Handbag Splurge or Save: Chloe and Target Styles

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The expensive Chloe cross body bag is similar to a much cheaper bag at Target.

Have you ever seen a low priced handbag that reminds you of a higher priced designer handbag?  Designer handbag replicas production is of course big business and Target has never been shy about being inspired by designers.  Remember their legal skirmishes with Diane Von Furstenberg over wrap dresses and Coach over handbags?   If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Chloe must be very flattered by some of the bags in Target’s Who What Wear line.   One of the handbags reminds me of the Chloe dress cross leather bag.

Both bags have a “curb” chain for shoulder carry, gold hardware, a fold over top and and oval shaped body. The Chloe Drew bag is goat skin.  The Target bag is pleather.  Is there a passing resemblance here? What do you think?  The price differential is stunning, with the Chloe bags retailing for over $1, 700 US, a small Chloe “Drew bag” retailing for over $1,200 and Target bag retailing for a fast fashion price of $29.99.  Which bag would you choose readers?


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.

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