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Louis Vuitton is one of the most recognizable names in the fashion world.
Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s an undeniable fact that the brand has become the symbol of ultimate luxury. Everyone from celebrities to bloggers to influencers love its iconic bags. And there are many to choose from. Fashionistas and fashionistas alike more often than not, chose LV for their first designer handbag purchase.
But, is it worth buying a Louis Vuitton bag?
It depends. If you have the money, sure it’s worth it. Why? Over time, the bag retains most of its value, and if you eventually get tired of it, depending on the condition of your bag, you can always resell it to get part of your money back. There are tons of vintage and pre-loved bags in the market these days that are in incredible condition. And despite being pre-owned, are still holding value pretty well.
But if you don’t have the money, or if it’s above your means, no, it’s definitely not worth it. Designer bags are expensive and most of all, a luxury item. Don’t kill yourself for a bag you’ll never use, or worse, you can’t afford.
But if you still want that bag but you can’t afford it, here’s a happy medium: buy a look-alike or an inspired version instead.
For a fraction of the price, you’ll get the same look for less. I’m not saying to go and buy knock-offs either. Those are illegal, and I’m not suggesting that in any way. A designer-inspired bag is different than a replica. It’s a bag that reminds you of the original but without being an exact 1:1 mirror copy.
And luckily for you, LV look-alikes are just as popular as their respective originals. So you don’t need to feel like you’re missing out even if you can’t afford it. The market is filled with them, and surprisingly enough, many are of excellent quality.
But which bag are you going for? Not all LV bags are created equal of course, and you might not always find the exact bag you want in the look-alike realm. So how do you find LV designer-inspired bags?
Here I gathered a list of the most popular LV bags along with their look-alikes, in a side by side comparison:
Neverfull is one of Louis Vuitton’s best sellers. Totes are a great day-to-day bags to have because they are so practical. LV Neverfull, in particular, has lots of room, and it’s great for city living and busy professionals. The Grace bag is about the size of a Neverfull MM and is made of canvas and vegan leather. And just like the original comes with a small zipper pouch. The inspired version also comes in 4 different colors. You can shop for this bag here.
Speedy is another iconic LV bag and it comes in 4 different sizes. This bag is a little more compact than the Neverfull tote but is equally iconic and it has been a best seller for years, although it lost its number one spot to the Neverfull just recently. Like the original, the inspired version is made of durable canvas has a hook closure and a shoulder strap. You can shop for this bag here.
3. Felicie Pochette
This is more an evening bag but casual enough to be used during the daytime as well. A little bigger than a wallet, you won’t be able to fit too much inside, but it’s great for a happy hour or for date night. The inspired version is made with vegan leather on the straps, and canvas all around. It also comes in two different colors. You can shop for the inspired version here.
4. Zippy Wallet
Wallets are the kind of accessory that usually go unnoticed. LV wallets are very stylish and command attention, but some people may not feel so inclined to shell out hundreds of dollars for such a small piece of leather good that will be, for the most part, hidden in your bag.
This inspired wallet version is made of vegan leather and costs less than a fraction of the price. It also comes in 3 different colors: cream, brown, and gray. This inspired version is very popular and sometimes goes out of stock fast. If that happens, you just need to wait a few days until it gets restocked again. You can shop for this piece here.
5. Keepall Bandoulière 45
Keepall 45 is a great travel bag for a quick trip or a weekend getaway. Up until recently, you could only find a look-alike in the black market, but recently it has been spotted in major retailers such as Wal-Mart and even Target. The inspired version is made with PU leather and it has a lot of room. It also comes in 4 different colors. You can grab yours here.
Since I wrote the original post, I came across three more bags that are worth taking a look at. One of them, a new design that was recently added to the Luis Vuitton arsenal of bags. Here they are:
A. Montaigne BB
You can shop for this inspired version here.
B. Pochette Metis
You can find this one here.
C. Multi Pochette
This one can be found here.
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