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Designer-inspired or knockoff: Céline Leather Luggage Tote vs. Jeffrey Campbell Girls We Hated In High School Handbags Jay Bag

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 ...

Who did it better – Alexander McQueen vs. Pat Field’s Lace Four-finger Knuckle Clutch

When we think of four-fingered knuckle duster clutches, we immediately think of Alexander McQueen. It was one of his brand’s signatures. We were alerted to a hugely similar (and significantly lower-priced) version by Patricia Field. Knowing the style of her in-your-face style and over-the-top brand, a knuckle clutch is right up her alley too. Both clutches feature similar characteristics – ...

Who did it better? Marc Jacobs vs. Melie Bianco wave satchels

Marc Jacobs is a brand to be envied. And often imitated but never duplicated. When he came out with his Bruna Satchel ($1,595), it was surely a head-turner. The medium-sized, double handle satchel featured pebbled, laser-cut leather in a unique wave pattern. We were hooked. But then we recently spotted a bag that looks quite similar, the Melie Bianco Laura Wave Trimmed Satchel. At a fraction of the ...

Who did it better: Givenchy Nightingale vs. BCBGeneration Lulu satchels

You can argue that there’s really no comparison here. One bag is Givenchy (luxury brand) and the other is BCBGeneration (young women’s line). But upon first glance, you’ll notice some similarities, which led me to compare and contrast the bags to begin with. There’s the similarly rounded satchel shape, the distinctive handles and naturally, the color. But honestly that’s ...

Who Did it Better? Dolce & Gabbana vs. Ghibli

I really hope snake skin patchwork bags are not what’s haute this fall. But it seems like ever since Beyonce was spotted with the Dolce & Gabbana Miss Pocket Patchwork Snakeskin Satchel, the trend began. The D&G tote is made of multicolored snakeskin patches with zigzag topstitching and suede trim. The Ghibli Multicolor Patchwork Python Tote bag is made of handcrafted python leather ...
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Who Did it Better? Alexis Hudson vs. Zac Posen

After looking at so many images of handbags all the time, I’m surprised I can still tell the difference between all of them! But when I saw this Zac Posen Handbags Madison Bag, I knew immediately that I had ‘seen it before’. Alexis Hudson’s ‘Hera’ looks almost exactly the same. I’m not sure who designed it first, but one definitely looks inspired by the other. ...
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Who Did it Better? Anne Klein vs. Jalda

Click pic for larger They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…blah, blah, blah. Not when it comes to design. Even though no design is truly unique (‘inspiration’ and all that jazz), there’s a fine line between ‘inspired’ and obvious, outright copying. Take these two clutches, the Anne Klein New York – Empire Clutch and the Jalda Foldover Clutch. ...

Who Did It Better? BE&D vs. Ziordia

Ruffles are the ultimate girly accent. The Be & D Kan Kan ruffle tote is a great bag that incorporates this trend, and has already been seen on the arms of Hollywood’s A-listers, including Eva Longoria Parker. But newcomer Ziordia also incorporates cutesy ruffles into it’s ‘Brielle‘ bag. Who do you think did it better?  Read More →

Who Did It Better?

60’s-inspired chevron prints are making a comeback. But who did it better? Marc Jacobs’ Ivory Chevron Leather Framed Handbag or Furla’s Giselle Medium Shopper?  Read More →
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Who Did It Better?

In the world of fashion design, everything is ‘inspired’ by something or someone. Big-name brands are notorious for ripping off the designs of emerging designers, and many times, vice versa. These two turquoise bags are almost identical in design, style, and even color. I like them both, but which one do you prefer and why? Neal Decker ‘Slouch’ (in Turquoise Italian Leather), ...
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Who Did It Better?

The Anya Hindmarch ‘Sydney Plaited Leather Woven Barrel Bag’, $895 Or The Brooks Brothers ‘Woven Leather Barrel Bag’, $199 ———————————————————————————– The Kale ‘Maverick’ – Chestnut, $685 Or The ...
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Who Did it Better?

Andrea Brueckner Medium Saddle Bag, $425 OR DKNY Nappa Leather Hobo, $395  Read More →
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Anna Corinna – Mini City Tote, $345 at Luna Boston Corto Maltedo – Large Leather Bag, $1,024 at YOOX Salvatore Ferragamo – Gancio Tote, $1,450 at Neiman Marcus  Read More →
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