I’ve been a longtime admirer of exotic handbags but have never even dreamed of purchasing the real deal due to budget constraints. I love finding looks for less and after admiring several snakeskin-inspired handbags this season I became hooked on looking for exotic styles at a less expensive price point. Commonly used exotic materials are crocodile, alligator, ostrich, lizard, stingray, and snakeskin and I don't discriminate, I covet them all. I have always found exotic bags to be aspirational and a sign of success as if owning one will gain you entry to an exclusive club that I have yet to join. In fact, I can vividly remember in college seeing a photo of Beyoncé carrying the Marc Jacobs Stam bag in beautiful metallic silver Python adorned with the Stam's signature gold chain. She paired the statement bag with a pair of jeans and gold heels and I vividly remember thinking how effortlessly cool she looked. My motto ever since has been that if it's good enough for Beyoncé, it's good enough for my wish list.
Exotics have held the title as some of the most sought after and exclusive (not to mention expensive) handbags in the fashion industry for decades, but you don’t have to drop a ton of money to get the same style. Exotics are synonymous with chic and elegant and I would like to emulate the look since I can't afford the real deal. I searched high and low and I’m happy to report my findings, as I discovered some pretty close matches! Do you have a favorite?
Louis Vuitton Petite Boite Chapeau ($35,000)
Celine Medium Classic Bag in Lizard ($7,500)
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