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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 Bag
($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 Forward by Elyse Walker & Saks Fifth Avenuels, Barneys Warehousels, Farfetchls & The Outnetls.

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, Zappos)

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 Bag
($285, Last Call)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstrom Rack.

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

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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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Update: This post has been updated on February 11, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

One of the must-haves for any great wardrobe is the day to night clutch. A neutral color is best, and it should be the right size to carry your essentials either to lunch or dinner out. This sleek and beautiful design by Givenchy definitely meets the requirements and more. Not only is it very elegant, but also the material and excellent construction means it can last a lifetime in your closet. However, if you are one to switch up your accessories frequently, perhaps try looking for a version that doesn’t require such a large investment.

Givenchy Croc-Stamped Antigona Envelope Clutch in taupe grey

Givenchy Croc-Stamped Antigona Envelope Clutchls
($1.280, Barneys)

Choies Envelope Clutch Bag

UPDATE (02/11/2015): Found this cute Givenchy Antigona look-a-like clutch at Choies. Love the color, only $41.99!

Choies Envelope Clutch Bag in dove blue (Givenchy Antigona knockoff)

Choies Envelope Clutch Bag
($41.99, Choies)

Alloy Snake Envelope Clutch

While it’s not identical to the high-end designer version above, this design by Alloy is pretty close in overall scale and functionality. It will serve its purpose while still being stylish and current. If you ever wanted to bring more attention to a dress or a pair of shoes, this bag is perfect for drawing interest to where you want it, keeping your outfit visually balanced. Think of how great a printed maxi dress would look paired with fun wedges and this clutch!

Alloy Snake Envelope Clutch in ivory (Givenchy Antigona Envelope Clutch knockoff)

Alloy Snake Envelope Clutch
($34.90, Alloy)

Image source(s): Barneys, Alloy

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Real vs. Steal – Céline Cabas Zip Tote

by Irina on February 11, 2015

Update: This post has been updated on February 11, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Well, hello beautiful! — Sorry, I can’t help but be absolutely smitten by the beauty that is the Cabas Zip Tote by Céline. Sure the Luggage tote may have more buzz factor, but it’s the simplified elegance of the Cabas that secretly stole my heart. And not just mine! Supermodel Miranda Kerr has been practically glued to her ponyhair version during the last few months. Can’t blame her, right? It’s such a fabulous bag that’ll fit a good amount of everyday essentials. The price is astonishingly moderate at “only” $1.200 for a high-end designer bag, but unfortunately it’s almost impossible to get your hands on this particular bag. Boohoo!

Céline Cabas Zip Tote in black

Céline Cabas Zip Tote
($1.250, Vestiaire Collective)

Miranda Kerr Loves Céline

Miranda Kerr carrying a black Céline Cabas Zip Tote

Choies Tote Bag With Side Zipper

Update (02/11/2015): Discovered this lovely real leather Céline Cabas dupe bag at Choies. What do you think? Hot or not?

Choies Tote Bag With Side Zipper in black (Céline Cabas Zip knockoff)

Choies Tote Bag With Side Zipper
($98.99, Choies)

Forever 21 Refined Zippered Tote

Update (05/07/2014): Stumbled upon yet another chic Céline look-a-like bag at Forever 21. And it’s super affordable at only $29.80!

Forever 21 Refined Zippered Tote in black (Céline Cabas Zip knockoff)

Forever 21 Refined Zippered Tote
($29.80, Forever 21)

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

Mango Zip Shopper Bag

Update (08/15/2013): Look at this fabulous and budget-friendly zip shopper bag by Mango. A great alternative to the pricey Céline designer bag. Available in black, white and red faux leather.

Mango Zip Shopper Bag in black

Mango Zip Shopper Bagcj
($59.99, Mango)

Aldo “Sumerall” Zip Shopper

Update (09/04/2012): Found another great Céline Cabas Zip Tote alternative in this faux leather shopper by Aldo. What I love about this bag are the bone-colored inlays when you open the front zippers. Also available in camel/pink and white/black.

