Designer bag or a good quality dupe?

I’ve been thinking long and hard the past couple of years, lusting over a designer bag that catches my eye at least once a week on my Instagram feed.

I’ve searched special offers, looked at second hand. You name it, I’ve done it! But when it’s come to pressing that buy now button I just couldn’t do it.

lusting over a designer bag that catches my eye at least once a week on my Instagram feed.I've searched special offers, looked at second hand.

It’s always the Chloe bags that I’m drawn to. The Chloe Tess is just gorgeous. I often wonder how much of an investment these designer bags may be, I look after my bags but I’d be worried about taking something so expensive out with me. You can guarantee I’d spill something down it or something would leak inside!

lusting over a designer bag that catches my eye at least once a week on my Instagram feed.I've searched special offers, looked at second hand.

I asked my Instagram friends their views on buying a designer bag or a dupe and the results came out pretty much neck and neck. I’d like to hear your thoughts about it.

Tissardi is makers of high quality leather dupes. The Gianni bag I’m featuring here is nigh-on identical to the Chloe Tess, the sizing is pretty much exact and I can’t tell you how happy I am to be gifted such a beautiful bag.

lusting over a designer bag that catches my eye at least once a week on my Instagram feed.I've searched special offers, looked at second hand.

The leather, stitching and hardware are exceptional. The Gianni bag is available in many colourways but I’ve chosen a taupe colour that will work well with my wardrobe.

The cross body strap is detachable or it can be tucked into the bag so that the top handle can be used alone. I prefer top handle bags but the option to wear both ways is nice.

If you were to choose a designer bag which one would it be? I was surprised at some of the very famous on-trend dupes that are available on the Tissardi website.

Tissardi is based in France by the way but does ship worldwide. The bag took a little while getting to me but that’s understandable in our present Coronavirus crisis and well worth the wait.

Another new addition to my wardrobe is the puff sleeve blouse. I’m loving this voluminous sleeve trend. The broderie Anglaise is gorgeous too. The trousers are currently on sale, I featured these a while back and the tailoring and fit make these my favourites in my wardrobe at present.

Looking through the Tissardi website there are many obvious dupes and not just bags. There are some beautiful shoes and sandals and some great clothing items. I’m loving a couple of the blazers like this orange one. I don’t have an orange blazer yet! perfect for summer.

I’ve also got my eye on these mules. I’m having a mule moment, living in the ones above featured here. But there are similar on the Tissardi site made of leather and look far more luxurious than my cheap ones and not much more money than I paid.

There’s plenty of room in the bag. Enough for the essentials anyway. The magnet closure is also good and strong. I’m really happy with the Gianni bag and I will certainly be buying from Tissardi. It’s well worth a look. I have a wish list already!

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  1. Fiona
    July 14, 2020 / 8:15 pm

    Hi Laurie,
    Have checked out Tissardi, they have some lovely bags and my credit card is at the ready! I’d never splash out on a designer bag, I’d be too worried that it would date and I wouldn’t get my money’s worth. Plus there are more important things to be spending that kind of money on.

  2. June 20, 2020 / 3:44 pm

    Hi Laurie

    Hope you’re well! Oh my god – thank you for letting us know about this dupes site! I am going there in a min and I have my card in my hand (don’t tell Stressed Husband!) That bag is divine – I love the style and the colour – it’s spot on!

    I think a good dupe is fine – as long as they don’t put a dodgy name on it like the ‘Ray Berry’ sunglasses that you can pick up on the beach in Spain! I would much rather spend money on a well made bag from a less well known brand rather than spend extortionate amounts on a designer one just because it has a certain label.

    Hope to see you soon! Take care and love to Dee too.

    • laurie
      June 22, 2020 / 7:32 am

      Enjoy shopping Lisa! I’m over the moon with this bag. The quality is exceptional. I will be getting my winter bag from Tissardi for sure.

  3. June 10, 2020 / 11:01 am

    That bag is certainly very cute Laurie.
    It reminds me of Chloe.

