Is it fair to call other bags "Birkin Copycats"?

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Tote styles by many top-tier fashion houses have been tagged as Birkin copycats because of their similar silhouettes & top handle construction.
Is it fair? Share your thoughts and pictures of your Birkin- esque bags.

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Totally unfair and actually rather rude. Everything is inspired by something – that is life.

I think it’s perfectly fine that many brands take inspiration from the Birkin. For example Saint Laurent’s Sac De Jour, Dior’s Diorever and Louis Vuitton’s City Steamer clearly take aspects and design features. Yet each of the three bags mentioned couldn’t look more different.

Not everyone can afford or wants to spend $10k+ on a bag. There is no shame in that. I would much rather see someone carrying a B-inspired Michael Kors than a fake Birkin.

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Thin ice? ??? For every birkin inspired bag style, I can think of another (at least 10) other bag shapes that are represented in every other design house. The LV Alma, Hermes Bolide, Prada Promenade. The Boy, the Diorama. The Hermes and Gucci Jackie bag face off. The wallet-on-chain wave. A bucket bag is a bucket bag is a bucket bag. The Speedy, otherwise known as the Boston bag in every other brand. And perhaps many different variants to the top handle Kelly. No one should be made to feel that she is carry a copycat bag, in any of the above bag choices. As long as the Brand is respectable in its creative execution of the bag style, presenting it with integrity that the Brand can and will stand by, where the bag not a direct replicate of the bag or style of inspiration, it can be within the evoked set of any consumer. In today’s market place, you see similar style/function propositions not just in bags, but in shoes, watches, and jewellery. As long as you make a honest choice that you love, and not fall prey to counterfeits – this is a no-no for sure – wear it the way you would. I have read several reviews where critics were quick to reference the Diorever to the Birkin, but the two bags are actually quite different. True that for the : Double handles, ‘top loading’, with flap over closure. But otherwise, I wouldn’t compare them, it’s roses vs oranges. I had a girl friend compare the Hermes Lindy to the Loewe puzzle bag. It’s all a matter of perspective I guess. I am a proponent of intellectual property, so I say, if we avoid the obvious direct ripoffs, and stay away from fakes, we will do just fine?

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I don’t think they should be called copycats. There are only so many shapes of bags that can be made. Just because the Birkin happened to be first and the most famous doesn’t mean that every other structured, rectangular bag with top handles is directly copying the Birkin. Don’t so why so many people are hung up on this.

  • Pursebop

    WOW, thanks for your quick reply! I agree completely. I was so dissappointed when people wrote endless comments on my first Diorever picture “that it was a B look alike”. I was one of the first to feature that bag on IG and it was really interesting to see reactions. It will be interesting to see reactions here too!

  • levernisnoir

    That’s definitely not something that crossed my mind when I first saw the Diorever! I still don’t see the resemblance other than what I just mentioned, rectangular and structured with top handles. What an odd thing to say, why would you want or need a “lookalike” bag when you already have many Birkins!

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