Look-a-Like of the Week


Left: Anya Hindmarch Carker Right: Jil Sander Patent Work Bag

Seeing double? These are in fact different bags but the similarity is totally crazy!! Anya Hindmarch’s carker has been around for a few seasons now and Jil Sander, one of my all time favorite designers, came out with this Work bag that is almost exactly the same – hardware, lock closure, everything! What is going on? It’s from a designer not Canal Street in Chinatown! So what are the differences then you ask? Jil Sander is made in Italy and Anya Hindmarch in China, which leads to the Jil Sander being more than double in price (it is also bigger but not twice as big). Anya Hindmarch Carker at Net a Porter for $995 and Jil Sander at Browns Fashion for $2130.


  1. Nancy C
    October 29, 2007 / 10:00 am

    I would like to point out that the workmanship in China is superb. China has thousands of years of history in design and innovation and it’s only the recent “WalMart” years that have given the country’s artisans a bad rap.

    Just look at Chinese antiques…

    Lastly, SHAME on Jil Sander for knocking off Anya! And charging DOUBLE?

  2. mette
    October 29, 2007 / 10:17 am

    Yes.These bags look quite alike at first glance and maybe even at a second glance.It is a shame.If you look closely, JS is clearly more elegant.The AH has a baggy appereance.I guess you could choose either one if you like the look of this bag.

  3. ManBag
    October 29, 2007 / 10:34 am

    Oh Nancy, what planet have you been living on…workmanship in China superb? – laughable!!! Apparently, someone needs to read “Deluxe: How Luxury Lost It’s Luster.” Just looking at the Jil Sander bag, you can see the difference.

  4. planorx
    October 29, 2007 / 11:04 am

    I just got Anya’s Beverly metallic hobo this

    weekend. The bag is beautiful, but I just found

    out it was made in China. now I don’t know if I

    should keep it.

  5. Nancy C
    October 29, 2007 / 11:07 am

    Oh Puhhhhhhlease, made in italy does not guarantee top quality.

    Remember when Gryson bags were falling apart and the insides were TAPED together??? Made in Italy

    Keep your Anya bag if you really love it planorx

    Gucci, Prada, Marc Jacobs are ALL made in China if you read Deluxe: How luxury lost it’s luster

    And ManBag, what do you know about bags? I’d like to know how many bags you’ve collected or actually use on a daily basis.

  6. ManBag
    October 29, 2007 / 2:30 pm

    Well, Mz. Nancy, if you have TRULY read “Deluxe” you will remember that the author was actually quite impressed with how Gucci makes it’s bags in ITALY – they cut their bags with water jets that move so quickly you cannot see the water as it cuts the bag perfectly. Now that is not handmade quality as in Hermes but impressive nonetheless. And I humbly admit I am somewhat new to the art of collecting man bags – I have ten right now, let me break it down here, 3 Bottega, 1 Prorsum (tied for first in my heart), 1 Fendi, 1 Vuitton, 1 Gucci, 1 Prada (also tied for first, incredibly made), 1 Versace, and 1 Gianni Versace Couture (beyond impeccably made). And come February it will be eleven, I must get the black/white breifcase from the Gucci Spring 2008 runway.

  7. lisa
    October 29, 2007 / 3:36 pm

    are ALL anya hindmarch bags made in china??

  8. Fiona
    October 29, 2007 / 3:41 pm

    It’s funny to me that people poopoo handbags made in China. And to second-guess your bag purchase after the fact merely because it was made in China? Hm.

    The fact is, there are crap bags made in China and crap bags made in Italy. The Carker is a great bag, which is proof, along with other made in China bags, that nicely-crafted products can and do come from China.


  9. jane
    October 29, 2007 / 4:21 pm

    Interesting comments by everyone,I would like to add that I love my Anya bags no matter where they are made.

  10. Bag Snob Kelly
    October 29, 2007 / 6:32 pm

    I would like to say that I was just pointing out the differences in the bags and in no way implying that made in China is made it inferior in quality. It is a fact of the world we live in that higher perceived value goes to those made in Italy and we all know that, no matter the proof or length of debate. Thus Made in Italy gets the bigger price tag and that’s why many designers go there (and not necessarily for the quality).

  11. Julia, Singapore
    October 29, 2007 / 11:20 pm

    I do wonder if the fact about Anya’s Carker bag being China-made is not made known here, would the vote still tilt towards the Jil Sander one. Btw, the latter does bring to mind Longchamp’s Legende bag, which is being advertised by Kate Moss.

    FYI, some of Jil Sander’s RTW are made in China.

  12. anna
    October 30, 2007 / 7:08 am

    made in china=verrrrrrrrrry lowwwwwwwwwwwww quality, and that’s a fact. hate it or love it.

  13. October 31, 2007 / 12:11 am

    The Jil Sander bag, at least in the photo, looks more structurally sound, and the handles make the perfect arch. The Anya Hindmarch bag, on the other hand, looks floppy, and the handles are almost dangling in the air.

  14. Karen
    December 1, 2007 / 12:13 pm

    It seems that many designer bags that claim to be made in Italy are actually made by the Chinese. The skills in China are often far superior to those offered in Italy. What counts is the quality of the bag. I bought my carker over a year ago and the quality is EXCELLENT. This is what counts. We must not be racist about provenence…

  15. loretta
    August 30, 2010 / 1:36 pm

    I bought “made in china” bags in the $300-$600 range (Lim 3.1, Banana Republic) before. No more, they are fine when they are new, but within a year down the road, the stitches come out and the shape of the bag is gone. I rather pay more for products made in Italy, France and U.S., use them longer, than to create instant trash.

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