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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 (now: $595) for the “mini” version and $625 (now: $695) 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 many great alternatives less than $100.

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

Mansur Gavriel Drawstring Leather Bucket Bagls
($595, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Barneysls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Kirna Zabêtels, Forward by Elyse Walker, Moda Operandi, Vestiaire Collective, The RealReal & 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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Gabriella Rocha “Elissa” Bucket Purse with Wristlet

Update (09/09/2016): Look at these amazing Mansur Gavriel bucket bag dupes by Gabriella Rocha which are currently 50% off and come in either black, red, blue or tan faux leather. Super steal alert!

Gabriella Rocha "Elissa" Bucket Purse with Wristlet in black, red, blue and tan (Mansur Gavriel dupes)

Gabriella Rocha “Elissa” Bucket Purse with Wristlet
($36.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Sole Society “Blackwood” Vegan Bucket Bag

Update (09/09/2016): Also stumbled upon these Mansur Gavriel inspired bucket bags at Sole Society which retail for $59.95 and come in black, oxblood and navy.

Sole Society "Blackwood" Vegan Bucket Bag in oxblood, black and navy (Mansur Gavriel dupe)

Sole Society “Blackwood” Vegan Bucket Bagls
($59.95, Nordstrom)

P.S.: Also available at Sole Society.

Unita “Verso” Genuine Leather Bucket Bag

Update (04/22/2016): Discovered another amazing designer bag dupe by Unita! Their genuine leather bags are always spot-on compared to the original real deals, the pictures promise a great product quality and most reviews seem to be very positive, too, so it might be worth the splurge. What do you think?

Unita "Verso" Genuine Leather Bucket Bag in black and tan (Mansur Gavriel knockoffs)

Unita “Verso” Genuine Leather Bucket Bagamazon
($118.90, Amazon)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Bucket Bag

Update (12/04/2015): Look what I just spotted while browsing Forever 21‘s new arrivals: amazing Mansur Gavriel bucket bag dupes for under $30! I’m totally buying both of these for my own little designer dupes collection. If you love F21’s bucket bag dupes just as much, I suggest you don’t wait too long with your purchase because I’m super sure these babies will sell out fast.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Bucket Bag in black and nude (Mansur Gavriel dupes)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Bucket Bag
($29.90, Forever 21)

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

Lancaster Paris “Pur” Saffiano Bucket Bag

Update (11/16/2015): Discovered another great Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag alternative today! This one’s by Lancaster Paris and it’s admittedly a little expensive at $250 now $131.77, but doesn’t the saffiano leather look absolutely gorgeous? Plus, it looks so much like the real deal, too, doesn’t it? Available two sizes (the big version is available here for $278) and an array of lovely colors (including pink!). Love!

Lancaster Paris "Pur" Saffiano Bucket Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Lancaster Paris “Pur” Saffiano Bucket Bag
($131.77, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at eBags, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Jessica Buurman “Aldous” Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (08/26/2015): Just spotted this Mansur Gavriel look for less alternative at Jessica Buurman. $109 and it is yours, ladies!

Jessica Buurman "Aldous" Drawstring Bucket Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “Aldous” Drawstring Bucket Bag
($109, Jessica Buurman)

Orsay Bucket Bag

Update (08/26/2015): Also stumbled upon this lovely Mansur Gavriel bucket bag look-alike at this German online shop Orsay. So close to the real deal and not too expensive at €20 (sale price)!

Orsay Bucket Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Orsay Bucket Bag
(€20, Orsay)

Mango Minimal Shopper Bag

Update (08/06/2015): Found this amazing Mansur Gavriel bucket bag dupe at Mango today. It’s almost spot-on and so affordable at $59.99! Loved it so much, I ordered straight away. There’s also a Mansur Gavriel backpack dupe available at Mango herecj. Update #2: Both the bag and the backpack have been in my possession for over a week now and I’m madly in love with both. Definitely recommended, looks very much like the real deal!

Mango Minimal Shopper Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Mango Minimal Shopper Bag
($59.99, Mango)

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

Parfois Trend Bucket Handbag

Update (06/02/2015): Found these Mansur Gavriel inspired bucket bags by Parfois today. Aren’t they super pretty? And quite affordable, too.

Parfois Trend Bucket Handbag in baby blue, tan and white (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Parfois Trend Bucket Handbagamazon
(£24.99, Amazon.co.uk)

Shiraleah “Anya” Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (05/05/2015): Spotted these lovely Mansur Gavriel bucket bag look-alikes by Shiraleah today. Available in black, camel, blush and baby blue faux leather and currently on sale for a budget-friendly price of $29.99! Steal deal alert!

Shiraleah "Anya" Drawstring Bucket Bag (Mansur Gavriel knockoffs)

Shiraleah “Anya” Drawstring Bucket Bagamazon
($29.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstrom Rack.

BagInc “Joanna” Calf Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (05/05/2015): If you’re looking for a genuine leather Mansur Gavriel bucket bag dupe, then BagInc‘s “Joanna” bag might be for you. Made of calf leather and available in either black, red, camel, silver metallic, pale pink, olive green, navy and grey for $109! Make sure to use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your order.

