Can't afford £3,480 for an It bag? Then snap up the £26 lookalike

Can’t afford £3,480 for an It bag? Then snap up the £26 lookalike – There are six must-have handbags this summer

  • Six designer handbags have put the 1990s obsession back on the map 
  • From Chloe, Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Dior, Gucci and Loewe 
  • Charlotte Staerk explains how you get these looks for a fraction of the price 

If you thought It bags had lost their cachet, think again. Six designer handbags — from Chloe, Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Dior, Gucci and Loewe — have put the 1990s obsession back on the map. 

As someone who restores these high-ticket items for a living, I appreciate the workmanship that goes into them. Properly cared for, they’ll last a lifetime. 

But not everyone can afford to splash out. Which is where the high street comes into its own, with astonishingly good tributes. 

Six designer handbags have put the 1990s obsession back on the map. From Chloe, Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Dior, Gucci and Loewe

Chloe Woody Tote 

Chloe’s large canvas and leather Woody Tote (£890, chloe.com) offers quality and longevity

If you must take everything plus the kitchen sink out with you, then Chloe’s large canvas and leather Woody Tote (£890, chloe.com) offers quality and longevity. But I like the Henley Tote from Aspinal (aspinal oflondon.com, from £395) too. 

For a fraction of the price:

aspinaloflondon.com 

jigsaw-online.com 

newlook.com 

tedbaker.com 

Bottega Veneta Chain Cassette

This Bottega Veneta Cassette design in parakeet (£3,480, bottegaveneta.com) has wowed the likes of Rihanna

This Bottega Veneta Cassette design in parakeet (£3,480, bottegaveneta.com) has wowed the likes of Rihanna. I love how Zara has used the same bright green but its gorgeous stitched design makes it more of a tribute than a copy (£25.99, zara.com). 

For a fraction of the price:

apatchy.co.uk 

zara.com 

pullandbear.com 

jwpei.co.uk 

Salvatore Ferragamo Trifolio Top-Handle 

Bright colours are big this summer, and the classic design plus that cute top handle makes Salvatore Ferragamo’s Trifolio (£1,735, ferragamo.com) a winner

Bright colours are big this summer, and the classic design plus that cute top handle makes Salvatore Ferragamo’s Trifolio (£1,735, ferragamo.com) a winner. If buying a top-handle bag on the High Street I’d pick the New Look (£19.99, newlook.com) version. Its colour, shape and structure are spot on. 

For a fraction of the price: 

newlook.com 

furla.com 

charleskeith.co.uk 

Gucci GG Marmont Matelasse 

Gucci GG Marmont Matelasse shoulder bag in 2017 for £650 has become so popular it now sells for almost twice that (£1,200, gucci.com)

Here is an example of a designer purchase being a great investment. I bought this Gucci GG Marmont Matelasse shoulder bag in 2017 for £650. It’s become so popular it now sells for almost twice that (£1,200, gucci.com). 

Fellow fan Kourtney Kardashian will know, as I do, that the crossbody positioning and zip means the contents of this bag feel incredibly safe. I’m impressed with all these High Street tributes. Every woman needs one. 

For a fraction of the price: 

newlook.com 

sixton.london 

farfetch.com 

Loewe basket bag in palm leaf and calfskin

Loewe fans tend to be interested in fashion rather than simply followers of it — you won’t see many celebrities with one of these

Loewe fans tend to be interested in fashion rather than simply followers of it — you won’t see many celebrities with one of these. It’s a great simple design, though (£395, loewe.com) — made from hardwearing raffia. My favourite tribute is this Henrietta Spencer (£69, henriettaspencer.co.uk) one with longer straps.

For a fraction of the price: 

marksandspencer.com 

shein.co.uk 

henriettaspencer.co.uk 

Dior Book Tote

The Dior Book Tote (£2,450, dior.com), which debuted in 2018, is starting to cement itself as a classic

The Dior Book Tote (£2,450, dior.com), which debuted in 2018, is starting to cement itself as a classic. Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Alba are fans, and Dior has just released a neon version. The H&M homage (£24.99, hm.com) is a great up-to-the-minute tribute to a future classic. 

For a fraction of the price: 

egoshoes.com 

hm.com 

 

lyst.com 

  • To view The Handbag Clinic’s collection of preowned designer handbags, or to obtain a quote to sell or restore your handbag please visit www.handbagclinic.co.uk. 

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