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Seeing double: cult items and their affordable copies

Seeing double: cult items and their affordable copies

| On 10, Sep 2015

Have you ever considered blowing a good four months of your savings on that one, cult ‘investment’ piece? After buying said investment piece, have you spent the rest of the year recuperating from your splurge? If you answered ‘yes’ to both questions, then this article is for you.

It’s no secret that we think the value of something is determined by the price tag. Sometimes, we even fall for the process of the purchase rather than the purchase itself. So, it’s always nice when chain stores do the honourable thing and create replicas of those unattainable investment pieces; that won’t cost you that holiday.

Here are 5 cult items and their less expensive, chain-store doppelgängers:

Isabel Marant and Country Road: 

You may remember this top from Etoile Isabel Marant’s Spring 2014 collection. Luckily, we can rely on Country Road to gift us with a 100% cotton replica for much, much less.

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Etoile Isabel Marant Top ($530) and Country Road Top ($99.95) 


Gianvito Rossi and Tony Bianco:

Both shoes sold out faster than you can say ‘Gianvito Rossi’. But, thanks to Tony Bianco, you can pre-order these beautiful heels for a price drastically cheaper.

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Gianvito Rossi Heels ($1115) and Tony Bianco Kappa ($199.95)


Chloé and Seed Heritage:

This bag has been the chosen accessory to many of fashion’s biggest names. Now, you can live among the elite, without having to hurt your pocket.

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Chloé bag ($2730) and Seed Heritage Bag ($89.95) 


Tibi and Seed Heritage:

Seed scores again with this elegant white cotton dress; made for garden parties and looking expensive for less.

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Tibi dress ($835.10) and Seed Heritage dress ($169.95) 


Chloé and ASOS

Now you can proudly say, ‘Yes, they are real leather.’

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Chloé boots ($1803.50) and ASOS boots ($162) 

Image credits:,, Country Road,, Tony Bianco, Seed Heritage,,,