Saturday, December 02, 2006

Find This Handbag

Emily e-mailed me last week with this question: "I fell in love with this Anthropologie purse, but it's way out of my price range. Can you find a similar-looking, more reasonably priced bag? Thanks!"

This is a gorgeous bag, I love the gold hardware and practical size, but it's the aged leather that's to die for. Unfortunately, with leather, you often get what you paid for. Unless you come across something way marked down, you'll have a hard time finding high quality leather for under $300.

Fortunately, there are some good imitations out there, and plenty of websites and stores where you can search for discount designer bags.


Banana Republic recently came out with a line of beautiful leather handbags. The "Sandhurst" collection is my favorite, and they have three bags that resemble the Anthropologie bag. The leather and hardware are high quality and they are as practical as they are stylish.

The square hobo bag is of a similar shape, color and size as Emily's bag. The extra-large shoulder bag has a nice scoop shape and I love the front pocket and adjustable strap. And if you're looking for a purse that'll hold everything when you're on the go (and still be comfortable), you should check out the saddle bag. J.Crew also has a nice washed leather purse that's worth checking out. All of these purses are in the $150-$300 range, less than half of the Anthropologie purse.

But if you're looking for something even more affordable, you should check out discount stores like JC Penney or Loehmann's and websites like Bluefly.com. Here are six of my favorites, all for under $170:













All of these bags do an excellent job of approaching the look and feel of the $698 Wheat Penny Caryall, but if you're dying for that worn-in leather look, you should check out local vintage stores. They're probably your best shot at finding super nice leather for a reasonable price.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

peg you should suggest some of those purses from nine west like the one that i found at that outlet mall, even the original price was under $100

-your favorite sister!

Meg said...

Ellie,

Unfortunately Nine West didn't have any purses that looked similar enough to the Anthropologie one. Plus, as much as I'm a fan of Nine West, the leather never looks very good, and the focus of the purse in question is obviously the quality and coloration of the leather. I appreciate your suggestion (and readership) though.

BTW, the next time I'm home, I'm bringing a set of beauty products for you to use (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc) so that you won't feel compelled to use/ruin mine. Keep this up and I'll write a nasty post about you.

-Your favorite sister