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

Back in May, we received a reader email from Madison who requested us to find a dupe for Chloé‘s “Faye” bag. At that time however, there were no “Faye” dupes available anywhere (at least none that we could find anyway), so I suggested to Madison to wait a couple more months until the fast fashion market would catch onto this bag trend. Fortunately, the “Faye” went viral in the fashion blogosphere in the meantime and many of the top notch style bloggers have been spotted carrying a “Faye” under their arm. This bag with its distinct chained O-ring on the front is available in an array of different colors and uppers and color combinations, but the most popular ones seem to be the black and the cognac brown version as shown below. And despite the hefty price tag of $1.950, many of the “Faye” bags seem to be on backorder at most online retailers. Luckily, we were able to find a few Chloé Faye dupes by now, so Madison (and you) don’t have to wait an eternity and spend a fortune on top to be able to tote this trendy bag style around.

Chloé Faye Medium Flap Shoulder Bag in black and tobacco tan

Chloé Faye Medium Flap Shoulder Bag
($1.950, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Neiman Marcusls, Barneysls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Net-A-Porterls, Selfridges, Matches Fashionls, Editorialist, Lane Crawfordls, MyTheresa, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Style Bloggers Love Chloé

Various personal style bloggers such as Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Leonie (Ohh Couture), Aimee Song (Song of Style) and Camille Charrière (Camille over the Rainbow) have all been spotted carrying a Chloé Faye Flap Shoulder Bag.

Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Leonie (Ohh Couture), Aimee Song (Song of Style), Camille Charrière (Camille over the Rainbow) carrying a Chloé Faye Flap Shoulder Bag

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BagInc “Jamie” Medium Suede And Leather Shoulder Bag

Update (01/22/2016): Found this gorgeous Chloé Faye look-alike made of genuine leather at BagInc today. They’re not cheap at $135, but since I own a few of BagInc’s real leather bags I’m pretty sure these here are worth their money as well. Available in 4 colors: black, brown, violet and grey. Other sizes of this bag are available here. Make sure to use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your purchase (free shipping on orders $99+)!

BagInc "Jamie" Medium Suede And Leather Shoulder Bag in black and brown (Chloé Faye dupes)

BagInc “Jamie” Medium Suede And Leather Shoulder Bag
($135, BagInc)

Lush Leather “Ringo” Shoulder Bag

Update (01/22/2016): Also spotted this genuine leather high quality Chloé Faye dupe by Lush Bags which is only slightly more expensive than the BagInc version.

Lush Leather "Ringo" Shoulder Bag (Chloé Faye dupes)

Lush Leather “Ringo” Shoulder Bagamazon
($149.99, Amazon)

A similar version is also available at Amazon hereamazon.

Forever 21 Loop Handle Faux Leather Crossbody

First up is this cute “Faye” look-alike I discovered a few days ago at Forever 21. It’s not an identical dupe, but the inspiration is clearly visible here I think. At $27.90, it’s an affordable way to get your Chloé fashion fix.

Forever 21 Loop Handle Faux Leather Crossbody in black (Chloé Faye knockoff)

Forever 21 Loop Handle Faux Leather Crossbody
($27.90, Forever 21)

Jessica Buurman “Shero” Flap Shoulder Bag

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If you really, really want a spot-on dupe however, you might want to take a look at these faux leather bags available at Jessica Buurman. You probably can’t get any closer to the real deal than this at the moment! FYI: Jessica Buurman is an online shop located in China, so please buy with caution as we have received a few emails/comments from disappointed JB customers in the last couple of months regarding the quality of the received items. Even though most customers seem to be happy with their purchases (check out Instagram for that!), I strongly recommend to buy through PayPal, so you have buyer protection in case something goes wrong with the purchase.

Jessica Buurman "Shero" Flap Shoulder Bag (Chloé Faye dupes)

Jessica Buurman “Shero” Flap Shoulder Bag
($89, Jessica Buurman)

H&M Shoulder Bag

At H&M, I’ve discovered this Chloé Faye inspired bag for $49.99. If you don’t need an exact dupe and are just generally liking the style and concept of the Faye bag, I think this bag would be a good alternative.

H&M Shoulder Bag in brown (Chloé Faye inspired)

H&M Faux Leather Shoulder Bag
($49.99, H&M)

Aldo “Cellatica” Crossbody Bag

And last but not least, here’s another Chloé Faye look for less alternative of the “inspired by” kind which I have come across on the Aldo website recently. It’s certainly not a dupe, but still has various elements of the Faye bag, so I wanted to make sure to include this budget-friendly option as well.