BagInc "Joanna" Drawstring Bucket Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

BagInc “Joanna” Calf Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag
($109, BagInc)

P.S.: A similar version is also available at Amazonamazon.

Vince Camuto “Leila” Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (05/02/2015): Well, hello there! Now isn’t Vince Camuto‘s “Leila” a great substitute if you can’t afford the real deal? Available in various colors, too.

Vince Camuto Leila Drawstring Bucket Bag in black and tan (Mansur Gavriel knockoffs)

Vince Camuto “Leila” Drawstring Bucket Bagamazon
($186.97, Amazon)

Dooney & Bourke “Serena” Drawstring Leather Bucket Bag

Update (05/02/2015): Another high-quality Mansur Gavriel inspired alternative is available by Dooney & Bourke. Looove the colored linings here!

Dooney & Bourke "Serena" Drawstring Leather Bucket Bag in black and tan (Mansur Gavriel knockoffs)

Dooney & Bourke “Serena” Drawstring Leather Bucket Bagls
($298, Nordstrom)

JustFab “Alden” Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (05/02/2015): Another lovely Mansur Gavriel steal find is available at JustFab. I absolutely adore the bag in the popping blue color! Sooo pretty!

JustFab "Alden" Drawstring Bucket Bag in tan and blue (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

JustFab “Alden” Drawstring Bucket Bag
($31.96, Heels.com)

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
($51.96, Sole Society)

Steve Madden “BGEMMAA” Drawstring Bucket Bag

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)

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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Update: This post has been updated on May 7, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Over the years I have fallen in love with so many Louboutins that I always thought: “Well, now he has outdone himself! I couldn’t love a shoe more!” – But then this shoe came along. The “Impera” – a truly imperial lasercut lace-up stiletto pump. So how divine could a shoe be? And even though it’s usually very hard for me to love a white heel, this one I absolutely ADORE! In both white and black leather. Just look how gorgeous these shoes look on the celebs! I’m especially in love with how Alessandra Ambrosio has worn her Loubies. Too bad they are a) sold out and b) totally out of my budget.

Christian Louboutin Impera Lace-Up Lasercut Stiletto Pumps in white and black

Christian Louboutin Impera Lace-Up Lasercut Stiletto Pumpsls
($1.295, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Net-A-Porterls & Barneysls.

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Nina Dobrev and Rihanna have all been spotted wearing Christian Louboutin Impera Lace-Up Lasercut Stiletto Pumps.

Alessandra Ambrosio, Nina Dobrev and Rihanna wearing Christian Louboutin Impera Lace-Up Lasercut Stiletto Pumps

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River Island Laser Cut Lace-Up Heels

Update (05/07/2016): Discovered another great CL Impera look-alike at River Island. Available in either black or white faux leather for $110.

River Island Laser Cut Lace-Up Heels in white and black faux leather (Christian Louboutin Impera knockoffs)

River Island Laser Cut Lace-Up Heels
($110, River Island)

LFL “Essence” Laser-Cut Lace-Up Stiletto Pumps

Update (06/28/2015): Stumbled upon these beautiful Christian Louboutin Impera dupes by LFL. So gorgeous, right?

LFL "Essence" Laser-Cut Lace-Up Stiletto Pumps in nude and black patent (Christian Louboutin Impera knockoffs)

LFL “Essence” Laser-Cut Lace-Up Stiletto Pumps
($94.99, Heels.com)

Bolaro SH1646 Laser-Cut Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Pumps

Update (05/09/2015): Spotted these budget-friendly Christian Louboutin Impera look-alikes by Bolaro today. Available in either black, red and nude faux leather for a steal price of $33.99!

Bolaro SH1646 Laser-Cut Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Pumps in black (Christian Louboutin Impera knockoffs)

Bolaro SH1646 Laser-Cut Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Pumpsamazon
($33.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at eBayeBay.

Choies Cut Out Tie Up High Heels

Update (01/15/2015): Stumbled upon another fab Christian Louboutin Impera dupe at Choies. Available in black and cream faux leather for a steal price of $34.99.

Choies Cut Out Tie Up High Heels in black (Christian Louboutin Impera knockoffs)

Choies Cut Out Tie Up High Heels
($34.99, Choies)

P.S.: A similar version is also available at Rosegal.

Jessica Buurman “LOVER” Floral Cutout Lace-up High Heel Pumps

Deal: Free worldwide shipping on all orders! Sign up to the Jessica Buurman newsletter and get a 10% off coupon!

These heels by Jessica Buurman don’t quite live up to the quality of the Louboutins above, but for 1/10 of the price they do come pretty close, don’t you agree? They’re currently on pre-order and I am now contemplating which color to get them in. Any advice from our fabulous readers?

Jessica Buurman "LOVER" Floral Cutout Lace-up High Heel Pumps in white and black (Christian Louboutin Impera knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “LOVER” Floral Cutout Lace-up High Heel Pumps
($149, Jessica Buurman)

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Update: This post has been updated on March 22, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

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, Vestiaire Collective)

P.S.: Also available at The RealReal & Fashionphile.

