Valentino Rockstud Calf Hair New Tote, $2395 via Neiman Marcus
Great post Amanda. For those of us who love bags, but can’t afford every single one we want, the Coach Legacy Leather Tanner Tote has a similar look to the Celine. I saw one yesterday in store, and it came in great colors and the leather for a $500 bag was very nice.
I was just thinking that the Coach version has been the best interpretation I’ve seen at this this point!
Mea culpa on this one – I meant to put that Coach bag in this post and totally forgot when I actually sat down to write it!
Yup, i was about to point that out!! The coach ones… Pretty much similar to the celine. That was the first thing that came into my mind. Like instantly!
The Coach bag spoke about below is marvelous. Ordered it! Never liked Celine though because I always felt like the bag was staring at me. Had it spoken…. I may never have slept again. :-)
Jil Sander’s Malavoglia tote & Jerome Dreyfuss’ Carlos tote also remind me of the Celine look. Enjoyed today’s blog- thanks, Amanda!
So which bag did the Celine Luggage Tote imitate?
“Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery”? Can we be honest and call these
look-alikes bags replicas?
I don’t think that would be honest, no. Replicas are bags that seek to imitate every detail of an original design, down to claiming the design’s logo and branding. All of these bags, on the other hand, are designed to fit the trend that the Celine created. Those are two very separate goals, and they lead to very different products.
So it’s ok to replicate the trend and the design but not the logo?
Of course it’s ok to design to a trend. If it weren’t, there would be an absolutely tiny number of bags on the market to choose from and almost no variety. No one has eternal rights to a shape or gusset style, and if they did, the Celine wouldn’t even exist because the Birkin’s gussets flared long before Phoebe Philo came around. It’s illegal to make an exact replica and ethically dubious to recreate every single non-branded detail, but none of the bags in this post do either of those things.
Tote bag is nothing new…..seriously, the only thing I’d say Celine really got creative/original about are the “smiling face” and the “curvy trims” on the front. Other than that, Celine just made a shape that already existed more popular than before. And other designers just chime in and dive into the trend. So I wouldn’t even say who imitate whom.
I love the Anya Hindmarch one! I think personally these are all “totes”, and not necessarily Celine Luggage Tote “look-alikes”. It’s not like Celine was the first to design a tote…