Aldo "Cellatica" Crossbody Bag in brown (Chloé Faye inspired)

Aldo “Cellatica” Crossbody Bagls
($55, Aldo)

P.S.: Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls & Aldo (UK)ls.

Image source(s): Chloé, Chiara Ferragni Instagram, Ohh Couture, Song of Style, Camille over the Rainbow, BagInc, Amazon, Forever 21, Jessica Buurman, H&M, Aldo

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

I admit I wasn’t too familiar with Barcelona-based bag brand M2Malletier before writing this post, but when I read up the brand’s history, it instantly reminded me of Mansur Gavriel because both brands were founded in 2012 by a female design duo (in this case Melissa Losada and Marcela Velez) and both brands are best known for their minimalistic designs. Recognizing an M2Malletier bag shouldn’t be too hard as they all have that signature metal bar top handle the brand is so famous for. M2Malletier key design elements include rectangular shapes and clean lines which supposedly is due to the dominant influence of architecture, the most important source of inspiration for the designer duo. And even though M2Malletier bags aren’t quite as hyped as Mansur Gavriel’s, it’s still quite hard to get your hands on the best-selling designs such as this handmade “Fleur Du Mal” shoulder bag. The price of $1.560 isn’t really helping either, of course.

M2Malletier La Fleur Du Mal Shoulder Bag in black and gold

M2Malletier La Fleur Du Mal Shoulder Bagls
($1.560, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Moda Operandi, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Farfetchls, Selfridges, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love M2Malletier

Celebs like Kate Hudson and Kate Bosworth and style bloggers such as Louise Hay (LouHayHay) and Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific) have all been spotted carrying a M2Malletier La Fleur Du Mal Shoulder Bag.

Kate Hudson, Kate Bosworth, Louise (LouHayHay) & Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific) carrying a M2Malletier La Fleur Du Mal Shoulder Bag

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BagInc “Norma” Clutch Bag

Update (01/22/2016): If you want a high-quality dupe made of genuine leather, BagInc is the way to go. Their “Norma” bag is available in both red and black leather for $99. Make sure to use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your purchase (free shipping on orders of $99+)!

BagInc "Norma" Clutch Bag in black and red (M2Malletier La Fleur dupe)

BagInc “Norma” Clutch Bag
($99, BagInc)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody

I didn’t really expect Forever 21 to come out with an M2Malletier dupe anytime soon as I assumed the metal bar top handle detail would be way too costly to produce to fit into the brand’s narrow price range. Apparently, I was wrong. Because just look at this budget-friendly beauty of a bag! A spot-on “Fleur Du Mal” dupe for under $25! A quick reminder: the real deal comes in at $1.560. Now that’s what I call a steal deal!

Forever 21 Metal Bar Top Handle Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in black and gold (M2Malletier Fleur Du Mal dupe)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody
($24.90, Forever 21)

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Update: This post has been updated on January 5, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

An original Rick Owens classic leather jacket is one of the few designer items I would gladly splurge on if I had 2,5k to spare. I especially love this sleek biker jacket below with its elegantly draped collar and ribbed wool sleeves; the shape is timeless and flattering and the leather looks incredibly soft, doesn’t it? A cool and edgy leather jacket like this one is a closet staple and should be hanging in every woman’s wardrobe.

Rick Owens Leather Biker Jacket in black

Rick Owens Blister Leather Biker Jacketls
($2.620, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, LuisaViaRoma & Vestiaire Collective.

Celebrities Love Rick Owens

Celebs such as Ashley Olsen, Taylor Swift, Rachel Bilson, Lindsay Lohan, Halle Berry and Rihanna have all been spotted wearing a Rick Owens Leather Biker Jacket.

Ashley Olsen, Taylor Swift and Rachel Bilson wearing a black Rick Owens Leather Biker Jacket

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H&M Biker Jacket

Update (01/05/2016): Spotted this super fab and spot-on Rick Owens biker jacket dupe for under $60 at H&M. Doesn’t it look amazing?

H&M Biker Jacket (Rick Owens Blister dupe)

H&M Biker Jacket
($59.99, H&M)

Trouvé Leather Moto Jacket

Update (08/26/2014): Came across this lovely moto jacket by Trouvé today which instantly reminded me of the Rick Owens biker jacket above. Not exactly a steal at $298, but still a whole lot cheaper than the real deal.

