Bags

Shoes will always be my first love, but occasionally I will stray a little and fall for a nice handbag. Such as this absolutely gorgeous statement clutch by Clare V.! I love the boldness of the leopard print and, as you can see from the picture below, you can either let the bag stand out by itself or pair it with other statement pieces to achieve a more dramatic look. At $220, it’s not a super expensive splurge, but it ain’t exactly budget-friendly either.

Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Leopard Print Fold Over Clutch

Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Leopard Print Fold Over Clutchcj
($220, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Piperlimecj, NET-A-PORTER (US)ls, NET-A-PORTER (International)ls & REVOLVEClothingcj.

Style Bloggers Love Clare V.

Style bloggers such as Rachel from Pink Peonies has been spotted wearing Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Leopard Print Fold Over Clutch various times on her blog.

Rachel (Pink Peonies) carrying a Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Leopard Print Fold Over Clutch

Pictures via Pink Peonies.

Tony Bianco “Malibu” Cheetah Print Pony Hair Fold Over Clutch

While browsing through Tony Bianco‘s new arrivals recently, I discovered this pony hair fold over clutch and had to do a double take to make sure I wasn’t looking at the Clare V. original. Sure, TB’s “Malibu” clutch isn’t that much cheaper than the real deal, but it’s still about $60 less and if you live in Australia it’s definitely more convenient to buy this one than order the original from overseas.

Tony Bianco "Malibu" Cheetah Print Pony Hair Fold Over Clutch (Clare V Supreme knockoff)

Tony Bianco “Malibu” Cheetah Print Pony Hair Fold Over Clutch
($159.95 AUD, Tony Bianco)

Image source(s): Shopbop, Pink Peonies, Tony Bianco

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Real vs. Steal – Céline Trio Bag

by Irina on August 25, 2014

UPDATE: This post has been updated on August 25, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

What is it about Céline handbags that makes me want to hand out my credit card, close my eyes and say: “But please, be gentle!“? I don’t know whether it’s the hype surrounding the French fashion house or the countless style bloggers toting around Céline beauties on their arm, but for some reason Céline bags have that enviable “je ne sais quoi“-factor that draws me to them. Not that I am anywhere in the position to actually buy a Céline bag right now. But not now doesn’t mean never, right? But until then, I’ll have to settle for a budget-friendly Céline Trio alternative, I guess.

Céline Trio Bag in red

Céline Trio BageBay
(~$1.500, eBay)

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Céline

Celebs such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Mandy Moore, Kourtney Kardashian and style bloggers such as Chiara from The Blonde Salad and Ashley from Ring My Bell have all been spotted carrying Céline Trio Bag.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley (Ring My Bell), Chiara (The Blonde Salad), Katy Perry, Mandy Moore and Kourtney Kardashian carrying a Céline Trio Bag

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Old Navy Crossbody Bag

UPDATE (08/25/2014): Spotted these fabulous Céline Trio alternatives at Old Navy today. These only have two instead of three compartments like the real deal, but for under $30 who cares? I especially love that the bag comes in a beautiful cobalt blue. Soooo pretty! Also available in red, black and dark brown faux leather.

Old Navy Crossbody Bag in blue, red and black faux leather (Céline Trio knockoffs)

Old Navy Crossbody Bagcj
($29.94, Old Navy)

Jessica Buurman “AZUKA” Multifunctional Clutch Bag

UPDATE (05/27/2014): Just stumbled upon this cute red baggie at Jessica Buurman which instantly reminded me of the Céline Trio bag. Available in either red, blue or black.

Jessica Buurman "AZUKA" Multifunctional Clutch Bag in red (Céline Trio knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “AZUKA” Multifunctional Clutch Bag
($55, Jessica Buurman)

Forever 21 Modernist Multi-Compartment Crossbody Bag

UPDATE (05/15/2014): One of our fabulous readers alerted us of this lovely and budget-friendly Céline Trio bag dupe at Forever 21. Available in red, black or ivory faux leather for $14.99 only (sale price)!

Forever 21 Modernist Multi-Compartment Crossbody Bag in red and black (Céline Trio knockoff)

Forever 21 Modernist Multi-Compartment Crossbody Bagls
($14.99, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK)ls & Forever 21 (EU).

Apt.9 Triple Zipper Crossbody Bag

And the first one’s a total winner, right? These cute faux leather bags by Apt. 9 are a close match to the pricey Céline designer original yet they are currently on sale for a very wallet-friendly $13.99! Steal deal alert, woot woot! At this price, I’d probably get one in every color.

Apt.9 Triple Zipper Crossbody Bag in red, black, tan and silver (Céline Trio knockoffs)

Apt.9 Triple Zipper Crossbody Bagls
($13.99, Kohl’s)

MICHAEL Michael Kors “Bedford Gusset” Crossbody Bag

If you’re looking for a real leather option and are are ready to invest considerably more, then this triple zipper crossbody by MICHAEL Michael Kors is a great Céline Trio alternative. $179 seems like a lot for such a small bag, but it’s still better than $1.500, right? Sadly, the best colors are already sold out including my personal favorite, a beautiful cobalt blue huels! Boohoo! Waiting for a restock on this!

