You know your bag is an ‘It’ bag when other designers begin to ‘copy’ it.
The Céline Leather Luggage Tote is the latest victim. It’s one of the most highly coveted handbags right now. Don’t believe me? Read here. And here. I had to make several phone calls and trips to a few Neiman Marcus stores just to find one myself. The bag is pretty much sold out before it even hits the shelves. But for bag lovers, once you get one, it’s worth all the effort (and the high price). The bag is incredible – beautifully made, perfectly structured, luxuriously lined in supple leather, and breaks in nicely over time. You feel a sense of gratification, and like you’re a part of an elite handbag class when you carry one.
So, imagine my surprise when I saw this similarly designed, ‘inspired’ (in my opinion) version – the Jeffrey Campbell Girls We Hated In High School Handbags Jay Bag in Black Leather/Yellow Fur/Bronze. It has a similar silhouette and detailing that made the Céline Leather Luggage Tote so unique and special – the boxy shape with large winged side gussets, curved piping detail on the ‘face’ and two short top handles. The differences are that the handles are not attached to the outside, and there is no front horizontal zip. Otherwise, the designs are virtually alike. And while the Céline runs anywhere from $1450 – $2600, the Jeffrey Campbell bag will only set you back $220. Though we haven’t seen the Jeffrey Campbell version in person, there’s likely a major difference in quality, thus the huge price difference.
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