American Chic

Leopard is one of those prints that is really a fashion staple, although it seems to come in and out every few years. Well, it’s in again for the fall/winter 2010 season, and in a big way. Designers are peppering everything with it, so American Chic‘s Leopard Print Tassel Hobo is dropping at the absolute perfect time.

American Chic Leopard Print Tassel Hobo

American Chic Leopard Print Tassel Hobo
($70, American Chic)

Vahni & Her American Chic Leopard Print Tassel Hobo

Vahni & Her American Chic Leopard Print Tassel Hobo

As I mention in my video review, I’ve been scouring the ‘net for affordable leopard bags, without much luck. There is a lot out there in the $1.200 to $2.900 range, but not much for the everyday person. This bag is a fun, irreverent leopard piece that is like an instant wardrobe update, and for only $70.

What I loved about this bag—other than its generous size and useful interior pockets—is the braided tassel detail, and the gold hardware. At-a-glance, the bag looks luxe, and makes a statement. Without the tassels and gleaming gold, I might not be so enamored. They really take this bag to the next level, and are the kind of details a synthetic bag should have to keep it from looking cheap.

Bottom Line

The American Chic Leopard Print Tassel Hobo is a fantastic—and practically foolproof—way to cost-effectively work some leopard into your wardrobe. I think the bag will hold up fine for a season or two of regular use, perhaps longer. It is also a nice alternative for those who are opposed to wearing animal fur, but really want a bag covered in this vibrant, glamorous pattern.


  • Will never show a speck of dirt.
  • Fun, on trend, inexpensive. Great animal-friendly alternative to calf-hair leopard print print bags.
  • Roomy, cloth-lined interior with three pockets. Big enough to fit a laptop in.


  • A large bag; may be overpowering for petite women.
  • Seams near the strap look a little fragile, like they might tear with repeated, heavy use.
  • Synthetic material is a little plasticky, though texture on the surface does make it more believable.
LookOur Rating: ★★★★☆
QualityOur Rating: ★★★☆☆
WearabilityOur Rating: ★★★★☆
PriceOur Rating: ★★★★☆
OverallOur Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

(The bag has been provided to Vahni for review)


Are you one of those ladies who has lusted for the Marc Jacobs Quilted Stam Bag since the day it came out? I know I am. I just love Marc Jacobs bags—they have a look all their own, and since I am lucky enough to have a Venetia myself, I know they are extremely well-made. But unfortunately, when they first hit the shelves, they are so expensive. Sigh.

American Chic Black Quilted Chain Bag

American Chic Black Quilted Chain Bag
($49.75, American Chic)

Vahni & Her American Chic Black Quilted Chain Bag

Vahni & Her American Chic Black Quilted Chain Bag

So listen up…as you can see from the photos above, we got our hands on a sick Stam lookalike! And we decided that it was time to take ITC reviews to the next level. So rather than just seeing photos of the American Chic Black Quilted Chain Bag, we shot some video so you can truly see how this bag translates in real life.

As I mentioned in the video, I was pleasantly surprised by how real this faux leather bag looks. And I am a very hard sell…honestly, when I first read the details about the bag, I wasn’t too excited about the fact that it’s not leather. But I’m totally sold! Seriously! I have actually carried this bag around and it looks incredible on.

So what else do you need to know about the American Chic Black Quilted Chain Bag? Well, despite the fact that the hardware is not brass, it’s still a nice goldtone, and has enough weight for it to look and feel good. Inside, the bag is cloth-lined, which is a big deal—nothing worse than a plasticky interior. It has a generous helping of pockets and zips and compartments to help keep your personal items organized.

Bottom Line

This is one of the best faux leather, designer-inspired bags I’ve seen in recent time. It is well-made, lovely to look at, roomy inside, and totally believable. I’m sure you’ll get your 50 bucks’ worth out of it, and then some.


  • Man-made “leather” totally looks like the real thing.
  • Good quality. A stunning Stam-esque bag.
  • Major price! Such a steal at under $50.


