The Birkin and Kelly, iconic bags that have birthed a thousand knock offs (most notably Ralph Lauren Ricky and Saint Laurent Du Jour inspired by the Birkin and too many Kelly bag twins to count), have a new family member to join the rankings. Meet the Torque bag from Hermes. Never heard of it? It’s a vintage Hermes bag style that had a short lived shelf life in the 80s that bears an uncanny resemblance to the street style favorite J. W. Anderson bag- the Pierced. Granted, the shapes are very different but what makes both bags is the unique looped hardware. To be candid, I did not know about this bag and would not have known had I not seen it on the feed of my current obsession: Diet Prada.
Hailed as the no-filter fashion critics for the Instagram age by The Cut and self professed love child of Cathy Horyn and Tim Blanks- this cleverly curated account makes it their business to call out “people knocking each other off”. Their take on fashion is fresh and unique not to mention laugh-out-loud funny. But at the heart of it all is Diet Prada’s vast knowledge of fashion history. Their recent bag call outs have us reminiscent of our own “Snob or Slob” / “Bags that Look Alike” posts (Proenza vs Mulberry , Lanvin vs Vivier , Proenza vs Chloe to name a few!) and inspired our team to do a bit of sleuthing of their own. Read on to see and in the spirit of Diet Prada, please tell us what you think… are knock offs Snob or Slob?
Salvatore Ferragamo Seila Crossbody Bag (on Farfetch for $1,000), Carolina Herrera Initials Isignia Bag (at Carolina Herrera for ) Another set of bag look-alikes discovered by Diet Prada. Different bags, same hardware but too close to the classic Ferragamo’s horsebit shape for comfort.
Prada Cahier Shoulder Bag (on Farfetch for $2,660), Versace Small Stardvst Shoulder Bag (on Farfetch for $1,750) I actually have this bag, it’s a bit of stretch but agree with my team that it’s definitely “inspired” by the Cahier.
When the boy was three years old, he had a hard time comprehending that we ate the cute little animals he liked at the petting zoo. He used to ask me “do chickens like it that people eat them?” Every time I see a Chanel inspired bag I think to myself “does Chanel like it that people knock them off?” Coco herself once said imitation is the highest form of flattery, so perhaps it explains why it’s a free for all for brands of all price points.
This one is an interesting twist. The Ralph Lauren Ricky bag is arguably the most popular birkin knock-off (I have two of them myself so color me guilty) but what happens when a knock-off itself is knocked off? Is that like double jeopardy where Versace gets a free pass? I don’t know what’s happening over there but I did enjoy watching the 80’s supermodels stomp the runway last month! And while we expect Zara and Forever 21 to shill knock offs each season, I agree with Diet Prada that it’s way more shocking when established luxury houses knock each other off . What do you guys think?