It seems like everyone wants a little piece of the exotic bag market these days. Not only has Louis Vuitton recently introduced a full line of crocodile and alligator bags in the past few days, but a Twitter tipster pointed us in the direction of the Tory Burch Robinson Alligator Tote, which we believe to be the most expensive bag Burch has ever produced by a long shot. By about 14,000 long shots, in fact – the next most expensive Burch bag that we know of was right under $1,000.

The bag, which is rendered in cobalt blue alligator and lined in matching leather, retails for $15,000 on the brand’s website, where only one is left for purchase. (It’s unclear how many were originally available, although it’s likely that this bag was made in a very, very small run.) Alligators are smaller than their croc cousins, which makes their hides harder to come by for the manufacture of large bags like this one. It can also drive prices up beyond those of crocodile for similar bags from the same brand, although Burch has never made any croc bags to compare this one to.

That this is a bold move for Tory Burch goes without saying (but here I am to say it anyway). The brand has always been a reliable purveyor of relatively affordable leather bags and accessories, with most prices capping out around $600 for an everyday option. Indeed, this piece is based on a very popular Burch staple that retails for the comparatively puny price of $575; for the price of the alligator version, you could buy 26 leather Robinson totes.

Alligator bags made by brands like The Row and Louis Vuitton (to say nothing of Hermes) retail for far more than this one does, but even if you assume that Burch chose very high-quality alligator for this bag, it’ll still be a hard sell at the price, particularly since it’s identical in every detail except material to a bag that everyone knows costs so much less. I would have rather seen the Burch team flex its creative muscles and come up with something truly unique to do with the alligator.

If you’re that special someone, you can pick up this bag for $15,000 via Tory Burch.

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Mya
Mya
9 years ago

I don’t imagine this bag will sell well AT ALL. It doesn’t even look “expensive”. Well, not 15k quid expensive. Maybe $900 quid expensive. I think Tory Burch are in over their heads on this one.

Mya
Mya
9 years ago

Lovely colour though!

JJp
JJp
9 years ago

What a waste of Alligator…

justa9url
justa9url
9 years ago

When I first saw it on their website, I thought to myself, “could this be a typo?” I’m still thinking that… But it is a gorgeous bag!

Leechiyong
Leechiyong
9 years ago

I wonder where it was manufactured, as most TB bags are made in China. The labor cost and knowledge that a bag was made by skillful Europeans justifies the cost for many for LV, Hermes, etc.

I think this falls into the same realm as attempts when Coach does it. Pretty to look at, but I’d rather spend my money on fill in the blank bag from a premier designer. They may be more, but I think if you’re contemplating spending 15K on a bag, a few grand more isn’t out of the picture.

Or
Or
9 years ago

This is plain silly – who would pay 15k for a TB bag? a silly buyer may be…

CourtneyMc22
CourtneyMc22
9 years ago

Dumb. Just make it embossed alligator then they would have a bag that’s appealing to their customer base… Anyone who is in the market for an aunthentic alligator bag isn’t going to want a TB, sorry to break it to you Mrs. Burch.

laura
laura
9 years ago
Reply to  CourtneyMc22

Agree. Embossed alligator for $100 more than a basic Robinson and it would sell out.

Kathleen
Kathleen
9 years ago

Hmmm, this bag does not have the look of other high end alligator bags. While it is $10k below a Bottega alligator tote, $20k below The Row and $30k below Hermes, it still doesn’t have that special, OMG look, not even at $15k.

laura
laura
9 years ago

You must really love the brand to spend $15k on a bag like this. I couldn’t believe it when a saw in on the TB website a few days ago. With that money I’d rather buy one Birkin, or 3 Chanel flaps, even if they’re not exotic leather.

Sophia
Sophia
9 years ago

I never thought I’d say..this but save your money and buy a BIrkin.

GG Pastel