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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.

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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Steve Madden “BGEMMAA” Drawstring Bucket Bag

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “SMMAR15” to get 15% off any order of $75 or 20% off any order of $125+ at Steve Madden! Offer valid through 03/31/2015!

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.

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on February 27, 2015. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Stellaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!” – must be screamed with as much passion as Marlon Brando does in the classic movie, A Streetcar Named Desire. Stella McCartney please, unchain my heart and wallet from this gorgeous bag you’ve designed! But, my dear and fellow vegan, more than a thousand dollars for a bag that’s not even real leather? Ummm, on what planet does this happen? Oh yeah… how could I forget, the planet named Hollywood!

Stella McCartney Falabella Chain-trimmed Bag in black

Stella McCartney Falabella Chain-Trimmed Tote Bagls
($1.295, Bergdorf Goodman)

P.S.: Also available at Saksls, Neiman Marcusls, Nordstrom, Barneys & farfetchls .

Celebrities Love Stella McCartney

Kate Walsh, Diane Kruger, Kim Kardashian, Stella McCartney, Jennifer Lopez and Kate Hudson carrying a black Stella McCartney Falabella Chain-trimmed Bag

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MG Collection “IRYNA” Fold-Over Chain-Trim Tote

UPDATE (02/27/2015): Spotted this fab Stella McCartney Falabella dupe by MG Collection which is currently on sale for $65.99 and comes in either black, taupe or beige.

MG Collection "IRYNA" Fold-Over Chain-Trim Tote in black and taupe faux leather (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

MG Collection “IRYNA” Fold-Over Chain-Trim Toteamazon
($65.99, Amazon)

Beauté Bags Chain Border Tote

UPDATE (02/27/2015): Also came across this Falabella knockoff tote by Beauté Bags. It’s quite pricey at almost $170, but the customer reviews are downright positive for this bag, so it might be worth the investment.

Beauté Bags Chain Border Tote in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

Beauté Bags Chain Border Toteamazon
($169.99, Amazon)

Jessica Simpson “Lulu” Chain-Trimmed Tote

UPDATE (12/29/2014): Check out this chain-trimmed tote bag by Jessica Simpson which I have come across today. Not a spot-on Falabella dupe, but certainly of the inspired-by kind. Available in black, cherry, red, grey and brown faux leather.

Jessica Simpson "Lulu" Chain-Trimmed Tote in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

Jessica Simpson “Lulu” Chain-Trimmed Toteamazon
($108, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Overstockcj, Onlineshoes.comls, eBagscj, 6pmcj & Bon-Tonls.

Steve Madden “BTOTALLY” Chain-Trimmed Tote Bag

UPDATE (10/05/2014): OMG! OMG! OMG! I think I might have found the most perfect Stella McCartney Falabella dupe! Check out the super fabulous “BTOTALLY” chain-trimmed faux leather tote by Steve Madden which comes in an array of lovely colors, prints and uppers and retails for $108. I’m beyond obsessed with the cobalt blue version! So hot!

Steve Madden "BTOTALLY" Chain-Trimmed Tote Bag in black, blue, blush and grey (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

Steve Madden “BTOTALLY” Chain-Trimmed Tote Bagls
($108, Steve Madden)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Dillard’s, Macy’s & Amazon.co.ukamazon.

Jennifer Lopez “Gloria” Curb-Chain Laced Tote

UPDATE (07/30/2014): Now look who’s turned to Stella McCartney for some inspiration for her own celebrity line? It’s Jennifer Lopez, everyone!

Stella McCartney Falabella Chain-Trimmed Tote Bag in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

Jennifer Lopez “Gloria” Curb-Chain Laced Totels
($65.40, Kohl’s)

EXPRESS Chain Wrapped Hobo Bag

UPDATE (10/02/2013): At EXPRESS you’ll also find a great Stella McCartney Falabella bag alternative for under $80! And it’s also made out of faux leather!

EXPRESS Chain Wrapped Hobo Bag in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

EXPRESS Chain Wrapped Hobo Bag
($79.90, EXPRESS)

Inzi Chain Border Tote

UPDATE (04/15/2013): And here’s another great Falabella alternative available in either black, blush, silver or pewter by Inzi. Price point: $88.95! Yay!

