Excuse me for a moment, but I think I’m having a serious case of déjà vu. I’ve seen the Vieta Edita Faux Leather Hobo somewhere before. I feel like the information is lodged in the back of my brain somewhere and I can’t quite reach it…

Oh yeah. That’s right. I saw it when it was released by the people that actually designed it. Back then, it was called the Valentino Premier Bow Hobo and it was vastly more attractive. Also, it was made of real leather. And, well, it was approximately 21.5 times more expensive. But that’s not the point!

I recognize that it’s nice to provide stylish bag options to people that choose not to wear leather or can’t afford designer bags, but it would also be nice if the companies that did such things managed to design their own bags. I’m all for a smaller company following trends or creating new bags based on popular looks, but a copy this similar is beyond the pale.

To me, the inclusion of a couple flat studs and the use of a cheaper material doesn’t make it a substantially different design. It surprises me that a department store like Nordstrom, who also carries bags by the designer that made the original, would also stock the ripoff version. It’s better than carrying an outright counterfeit, but I just wish that the “designer” had taken a few a few more aesthetic liberties when appropriating the theme. Buy through Nordstrom for $88.

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