Leghila Neoprene B-Bag Tote, $375 via Luisa Via Roma

Around here, we have plenty of fun pointing out those companies who seek to ride each others’ design coattails to financial and sartorial success. Almost every company, big or small, well known or not, fits that descriptor from time to time, but then there are those who take the whole enterprise up several degrees of magnitude. When that happens, we get bags like the Leghila Neoprene B-Bag Tote.

“B” bag? Clever name, folks. Remember when you were a little kid and your sibling would hold his or her finger an inch from your skin and shout “I’M NOT TOUCHING YOU I’M NOT TOUCHING YOU” over and over in order to destroy whatever was left of your fragile childhood psyche? That’s basically what Leghila is trying to do to Hermes with this bag; it more or less amounts to, “I’M NOT CALLING MYSELF A BIRKIN I’M NOT CALLING MYSELF A BIRKIN,” and with a price tag well into the three figures, I’m failing to find any amusement in it. Almost-Birkins are a dime a dozen, and because copyright laws make it very difficult to sue over this kind of intellectual property theft (which, in many cases, is actually a good thing), they will continue to be readily available on the cheap.

I actually do enjoy the vivid neoprene construction. The material is lightweight, takes color beautifully and does well with moisture; it’s a shame that more designers haven’t ventured into its use as an alternative to boring, basic canvas when it comes to less expensive totes and small accessories. Still, though, Birkin knockoffs aren’t clever and they aren’t particularly chic. For the price and the fabric, the brand should have actually taken the time to design their own bag. Buy through Luisa Via Roma for $375.

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  • Edia

    I’m kinda amazed that luisa is actually selling this bag. I thought the site was classier.

  • Dana

    Looks like a blatant copy to me.

  • Liz

    Love the bag! I am not worried about it looking like a birkin because it is obvious that it is not. I think the colors are fabulous. I just ordered one in chartreuse and neon teal for my daughter. It is washable and super durable. The color combinations offered are fabulous. The bright purple, yellow and orange are just as amazing.

  • Silversun

    Agree the brand should have designed their own bag. I love the colour and material and would have seriously considered buying it if it weren’t so blatantly Birkin-y. It’d be a great gym bag.

  • PhotoGirl

    Love it! Thanks for the heads-up.

  • P

    Had to laugh because if you go to Luisa, half the bags look like Hermes wannabes…Mulberry, Lancel, Leghila, heck, even YSL. Where is the creativity???

  • rose60610

    A bag for Gumby? Kermit’s (frog)man-bag? It’d be a fun bag for someone who wants to stand out. Not me…

  • 19yearslater

    It’s like a Birkin lunchbag.

  • mochababe73

    I actually love the color, but I’m more worried about the bag keeping its shape once it’s filled. It just looks as though it would droop.

  • Carole

    Love it. But.. the price is just stupid for a neoprene knock-off

  • KoutureCrochet

    You know, usually I don’t like these “not” bags but I think the choice of material and color IS clever and if it were half the price it would be a fun bag to have.

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  • J Umm

    no, just no, i mean why hasn’t hermes sued them for copy right yet?

  • Miranda

    I love them. I already have two one large one small. A large neon green for leisure and a small one in black with red trim for every day, and they really are machine washable!

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  • angie leslie

    i must get a red small scuba in neoprene, please someone help me i am obsessed!

  • angie leslie

    i must have this one, please someone help me!!!

  • Adriana H Caroli

    love it love it best bag ever who cares if it looks like another bag its stunning!!!