The Look for Less: Colorblocked Totes

January 24th, 2012

Everyone knows the Celine Luggage Tote and the Celine Classic Box, but the Celine Bi-Cabas Tote has cruised along just below most people’s handbag radar for the last few seasons, largely the obsession of industry insiders and dedicated Celine fans. With its extremely minimal construction and huge colorblocking potential, the bag seems to be poised to make its biggest splash yet for Spring 2012.

But what if you don’t want to pay over a grand for something relatively simple? Well, the Rebecca Minkoff Toki Tote offers the perfect alternative, but you’re going to have to trade leather for nylon. You do win a healthy dose of neon in that trade, so it might be worth it.

Comparing anyone’s products to the accessories put out by a Phoebe Philo-helmed brand is unfair, pure and simple. But because of their popularity, lots of people are looking for alternatives that don’t break the bank, particularly since Celine seems to be increasing prices by the day. Also on that note, I don’t know the actual price of the Cabas because I have heard three different things from the three different people I’ve asked who are supposed to know for sure. It’s somewhere north of a grand. That’s all that seems to be certain.

The Rebecca Minkoff version, however, is $145. It will also be the same price tomorrow, which is more than I can say for its more expensive alternative. If you’re looking for a fun, bright bag to carry for casual activities when the weather turns warmer, the nylon construction of the Minkoff version might even be a wiser choice. It doesn’t have the flawless aesthetic of the Celine bag, but then again, what does? Buy the Rebecca Minkoff bag via ShopBop for $145. For the Celine Bi-Cabas Tote, call Kirna Zabete at (212) 941-9656, ask for Everest and hope for the best.

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