Real vs. Steal – Cartier Love Bracelet

by Irina on January 8, 2015

If you have an Instagram account, follow fashion bloggers or just love jewelry in general, then I’m sure you’re well aware of Cartier‘s famous “Love” bracelet. Designed by Aldo Cipullo in 1969, the bracelet quickly became popular for its intentional resemblance in function to medieval chastity belts because of its extraordinary locking mechanism. Unlike traditional bracelets, the “Love” bracelet is designed to be opened only by using a special screwdriver that is supplied with every bracelet. The screwdriver is also available in the form of a necklace, allowing the bracelet to be “locked” onto one person, while the “key” is kept around the neck of another, as a symbol for their commitment to their relationship. Luckily, the “Love” bracelet can be opened with any standard slotted screwdriver (just in case things don’t work out with your better half, I guess ;-) ). Although slightly confining, I think it’s a romantic gesture and a very beautiful sign of love, but most of all is it a very expensive one at $6.600 for the 18K yellow gold version. There’s definitely a lot of commitment neccessary for such a splurge purchase.

Cartier Love Bracelet in gold and silver

Cartier Love Bracelet
($6.600, Cartier)

Style Bloggers Love Cartier

Celebs such as Aimee from Song of Style and Annabelle from VivaLuxury have been spotted wearing a Cartier Love Bracelet.

Aimee Song (Song of Style) and Annabelle (VivaLuxury) wearing a Cartier Love Bracelet

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Armitage Avenue Cuff Bracelet

All you commitment phobics with tight budgets rejoice! Because Armitage Avenue are bringing you the beauty of Cartier’s “Love” bracelet without the price or screwdriver. Now you can get the coveted Cartier look for a budget-friendly $24.95 (in either gold or silver) and open it easily with a built-in clasp. No screwdrivers or credit card debt neccessary! Score!

Armitage Avenue Cuff Bracelet in gold and silver (Cartier Love knockoffs)

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($24.95, Lori’s)

Image source(s): Cartier, Song of Style, VivaLuxury, Lori’s Shoes

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I think it goes without saying that owning an authentic Chanel bag is something each and every girl is dreaming of. And while I’ve never been much of a handbag freak, having a real Chanel bag in my closet would be the ultimate accessory and I would pair it with each of my outfits. It’s so wonderfully perfect and classic and suits almost everything.

Chanel Quilted Classic Flap Bag in black

Chanel Classic Flap Bag
(~$2.500, N/A)

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody

UPDATE (01/08/2015): Found these chain-adorned Chanel bag look-a-likes at Forever 21. Available in black, white and burgundy faux leather for a steal-worthy $24.90!

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in black and white (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbodyls
($24.90, Forever 21)

GoJane Feeling Quilty Purse

UPDATE (01/08/2015): I also happened to stumble upon these cute Chanel dupes at GoJane today. Available in various colors for under $30! Steal deal alert!

GoJane Feeling Quilty Purse in brown, black and navy (Chanel Classic knockoff)

GoJane Feeling Quilty Purse
($29.90, GoJane)

Lulu Quilted Crossbody Bag

UPDATE (01/03/2014): Here’s another fab and very budget-friendly Chanel 2.55 inspired alternative! How lovely is this little baggie by Lulu? Only $30!

Lulu Quilted Crossbody Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Lulu Quilted Crossbody Bagls
($30, NORDSTROM)

GoJane Quilty Thoughts Purse

UPDATE (11/04/2013): Discovered these lovely and very budget-friendly Chanel 2.55 bag look-a-likes at GoJane today and just had to share! I love both the black and the gold version.

GoJane Quilty Thoughts Purse in black and gold (Chanel 2.55 knockoffs)

GoJane Quilty Thoughts Purse
($46, GoJane)

Zenith Leather Quilted Shoulder Bag

UPDATE (10/05/2013): Et voilà! Just happened to find this Chanel 2.55 look-a-like by Zenith! Looks just like the Chanel bag, comes in black or blue, is made of real leather and costs under $120 (sale price)!

Zenith Leather Quilted Shoulder Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Zenith Leather Quilted Shoulder Bagls
($115.50, Kohl’s)

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Shoulder Bag

UPDATE (07/25/2013): Stumbled upon another set of budget-friendly Chanel-inspired bag alternatives at Forever 21.

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Shoulder Bag in black and white (Chanel Classic Flap knockoff)

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

BagInc “Adele” Flap Bag

UPDATE (02/29/2012): OMG! Just came across another, much better-looking Chanel alternative by BagInc. Love! Love! Love! Don’t forget to use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” for 10% OFF!

BagInc "Adele" Flap Bag in beige, black and pewter (Chanel knockoff)

BagInc “Adele” Flap Bag
($109, BagInc)

BagInc The Obligatory Classic Flap Bag

UPDATE (02/01/2012): Our reader Chelsea informed us of BagInc‘s fabulous Chanel flap bag look-a-like made of real leather for $69 only. Available in black, fuchsia, white and camel. Don’t forget to use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” for 10% OFF your order!