  • Metal clasp has slight discoloration, uneven tone.
  • There were some loose threads in the quilting.
LookOur Rating: ★★★★☆
QualityOur Rating: ★★★☆☆
WearabilityOur Rating: ★★★★☆
PriceOur Rating: ★★★★★
OverallOur Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

(The bag has been provided to Vahni for review)


Fabulous Handbag Giveaway Winner Announcement

And the winner is… Terri (Georgia Mist)! Her mantra for 2010 is: “Do or do not. There is no try.” – And we think this is a wonderful mantra – not just for 2010, but for life in general. Terri managed to win a beautiful black Givenchy inspired satchel with only 4 entries. What a lucky girl! You will soon receive a fabulous handbag from the nice folks at American Chic (thanks again for sponsoring the giveaway!). Congratulations, Terri!

We received over 500 comments from 124 people. Awesome! Thanks to everyone who entered. We really enjoyed reading all your mantras. They were inspiring, powerful, positive and sometimes a bit crazy. We hope & wish you will make them come true and live true to them. Good luck!

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It’s been a while since we last had a giveaway here on To start off 2010 in style and make it an even more fabulous year than the last we are proud to present you our first giveaway for this year kindly sponsored by American Chic. (Thanks again!) & American Chic Handbag Giveaway

One of you lucky gals will win a beautiful black satchel which heavily resembles Givenchy’s iconic “Nightingale” bag. As you can see below winning this roomy bag will put you in very good company. The Nightingale bag is one of the most popular bags among hardcore fashionistas all over the globe. It has been carried by several celebs including Ashley Olsen, Nicole Richie, Sienna Miller, Rihanna, Vanessa Hudgens and Heidi Klum just to name a few.

Ashley Olsen, Ashley Tisdale, Nicole Richie and Hilary Duff carrying a Givenchy Nightingale handbag

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How to Enter

In order to enter this giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment and tell us your mantra for 2010.

A Mantra is a religious or mystical syllable, phrase or poem, typically from the Sanskrit language. Mantras are primarily used as spiritual conduits, words or vibrations that inculcate concentration in the devotee. Mantras are also integrated in religious rituals to remove obstacles, avoid danger, reduce foes, or accumulate wealth.

For example, my personal mantra for 2010 is: “Don’t stand still. Always move forward & push borders wherever you can“. It is basically a motto or a maxim that I’m trying to live by for the next 365 days.

Only US and Canadian entries allowed (sorry international readers). You can join the giveaway until next Sunday, 01/24 (11:59 PM EST time). Winners will be drawn shortly thereafter.

Please remember to leave your (first) name and a valid email address when writing the comment (just fill out the comment form correctly and you’ll be fine). A comment equals 1 entry. You can leave multiple comments here if you want to, but only your first one will be accounted.

Bonus Entries

If you want to increase your chances of winning, you can score more entries by doing one or all of the following things:

  • Follow @intheircloset on Twitter (1 entry)
  • Follow @celebritychic on Twitter (1 entry)
  • Tweet about this giveaway. You can use this pre-written tweet if you like: @intheircloset and @celebritychic are doing a fabulous handbag #giveaway. Find out how to enter here: (max. 1 tweet/day = 1 entry/day)
  • Blog about this giveaway on your own blog and link back to this post. (3 entries)

IMPORTANT: Private/Protected tweets also can’t be credited.

If you decide to do one of the things in the list above, please mention them in your comment here on this page. You can add as many comments as you want if you should decide to do things one by one. Just remember to always use the same email address when writing a comment, so the additional entries can be credited to you.

This is an example of how your comment could look like:

My mantra for 2010 is: “Argue less. Laugh more”. I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway.

This example would sum up to 3 entries (1 mantra comment = 1 entry, 1 twitter follower = 1 entry, 1 tweet = 1 entry). That fictional reader would have increased her/his chances of winning by 200%.

If you have questions regarding this giveaway, don’t hesitate to ask. Good luck to everyone!