MICHAEL Michael Kors "Bedford Gusset" Crossbody Bag in red coral (Céline Trio knockoff)

MICHAEL Michael Kors “Bedford Gusset” Crossbody Bagamazon
($179, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at CUSPls, Neiman Marcusls & Michael Korsls.

Annabel Ingall “Jojo” Crossbody Bag

If you’re really dedicated to the look of Céline’s Trio bag but simply cannot spend as much, here’s another fabulous but also quite pricey designer bag alternative by Annabel Ingall which retails for $320. Size, color and shape of the bag are almost identical to the Trio, but the “Jojo” bag has an extra crossover strap.

Annabel Ingall "Jojo" Crossbody Bag (Céline Trio knockoff)

Annabel Ingall “Jojo” Crossbody Bagcj
($320, REVOLVEClothing)

P.S.: Also available at Shopbopcj & Bloomingdale’sls.

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on August 25, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Sometimes I really question my sanity. I will jump at the chance to buy and subsequently wear (all night long) a pair of 5 inch heels, however when it comes to bags I am much more comfort-conscious. I carry my Rebecca Minkoff cross-body purse more than any other bag in my closet, and it’s because it’s just so darn comfortable. I really love a cross-body bag because it distributes the weight of all your worldly possessions while simultaneously looking effortlessly chic. My new favorite bag to fall into this utopian category is the Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather Satchel. God, it’s a beauty, isn’t it? I’m particularly lusting after the gray color Leighton Meester is carrying. Unfortunately this satchel retails for $1.995. Yes, folks, life is cruel.

Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather Satchel in chestnut brown

Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather Satchells
($1.995, Bergdorf Goodman)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusicon, Forward by Elyse Walkercj, Barneysls & Kirna Zabêtels.

Celebrities Love Proenza Schouler

Mary-Kate Olsen, Kirsten Dunst, Leighton Meester, Nicky Hilton, Jessica Alba and Chloë Sevigny carrying a Proenza Schouler PS1 satchel bag

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Sole Society “Presley” Vegan Leather Messenger Bag

UPDATE (08/25/2014): Stumbled upon this Proenza Schouler PS1 inspired handbag at Sole Society today. It’s available in either black, red or brown faux leather.

Sole Society "Presley" Vegan Leather Messenger Bag in brown (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Sole Society “Presley” Vegan Leather Messenger Bagls
($59.95, Sole Society)

Forever 21 Runaround Faux Leather Satchel

UPDATE (05/09/2014): Found these cute satchels at Forever 21 that instantly reminded me of the Proenza Schouler PS1 bag. Love all the different colors, too!

Forever 21 Runaround Faux Leather Satchel (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Forever 21 Runaround Faux Leather Satchells
($27.80, Forever 21)

Chicnova Pure Color Nubuck Leather Tote

UPDATE (02/02/2014): After a long time, I stumbled upon these fabulous Proenza Schouler PS1 dupes at Chicnova. These bags are made of nubuck leather, are currently on sale for $51.80 and also come in various other lovely colors. Make sure to sign up for the newsletter and you’ll get 20% off your first order at Chicnova.

Chicnova Pure Color Nubuck Leather Tote (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Chicnova Pure Color Nubuck Leather Tote
($51.80, Chicnova)

P.S.: Also available at Jessica Buurman.

Tylie Malibu Heritage Trotter Ohio THC002 Satchel

UPDATE (09/29/2011): So I know this “steal” by Tylie Malibu is probably the most expensive designer look-a-like we’ve ever featured, but I just found it way too good to pass on it. The bag might be too pricey for most of us at $449, but it’s still $1.500 cheaper than the original PS1 so I guess it does qualify as a steal.

Tylie Malibu Heritage Trotter Ohio THC002 Satchel in black (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Tylie Malibu Heritage Trotter Ohio THC002 Satchelamazon
($449, Amazon)

BagInc The Most Coveted Bag For Years

UPDATE (07/24/2011): This PS1 knockoff by BagInc is one of the best look-a-likes I’ve seen yet. And it’s made of real leather, too. Love all the colors! Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% OFF your entire order!

BagInc The Most Coveted Bag For Years (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

BagInc The Most Coveted Bag For Years
($92, BagInc)

Vieta Veronique Buckle Satchel

UPDATE (07/24/2011): Just came across another PS1 alternative by Vieta.

Vieta Veronique Buckle Satchel in cream and yellow (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Vieta Veronique Buckle Satchel
($69.66, Handbag Heaven)

Mossimo Messenger Bag

UPDATE (03/25/2011): Just stumbled upon the much buzzed about infamous PS1 knockoff by Mossimo. Available in black, cognac, mushroom and olive.

Mossimo Messenger Bag in cognac (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Mossimo Messenger Bagpjx
($34.99, Target)

Pink Studio “Martine” Suede Satchel

UPDATE (07/24/2010): Check out this almost identical PS1 knockoff by Pink Studio. Isn’t it absolutely amazing?