BagInc The Obligatory Classic Flap Bag in black, pink, white and camel (Chanel knockoff)

BagInc The Obligatory Classic Flap Bag
($69, BagInc)

Co-Lab by Christopher Kon Polly-1127 Quilted Shoulder Bag

UPDATE (01/26/2012): Can’t tell you how psyched I was to discover a new great and budget-friendly Chanel look-a-like! This one’s by Co-Lab by Christopher Kon and it comes in 5 variations: black, black patent, bone, navy and pewter metallic.

Co-Lab by Christopher Kon Polly-1127 Quilted Shoulder Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Co-Lab by Christopher Kon Polly-1127 Quilted Shoulder Bagamazon
($135, Amazon)

Handbag Heaven “Bridget” Quilted Shoulder Bag

UPDATE (01/26/2012): Here’s another great and affordable Chanel knockoff. Currently on sale at Handbag Heaven in red, black & grey.

Handbag Heaven "Bridget" Quilted Shoulder Bag in red, black & grey (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Handbag Heaven “Bridget” Quilted Shoulder Bagls
($89.95, Handbag Heaven)

GoJane Quilted Chain Strap Shoulder Bag

UPDATE (10/16/2010): OMG! Look at this amazing Chanel look-a-like version by GoJane. I’m in total awe and want it in both colors!

GoJane Quilted Chain Strap Shoulder Bag in black and mink (Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag knockoff)

GoJane Quilted Chain Strap Shoulder Bag
($53.30, GoJane)

ALDO “Scates” Quilted Bag

UPDATE (10/16/2010): While this ALDO bag is not a super obvious knockoff, overall it’s still a great and budget-friendly alternative to the real deal.

ALDO "Scates" Quilted Bag in black (Chanel knockoff)

ALDO “Scates” Quilted Bagls
($45, ALDO)

High Fashion 4803 Quilted Shoulder Bag

UPDATE (06/16/2010): Doesn’t this quilted bag by High Fashion look like the Holy Grail of Chanel knockoffs? OK, some might be turned off by the white stitching, but make sure to check out the other 6 colors including cream (!), nude and pewter which are my favorites and you’ll see why $130 seems like a reasonable price for such a well-made Chanel look-a-like.

High Fashion 4803 Quilted Shoulder Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

High Fashion 4803 Quilted Shoulder Bagamazon
($130, Amazon)

ASOS Quilted Lock Across Body Bag

UPDATE (06/16/2010): ASOS has also a great Chanel knockoff in various colors including black, white, blush, mink, berry & navy. I ordered the blush version and I’m loving it! It’s so cute & feminine.

ASOS Quilted Lock Across Body Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

ASOS Quilted Lock Across Body Bagls
($30.49, ASOS)

Wet Seal Quilted Cross Body Clutch

UPDATE (10/05/2009): Found a new and super amazing Chanel handbag knockoff for under $20 at Wet Seal. This budget-friendly Chanel alternative looks amazing if you consider the low price and it comes in either black or silver.

Wet Seal Quilted Crossbody Clutch in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Wet Seal Quilted Cross Body Clutchicon
($16.50, Wet Seal)

ALDO “Bargen” Quilted Handbag

Until you have enough pocket change for the real deal, you might want to settle for a less pricier version first. This quilted flap bag by ALDO certainly meets the criteria. Now don’t expect the same delicate quality of a real Chanel because there is simply no competition. But if you want an affordable alternative this bag is probably your best bet. It does have silver hardware instead of gold and it doesn’t have the cute CC clasp (which the original 2.55 bag however didn’t have as well by the way), but everything else is quite identical.

Aldo Bargen Quilted Chain Strap Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

ALDO “Bargen” Quilted Handbagls
($40, ALDO)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on January 8, 2015. 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)

GoJane Quilty Feeling Faux Leather Bag

UPDATE (01/08/2015): Discovered these lovely Chanel Boy bag look-a-likes at GoJane. I loooove the blue version! Only $33.60!

GoJane Quilty Feeling Faux Leather Bag in black and blue (Chanel Boy knockoff)

GoJane Quilty Feeling Faux Leather Bag
($33.60, Forever 21)

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 Bag
($24.80, Forever 21)

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 $59.99 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 Purse
($59.99, 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 Bag
($69.87, ASOS)

Jessica Buurman “WLLIET” Chain Strap Shoulder Clutch Bag

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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, Jessica Buurman)

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

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 Bag
($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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Copycat Math - Alexander McQueen "Armadillo" + Prada = Jessica Simpson "Salemm"

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P.S.: Jessica Simpson “Salemm” is available in black, magenta and gunmetal and can also be purchased at Zapposcj, NORDSTROMls, Dillard’sls & Macy’sls.

Image source(s): Farfetch, Bluefly, NORDSTROM

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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 Bagcj
($815, Forward)

P.S.: Also available at Barneysls, Alexander Wangicon, Shopbopcj, The Outnet (US)ls & The Outnet (International)ls.

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 $27.90.

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

Forever 21 Knotted Zip-Pocket Crossbody Bagls
($27.90, Forever 21)

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

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, DSW)

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