As far as I can tell, Lanvin no longer produces the Lanvin Cabas Satin Logo Tote. For some of you that’s not exactly a problem, but if you wanted one and now find yourself without the opportunity to buy one, Kate Spade is here to help. And by “here to help,” I mean “here to make a very similar bag.”

The Kate Spade Seraphine Nylon Bow Tote is made of a different material and doesn’t have the slouchy charm of the Lanvin version, but for a much lower price and a brand with a very structured aesthetic, that’s to be expected. The main points of the bags remain the same – they’re both brightly colored, leather-free totes with black, bow-adorned handles. Lanvin has been a very popular source of “inspiration” for less expensive brands over the past year or two, so it should come as no surprise that such a close approximation of its satin totes is readily available.

The Lanvin tote, which retailed for $795, is sold out. You can buy the Kate Spade version for $295 via Saks.

  • PhotoGirl

    I think that the Lanvin tote, while way beyond my budget, is very pretty. I’m not a fan of Kate Spade’s bags anymore. For me, there’s something missing since she left the company. Try as they might, the new designers just can’t capture the old magic, IMO. I always see the absence.

    A while ago, there was an intersting article on the Spades in New York Magazine. The writer, Amy Larocca, had the following to say about handbags:

    “Handbags are never really about the nylon, the leather, the pockets, or the straps. Once you have all those things and they are all working together and looking nice enough, handbags become about the house you wish you lived in, the film star you most admire, the music you’d like other people to think you like.”

    This really resonates with me. IMO, the Kate Spade bags aren’t about any of those things anymore (at least, not for me.) I really love what I suppose are now my “legacy” Spade bags, but I, like the Spades themselves, have moved on.

    (Sorry for the long comment. Clearly, I’m in nostalgia mode today. If you read all of this — thanks.)

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      I read all of it!

      And I agree with Larocca’s comment about bags (I think I maybe started reading that article but didn’t finish it…). Bags are a huge part of personal style, and personal style is about creating the visage of the person that you want to be, or of your best self. Maybe I should go dig up that article and finish it.

  • mochababe73

    I actually like the purple one better. I think that it’s more of a standout. The gold one is a little bland except for the color. If you got rid of the color and took off the bow, you would have just another rectangular tote bag. At least the Kate Spade has an interesting shape.

  • Staci

    While I like the Kate Spade bag better, I agree with PhotoGirl’s comment. Kate Spade bags are a thing of the past.

  • ela

    The KS bag is better (fb)

  • Chic Girl

    I love the Kate Spade bag! I actually prefer it over the Lanvin!

    http://www.chiconthestreet.com

  • 19yearslater

    I agree with the above posters, I prefer the Kate Spade version.

  • scrapbooking ideas

    I also prefer the purple bag, very stylish and elegant…!!!

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  • scrapbooking ideas

    I also prefer the purple bag, very stylish and elegant…!!!

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  • I Tso

    I like the Lanvin bag better, only because the color is very attractive, not that the purple isn’t. The style is what really gets me about a bag, and of coarse other things.

  • Jelita78

    oh no!
    it’s the exact copy with such tiny difference!
    do we need any of these? nope.. next! (ipad)

  • Ellen

    I like them both, but overall I prefer the Kate Spade. I like the clean look the Kate Spade bag and I think it stands out more, but I like the color of the Lanvin for my wardrobe. (ipad)