Luxe Inspired ‘Dupes’: Chloe, Céline, Bottega Veneta & More

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Above: Photo from @handinfire

With the everything going on in the world, like many, I haven’t been at all interested in shopping these past several months. You could probably tell from my flurry of sewing-related posts :) However, I find my mind occasionally drifting nowadays…

In the hardest of times, it is important to still dream.

Daniel Lee (Bottega Veneta) for Vogue

We have somehow, officially entered fall in the blink of an eye. Autumn is my favorite season, albeit with some lingering anxiety of California fire season. When it comes to buying clothing, I usually hold off in anticipation of this time of year for excellent deals and sales. But I’ve also always enjoyed hunting for alternate, more affordable (but good quality) options of luxury classics and It Bags.

I use the term ‘dupe’ lightly and in jest here – as many of these ‘dupe’ brands have unique designs and styles in their own right. Of course, there are certainly direct replicas on the cheap on Amazon and Taobao, but those aren’t the focus here. I hope you find this list helpful and fun, at the very least!

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Polène Numero Sept Mini: Unsponsored Review

If you haven’t already noticed, I’m a big fan of some of the newer brands in the contemporary handbag space — specifically Polène. I own their Numero Un and Numero Un Mini bags, and at the start of the year added their Numero Sept Mini to my rotation. 

The Numero Sept line launch caught my eye last year with their clean lines and design. After several months, I decided to buy the Mini version in the Trio Camel leather — a color combination that I had highly considered when purchasing my Numero Un. After almost half a year of usage, here is my review. I hope you find it helpful!

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Everlane Easy Chino Short & Lunchbox Bag Review

Everlane Easy Short Lunchbox Bag

Above: Everlane Easy Chino Short (c/o), Everlane Silk Tank, Rothy’s Knot Sandal, Everlane Lunchbox Bag (c/o)

With summer and warmer temps officially upon us, it was time for a small wardrobe refresh. Though I haven’t been out of the house except for our weekly grocery run and a take-out run here and there, I still find myself “dressing up” for WFH each day. However, the hot weather, and our reluctance to use our AC, meant a pair of comfortable, WFH-appropriate shorts were in order. I received a pair of Everlane’s Easy Chino Shorts just in time for a review, along with their newest handbag addition, the Lunchbox Shoulder Bag.

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REVIEW: Parker Clay Miramar Backpack

Parker Clay Miramar Backpack Review

As much as I love my Form Bag (reviewed here), I was looking to switch things up with a part-time backpack. Despite the comfortable and wide Form Bag strap, I still found myself sometimes tensing up my shoulder to carry it. I like that a backpack more evenly distributes the weight of a laptop, so I was in the market for a black leather backpack. I have a few existing packs, but they’re all colorfully nylon. 

When the Parker Clay team reached out to collaborate, I was intrigued by their lineup. Their goods are all ethically made in Ethiopia – from the leather sourced from local farmers to the women who are paid a fair wage with employment advancement opportunities. I decided to try out their popular Miramar backpack style. Now that I’ve used it for a few weeks, here are my thoughts so far!

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