Aldo "Sumerall" Zip Shopper in black (Céline Cabas Zip knockoff)

Aldo “Sumerall” Zip Shopper
($24.98, Aldo)

Co-Lab By Christopher Kon Ryder-1271 Large Zipper Tote

Update (08/21/2012): Just came across another lovely zip tote bag by Co-Lab By Christopher Kon that looks a lot like Céline Cabas Zip Tote. Available for $85 in black, blue, brown, grey and orange.

Co-Lab By Christopher Kon Ryder-1271 Large Zipper Tote in black (Céline Cabas Zip knockoff)

Co-Lab By Christopher Kon Ryder-1271 Large Zipper Toteamazon
($85, Amazon)

Forever 21 Zipped Tote

In terms of quality this faux leather zipped tote by Forever 21 is no match for the original Céline, but if you’re looking for the designer look and don’t want to spend too much on it, this bag wil certainly do the job. Get it while stock lasts!

Forever 21 Zipped Tote in black (Céline Cabas Zip knockoffs)

Forever 21 Zipped Tote
($32.80, Forever 21)

Mango Touch Bag Zipper

Another Céline Cabas inspired bag is this croc effect faux leather zipper tote by Mango. It is currently on sale for $44.99 (was $89.99).

Mango Touch Bag Zipper in black croc effect (Céline Cabas Zip knockoff)

Mango Touch Bag Zipper
($44.99, Mango)

Hallhuber Zipper Tote

German Céline fans on a budget may find this Hallhuber faux leather zipper tote in red or taupe attractive as an alternative to the pricey designer bag.

Hallhuber Zipper Tote in red and taupe faux leather (Céline Cabas Zip Tote)

Hallhuber Zipper Tote
(€59.95, Hallhuber)

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Update: This post has been updated on January 7, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Last year it was the Rocco bag that made its way around Tinseltown and with one very good reason: it’s AMAZING! The shape was reminiscent of an 80s duffel bag that got a makeover at the fabulous factory and the stud detail made it a great choice for day or night. Though the Alexander Wang Donna bag got less attention, it certainly didn’t lack in the celebrity love department. The bag’s differences made them like distant cousins or perhaps fraternal twins. The Donna is slouchy, only suited for day wear and like its name explains, a hobo bag. But, it is still – oh so perfect!

Alexander Wang Donna Hobo Bag in black

Alexander Wang Donna Hobo Bag
($815, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Barneysls, Alexander Wangicon & Shopbopcj.

Celebrities Love Alexander Wang

Pink, Rihanna, Lindsay Lohan, Mandy Moore, Fergie and Christian Aguilera carrying a Alexander Wang Donna Hobo Bag

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Forever 21 Knotted Zip-Pocket Crossbody Bag

Update (01/07/2015): Found another great and budget-friendly Alexander Wang Donna hobo look-a-like at Forever 21 today. Available in black, white and green faux leather for $16.99 (sale price!).

Forever 21 Knotted Zip-Pocket Crossbody Bag in black (Alexander Wang Donna knockoff)

Forever 21 Knotted Zip-Pocket Crossbody Bag
($16.99, Forever 21)

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

Jessica Buurman “ALFRED” Zip Fastening Pockets Details Shoulder Bag

Update (09/15/2013): After more than 3 years, I found this almost identical Alexander Wang Donna look-a-like bag at Jessica Buurman in real leather for $119.

Jessica Buurman "ALFRED" Zip Fastening Pockets Details Shoulder Bag in black (Alexander Wang Donna knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “ALFRED” Zip Fastening Pockets Details Shoulder Bag
($119, Jessica Buurman)

Urban Expressions Slater Knotted Messenger

If the price tag is just a little too much for you to get your Wang on, then this Urban Expressions messenger bag is your next best bet. Both versions share the same shape, silver hardware, a center zipper, knotted shoulder and front camera-style pockets. If you buy it, we might just be twins, but the identical kind.

Urban Expressions Slater Knotted Messenger Bag in black (Alexander Wang Donna knockoff)

Urban Expressions Slater Knotted Messenger
($65.95, Nordstrom Rack)

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