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Aspire/Acquire: The Vanessa Bruno Lin Stone Tote

Apparently, French people don't mind paying over $300 for a tote bag in which to bring their baguettes and brie home from le market. We know things are generally more expensive in France, but this Vanessa Bruno Lin Stone Tote ($337, left) is totes ridic. Are the sequins made from Angelina Jolie's crystallized tears or something? Is the linen stolen from the Shroud of Turin?

Merci, but we'd far rather spend our hard-earned dough on Gap's Sequin Canvas Tote ($18, right, on sale). The vibrant green hue is much more fun, and it's made from a tougher cotton & jute blend. Plus, at a price difference of $319 (what whaaaat!), we could afford to take a huge group of friends out for dinner at our favorite French bistro. Or just buy more Gap totes. Potato, pomme de terre.

And, as always, if you've got something you love that's out of your reach, email us and we'll find you some more budget-friendly lookalikes for a future Aspire/Acquire feature!

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