I know some people will be miffed about the rather obvious source of Felix Rey’s inspiration for the Felix Rey Isabell Shoulder Bag, but I’m not mad at it. I’ll take a witty, less expensive riff on Chanel any day of the week, and that’s exactly what we have here. Even better that it’s from a line which makes quality bags out of good materials.
There’s nothing groundbreaking about this bag, but it would probably be a fun addition to a lot of wardrobes nonetheless. Particularly if you don’t have $3000 to spend on the inspiration, this is a good way to get the look at a fraction of the price, without buying a fake or nearly direct copy of the original. This bag still has its own style and a healthy dose of irreverence, which makes it a-ok in my book.
Felix Rey’s take on the bag’s signature quilting and turnlock clasp are clearly different and arguably more interesting, but thankfully the brand kept one of the original’s best attributes – the adjustable chain strap. Just like a Chanel Classic Flap, this bag’s handle can be lengthened to a single strap or doubled up for more traditional shoulder carry. Hardcore Chanel fans might be offended, but this is a fun spin on an iconic design. Buy through ShopBop for $495.