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Real vs. Steal – Chanel Classic Flap Bag

by Irina on August 8, 2017

Update: This post has been updated on August 8, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

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, Vestiaire Collective)

Also available at The RealReal, One Kings Lane, Shopbop & Fashionphile.

Ainifeel Quilted Chain Shoulder Bag

Update (08/08/2017): Spotted these amazing, genuine leather Chanel bag look-alikes by Ainifeel today and had to share them with you immediately! Aren’t they just gorgeous? The clasp on these doesn’t have the interlocking CC logo, but otherwise they’re pretty much identical to the real deal Chanel above. And have I mentioned these purses come in 2 sizes (medium or large) and 11 (!) color options? Consider me obsessed! The price of $115 is admittedly a bit of an investment, but the various customer reviews are throughout very positive and judging from the provided customer’s product photos you’ll get a high-quality designer dupe bag worth its price tag. And if you don’t really feel this particular Chanel design, the seller also has a wide selection of other Chanel bag dupes available, you can check them out here (including other bag dupes from other luxury designers such as Chloé, Hermès, Valentino, etc).

Ainifeel Quilted Chain Shoulder Bag in black, burgundy, navy and pastel pink (Chanel Classic Flap Bag dupes)

Ainifeel Quilted Chain Shoulder Bagamazon
($115-$119, Amazon)

Also available in a caviaramazon and patentamazon leather version.

Diophy CH-3101 PU Leather Quilted Turn Lock Flap Medium Bag

Update (08/08/2017): Not feeling like spending $100 on a designer dupe bag? Well, how about $25 then? These cute quilted flap bags by Diophy scream Chanel, but are surprisingly affordable (sale price!). Granted, the PU leather doesn’t look too durable especially when you compare it to the Ainifeel version above, but if you’re someone who takes good care of their bags, these might last you a few years and you could buy all three colors and still have $25 from that $100 bill left. Steal deal alert!

Diophy CH-3101 PU Leather Quilted Turn Lock Flap Medium Bag in white, black and red (Chanel dupes)

Diophy CH-3101 PU Leather Quilted Turn Lock Flap Medium Bagamazon
($24.99, Amazon)

Also available at Overstock & eBay.

Markese 6999 Quilted Chain Flap Bag

Update (08/08/2017): Also discovered these gorgeous genuine leather Chanel dupes by Markese which come in black, red, cognac and white (not pictured). Again, the price for these look-alikes is a little higher due to these bags being genuine leather (also made in Italy, apparently), so you’re probably better off with this option if you want a long-lasting, high-quality Chanel dupe that you can wear for many years to come.

Markese 6999 Quilted Chain Flap Bag in black, red and cognac brown (Chanel Classic 2.55 dupes)

Markese 6999 Quilted Chain Flap Bag
(£95, Amazon.co.uk)

Also available at Amazon.de.

Gabriella Rocha “Arrosa” Quilted Shoulder Purse

Update (02/27/2016): Just spotted this lovely Chanel look-alike bag by Gabriella Rocha in salmon pink which is currently on sale for a steal-worthy $29.99 and would be a perfect addition to your Spring wardrobe.

Gabriella Rocha "Arrosa" Quilted Shoulder Purse in blush coral (Chanel dupe)

Gabriella Rocha “Arrosa” Quilted Shoulder Purseamazon
($29.99, Amazon)

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 Crossbody
($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 $12.95! Steal deal alert!

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

GoJane Feeling Quilty Purse
($12.95, 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 Bag
($24.80, Forever 21)

BagInc “Adele” Flap Bag

Update (02/29/2012): O-M-G! Just came across another, much better-looking Chanel alternative by BagInc. Love! Love! Love! By the way, “Adele” is also available in a lambskin leather version (softer than caviar) with a rectangular locket. Make sure to use promo code SPRINGBAG for 15% 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 promo code SPRINGBAG to get 15% off your order at BagInc!

