There’s no denying the appeal of a designer bag—its quality and distinct design are more than enough reason to want one of your own. But for all its merits, the one thing that stops us from starting our own collections is the fact that it will set you back (hundreds of) thousands of pesos, something not all of us can afford to do. Here are some popular designer bags and similar styles that come a lot cheaper:
1. Céline Luggage
The Luggage’s defining feature is its shape: Boxy with “wings” at the sides. Its style is also versatile, perfect for girls who are tamad to switch bags on a daily basis.
Iridescent satchel, price unavailable, Forever 21
Square handbag, P3,995, Ni QUA
2. Chanel Boy
Not to be confused with the Chanel 2.55 and Classic handbags, the Boy bag is known for its structured frame and pronounced hardware. It comes in different colors, sizes, and materials, most commonly quilted leather.
Quilted sling bag, P3,399, Charles & Keith
Quilted leather mini crossbody, P4,595, Zara
3. Gucci Dionysus
Despite showing up on mainstream media only recently, the Gucci Dionysus has been spotted on countless celebs, from Kylie Jenner to Jun Ji Hyun. The bag features a textured tiger head closure—it references the tiger Dionysus rode on to cross the Tigris river, according to Greek mythology—and comes with a chain strap that can be worn multiple ways.
Black clutch, P1,595, Dorothy Perkins
Metal appliqué bag, P2,295, Mango
4. Hermès Birkin
The Birkin was inspired by Jane Birkin, whom the chief executive of Hermès met on a flight to London. Aside from its distinct shape, the bag’s most notable feature is the lock and key that comes with it. You might also recognize the Birkin (along with the Kelly) from Heart Evangelista’s IG page!
Embroidered mini handbag, P990, Fièvre
Embellished handbag, P2,099, Figliarina
5. Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag
There have been bucket bags for as long as we can remember, but it’s only when Mansur Gavriel came out with their version that the style became trendy. The bag makes a statement through its simplicity—no frills or labels anywhere!
Medium sized bucket bag, P850, Shiq Bags
Bucket bag with clutch, P1,790, H&M
6. Louis Vuitton Speedy
The Speedy is an iconic Louis Vuitton design. Its most popular variant is the one that comes in Monogram Canvas (a.k.a. the brown and LV print we’ve come to know), but the one thing that really sets it apart is its rounded shape.
Double zip bowling bag, P4,199, Charles & Keith
Satchel with zip top closure, price unavailable, Kate Spade