Personal Shopper: Leather Satchels for Christina C

Christina C. writes, "I am a young college student that has been obsessed with the Louis Vuitton Speedy bag ($800+, center of picture) for as long as I can remember. However, young college student budget in mind, the $700 price tag just doesn't fit within any realm of my current reality. Not to mention that Louis Vuitton bags ARE NOT leather (impregnated vinyl, for goodness sakes!). Anyway, I would love to find a slouchy looking, two handled bag that has the same sort of silhouette (I'm going almost for a doctor bag kind of look). I would much prefer for it to be a leather bag, because you really can't beat leather, and it would be even sweeter of a deal if it came in under $250. You guys do such great work with your Personal Shopper section, and I just wanted to see if I too could get in on all the fun and goodness of some Outblush love! Thanks, Christina"

WHAT? LV bags, at $800+ a pop, ain't even real leather? Now that is what we call a designer rip-off! Thanks for the info, Christina! Here are some satchels that will give you not only the look for less, but the quality & feel of real leather.

1 - Ellington Brooke Bowler Bag ($169)

2 - Hype black leather studded 'Ceejay' east-west satchel ($210)

3 - Badgley Mischka Nadine Double Handle Shoulder Bag ($234 on sale)

4 - Elaine Turner Lainey Doctor Tote ($261 on clearance)

5 - Trace grape leather pleated 'Gordon' satchel ($226 on sale)

6 - Dooney & Bourke Buffalo Leather Small "Lulu" Satchel ($165, in 2 colors)

7 - Kate Spade 'Darien - Stevie' Shopper ($244 on sale)

Frustrated in your search for that perfect leather handbag, red stiletto pump, or whatever makes your heart go thump in the night? Send us a request and we might do the shopping work for you in a future Personal Shopper feature!



Posted on 07.06.10 at 1:38 PM

I was just lamenting the same thing about Burberry - a $2000 purse and it's PVC, not leather!


Posted on 07.06.10 at 5:50 PM

I just gout a Lola satchel from Harvey's Seatbelt bags that's the same LV speedy shape (much cheaper price if ordered online from - they price match + 10% if you find it slightly cheaper somewhere else...) it's not leather, but seatbelts are just as sturdy - I swear by their bags. It comes in pink, brown, black and peony (peach). Just my $0.02 - another cute alternative. :)

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