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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Unita Classic Box Bag

Update (03/22/2016): Another Céline Box alternative! Check out these fabulous genuine leather bags by Unita. They cost $119.80 and come in 21 (!) colors. So lovely!

Unita Classic Box Bag in brown and black (Céline Box dupes)

Unita Classic Box Bagamazon
($119.80, Amazon)

BagInc “Martha” Medium Classic Leather Bag

Update (03/22/2016): Spotted another Céline Box Bag dupe today! This time at BagInc. They have 16 variations of their “Martha” bag in various colors and uppers with prices ranging from $105 to $115. Don’t forget to use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your purchase (free shipping on orders $99+).

BagInc "Martha" Medium Classic Leather Bag (Céline Box knockoffs)

BagInc “Martha” Medium Classic Leather Bag
($105-$119, BagInc)

Forever 21 Structured Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

Update (08/26/2015): May I present you: Forever 21‘s third attempt at recreating Céline’s Box Bag, this time a more spot-on version.

Forever 21 Structured Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in black (Céline Box knockoff)

Forever 21 Structured Faux Leather Crossbody Bag
($22.90, Forever 21)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Chain-Strapped Crossbody Bag

Update (06/11/2015): And here’s another Céline Box inspired bag by Forever 21.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Chain-Strapped Crossbody Bag (Céline Box knockoff)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Chain-Strapped Crossbody Bag
($22.90, Forever 21)

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

Choies Lock Across Body Box Bag

Update (05/05/2015): Spotted these spot-on Céline Box bag dupes at Choies today. They’re available in either black, white, cobalt blue, burgundy, camel and grey faux leather for a steal price of $39.99!

Choies Lock Across Box Bag (Céline knockoffs)

Choies Lock Across Body Box Bag
($39.99, Choies)

Lush Leather Boxy Shoulder Bag

Update (04/16/2015): Discovered the most spot-on Céline Box bag dupe today! Check out this genuine 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 Mango (UK)ls, Mango (FR) & 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 Bag
($14.99, Forever 21)

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

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 June 28, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Clutches. I love them, but they sure aren’t the most practical form of bags. Especially those of the evening kind. Clutches usually make me feel like Captain Hook because I always feel tied up with a clutch in my hand. That’s why I totally love Valentino‘s “Va Va Voom” clutch bag with its ingenious studded front handle. Why don’t all clutches have this fingers-free thingy? Total game-changer! Too bad I don’t have $2.145 to afford this beauty of a bag.

Valentino Va Va Voom Studded Flap Clutch Bag in black

Valentino Va Va Voom Flap Bag
($2.145, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Intermix, farfetchls & Harrodsls.

Celebrities Love Valentino

Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Alessandra Ambrosio, Clémence Poésy, Stacy Keibler and Felicity Jones carrying a Valentino Va Va Voom Flap Bag

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Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

Update (06/28/2015): Came across this lovely Valentino Va Va Voom bag dupes at Forever 21 today. Aren’t they just fab? And so budget-friendly, too.

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in taupe and burgundy (Valentino Va Va Voom knockoffs)

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Crossbody Bag
($22.90, Forever 21)

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

7Chi 4274 Pyramid Studded Clutch

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to get the Va Va Voom effect of Valentino, look no further because Street Level has your back. Their clutch may not be an identical copy, but all the key elements are still there. And did I mention it’s $34.90 only and also available in red as well?

Street Level Pyramid Studded Clutch in black (Valentino Va Va Voom knockoff)

7Chi 4274 Pyramid Studded Clutchpjx
($34.90, Lori’s)

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Looking back at all the Christian Louboutin designs we have covered here on this blog so far, I realized a lot of the shoes have been pump styles. Which of course shouldn’t come as a surprise because Monsieur Louboutin is exceptionally good at creating lustworthy pumps. But his sandal game is not to be scoffed at. Case in point: the “Athena Alta” t-strap sandals. Their motto: business in the front and party in the back. I love the simple design and the added details that make this shoe stand out in a crowd of simple black sandals. Too bad so much fabulousness comes at a price: at $895, to be exact.

Christian Louboutin Athena Alta T-Strap Sandals in black patent and leopard print

Christian Louboutin Athena Alta T-Strap Sandalsls
($895, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls & Bergdorf Goodmanls.

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Kate Winslet and Cheryl Cole have all been spotted wearing Christian Louboutin Athena Alta T-Strap Sandals.

Alessandra Ambrosio, Kate Winslet wearing Cheryl Cole in Christian Louboutin Athena Alta T-Strap Sandals

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Journee Collection “Jonquil” Open Toe T-Strap Sandals

Luckily, I came across this fab Louboutin Athena Alta look-alike by Journee Collection which is spot-on in terms of look and design compared to the Louboutin real deal. But the best news? These heels are currently on sale for a budget-friendly $34.99. Steal deal alert!

Journee Collection "Jonquil" Open Toe T-Strap Sandals in black patent and leopard print (Christian Louboutin Athena Alta knockoffs)

Journee Collection “Jonquil” Open Toe T-Strap Sandals
($34.99, Target)

P.S.: Also available at Kohl’sls, JCPenneyls & Overstock.

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