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Review: BagInc Alexa Studded Bag

by Irina on March 4, 2012

Like many of you I was quite smitten with Alexander Wang’s Rocco bag, but again, like many of you, I didn’t have a spare $875 to indulge in this studded handbag goodness. Then I discovered BagInc’s “Alexa” – a bag quite worthy of the perfect “Doppelgänger”-title, all that for $179 (and we’re speaking real leather bag here!). But since I’ve always been more of a shoe girl, acquiring new footwear was always first priority, hence I never got around to actually buy this fabulous looking bag. Luckily, a few months later my fashion blogger status enabled me to get this studded beauty for free because BagInc contacted me and asked whether I’d be interested in reviewing this particular bag since they saw so many orders from people who found this bag via our Real vs. Steal post on the Alexander Wang Rocco bag. I was. Here is my review:

BagInc "Alexa" Studded Bag in black (Alexander Wang Rocco knockoff)

BagInc “Alexa” Studded Bag
($179, BagInc)

My BagInc “Alexa” Bag

Review: BagInc Alexa Studded Bag in black

The first thing I can confirm (which you can probably already see from my photos above) is YES, the bag looks just as good in real life as it does on the product photo. And it feels goood, too. But first things first.

The bag arrived packed very flat, so what I did first was restoring the bag’s shape by stuffing it full with leftover padding material. I let the bag sit like that for around 2 days, then took it for a closer inspection. What really stood out most to me was the supberb quality and the involved craftmanship, I didn’t quite expect to get that from a $159 bag that came all the long way to me from Hong Kong, China. So I looked closer and tried to find the catch. But nothing. The brass hardware looked good, zipper worked like a charm, no loose threads or horrible stitching or any sign of smelly leather.

Another thing I really liked about this bag is the textured leather which feels soft yet sturdy and is also cut quite thick which I think is a huge bonus since paperthin leather bags tend to rip easier and wear down quicker.

But?

There are two minor things that slightly bugged me about this bag. 1.) I wished it was about 2-3 inches wider which I think would make the bag look less square-ish when you’re looking at it from the front. 2.) Due to its duffle shape the bag looks best when it’s stuffed to the brim. The structure of the bag is not stable enough to hold up the round shape on its own, so if you want the full-fledged duffle shape you have to stuff the bag which might be a problem to some of you who, opposed to me, don’t tend to carry all their belongings in their bag.

P.S.: If anyone’s interested in the details of my outfit. I got the coatls and scarf (sold out!) from ASOS, the ring is from The Quiet Riot (YSL Arty ring look-a-like). Shoes are by Dolce Vitaamazon.

Bottom Line

It is a quality bag and definitely worth the $179 investment (get it for less by using our exclusive 10% OFF promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET“). Apart from the 2 minor things I mentioned above the bag is pretty much perfect.

Do I recommend this bag? Yes. Would I have bought it with my own money? Yes, I just didn’t because sometimes you have to see (and feel) something in real life before you recognize its true fabulousness.

Don’t believe me? Read one of the many bag reviews which are almost all 4-5 star reviews with people being totally amazed by the quality of this bag (just like I am!).

PROS:

  • Great quality & craftmanship!
  • Fair price!
  • Real leather!
  • Alexander Wang Rocco look for a fraction of the original’s price!

CONS:

  • Could be a few inches wider!
  • Duffle shape best visible when bag is filled generously with stuff
LookOur Rating: ★★★★★
QualityOur Rating: ★★★★★
WearabilityOur Rating: ★★★★☆
PriceOur Rating: ★★★★☆
OverallOur Overall Rating: ★★★★½

(The bag has been provided to me for review)

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Personally, I think Valentine’s Day is stupid and I try to ignore it as much as I can. On the other side though, any excuse that lets me do some imaginary outfit shopping at Shopbop is more than welcome, so below you can see my favorite picks. Let me know what you think of V-Day, whether you celebrate it or not and most importantly, what you’re going to wear to impress your Valentine (assuming you do celebrate this day, of course).

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The Rebecca Minkoff Boyfriend Crossbody Bag is very in right now, as it is the It bag making its appearance among quite a few celebrities. The hardware inspired embellishments along with the chained strap add a touch of masculinity but in a feminine way. It’s the perfect size if you’re on the go, or it can be simultaneously transformed into a clutch for a night out of town look. I especially love the military green color Shenae Grimes and Ashley Greene are sporting, too bad it’s $295.

Rebecca Minkoff Boyfriend Crossbody Bag in khaki suede

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($295, Amazon)

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High Fashion 4046 Cross-Body Bag

UPDATE (01/26/2012): Look at this fantastic Rebecca Minkoff look-a-like by High Fashion! Isn’t it just lovely? Real leather? Uhm, yes, please. Available in cognac or dark brown.

High Fashion 4046 Cross-Body Bag in cognac  (Rebecca Minkoff Boyfriend knockoff)

High Fashion 4046 Cross-Body Bagamazon
($90.01, Amazon)

Steve Madden “BROCKS” Bag

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This is a great alternative to the Rebecca Minkoff bag as it is practically identical to it but also very much budget-friendly. The Steve Madden “Brocks” handbag incorporates the same idea of masculinity in a chic way. It is available in scarlet red, black and light blue.

Steve Madden "BROCKS" Bag in red, black and teal (Rebecca Minkoff Boyfriend knockoff)

Steve Madden “BROCKS” Bagls
($58, Steve Madden)

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Many people and celebrities alike have that specific “out-the-door handbag” which is often both fashion forward and easy to carry around. Currently trending is this Metal to the Petal Flap Pouchette by none other than the cross-body handbag specialist Marc by Marc Jacobs. It’s everything that I could possibly desire in a handbag; featuring gold embellishments and being the perfect size whether I’m leaving out the door or preparing for a grander event. Unfortunately, the price of $248 is simply too expensive for me, thus we have a great alternative which is both chic and budget-friendly.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal to the Metal Flap Pouchette Clutch Bag in nude

Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal to the Metal Flap Pouchettecj
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ASOS Bird Across Body Bag

ASOS has always been one of my favorite stores because I can always find what I need for a lesser price and the clothing is still very stylish. Confirming that theory is this Bird Across Body Bag. Though it’s slightly different than the Marc by Marc Jacobs cross-body bag above, it still features similar ornamentation like the bird appliqué and gold hued embellishments. Besides the more affordable price of $35.81, it is available in mint green and lilac.

ASOS Bird Across Body Bag in blush and mint green (Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal to the Metal Pouchette knockoff)

ASOS Bird Across Body Bagls
($35.81, ASOS)

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