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 Bag
($29.95, Nordstrom Rack)

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 Bag
($29, 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 Clutch
($16.50, DSW)

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 April 11, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

I am usually not too fond of Louis Vuitton bags. I especially dislike their monogrammed range because I just don’t see the appeal of having a brand’s logos plastered all over my bag looking like a tacky advertisement. However, Sofia Coppola designed a bag for Louis Vuitton that got me obsessed! The SC bag is pure and simple elegance; I absolutely adore the minimalistic design and the no-fuss attitude it exudes. It’s such a beautiful bag in such a beautiful color! But, oh boy, is this bag expensive! $4.650? Like seriously, Louis Vuitton?

Louis Vuitton SC Satchel Bag in burgundy

Louis Vuitton SC Satchel Bag
($4.650, Vestiaire Collective)

Also available at The RealReal & Fashionphile.

Celebrities Love Louis Vuitton

Kate Moss, Miranda Kerr, Alexa Chung, Kirsten Dunst, Reese Witherspoon and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley carrying a Louis Vuitton SC Satchel Bag

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Urban Expressions Vegan Leather Satchel

Update (04/11/2017): Discovered these fabulous and spot-on Louis Vuitton SC dupes by Urban Expressions today which come in various colors made of faux leather and are currently on sale for less than $45. Super steal deal alert!

Urban Expressions Vegan Leather Satchel in black and red (Louis Vuitton SC dupes)

Urban Expressions Vegan Leather Satchel
($44.97, Nordstrom Rack)

A.L.C. Small Lucas Duffel Bag

Update (05/09/2015): If you’re looking for a really high-quality LV look for less alternative, A.L.C.’s “Lucas” duffel satchel might be a good fit. The design is very similar to the SC bag and I bet the craftmanship is superb, too, but you’d have to spend $895 on this beauty. Which, however, is only about 1/5 compared to the price of the real deal, so overall it’s still a great deal.

A.L.C. Small Lucas Duffel Satchel Bag in black and off-white

A.L.C. Small Lucas Duffel Bagls
($895, Shopbop)

Mango “Carin” Leather Tote Bag

Update (03/31/2015): OH-EM-GEE! Now look at this perfect looking Louis Vuitton SC bag dupe by Mango! So gorgeous, right? I love that this one’s made of real leather. Makes it look so much more luxurious, don’t you agree?

Mango "Carin" Leather Tote Bag in black

Mango “Carin” Leather Tote Bag
($169.99, Mango)

Also available at Mango (UK)ls & Mango (EU).

Mango Zip Tote Bag

Update (12/29/2014): Discovered another fab Louis Vuitton SC look-a-like bag at Mango today. Currently on sale for $69.99!

Mango Elisa Zip Tote Bag in black

Mango Zip Tote Bagcj
($69.99, Mango)

Fineplus Boston Tote Bag

Update (01/25/2014): Accidentally happened to stumble upon this lovely LV SC bag dupe by Fineplus today! I loooove the steal price of $79.35 considering how luxe this bag looks (plus, it’s real leather)!

Fineplus Boston Tote Bag in wine red

Fineplus Boston Tote Bagamazon
($79.35, Amazon)

Charles Jourdan “Sierra” Satchel Bag

Update (07/09/2013): Although not available in the burgundy color, this satchel bag by Charles Jourdan would still make a great Louis Vuitton SC alternative because the shape and overall design is very reminiscent of LV’s SC bag.

Charles Jourdan "Sierra" Satchel Bag in tan

Charles Jourdan “Sierra” Satchel Baglsn
($245, Last Call by Neiman Marcus)

BagInc “Eleonora” Leather Satchel Bag

Update (01/10/2013): Stumbled upon a real leather LV SC bag look-a-like at BagInc for under $80! Available in red, black and white cowhide leather. Use promo code SPRINGBAG to get 15% off your order at BagInc!

BagInc "Eleonora" Leather Satchel Bag in burgundy red

BagInc “Eleonora” Leather Satchel Bag
($79, BagInc)

Handbag Heaven Britta Barrel Satchel

If you’re looking for a simple but beautiful bag in the style of LV’s SC bag, then this bag by Handbag Heavenmight be for you. The “Britta” satchel is a lovely and budget-friendly alternative to the Lous Vuitton Sofia Coppola bag for under $50. The color is a bit lighter and brighter, but otherwise it’s practically identical. Other available color options include brown and black.

