Body Bag

UPDATE (02/16/2015): Discovered this little Céline inspired box bag at Mango today.

Mango "Sasha" Flap Cross-Body Bag in navy (Céline Box knockoff)

Mango “Sasha” Flap Cross-Body Bag
($59.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Mango (UK)ls & Mango (DE).

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Box Bag

UPDATE (08/21/2014): Check out these cute Céline inspired box bags which I have just discovered at Forever 21. So lovely, aren’t they? I’m especially loving the pink one.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Box Bag in pink, cognac and black (Céline knockoff)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Box Bagls
($22.80, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls.

Jessica Buurman “SOAN” Push Lock Bag

UPDATE (05/31/2013): Found another great Céline Box Bag alternative in this lovely bag from Jessica Buurman. Made of genuine leather and also available in 12 (!) other beautiful colors. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Jessica Buurman "SOAN" Push Lock Bag in navy blue (Céline Box look-a-like)

Jessica Buurman “SOAN” Push Lock Bag
($119, Jessica Buurman)

Romwe Retro Single Shoulder Bag

UPDATE (04/03/2013): Just stumbled upon this lovely Céline look-a-like bag by Romwe. Only $60.99 and made of real leather.

Romwe Retro Single Shoulder Bag in tan (Céline Classic Box look-a-like)

Romwe Retro Single Shoulder Bag
($60.99, Romwe)

Urban Expressions “Catherine” Crossbody Bag

UPDATE (09/10/2012): Found a super fabulous Céline bag look-a-like by Urban Expressions today. $29.95 only and available in fuchsia (love!), black and beige.

Urban Expressions "Catherine" Crossbody Bag in fuchsia, black and beige (Céline Classic Box bag knockoff)

Urban Expressions “Catherine” Crossbody Bagamazon
($29.95, Amazon)

GoJane Buckle Strap Satchel

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “GJSHIP60” to get free shipping on your $60+ order!

In terms of quality and longevity these Céline bag look-a-likes by GoJane are nowhere near a close match, but they’ll give you the same coveted look of simplified elegance and, most importantly, these satchels are actually attainable for the masses by costing less than 1% (imagine that!) of the original. Now if that ain’t something to think about. Looking at the stated bag dimensions on the website I assume the GoJane bags come in the mini size rather than the medium size, but at $30 a pop I’ll take one in every color anyway.

GoJane Buckle Strap Satchel (Céline Classic Box Bag knockoff)

GoJane Buckle Strap Satchel
($37.10, GoJane)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on April 12, 2015. Scroll down to see the new adds.

If you haven’t heard of Mansur Gavriel by now, I suggest you stop whatever you’re doing and go read up on the NYC-based female designer duo NOW because fashion insiders all over the world have gone absolutely cuckoo over their minimalistic luxe leather bags! Mansur Gavriel’s bucket bag has been especially popular within the fashion world and is constantly sold out due to the high demand and despite the not so budget-friendly price tag of $495 for the “mini” version and $625 for the “large” one. I think the minimalistic design contrasted against the popping interior lining is one of the main reasons why this bag has been so extremely successful. If you can’t afford the beauty of a real Mansur Gavriel bag or just can’t stand being wait-listed, read on to find a great alternative for under $100.

Mansur Gavriel Drawstring Leather Bucket Bag in black, red and blue

Mansur Gavriel Drawstring Leather Bucket Bagls
($495, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneys & Boutique1ls.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Mansur Gavriel

Celebs such as Kirsten Dunst, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr and personal style bloggers such as Ann Kim from Andyheart, Adriana from Fake Leather and Shea Marie from Peace Love Shea have all been spotted carrying a Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag.

Kirsten Dunst, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Ann Kim (Andyheart), Adriana (Fake Leather) and Shea Marie (Peace Love Shea) carrying a Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag

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Fineplus Drawstring Bucket Bag

UPDATE (04/12/2015): Check out this spot-on Mansur Gavriel bucket bag dupe by Fineplus! So close to the real deal, don’t you agree? Also available in various other colors.

Fineplus Drawstring Bucket Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Fineplus Drawstring Bucket Bagamazon
($76, Amazon)

Sole Society “Nevin” Faux Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag

UPDATE (04/12/2015): Stumbled upon these Mansur Gavriel inspired faux leather bucket bags by Sole Society and wanted to share them with you.

Sole Society "Nevin" Faux Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag in black and tan (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Sole Society “Nevin” Faux Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag
($59.95, Nordstrom)

P.S.: Also available at Sole Societyls.

Steve Madden “BGEMMAA” Drawstring Bucket Bag

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “SMAPR15” to get 15% off any order of $75 or 20% off any order of $125+ at Steve Madden! Offer valid through 04/30/2015!

Et voilà, Steve Madden to the rescue! Their “BGEMMAA” drawstring bucket bag isn’t a total knock-off, but the similarities are distinct enough to give you the same coveted Mansur Gavriel look. I absolutely adore the red lining here. So luxe-looking, right? Available in various color combinations including black/red, burgundy/blue, tan/blue and neon yellow/blue for an affordable $88 (less if you use the promo code above)! Steal deal alert!

Steve Madden "BGEMMAA" Drawstring Bucket Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Steve Madden “BGEMMAA” Drawstring Bucket Bagls
($88, Steve Madden)

P.S.: Also available at Macy’s, Amazonamazon & eBayeBay.

Lush Leather Smooth Bucket Bag

If you’re willing to invest more, you might want to take a look at these Mansur Gavriel dupes by Lush Bags. Certainly not a steal at almost $160, but the quality looks pretty decent, don’t you think?

