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Real vs. Steal – Chanel Classic Flap Bag

by Irina on February 27, 2017

Update: This post has been updated on February 27, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

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)

P.S.: Also available at The RealReal, Bluefly & Shopbop.

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)

P.S.: Also available at 6pm.

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): 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 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 May 9, 2015. 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)

P.S.: 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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A.L.C. Small Lucas Duffel Bag

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

A.L.C. Small Lucas Duffel Satchel Bag in black and off-white (Louis Vuitton SC knockoffs)

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

P.S.: Also available at Shopbop & Revolve.

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 (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

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

P.S.: Also available at Mango (UK)ls, Mango (FR) & Mango (DE).

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 (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

Mango Zip Tote Bagcj
($69.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (UK)ls, Mango (DE) & Mango (FR).

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 (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

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 (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

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

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 our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your order!

BagInc "Eleonora" Leather Satchel Bag in burgundy red (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

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 Heaven might 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 Satchells
($49.26, Handbag Heaven)

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 (Louis Vuitton SC bag knockoff)

Alloy “Alyse” Duffel Bagls
($44.90, Alloy)

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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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