Handbag Heaven Britta Barrel Satchel in wine red (Louis Vuitton SC Sofia Coppola bag knockoff)

Handbag Heaven Britta Barrel Satchel
($49.26, Nordstrom Rack)

Alloy “Alyse” Duffel Bag

Alloy also has a great Louis Vuitton SC bag look-a-like for a very affordable $44.90. The only available color is camel though.

Alloy "Alyse" Duffel Bag in cognac

Alloy “Alyse” Duffel Bag
($44.90, eBags)

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Update: This post has been updated on March 14, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

I already mentioned I am by no means a handbag expert. I think I own about 10-15 bags and usually have around 2 or 3 in rotation per season which works out totally fine for me. However, from time to time I find myself obsessing over a particular handbag such as the Marc Jacobs “Stam” bag which was named after topmodel Jessica Stam. The satchel has some obvious Chanel references (e.g. the quilted leather or the gold chain), but I’d still consider it unique enough to stand on its own.

Marc Jacobs Quilted Stam Satchel in black

Marc Jacobs Stam Quilted Leather Satchel Bagls
($1.395, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Marc Jacobs

Ashley Tisdale, Sophia Bush and Vanessa Minnillo wearing a black Marc Jacobs Quilted Stam Bag

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Carlos Santana “Maria” Quilted Frame Satchel Handbag

UPDATE (03/14/2014): Discovered a pretty white Marc Jacobs Stam bag dupe by Carlos Santana at Amazon for $66.

Carlos Santana "Maria" Quilted Frame Satchel Handbag in white (Marc Jacobs Stam knockoff)

Carlos Santana “Maria” Quilted Frame Satchel Handbagamazon
($66, Amazon)

BagInc “The Inescapable It Bag Of The Decade”

UPDATE (05/30/2011): Stupid name but awesome bag for an awesome price. I love that BagInc is so blunt about their bags being “designer inspired” (well, it’s a little bit beyond just the inspiration, isn’t it? ;)). Anyway. $43. Awesome! Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” for 10% off your entire order!

BagInc "The Inescapable It Bag Of The Decade" in black (Marc Jacobs Stam knockoff)

BagInc “The Inescapable It Bag Of The Decade”
($43, BagInc)

Handbag Heaven “Sami” Quilted Handbag

Don’t have $1.395 lying around? Handbag Heaven‘s “Sami” quilted satchel is an amazing and budget-friendly MJ “Stam” alternative which comes in either black or orange.

Handbag Heaven Sami Quilted Bag (Marc Jacobs Stam knockoff)

Handbag Heaven “Sami” Quilted Handbagls
($77.95, Handbag Heaven)

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This “Party Pouch” by See by Chloé is made to carry your essentials for your off duty mode. Giving you just the right amount of femininity, the soft petal-like detailing contrasts with the darkness of this handbag. Priced at $343.61, arguably, is not overly expensive for a designer handbag but it is not on the cheaper end of the spectrum either. However, we found a look-a-like that is just as bold, and even brighter, that may fit your budget!

See by Chloé Poya Small Party Pouch in black

See by Chloé Poya Small Party Pouchls
($343.61, My-Wardrobe)

Handbag Heaven “Lilly” Mini Shoulder Bag

The brighter colors seem to be more fitting with this “Lilly” Mini Shoulder Bag by Handbag Heaven. The bow strap is so cute and youthful without being child-like in any way. This mini bag seems to perfect for summer and the candy colors coincide perfectly with the petite silhouette. There are several minor differences between this look-a-like and the designer version above, but they really aren’t too noticeable. On a positive note, this pouch is on sale for $29.99!

Handbag Heaven "Lilly" Mini Shoulder Bag in fuchsia and turquoise (See by Chloé Poya knockoff)

Handbag Heaven “Lilly” Mini Shoulder Bag
($29.99, Handbag Heaven)

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So can we first settle on the absolute sweetness of these adorable Chanel inspired quilted rose flowe bags available Handbag Heaven? Next up are the lovely colors, I especially like the coral and turquoise version. And last but not least, did you have a look at the price? A very light on the wallet $25.46. Yay!

Handbag Heaven Mini Quilted Flower Bag in coral, ivory, turquoise and black

Handbag Heaven Mini Quilted Flower Bag
($25.46, Handbag Heaven)

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