Lanvin Gypsie Straw and Snakeskin Tote, $2190 via Bergdorf Goodman

When a bag is as popular as the Celine Luggage Tote, it’s only logical that other brands will try to stand in the reflected glow of the design’s success by debuting bags that share certain characteristics with the one that everyone wants. This practice is as old as time, and it’s how trends in size, shape and color start. As long as the reinterpretation is reasonably original, it generally doesn’t bother me as a consumer.

Even with that in mind, though, I was surprised to see the Lanvin Gypsie Straw and Snakeskin Tote in the Resort 2012 pre-orders at Bergdorf Goodman. Lanvin tends to be a brand that shirks most trends in favor of its own brand of Parisian chic, so even though I don’t have a philosophical problem with the existence of this bag, I didn’t think I’d ever see it.

By now, the identifying details of the Luggage Tote are familiar – the gaping gussets, the north-south shape, the twin top handles, the front pocket. This bag is a more stripped-down and casual version of the Celine aesthetic, and as far as I know, the Luggage Tote has never been done in woven straw. There’s no curvy piped trim, of course, and the structure of the zipper pocket and gussets is different than on the Celine bag. It feels like this bag is different enough to exist, for sure, but not different enough for me to consider buying it. Buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $2190.

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  • J Umm

    its too similar to Celine… looks like a knock off…
    so NO

  • Hanelisi

    It looks like they just stuck a snakeskin purse on the front of a straw bag. Nowhere near as gorgeous as the Celine to my mind!

  • Oxana

    I bigggg NO!

  • Sandra Rowley

    I am in total agreement that this bag is no competition for the Celine Luggage Tote. I am amazed that Lanvin would offer this bag, so close the the Celine design. I am amazed as well, it is unlike Lanvin to follow anyone else’s design.

  • rose60610

    Lanvin, tsk-tsk. Running out of ideas? For the prices your brand charges, originallity should play a part.

  • alice23

    Celine is Celine and I don’t think is a good idea to make a copy of it. It’s stupid. This bag also is ugly with that stick in front that has nothing to do with the rest of the bag. No taste. At Lanvin they can make better with “their own bags”.

  • edoardo

    It’s pathethic, a very ugly and bad copy of the Cèline I hate when designers copy each others is so sad!

  • Emily

    Have you seen Jeffrey Campbell’s “Jay” bag? It bears an even closer resemblance to the Luggage tote. :/