    Have a great day xx

  4. June 2, 2020 / 8:04 am

    What a lovely bag, Laurie. Such a unique style. I hope you are both keeping well xx

  5. June 1, 2020 / 8:30 pm

    The bag is delightful, but it was the gorgeous puff sleeved blouse that caught my eye Laurie. I’m very partial to broderie anglais and this style is just that little bit different. But, back to the bag. Much as I’m all about colour, I can understand why you settled for this shade. Neutrals are your mainstay and the key to your classic look, hence this will be a long term accessory. The size is very practical and it really does look like the real deal.

    You look fab as ever x

  6. May 28, 2020 / 7:13 pm

    To be honest, I wouldn’t be able to part with so much money just for a bag, designer or not, but never mind me: as you know, I’m an almost strictly second hand girl at heart. Mind you, I love bags and have quite a collection but, again, all are second hand and didn’t cost the earth. I’m loving the look of that Gianni bag, though. And I’m very much in love with your puff sleeved blouse! xxx

    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 9:18 pm

      Thanks Ann. I’m often admiring your vintage items as you know! xx

  7. May 27, 2020 / 12:18 pm

    Love the bag, they are always a must on a shopping trip, I favour Coach and have 2 of theirs as well as a couple of Kate Spades. I buy bags based on the quality of the leather, rather than the design. Thanks for linking up with #pocolo and hope to see you back later this week

    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 9:19 pm

      I love the coach brand Suzanne so I’m a little envious! xx

  8. May 27, 2020 / 2:52 am

    That is a stunning bag! I think I’m torn. If it’s a classic bag with timeless style then I think it might be worth the splurge for one or two bags. But I think a quality dupe is good in other circumstances!

    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 9:20 pm

      Yes. I often think about just one classic one that I could pass down to the daughter xx

  9. May 26, 2020 / 1:16 am

    I have the Silverado Python in Blush/Nude (which is unusual for me because it’s slightly larger than my go-to) and I guard it with my life. Quite literally hahaha it sleeps near me, to be honest 😛

    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 9:21 pm

      Haha! I would be the same Sheela! And too scared to take it out. It would be just my luck it would be the one I left behind! xx

  10. May 25, 2020 / 6:36 pm

    I’m in love with this whole outfit and I NEED to check out Tissardi, that is such a great dupe!

    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 9:21 pm

      Hi Lee. Thank you. It’s certainly worth a look xx

  11. May 25, 2020 / 6:20 pm

    Laurie, this bag is gorgeous! I would totally opt for the dupe myself. I am really loving that adorable top, too! Thanks for linking up.


    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 9:22 pm

      Thanks, Shelbee. I’m loving anything puff-sleeved right now! xx

  12. May 22, 2020 / 5:39 pm

    I lovelovelove that bag! What a great site! I’ve also fallen in love with their Edgar bag in white. I don’t mind dupes, as long as they’re not trying to pass them off as designer bags. I’ve had a Chloe Paddington bag (bought it gently used and wore it out carrying it all of the time). I don’t really feel the need to have a designer bag but I have fallen in love with some of the styles and looked for good dupes. I really love that top and it looks beautiful on you. The pants are the perfect thing to wear since the top is puffy and the pants taper down. Gorgeous look!


    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 9:27 pm

      Hi Ruth. Thank you for such kind compliments. Pleased that you like the look. It’s a brilliant site and I now have my eye on a pair of shoes! It could kill my bank balance xx

  13. May 22, 2020 / 5:04 pm

    That Gianni bag looks exactly like a CHLOE and I love the soft taupe which totally goes with your neutral wardrobe. Gorgeous blouse and elegant pants, too. =)

    Welcome by and join my Thursday Moda this week and every week. =)

    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 9:28 pm

      Thanks Ada. I’m really pleased with it xx

  14. May 22, 2020 / 3:16 pm

    I’ve never been able to pull the trigger on an expensive designer bag either. This bag is gorgeous! And I love the price point!


