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Splurge vs. Steal: Louis Vuitton Monceau BB vs. Loeffler Randall Rider

Louis Vuitton BB Monceau Bag

There are coincidences, and then there are bags that are simply too alike not to point out. Was Loeffler Randall‘s Rider bag inspired by Louis Vuitton‘s Monceau? A resounding yes! There are plenty of bags out there in the mini-briefcase style, but Loeffler Randall didn’t even try to make theirs vaguely different. This is a dead ringer, straight down to the ultra-symmetrical push-lock hardware.

If they were aiming for a case of mistaken identity, then mission accomplished. I have to say, Loeffler Randall did a really good job of knocking off Louis Vuitton. The leathers are different, but it’s the exact same bag. And sometimes you don’t want to splurge big on a trendy little bag, even if it’s in quintessential LV finishes like glossy patent ($1,720) and textural Epi leather ($1,550). In solid cobalt or the happy clash of pink and red, the steal comes in at just $495. Plus, it has hidden bicycle-fastening straps if you feel like getting active. So what do you think: save up for the real deal or reach for the quick fix?

Louis Vuitton Monceau BB, available at Louis Vuitton; Loeffler Randall Rider, available in cobalt at Loeffler Randall and pink/red on Shopbop.

Loeffler Randall Rider Bag



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  1. I can’t help it, I’m in love with the colors of both Loeffler Randall‘s bags. The cobalt is sooo deep and I love the black accents. Pink and orange has been one of my favorite color combinations since I was a little girl and everyone would tease me that those colors don’t go together! LOL! In this case I’d say definitely the steal!


  2. I *almost* bought the Monceau in fuschia, until I realized that it’s really a bag that’s geared for a 13-year-old (as in, someone who doesn’t need a wallet, smartphone, keys and lipstick — none of which will fit into such a teensy bag). The Loeffler bag is actually quite a bit larger than the LV version. More bag for less money? Win-win.

  3. Wow, didn’t even know the LR Rider was based on an LV design. No need to even pay full retail on the LR Rider. It can be found rather easily at 20% off retail during many major retailers’ Spring and Fall Friends&Family promotions, including on the LR website right now.