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5 Affordable Alternatives to The Iconic Birkin Bag

SPY logo SPY 8/11/2018 Sarah Morlock
Street style, Spring Summer 2018, Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris, France - 24 Jan 2018 © Photo by Olivier Degoulange/REX/Shutterstock Street style, Spring Summer 2018, Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris, France - 24 Jan 2018

* The iconic Hermes Birkin Bag was first designed for Jane Birkin in 1984

* Popular with celebrities, including Victoria Beckham and the Kardashians

* Birkin Bags cost $11,900+, but you can get the same style for under $400

Sadly, with prices between $11,900 and $300,000, the Hermes Birkin Bag isn’t within the financial realms for many shoppers. While the likes of Victoria Beckham and the Kardashians may get to enjoy the delights of an authentic Birkin Bag, for most of us, the mystical bag lives only on the glossy pages of magazines.

Although a real bag requires significant financial muscle (and a friend in the business), there are plenty of Birkin-inspired bags on the market. These equally stylish options suit every budget and are just waiting to hang off your arm.

1. Cherish Kiss Padlock Handbag

You’ll need to look really close to see the differences between the Cherish Kiss Padlock Handbag and the original Hermes Birkin Bag. This lookalike features all the key elements of the original. It is also made from top grain cow leather with a soft internal lining and comes in a choice of 11 different colors, including red, pink and brown. You’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to picking out the one for you. Inside the bag, there’s one slip pocket and a single zipped pocket, ideal for holding your smartphone and other valuables.

Buy: Cherish Kiss Padlock Bag $109.38

2. Dasein Padlock Satchel Handbag

The Dasein Handbag features a number of Birkin-esque elements. These let the bag to ooze class without losing its original appearance. Featuring double-rolled, top handles and an adjustable 50-inch shoulder strap, the vegan leather bag allows for plenty of individual interpretation along with a number of striking color options. 

3. Ainifeel Women’s Padlock Shoulder Bag

For those who love the Birkin Bag style but prefer a purse that can be worn off the shoulder, the elegant Ainifeel Bag keeps the essential ingredients and throws in an adjustable shoulder strap. Great for casual wear at work or out with friends, you’ll still find the recognizable padlock and handle on this option. In addition, the bag is made from a high-quality cow leather and is available in stylish black or dark blue along with six other lighter color options, great for summer.

Buy: Ainifeel Women’s Padlock Shoulder Bag $115.00

4. Michael Kors Studio Mercer Cement Large Convertible Tote Bag

Not as famous as the Hermes Birkin, the Michael Kors Studio Mercer bag is gaining popularity. The luxury designer knows how to design a leather bag, and this useful option is no exception. Durable and versatile, the ivory leather is easy to match with most outfits. And the adjustable shoulder strap can be removed to transition the bag from day use to a more formal setting.

5. Kate Spade New York Hayes Street Small Isobel

While not quite the real thing, Kate Spade New York has designed a similar luxury alternative to the Birkin. Described as chic and boxy, this shoulder bag holds its structure much like the famous Hermes option, but the textured, pebbled leather is soft enough for casual use. The pom pom bow is indicative of the “cute” design many Kate Spade bags sport. Plus, the interior pocket is super useful for holding bits and bobs, and all the hardware is plated in 14-karat gold.

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