Inzi Chain Border Tote in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

Inzi Chain Border Totepjx
($88.95, Lori’s)

ShoeDazzle “Picton” Chain Tote Bag

UPDATE (02/08/2013): Just stumbled upon these fabulous Falabella look-a-likes by ShoeDazzle. I love all the beautiful colors (btw, did you know emerald is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2013? *hinthint*)!

ShoeDazzle "Picton" Chain Tote Bag in emerald green, black and purple (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

ShoeDazzle “Picton” Chain Tote Bag
($35.16, ShoeDazzle)

ModCloth On the Brink of Something Bag

Now this is more like it! ModCloth‘s version is only $89.99. Finally, a faux leather bag without the price tag of fine Italian leather. So when you ask yourself, “Where’s the beef?” – It’ll be located inside your wallet from all the money you saved!

ModCloth On the Brink of Something Bag in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

ModCloth On the Brink of Something Bag
($89.99, ModCloth)

Spiegel Foldover Bag with Chains

OK girls, forget foldover, I’m bowled over by Spiegel‘s version of Stella’s bag! Honestly, I wasn’t really feelin’ this look. But… it’s official; I’m now part of the “chain gang” because of this very creative and economical 2-for-1 design. A shoulder bag and a clutch? SOLD!

Spiegel Foldover Bag with Chains in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

Spiegel Foldover Bag with Chains
($49, Spiegel)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on February 19, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

A good friend of mine recently bought a Mulberry Bayswater (a gift to herself on her birthday) and for a week straight everyone oohed and ahhed over it at the office. It is a spectacular bag, to be sure, but I think this new Mulberry takes the cake: the Alexa – a slouchier, more casual version of the Bayswater named after British style export Alexa Chung who is a true devotee of the Mulberry brand. If you haven’t heard tell of this bag yet, you will. Speculated to be the “It” bag of the moment, the Alexa sold out instantaneously on NET-A-PORTER after being added last week. Restocks are supposed to follow soon, but even still, this beautiful creation is way out of my sad little budget.

Mulberry Oversized Alexa Leather Bag in oak

Mulberry Oversized Alexa Leather Bagls
($1.650, NET-A-PORTER)

P.S.: Also available at Bluefly, Selfridges & LuisaViaRoma.

Alexa Chung Loves Mulberry

Alexa Chung carrying Mulberry Oversized Alexa Leather Bag

Chicnova Retro PU Bag with Twist Lock and Pin Buckle Belt

UPDATE (02/19/2015): Almost a year after our last Alexa dupe find, here’s another one I spotted over at Chicnova. Their Mulberry Alexa inspired PU bag comes in an array of lovely colors and sells for $73.63. What do you think? Yay or nay?

Chicnova Retro PU Bag with Twist Lock and Pin Buckle Belt in tan (Mulberry Alexa knockoff)

Chicnova Retro PU Bag with Twist Lock and Pin Buckle Belt
($73.63, Chicnova)

Forever 21 Iconic Faux Leather Messenger Bag

UPDATE (05/09/2014): It’s been quite a while since we last presented you a Mulberry Alexa dupe, but today I discovered this cute Mulberry inspired bag at Forever 21 which comes in either tan, taupe or greige.

Forever 21 Iconic Faux Leather Messenger Bag in tan (Mulberry Alexa knockoff)

Forever 21 Iconic Faux Leather Messenger Bagls
($29.80, Forever 21)

Melrose Glam “So Soho” Satchel

UPDATE (02/20/2012): Alright, it’s official! This Mulberry Alexa bag look-a-like by Melrose Glam (a brand exclusively available to BagInc as far as I know) is THE look-a-like who eats all the other look-a-likes for breakfast! How do I know? I already own a bag by Melrose Glam (the Alexander Wang Rocco inspired one, review coming in March) and the quality of this bag is ridiculously amazing. Definitely worth the investment. You can already see by looking at this picture that this is a high quality bag (seriously, how gorgeous is the textured leather here?). Oh, and did I mention we have an exclusive promo code that gives you 10% OFF your order? Simply enter “INTHEIRCLOSET” at checkout. Plus, free international shipping for all orders of $99+! SCORE!

