Designer Inspired Bags

With the recent Supreme Court decision regarding discount pricing, it will become even more difficult to find designer goods for less. While shopping the back rooms of Canal Street is always an option,  most of us would rather not deal with the ethical issues surrounding purchasing a clear “designer knock-off”, instead opting for “inspired” versions of our favorite bags.

What’s the difference?  Although both “borrow” design elements from the real designer, knock-offs claim to actually be the bag and “designer inspired” versions claim to just be inspired by the bag design.

So where can you find “inspired” versions of your favorite handbags? Offline, try Target, Forever 21, Wet Seal, Charlotte Russe, H&M, etc. Try an online store like, in which you can purchase an inspired version of over 30 of today’s legendary and top designers such as Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, YSL, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Rafe, Jimmy Choo, Hermes, Gucci , Fendi , Versace, Balenciaga,  Coach, Christian Dior, for less than $55.

Here’s some of my favorites from the site and you can enter to win one of these bags. Just post a comment below with your favorite (make sure you add your email address when posting:

  • Baghaus Designer Inspired Bags
    Fendi Spy Inspired Bag
  • Baghaus Designer Inspired Bags
    Marc Jacobs Inspired
  • Baghaus Designer Inspired Bags
    Burberry Inspired Bag
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  1. says

    To be honest, I don’t see the need to buy such expensive designer bags when a lot of designers out there create similar bags of similar designs for a fraction of the price. They still look good :)

    Oh, and my fave’s the Fendi Spy Inspired bag 😉

  2. Heather B. says

    The Marc Jacobs bag is the best! I’m on my way to their site to check it out. Thanks for all the great info, so glad I picked up your book.

  3. bethqueen says

    I just visited the site and was quite impressed.  The styles and colors are current and chic.  I, for one, would definitely buy and wear these nice bags!

  4. Heidie says

    I love the Burberry inspired handbag.  I appriciate that there are company’s out there willing to make “inspired by” bags.  Who wants to pay a small fortune for a bag?  I would rather have multiple bags that look great and give a different feel to each outfit.  Another great website for designer inspired bags is  It’s prices are very reasonable and they do all their bags in leather.

  5. Sarah says

    The first one from Fendi’s my favorite. I’m in love with straw bags and that one just looks so classy!

  6. Erica says

    I like the Burberry inspired bag as well. If I bought a knock-off bag I would feel sort of silly because it means I just want people to think I have the real thing. But unless it has a logo on it I normally have no idea where the bag is from. I would not know that my bag was inspired by anything! :)

  7. lise says

    I love the Burberry Inspired bag.  It would make a great baby bag alternative (which I’m always looking for).

  8. Diana says

    The first one, Fendi Spy, is the cutest!  It would be perfect for a stroll through a park or a summer picnic.

  9. Holly says

    Wow, I’d never heard of before, but I’m definitely checking it out. Thanks. :-)

    The Fendi-inspired is my favorite of the bunch.

  10. says

    Marc Jacobs for sure!!!

    I have a friend who buys ” inspired by” items.
    The thing is…her bags look very expensive, but people can’t put their finger on it as a “knock off” of any kind.
    No logos, just style! It’s amazinge how great it looks!

  11. RedDLicious says

    I just left to come see what is new over here and here you have that FabULous Burberry bag for giveaway! How can I enter?
    Great site TBF!

  12. Karen says

    The Fendi Spy Inspired Bag is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thanks for the tip, I’m going to be on that site all the time now!

  13. Jennifer says

    I love the Burberry inspired! I hadn’t heard about the Supreme Court ruling, but I have always preferred the “inspired” bags anyway.

  14. Sylvia says

    I already own the Birkin inspired bag from Baghaus and I love it! I might say as well that their customer service is outstanding!

  15. nisha says

    Honestly, now-a-days I don’t think it matters if you own all designer bags or not as long as the bag is durable and made well. If you want to own something high end buy maybe one or two and then get some more reasonable yet just as classy bags to mix and match with your wardrobe. I am all about mixing expensive with not so pricey as long as you put it well together. My favorite is the burberry inspired bag :).

  16. Toni says

    I think designer-inspired bags are much better than designer knock offs. I love the Fendi Spy bag…the Marc Jacobs is a close second! :)

  17. bina says

    inspired is the way,
    these are great, no designer name needed.

    the new yorker that I am loves the Burberry basic black.

  18. e.a. says

    haha, I’ve never really understood why people would pay $200+ for a bag…

    Thanks for the site info!

    Fendi Spy Inspired Bag = motto kawaii!

  19. Jennifer says

    Thanks for the tip. I now have 17 year old daughter whose fashion sense and desire for designer duds trumps mine. This site will help take the pressure off while still delivering designer type duds for a teachers/moms budget:) I love the Mark Jacobs bag. Oops I think my daughter is rubbing off on me!

  20. fatou says

    i love dat Fendi Spy Inspired Bag because it is so perfect for da summer and i got a outfit screaming for this bag. plus you would be such a great friend by giving such a nice gift away.

  21. Toni says

    Ok, I visited…I LOVE it! Great looking designer inspired bags for a fraction of the price. I will be using this in the future when I don’t feel like browsing and can’t find what I’m looking for in a store like Forever21 or H&M. Thanks for sharing! :)

  22. janine says

    i love the kooba natasha inspired bag and the chloe paddington bag. thanks for passing on the link! hope i get a chance to win a bag!

  23. Tammy A says

    Oooo… What a cute Fendi Spy bag you have there! It’s so feminine and summery! I want one, please!

  24. Danielle says

    They’re all darling, but I would love the Burberry—I have learned that purses in a certain size range make my tush look smaller.  That one might do the trick!  LOL!! 

    Great idea to have the giveaway—it pushes people to look at the baghaus site.  Thanks!

  25. Linda says

    Whoa, those are pretty good. I love the Fendi Spy Bag. Hot bag! The Burberry one is great too, really classy yet fierce and sexy.
    And misha, I agree with that. You can mix expensive with not so expensive very well. Personally, if something looks good, I don’t usually look at the price. And I must say, some of my cheapest clothes have lasted me the longest and I’ve gotten great compliments on them, so don’t think expensive=good.

  26. Ana says

    I have never heard of Baghaus but I really like their handbags.  The burberry bag will be very chic for the winter.

  27. Erika Chapman says

    I went directly to the site and found tons of bags to buy! Thank you for the recommendation. The birkin inspired bag is first on my list!

    I love all of them shown above but the Burberry inspired and Marc Jacobs inspired are my favorites by far!

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