Chic vs Cheap: Satchel Bags

Though I love a great bargain as much as the next person does, even I have to admit that sometimes knock-offs aren’t as good as the original. Such is the case with the two satchels below. The one at the top, Kate Spade’s Essex Scout Satchel, is made with 100% smooth soft cowhide, is trimmed in 14-karat light gold plated hardware and costs a whopping $395.00. Its knock-off, the Upwardly Mobile Satchel, is made by the U.K. Satchel Company and is made of leather composition. Though a bargain at only $134.00, it cannot compare in beauty or quality to its more expensive contemporary. So, for this edition of chic vs. cheap, I’m gonna have to go with CHIC.


  1. That Kate Spade bag looks amazing. The less expensive one looks masculine .

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