Lush Leather Smooth Bucket Bag (Mansur Gavriel knockoffs)

Lush Leather Smooth Bucket Bagamazon
($159.99, Amazon)

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Copycat Math - Vintage Chanel + Stella McCartney Falabella = Inzi Quilted Chain Backpack

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Image source(s): Cris&Cros, Nordstrom, Lori’s

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I’m usually not big on Louis Vuitton, but their newest handbag family, the “Capucines”, has got me really excited! The Capucines bags, which come in 3 different sizes with BB being the smallest, are made of full-grain Taurillon leather and finished with shiny palladium accents. The design is very classic and minimalistic. The “Capucines” has one single flap which is accented with a single flower button, reminiscent of Louis Vuitton’s icon in one of its signature monograms. The flap can either be hidden inside the bag, so it will show the LV initials embossed on the leather or the flap can be clasped on the front and display the LV monogram flower button. The name “Capucines” pays homage to the earliest Louis Vuitton Maison, which was located on rue Neuve-des-Capucines in 1854. The bag collection has been launched in June 2013 with Michelle Williams as its face. Likewise, celebs such as Angelina Jolie and supermodel Miranda Kerr have been spotted lugging around their Capucines handbags. Fashion insiders say the “Capucines” bag family was designed to help LVMH regain some of its lost sparke in the elite luxury market as more and more people grew tired of seeing (and buying) LV’s classic monogram bags.

Louis Vuitton Capucines BB Bag

Louis Vuitton Capucines BB Bag
($4.400, Louis Vuitton)

Jessica Buurman “SHIPO” V Letter Shoulder Bag

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Alright, these V-Letter bags I found on Jessica Buurman are certainly no match in terms of design or quality compared to the real LV Capucines, but they will give you a similar look for a fraction of the real deal’s price. My personal favorite would have to be the yellow one! I just love the vibrant color which will make any outfit instantly stand out.

Jessica Buurman "SHIPO" V Letter Shoulder Bag (Louis Vuitton Capucines BB knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “SHIPO” V Letter Shoulder Bag
($82, Jessica Buurman)

Image source(s): Louis Vuitton, Jessica Buurman

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on March 31, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

I am usually not too fond of Louis Vuitton bags. I especially dislike their monogrammed range because I just don’t see the appeal of having a brand’s logos plastered all over my bag looking like a tacky advertisement. However, Sofia Coppola designed a bag for Louis Vuitton that got me obsessed! The SC bag is pure and simple elegance; I absolutely adore the minimalistic design and the no-fuss attitude it exudes. It’s such a beautiful bag in such a beautiful color! But, oh boy, is this bag expensive! $4.650? Like seriously, Louis Vuitton?

Louis Vuitton SC Satchel Bag in burgundy

Louis Vuitton SC Satchel Bag
($4.650, Louis Vuitton)

Celebrities Love Louis Vuitton

Kate Moss, Miranda Kerr, Alexa Chung, Kirsten Dunst, Reese Witherspoon and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley carrying a Louis Vuitton SC Satchel Bag

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Mango “Carin” Leather Tote Bag

UPDATE (03/31/2015): OH-EM-GEE! Now look at this perfect looking Louis Vuitton SC bag dupe by Mango! So gorgeous, right? I love that this one’s made of real leather. Makes it look so much more luxurious, don’t you agree?

Mango "Carin" Leather Tote Bag in black (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

Mango “Carin” Leather Tote Bag
($169.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (UK)ls, Mango (DE) & Mango (FR).

Mango Zip Tote Bag

UPDATE (12/29/2014): Discovered another fab Louis Vuitton SC look-a-like bag at Mango today. Currently on sale for $69.99!

Mango Elisa Zip Tote Bag in black (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

Mango Zip Tote Bagcj
($69.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (UK)ls, Mango (DE) & Mango (FR).

Fineplus Boston Tote Bag

UPDATE (01/25/2014): Accidentally happened to stumble upon this lovely LV SC bag dupe by Fineplus today! I loooove the steal price of $79.35 considering how luxe this bag looks (plus, it’s real leather)!

Fineplus Boston Tote Bag in wine red (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

Fineplus Boston Tote Bagamazon
($79.35, Amazon)

Charles Jourdan “Sierra” Satchel Bag

UPDATE (07/09/2013): Although not available in the burgundy color, this satchel bag by Charles Jourdan would still make a great Louis Vuitton SC alternative because the shape and overall design is very reminiscent of LV’s SC bag.

Charles Jourdan "Sierra" Satchel Bag in tan (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

Charles Jourdan “Sierra” Satchel Baglsn
($245, Last Call)

BagInc “Eleonora” Leather Satchel Bag

UPDATE (01/10/2013): Stumbled upon a real leather LV SC bag look-a-like at BagInc for under $80! Available in red, black and white cowhide leather. Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your order!

BagInc "Eleonora" Leather Satchel Bag in burgundy red (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

BagInc “Eleonora” Leather Satchel Bag
($79, BagInc)

Handbag Heaven Britta Barrel Satchel

If you’re looking for a simple but beautiful bag in the style of LV’s SC bag, then this bag by Handbag Heaven might be for you. The “Britta” satchel is a lovely and budget-friendly alternative to the Lous Vuitton Sofia Coppola bag for under $50. The color is a bit lighter and brighter, but otherwise it’s practically identical. Other available color options include brown and black.

Handbag Heaven Britta Barrel Satchel in wine red (Louis Vuitton SC Sofia Coppola bag knockoff)

Handbag Heaven Britta Barrel Satchells
($49.26, Handbag Heaven)

Alloy “Alyse” Duffel Bag

Alloy also has a great Louis Vuitton SC bag look-a-like for a very affordable $44.90. The only available color is camel though.

Alloy "Alyse" Duffel Bag in cognac (Louis Vuitton SC bag knockoff)

Alloy “Alyse” Duffel Bagls
($44.90, Alloy)

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