    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 9:52 pm

      The quality of this bag far outweighs the price in my opinion, Jill. The leather and the finish is excellent xx

  15. May 21, 2020 / 9:06 pm

    What a delicious bag, I love all the details and the colour is divine – it will compliment so much. Jacqui x

    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 9:53 pm

      Perfect for my neutral wardrobe isn’t it Jacqui. I’m already searching for my winter bag! xx

  16. May 21, 2020 / 4:24 pm

    Gorgeous bag Laurie, and you know I am a bag girl! Love the structure and the hardware. The top is right up my alley too, love love the sleeves and the eyelet! Beautiful outfit.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 9:54 pm

      Thanks Jess. I’m really pleased with how this look turned out xx

  17. May 21, 2020 / 2:52 pm

    That’s a gorgeous bag Laurie! I love that the top handle is long enough to wear on the shoulder as some are only big enough to use as a grab bag. The Tissardi site is amazing…and could be very dangerous for my bank balance! I had an obsession with the Phillip Lim Pashli a few years back but bought a similar style that looks just as good. I don’t think I could bring myself to pay big bucks for a bag – I’d be worried about scuffing it! Thanks for linking up, hope you’re keeping well!

    Emma xxx

    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 10:06 pm

      Thanks Emma. I’m not too emotionally attached to any of my bags and I guess they do get a little abused because of their worth. I don’t know how I would cope with something so expensive in my possession either! xx

  18. May 20, 2020 / 2:15 pm

    That blouse is gorgeous! Such pretty details! I think that if you can find a good quality dupe for something then it is money better spent. I always struggle with spending money on something more higher end if I can save that extra money for traveling!

    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 10:07 pm

      Oh me too Mireille! I get so much more fun out of finding something greatly reduced from normal price xx

  19. May 19, 2020 / 2:50 pm

    My bag is more about equipment and practicality than appearance, and this one looks like it fulfills both requirements.

    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 10:08 pm

      Hi Michele. Yes, it fits the bill perfectly. All my everyday essentials but no bigger to accumulate junk like I normally do! xx

  20. jodie filogomo
    May 19, 2020 / 4:51 am

    That bag is so fabulous Laurie. I’ve never had a designer one, but I’m like you. I’d be afraid I’d spill in it or worse, somehow hurt it.

    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 10:09 pm

      Thanks Jodie. I find a good dupe so much more pleasing xx

  21. May 18, 2020 / 8:49 am

    Personally I have never been tempted by designer handbags, mainly because I can’t afford one and cheaper bags do the same thing, lovely if you have got the money though #anythinggoes@_karendenbid199@gmail id

    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 10:13 pm

      I agree Karen. So long as it’s good quality and it does the job xx

  22. May 18, 2020 / 3:01 am

    Laurie, your whole outfit is so pretty. I love your top. Your bag is very cute and I’m like you, I just can see investing in something that I would be afraid to use. Not only that, but I do not have that kind of money. There are always things higher on the priority list, like a new dishwasher and a drier. Ha, ha. I can see why women like to make the investment and there are some very cute bags out there, but I have never even wanted a designer bag, so I’ve never really looked at them. Love your look! – Amy

    • laurie
      May 29, 2020 / 10:15 pm

      I think this is my issue Amy. I keep looking at bloggers that do have so many of them. Envious yes, but parting with my money is another matter! xx

  23. May 16, 2020 / 7:33 pm

    It’s beautiful bag. The only designer bag I would want to buy is a Hermes Birkin bag. That is the one I feel in love with ages ago! But thousands of euros for a bag….. It’s a good thing I don’t have that much money to spend on a bag.

    • laurie
      May 16, 2020 / 8:11 pm

      But if you did have the money Nancy would you? I get it for investment but if I love a bag I want to use it all the time. Mine wouldn’t be worth selling by the time I would be finished! I do like the Birkins though. Tissardi have some great look-a-likes there xx

  24. May 16, 2020 / 5:37 pm

    love the outfit! the mules are exquisite…
    i wish i had the money to buy beautifully made original designer bags–but never will be in my future : ( however, there are well made leather purses made more mass produced that are equally lovely…
    xo Eva

    • laurie
      May 16, 2020 / 8:14 pm

      Hi Eva! I totally agree. I prefer it that way too. And I have to say I’m really pleased with the quality of this one. Thank you so much for stopping by Eva. I appreciate your comment xx

  25. May 16, 2020 / 1:18 pm

    I absolutely adore that bag Laurie. It is just the right size and I now have a preference for neater bags. Must have a look at the other colours.

    • laurie
      May 16, 2020 / 8:15 pm

      Thanks so much Hilda. Oh, there’s so much more to look at. I can guarantee you will love the website. xx