My recent blog debate stirred up quite the discussion. The photo that I posted from Style.com was said to be of an editor of Nylon Magazine and also, despite our assumptions, not a counterfeit Birkin. In fact, it was pointed out to be a design by a company named Leah and Bliss.

So I did a little research and reached out to the contact info on their website. And I got a response.

They had seen the article and wanted to set the record straight. What I was told is that the bag in the picture on Style.com was not a bedazzled fake Birkin, but rather a Birkin-inspired bag. I was told there are differences in the design of this bag versus a real Hermes Birkin (to quote: “many many differences“). The concept of this bag is to be young and playful and to resemble the wearing of large, chunky jewelry.

This bag is officially coined the Leah and Bliss Glamazon and is made of hand-sewn Italian leather and then covered in gems for the playful touch. Mostly, the concept creator wanted to make it clear to me, and you, that this bag is not a counterfeit handbag and is manufactured in their factories with quality materials. Price for the larger version starts at $495 and smaller $295, but personal orders can range up to $1,000.

I have not seen this bag in person, but in the provided photos I still see an Hermes Birkin, to the detail. And when it comes down to something being so close to the original, especially with an iconic look like the Birkin, I still would feel uneasy buying the item. All I see is a wanna-be. Of course, we have seen fashion brands design bags very similar to other designs, but emulating a Birkin will always trigger our Spidey senses to high alert. While the concept may not appeal to my taste, I can understand someone else looking at it and finding it fun.

I am very interested in your thoughts on this purse now that we shared more information on it. When do you think inspired is taken too far? Your thoughts on the “Glamazon” bag?

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Jess
Jess
12 years ago

I love this bag. It’s fun and young. The funny thing is that I don’t even like the Birkin or Hermes in general.

papertiger
papertiger
12 years ago

I think I liked it more when I thought it was the wearer had cutomised her own bag to make it ‘different’ – whatever the make of the base article.

Natalie
Natalie
12 years ago

I kind of see a pool mosaic…it’s different, but not different enough to say: No, that’s not a Birkin wannabe

bag*mad*bags
bag*mad*bags
12 years ago

im not convinced, looks like a copy of the birkin to me!?

Tiffany
Tiffany
12 years ago

not really into birkin and hermes..until I saw this design! I really like it!

dela
dela
12 years ago

I would have understood their POV better if they had pointed out some of the major structural or design differences between the two bags. Having a wall of bling doesn’t count. Still it is a fun bag.

Tamee
Tamee
12 years ago

Still fugly. I think it’s mostly because there’s no rhyme nor reason to the placement of the gems. It looks like a child just stuck as many as could fit on it – like macaroni art.

Even the birkin style isn’t what bugs me about it. Birkins are awesome totes.

If I wore large chunky jewelry, it would still have some semblance of a tasteful pattern.

stephie m
stephie m
12 years ago
Reply to  Tamee

you are fugly

RY
RY
12 years ago
Reply to  Tamee

I totally agree with you.
I can probably glue some glass stones to the bag with a hot glue gun and get the same result

Amanda R
Amanda R
12 years ago

Many, many differences, huh?

Still looks like a Birkin to me.

zaali
zaali
12 years ago

My exact thoughts. There is a physical store in NYC that sells Italian bags and they sell “Italian leather birkins”. They also have a web site. But I found another web site that says they sell “Italian bags”-http://www.sovaleather.com/italian_leather_(2).htm

As in Megs blog, I think that when you do try to make it look like another famous designer bag, then it is a “copy”. Call it what you want, it is a “copy”, “une copie”, “un imagen de algo sin belleza y sin arte” in any language for me (at least).

dela
dela
12 years ago

I would think of the bayswater bag as Birkin-inspired and every year they come up with many fun colors, skins and finishes.

GG Pastel