Melrose Glam "So Soho" Satchel in black (Mulberry Alexa knockoff)

Melrose Glam “So Soho” Satchel
($139, BagInc)

Melie Bianco “Ariana” Top Handle Messenger

UPDATE (07/16/2011): And here’s another one from Melie Bianco. Only I like this version even more than the other one. So fab! And available in a multitude of gorgeous colors like black, nude, taupe, brown and red (♥)!

Melie Bianco "Ariana" Top Handle Messenger in black, red, natural and taupe (Mulberry Alexa knockoff)

Melie Bianco “Ariana” Top Handle Messengercj
($67.99, eBags)

BagInc “So Soho” Reissue Leather Satchel

UPDATE (05/03/2011): Again, a super close Mulberry Alexa look-a-like coming from BagInc. Getting a real leather bag for under $90 that looks so much like the Alexa is quite the deal for me. Also available in black or taupe. Oh, and did I mention we have an exclusive promo code that gives you 10% OFF your order? Simply enter “INTHEIRCLOSET” at checkout.

BagInc "So Soho" Reissue Leather Satchel in brown (Mulberry Alexa knockoff)

BagInc “So Soho” Reissue Leather Satchel
($89, BagInc)

Melie Bianco “Maurissa” Carry All Messenger Bag

UPDATE (02/06/2011): Another great Alexa knockoff coming from Melie Bianco. Available in brown, bone and olive.

Melie Bianco "Maurissa" Carry All Messenger Bag in brown (Mulberry Alexa knockoff)

Melie Bianco “Maurissa” Carry All Messenger Bagamazon
($108, Amazon)

GoJane Buckled Strap Tote

UPDATE (11/08/2010): Yet another Mulberry Alexa knockoff and what a fab one that is, right? I just love this budget-friendly alternative by GoJane. The bag comes also in black or ivory, but the pewter version is my personal favorite.

GoJane Buckled Strap Tote in pewter (Mulberry Alexa knockoff)

GoJane Buckled Strap Tote
($46.80, GoJane)

Vieta “Lucille” Buckle Satchel

UPDATE (10/12/2010): Woot woot! Check out this AH-MAZING Alexa look-a-like by Vieta. I think it’s my favorite look 4 less version of all (among the Oasis one).

Vieta "Lucille" Buckle Satchel in navy (Mulberry Alexa knockoff)

Vieta “Lucille” Buckle Satchells
($62.86, Handbag Heaven)

Oasis Sasha Satchel

UPDATE (07/28/2010): Feast your eyes on the most awesome Mulberry Alexa knockoff to date. OK, the color of this Alexa steal version by Oasis isn’t spot-on, but the rest: Wowzers! And believe it or not: the bag is under $60. How great is that?

Oasis Sasha Satchel in natural (Mulberry Alexa knockoff)

Oasis Sasha Satchel
($58.96, ASOS)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on February 18, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Chloé has created quite a few “It“-bags in the last 10 years, but it’s been rather quiet on their bag front lately. Well, that’s not entirely sure because there’s one bag that is currently making the rounds and getting a lot of hype and exposure – the “Alice” tote, a large two-tone bag that has the shape of a classic doctor’s bag. I’m usually not a big fan of colorblocking on bags, but this one I find very pretty. I really like its classic elegance and clean lines and the gold hardware gives this bag that extra oomph. But this beauty comes at a price. At $2.195, to be exact.

Chloé Alice Large Leather Tote in black and white

Chloé Alice Large Leather Totels
($2.195, NET-A-PORTER)

P.S.: Also available at Barneys Warehousels, Farfetchls, The Outnetls, Forward by Elyse Walker & Saksls.

Celebrities Love Chloé

Celebs such as Jessica Alba, Diane Kruger, Maria Sharapova, Olivia Palermo, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone have been spotted carrying the Chloé Alice Tote.

Jessica Alba, Diane Kruger, Maria Sharapova and Olivia Palermo carrying a Chloé Alice Large Leather Tote

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Dasein Two-tone Sharp Top Handle Satchel

UPDATE (02/18/2015): Discovered yet another Chloé Alice inspired bag today. This one is by Dasein and comes in various colors for under $50.