Pink Studio "Martine" Suede Satchel in tan (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Pink Studio “Martine” Suede Satchel
($185, Baghaus)

ASOS Leather Slot Through Satchel

UPDATE (05/14/2010): I just stumbled upon another ASOS PS1 inspired version and I think it looks absolutely amazing. The bags comes in black, nude, yellow, green, mink & black/brown, is made of real leather and although not every detail is spot-on the overall look & feel is very similar to the Proenza Schouler PS1 in my opinion.

ASOS Leather Slot Through Satchel in nude & black (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

ASOS Leather Slot Through Satchells
($109.49, ASOS)

ASOS Leather Twist Lock Satchel

But wait! What light through yonder window breaks? ASOS‘s Leather Twist Lock Satchel is not an exact copy of the Proenza Schouler bag but it is so similar in all the ways that count (I considered seeing that Shakespeare reference through to the bitter end but didn’t want to bore you). I love the buttery looking leather and of course the long cross-body strap. I am also quite fond of the rich tan color. I truly think this is an excellent “inspired by” satchel. Now if only it came in gray…

ASOS Leather Twist Lock Satchel in tan (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

ASOS Leather Twist Lock Satchells
($117.92, ASOS)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on August 22, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Oh boy! I think I might have a new favorite Chanel bag! I’ve always thought I would never like a Chanel bag more than their classic flap bag, but seeing the quilted version of the Chanel Boy bag below makes me reconsider. It’s edgier than all the classic Chanel bags and I love its modern twist. It looks fresh and new yet still remains to be quintessentially Chanel. Not sure how much this baggie retails for, but I do know that I’m not able to afford it. Boohoo!

Chanel Quilted Boy Bag in black

Chanel Quilted Boy Bag
(Price Unknown, N/A)

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

UPDATE (08/22/2014): Forever 21 now have a second, more exact Chanel Boy bag dupe available for $24.80 in either black or cream faux leather.

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in black and white (Chanel Boy knockoffs)

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody Bagls
($24.80, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (UK)ls & Forever 21 (EU).

DailyLook Large Classic Quilted Purse

UPDATE (12/24/2013): Now check out these amazing Chanel Boy bag dupes which I found over at DailyLook. So close to the original and the price of $49.99 ain’t too bad either. Available in 2 sizes.

DailyLook Large Classic Quilted Purse in black, nude, navy and black and white (Chanel Boy knockoffs)

DailyLook Large Classic Quilted Pursecj
($49.99, DailyLook)

BagInc “Ingrid” Quilted Medium Leather Bag

UPDATE (12/17/2013): Found this super lovely Chanel Boy dupe at BagInc today for $109! Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off! Also available in a small and a black/white version.

BagInc "Ingrid" Quilted Medium Leather Bag in black (Chanel Boy knockoff)

BagInc “Ingrid” Quilted Medium Leather Bag
($109, BagInc)

Fiorelli “Chelsea” Quilted Flap Over Shoulder Bag

If you’re looking for a Chanel Boy inspired-by option, check out the “Chelsea” bag by Fiorelli. It has all the important characteristics of the Chanel bag yet isn’t a too obvious knock-off. Available in black or nude faux leather.

Fiorelli "Chelsea" Quilted Flap Over Shoulder Bag in black (Chanel Boy knockoff)

Fiorelli “Chelsea” Quilted Flap Over Shoulder Bagls
($69.87, ASOS)

Jessica Buurman “WLLIET” Chain Strap Shoulder Clutch Bag

HOT DEAL: Sign up to the Jessica Buurman newsletter and receive 10% off your first order!

Jessica Buurman aren’t quite as discrete with their Chanel look-a-likes. Their “WLLIET” bags which, by the way, come in 28 different versions including the gorgeous emerald green velvet version that I absolutely love, are pretty much spot-on Chanel Boy dupes. Just wish these were genuine leather, but oh well you can’t have it all I guess.

Jessica Buurman "WLLIET" Chain Strap Shoulder Clutch Bag in black (Chanel Boy knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “WLLIET” Chain Strap Shoulder Clutch Bag
($89-$95, Jessica Buurman)

P.S.: Also available in black at Chicnova for $58.

Forever 21 Iconic Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

Forever 21 also have a lovely and super budget-friendly Chanel Boy inspired woven faux leather crossbody bag which comes in either black or white and costs $27.80!

Forever 21 Iconic Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in black and white (Chanel Boy knockoff)

Forever 21 Iconic Faux Leather Crossbody Bagls
($27.80, Forever 21)

Choies Chain Strap Quilted Cross Body Bag

At Choies I stumbled upon this super cute denim fabric Chanel Boy look-a-like which retails for a little over $80. Don’t forget to use the promo code above to save some extra cash!

Choies Chain Strap Quilted Cross Body Bag (Chanel Boy knockoff)

Choies Chain Strap Quilted Cross Body Bag
($82.99, Choies)

Image source(s): Google Images, DailyLook, BagInc, ASOS, Jessica Buurman, Forever 21, Choies

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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 Bag
($3.400, N/A)

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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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 Bagcj
($29.95, DSW)

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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