Trouvé Leather Moto Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

Trouvé Leather Moto Jacketls
($298, Nordstrom)

CUSP by Neiman Marcus Faux-Leather Shawl-Collar Jacket

Update (01/31/2014): Found these Rick Owens inspired CUSP by Neiman Marcus moto jackets for under $100 today!

CUSP by Neiman Marcus Faux-Leather Shawl-Collar Jacket in grey and black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

CUSP by Neiman Marcus Faux-Leather Shawl-Collar Jacketls
($98, Neiman Marcus)

6 Shore Road “Chloe” Leather Moto Jacket

Update (01/31/2014): Not exactly budget-friendly, but this biker jacket by 6 Shore Road is also a good alternative to the Rick Owens designer original above.

6 Shore Road "Chloe" Leather Moto Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

6 Shore Road “Chloe” Leather Moto Jacketcj
($428, Shopbop)

Veda “Max” Moto Jacket

Update (01/31/2014): This Veda moto jacket isn’t a steal either, but it’s a great Rick Owens dupe, the quality looks great and the jacket is currently on sale, too! Yay!

Veda "Max" Moto Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

Veda “Max” Moto Jacket
($515, RevolveClothing)

SW3 Bespoke “Queensway” Biker Jacket

Update (01/31/2014): Also discovered this leather jacket by SW3 Bespoke and it instantly reminded me of a Rick Owens.

SW3 Bespoke "Queensway" Biker Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

SW3 Bespoke “Queensway” Biker Jacket
($175, Shopbop)

Mango Maxi Flap Leather Jacket

Update (01/31/2014): So how fab is this leather jacket by Mango? It’s such a close dupe to the Rick Owens version and is also surprisingly affordable at $289.99 (we’re talking real leather here!). Really thinking about getting this beauty of a leather jacket myself.

Mango Maxi Flap Leather Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

Mango Maxi Flap Leather Jacketcj
($289.99, Mango)

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

BB Dakota “Grant” Leather Jacket

Update (11/02/2013): This leather jacket by BB Dakota also reminded me of the Rick Owens biker jacket above. It’s not exactly budget-friendly at $227.50, but definitely a steal compared to the originals’ price!

BB Dakota "Grant" Leather Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

BB Dakota “Grant” Leather Jacket
($227.50, Zappos)

Muubaa “Agena” Leather Jacket

Update (06/20/2013): Just discovered that these leather jackets by Muubaa would be great buys if you’re looking for a more affordable Rick Owens alternative. They’re not exactly a steal at £279-£349, but from what I have read about the brand worth the mini investment. And oooh, did I mention they offer free worldwide shipping?

Muubaa "Agena" Leather Jacket in black and sandstone (Rick Owens Blister knock-offs)

Muubaa “Agena” Leather Jacketcj
(£279-£349, Muubaa)

Jennifer Lopez Faux-Leather Motorcycle Jacket

This faux leather jacket by Jennifer Lopez surely can’t compete with an original Rick Owens jacket, but if you’re looking for a good-looking and affordable leather jacket, this one has obviously quite a few Rick Owens inspired elements and the price of $50.40 ain’t too bad as well! Also available in white and plus sizes.

Jennifer Lopez Faux-Leather Motorcycle Jacket in black (Rick Owens look-a-like)

Jennifer Lopez Faux-Leather Motorcycle Jacketls
($50.40, Kohl’s)

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

We’ve featured quite a number of Christian Louboutin shoes here on InTheirCloset and I think that’s because, other than being extremely popular with our readers, they are also what I would classify as “classic”. Louboutin pumps range from demure to over the top but almost all of them feel timeless. CL’s “Claudia” ankle-strap sandals are no exception. They are simply a new take on a tried and true shoe. Look how beloved these are by hollywood starlets and Playboy bunnies alike. You’d probably have to be either or both to swing that price tag though.

Christian Louboutin Claudia Ankle Strap Sandals in black patent

Christian Louboutin Claudia Ankle Strap Sandalsls
($985, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Jennifer Love Hewitt, Megan Fox, Jennifer Morrison & Holly Madison wearing Christian Louboutin Claudia Ankle Strap Sandals

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M. Gemi “Amare” Ankle Strap Pumps

Update (12/18/2015): 4 years after the last find, I’ve discovered these amazing, handcrafted “Made in Italy” beauties by M. Gemi which are an absolutely fabulous alternative to the pricey Louboutins above. Available in black patent or gold for $198.

