Alternative to... Zara Braided Shopper

Posted on May 15, 2013 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

The Zara braided shopper is a bag that I've seen everywhere for the last couple of years. It simply must be one of their best sellers. When I first came across it, it stood out with its unique shape, warm rich brown shade and amazing size. It has the fantastic ability to carry everything you could want for a busy day and more. It is also very reasonably priced at £89.
In a funny turn of events, Zara the 'copycat brand' became copied with other brands producing leather and non-leather versions of the same bag and soon the braided shopper was everywhere.
There's no denying it, when a bag has this much utility it's hard to beat. However, in the interests of supporting independent designers here's an alternative shopper that offers similar features but in a less ubiquitous way if you have a little bit more money to spend than you would on the Zara shopper.

The 'City' Saffiano Shopper (£275) from Florian London has a more tailored look but an overall similar style to the braided shopper. It comes in three colours - orange, tan and grey - is fully lined and includes an internal pouch pocket and detachable wallet. It's made by Florian London and available on their website.

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Alternative to... Le Pliage

Posted on April 23, 2013 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

The Day Birger et Mikkelsen Gwyneth bag is a good alternative to the Longchamp Le Pliage bag seen everywhere. Slightly longer and taller than the Pliage, it's 100% nylon so incredibly light and comes in a gorgeous range of colours.
The Gwyneth bag with print is £49 and the plain is £40. The pink one is my favourite. Day also produce a range of makeup bags in the same fabric for £20. They can both be purchased directly from the Day website.

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Alternative to... Louis Vuitton Neverfull

Posted on March 15, 2013 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

A hugely practical bag, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull is lightweight and large allowing you to throw everything in and tote it around with out a care. Some people love them, some hate them but they clearly offer a lot of utility for their owners. This would have to be one of the most copied bags around, including being very popular with the counterfeiters so here are a few alternatives if you like the practical style of the Neverfull but want to be a bit different (and spend less money!)

Edhopper Shopper, Essentiel Antwerp
The Edhopper Shopper from Essentiel Antwerp has the same shape as the Neverfull but is a little bigger. It's got an exterior zip pocket and comes in two colours. Essential Antwerp doesn't ship outside of Belgium, France, Luxembourg or The Netherlands so if you are not planning trips to any of these places you can buy online from Zalando.

Edhopper Shopper by Essential Antwerp £110

Kennedy tote, Joie
US based brand Joie, known for it's laid back California-luxe style, also has a good range of coated canvas bags in around the same size as the Neverfull. The Kennedy tote also comes in spicy orange and has an interior zip pocket.

Kennedy tote by Joie US$158

Mansur Gavriel tote
These beautiful Italian leather tote bags from, another US-based brand, Mansur Gavriel, are my favourite leather alternative to a Neverfull. They come in a range of fantastic colours, some with an interior resin coating in vibrant contrasting colours which make for an interesting design twist.

Mansur Gavriel totes from US$210

IllBeCa Harrison Street Tote
The Harrison Street tote is a good looking bag but what makes this tote unique is that it's got some great features - adjustable handles, an external pocket and a unique removable nylon drawstring pouch ideal for protecting the inside of your bag as much as keeping everything together inside. Not only is the bag really reasonably priced, as the whole IIIBeCa range is, they donate 3% of the wholesale price to three different charities. So you can justify your purchase by knowing you are doing some good! Comes in five great colours for summer.
 Harrison Street tote by IIIBeCa US$178

Marjorie, Ally Capellino
This bag is part of Ally Capellino's Conservative range of bags. Truly a classic investment piece that will withstand the test of time, it's made from Italian vegetable dyed leather and made in London. One of the great features of this bag is that it not only has the mandatory interior pocket, it also has double magnetic flaps on the inside covering the interior of the bag to keep your things that little bit more safe and secure. It comes in great colours too - the gorgeous and refreshingly different sea blue (definitely my pick), grey and, a more timeless, dark brown.

Marjorie by Ally Capellino £448

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