Dasein Two-tone Sharp Top Handle Satchel in red black coffee (Chloé Alice knockoff)

Dasein Two-tone Sharp Top Handle Satchelamazon
($49.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Overstock & eBayeBay.

Kelly & Katie “Hayden” Color Block Satchel

UPDATE (07/26/2014): Stumbled upon this black/tan Chloé inspired bag by Kelly & Katie today.

Kelly & Katie Hayden Color Block Satchel in black and tan (Chloé Alice knockoff)

Kelly & Katie “Hayden” Color Block Satchel
($44.95, DSW)

Jessica Buurman “LETAN” Button And Metal Bag

UPDATE (11/13/2013): Here’s yet another fab Chloé Alice dupe I found. What do you think about this two-tone bag by Jessica Buurman? Also available in black/black, black/red, black/blue and black/beige.

Jessica Buurman "LETAN" Button And Metal Bag in black and white (Chloé Alice knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “LETAN” Button And Metal Bag
($95, Jessica Buurman)

Bridge Road Colorblock Pocket Tech Satchel

UPDATE (10/05/2013): Discovered yet another Chloé Alice inspired bag. Check out this colorblock satchel by Bridge Road for under $40!

Bridge Road Colorblock Pocket Tech Satchel in black and white (Chloé Alice knockoff)

Bridge Road Colorblock Pocket Tech Satchells
($37.80, Kohl’s)

Mondani “Hayden” Convertible Tote

UPDATE (09/16/2013): Came across this two-tone satchel by Mondani which looks a lot like Chloé’s Alice bag. Available in other color combinations such as black/black, black/brown and black/olive.

Mondani "Hayden" Two-Tone Satchel in beige and black (Chloé Alice knockoff)

Mondani “Hayden” Convertible Totels
($56, Kohl’s)

Charles Jourdan “Bobbie” Colorblock Satchel Bag

UPDATE (07/10/2013): Found another amazing Chloé Alice look-a-like in this colorblock satchel bag by Charles Jourdan. So lovely, isn’t it?

Charles Jourdan "Bobbie" Colorblock Satchel Bag in beige and black (Chloé Alice knockoff)

Charles Jourdan “Bobbie” Colorblock Satchel Bagls
($285, Last Call)

P.S.: Also available at NORDSTROM Rack & DSW.

Street Level “Sidney” Colorblock Satchel Bag

UPDATE (06/29/2013): Just stumbled upon this good-looking Chloé Alice doppelgänger satchel by Street Level. Also available in mint/black and yellow/black faux leather.

Street Level "Sidney" Colorblock Satchel Bag in off-white and black (Chloé Alice knockoff)

Street Level “Sidney” Colorblock Satchel Bagls
($41.21, Handbag Heaven)

Urban Expressions “Varsity” Handbag

UPDATE (04/03/2013): Here’s another colorblocked bag inspired by Chloé’s Alice Tote. This Urban Expressions bag is also available in a lovely taupe/mint two-tone version.

Urban Expressions "Varsity" Handbag in grey and black (Chloé Alice look-a-like)

Urban Expressions “Deborah” Varsity Handbagamazon
($56.90, Amazon)

BagInc “Audrey” Satchel Leather Bag

HOT DEAL: Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your order!

If you can’t afford to splurge on the Chloé original, check out this virtually identical Alice look-a-like by BagInc. It’s spot-on, isn’t it? I just wish the white panels would be more of an eggshell color like on Chloé’s Alice, but at $129 (for a genuine leather bag) I’m not one to complain. Also, don’t forget to use our exclusive reader discount code to save 10% on your order and have a look at the other colorblock versions as well (e.g. black/burgundy, black/blue, black/pink and black/black). Such a pretty bag!

BagInc "Audrey" Satchel Leather Bag in black and white (Chloé Alice look-a-like)

BagInc “Audrey” Satchel Leather Bag
($129, BagInc)

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Real vs. Steal – Céline Classic Box Bag

by Irina on February 16, 2015

UPDATE: This post has been updated on August 21, 2014. 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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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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