M. Gemi "Amare" Ankle Strap Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin Claudia dupes)

M. Gemi “Amare” Ankle Strap Pumpsls
(198, M. Gemi)

Nine West “Freespirit” Ankle Strap Pumps

Update (12/23/2011): And here’s a gold glitter version of the CL Claudia heel by Nine West. A very fitting shoe for NYE, don’t you agree? 🙂

Nine West "Freespirit" Ankle Strap Pumps in gold glitter (Christian Louboutin Claudia knockoffs)

Nine West “Freespirit” Ankle Strap Pumps
(119, Nine West)

Rockport “Sasha” Ankle Strap Pumps

Update (05/16/2011): Just came across another Louboutin Claudia look-a-like by Rockport. Available in black or white patent.

Rockport "Sasha" Ankle Strap Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin Claudia knockoffs)

Rockport “Sasha” Ankle Strap Pumpsamazon
(44.99, Amazon)

Ivanka Trump “Bulbli” Ankle Strap Sandals

Update (12/14/2010): Well, well. Seems like Ivanka Trump can add shoe designer to her resume now?! Or maybe not because her “Bulbli” sandals look like spot-on clones of Louboutin’s Claudias though I must admit they have the much nicer price tag. Available in black, red or graphite patent.

Ivanka Trump "Bulbli" Ankle Strap Sandals in black patent (Christian Louboutin Claudia knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Bulbli” Ankle Strap Sandals
(112.49, Heels.com)

Aldo “Brodigan” Ankle Strap Sandals

Thank you, Aldo, for bringing us a shoe both lovely and affordable. No, my friends, you will not be able to show off that red sole, but if it’s class you’re looking for, look no further. Aldo’s “Brodigan” pump is the versatile, cocktail pump you’ve been looking for minus the hefty price tag. *Ding Ding*. We have a winner! Also available in a great nude color.

Aldo "Brodigan" Ankle Strap Sandals in black patent (Christian Louboutin Claudia knockoffs)

Aldo “Brodigan” Ankle Strap Sandalsls
($34.98, Aldo)

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

I kind of have a soft spot for chunky high heel sandals. I know they’re not the most flattering shoe to grace a woman’s feet, but for some reason I like them anyway. To me, they represent the underdog of the shoe world. Not really popular but low-key cool. Doesn’t sound convincing to you? Well, then have a look at the buckled Givenchy sandals below and try telling me these ain’t cool! Because I think they’re totally kickass! And not too high. Plus, they have a chunky heel which makes them probably quite comfortable, too. The only downside though? Well, these babies cost $880! Gulp!

Givenchy Buckled Leather Sandals in black

Givenchy Buckled Leather Sandalsls
($880, Net-A-Porter)

Via Spiga “Revel” Buckled Block Heel Sandals

Update (12/18/2015): Stumbled upon these Givenchy inspired buckled block heel sandals by Via Spiga. They’re available in black, greige and taupe suede.

Via Spiga "Revel" Buckled Block Heel Sandals in black (Givenchy dupes)

Via Spiga “Revel” Buckled Block Heel Sandalsamazon
($135.21, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Lord & Taylorls, Zappos, Shoes.com, Onlineshoes.comls, 6pm, Nordstromls, Bloomingdale’s & Dillard’sls.

Alias Mae “Catherine” Buckled Block Heel Sandals

Update (09/03/2013): Givenchy lovers down under, listen up! Just came across yet another fab Givenchy inspired block heel sandal by Alias Mae. Available in black and for for $159.95 AUD!

Alias Mae "Catherine" Buckled Block Heel Sandals in black and brown (Givenchy knockoffs)

Alias Mae “Catherine” Buckled Block Heel Sandals
($159.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Sole Society “Kadene” Block Heel Sandals

Update (08/03/2013): Found another great Givenchy look-a-like at Sole Society for $69.95! Available in black or luggage leather.

Sole Society "Kadene" Block Heel Sandals in black (Givenchy knockoffs)

Sole Society “Kadene” Block Heel Sandals
($69.95, Sole Society)

Kelsi Dagger “Gina” Buckle Sandals

As much as I love chunky heels, there’s no way I could justify spending such a huge amount of money on shoes, so luckily, I found these almost identical Kelsi Dagger “Gina” Buckle Sandals which sell for much less than the real deal. I also really like the red inner sole on these. Looks kinda Louboutin-esque, no? Anyway, these are made of real leather and come in either black, luggage or greige. You like?

Kelsi Dagger "Gina" Buckle Sandals in black (Givenchy look-a-likes)

Kelsi Dagger “Gina” Buckle Sandalscj
($84.99, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon & ASOS.

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Zappos, StyleTread, Sole Society, Dillard’s

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