I love a look for less that shows us similar styles without looking like the idea has been completely imitated. This is what I see when I compare the Derek Lam Nadia Hobo and the Olivia Harris Round Zip Pocket Tote. Both of these bags contain similar qualities. Let’s break it down and see what we have.


The Derek Lam Nadia Hobo caught my eye a couple months ago. Of course I saw the leather version, but it was the tye-dye python Nadia that truly stole my heart. The hobo shape is nothing new, but it is the outside additions that makes this design distinctive. Your attention will be caught by the tassel embellishment and the asymmetric front flap pocket. Then we have the Olivia Harris Round Zip Pocket Tote, which features similar outward elements to the Derek Lam Nadia. The zip pocket is shown asymmetrically on the outside of this bag and there is also a hanging logo tag with tassel.

So let’s go over how these two bags are similar and how they are different, shall we? The Derek Lam Hobo offers a more structured and longer shape. The leather is rich and thick, with a shoulder strap that seamlessly flows from the body of the bag. The Olivia Harris Tote shows off a more supple lambskin with shoulder strap ring attachment. The Derek Lam Hobo appears a bit more refined while the Olivia Harris Tote gives us more of a young, fun design. Both bags are gorgeous, both bags give us a similar look, but both bags are entirely different. The prices vary by $850.

Buy the Derek Lam Nadia Hobo for $1,250 at Saks and the Olivia Harris Tote for $399 at Bergdorf Goodman.

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