Whenever a bag from the handbag market's highest price tier hits a certain point of critical mass, it comes time for designers at lower price points to adapt the look for their own purposes. Céline and Givenchy have been the most popular sources of this kind of "inspiration" over the past few seasons, and now the Rebecca Minkoff Love Bags have the Chanel Boy Bag in their sights.
Minkoff isn't the first high-profile brand to provide a lower-cost alternative to the Boy Bag (that titles goes to 3.1 Phillip Lim, who previously experienced enormous success with the Pashli, which riffs on the Céline Luggage Tote's shape), but because of Minkoff's wide distribution and friendly price point, the Love Bags will probably become the most ubiquitous accessible take on the Boy. The design features both the higher-priced alternatives thick trim, as well as a central panel of quilted leather, a chain strap and a signature closure to tie it all together.
The brand clearly expects these bags to become a hit; the shoulder bag already comes in two sizes, as well as a clutch on a chain and a backpack, and that's just what ShopBop has in stock right now. And Minkoff is probably correct in that calculation; whatever you think of bags that nakedly piggyback off the success of more expensive designs, there is certainly a market for a super-popular look at a sub-$300 price point. Check out all the currently available styles below and let us know what you think.