With the price tag of US$10,300 for a 35 Togo Birkin and US$8,500 for a 32 Kelly Togo Retourne surely it is a statement of wealth and status symbol for one wearing it (for complete Hermès price guide see it here and here. The design for the Birkin and Kelly has been a timeless classic, although quite simple and streamlined in its approach many ladies brag about how beautiful and iconic it is. Other designers also try to achieve the look-a-like Hermès because of its popularity. Has it been successful? Yes and No. Most women will demonized those who try to sell a copy cat version while other perfectly happy with it. And those that portray the look-a-like but still has original touch will gain popularity in different target market.
Cellerini is an Italian based company with high quality leather with high quality craftsmanship that makes beautiful leather products. Some of its women’s bags selections offer a similar flare to Hermès bags such as Lindy, Kelly and Birkin. Below is a sample of its Lindy (blue) compared to the original Hermès Lindy (Brown):
The obvious different is Cellerini does not have the enclosing buckle instead just a plain zipper all the way through.
Other companies decided to just embrace the similar approach but not quite a total copy cat version. Here’s one Birkin inspired by Saint Laurent, a France based company:
Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour mini leather tote ($2,550.00, Summer 2013)
And here’s a Kelly inspired by Marc Jacobs, an American based company:
Marc Jacobs 1984 textured-leather shoulder bag ($1,495.00, Summer 2013)
Salvatore Ferragamo Fara Front-Flap Satchel Bag in Cyprus ($1,950.00, Fall 2012):
Bayswater in Leather by Mulberry:
Here’s how the original mini Kelly Pochette look like:
And this is the look of Lady lock python briefcase clutch from Gucci ($2,390.00, Fall 2013):
Gucci’s Lady lock clutch has a slightly bigger size than the mini Kelly, but with mini Kelly’s price tag of $4,675.00 (regular leather, croc leather will be around $18,000.00) one might consider getting Gucci’s Lady lock for almost half the price in exotic python skin (regular leather $1,590.00).
If the look that matter, not aiming for a social symbol, then there are many options available to get that Hermes classic look without the Hermes price tag and its notorious long waiting time. After all Hermes is loosing its exclusivity these days due to so many people wearing it.