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  • Carol GOH

    wooow! I had no idea that there’s another brand with similar looking Birkins and Kellys!
    The more commonly seen as look-alikes birkins are from Mac Douglas in France.

    Absolutely love your Kelly! It doesn’t look preloved at all. It looks like it’s all brand new! So happy for your purchase :D My friend was telling me to save up for one too, seeing how the value increase and the quality! But well— All the distractions that I’m seeing in Paris. I doubt I’d ever save up enough to get even a handle of Kelly, ha ;P

    • Jenny

      Thank you so much Carol! It’s definitely my baby, and I feel very lucky to have gotten one in such great conditions :D I would be distracted if I lived in Paris too, heck I probably spent enough to buy a Kelly when I last went, and I was only there for 10 days! xD

      You’d be shocked at how many Birkin and Kelly replicas are being sold in the US – quite blatantly too! I guess it’s not illegal because they don’t have the Hermès logo :/ I googled the Mac Douglas bags, and they do look like Birkins, but I feel like you can still tell the difference. With these Teddy Blakes (and other replicas), they look almost identical!

    • Tamara

      Omg. I think you may have changed my freaking life. The company you bought your Hermes bag from has an AMAZING collection of authentic bags online. Thank you so much!!!

      • Jenny

        Yay, you’re welcome!! While I’ve always had a great experience shopping with them, I would still get an expensive bag authenticated just for piece of mind :) Happy shopping!

  • Amber

    That bag is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve heard of the Teddy Blake bags and thought about purchasing one, but it has always been a hard decision. My favorite brand of bags are TheSak and Kate Spade.

    • Jenny

      Thank you so much Amber! I find Teddy Blake bags still pretty expensive considering what they are. I would much rather get a Kate Spade bag that has cute original designs, plus you know it’s a reputable brand with good customer service!

  • Shantay

    Hello,
    Love your blog! I came across Teddy Blake on Pinterest and I loved his bags. Me too love the Birkin bag but can not afford it. I purchased the Vanessa bag, I love the fact is leather. I not stuck on name brands I just love a good leather bag!! Thank you again for the history!!

    • Jenny

      Thank you so much for your kind comment Shantay! I understand not everyone can or wants to buy the Birkin, so I totally get why Teddy Blake is a great option. At the same time, I still think it’s important for buyers to know exactly what they’re buying, hence the small history lesson :)

  • Gurllllllllll

    Girl, thank you for this article. I have seen so many deluded comments on YT complaining that there’s nothing original about Hermes and I was like beech? Hermes was around way longer. And obviously these people have never own or touch anything from Hermes, the quality is like nothing else in the world. Not even LV, not even Chanel. I am happy with my Kelly 40 and that’s that!

    • Jenny

      First of all your name and email totally made me lol, so thank you for the chuckle. And you’re very welcome! I felt the same way you did and it’s just frustrating to see people spreading these false facts, not to mention I’d hate to be the poor person who bought a Teddy Blake thinking it was the original Kelly/Birkin and then finding out that it’s actually just a replica :/

  • Loveduts

    I just have a question why Hermes don’t do anything to stop Buti to replicas and sell is in it lawsuit will be the righting to do to stop all of this rumors and the competition of it right.

    • Jenny

      That’s a great question and I think the issue is that Buti isn’t actually using the Hermès logo, so it’s not claiming to be an Hermès bag. Unless hermes has trademarked/copyrighted their bag’s design (which I’m not even sure is possible), there might not be ground for them to sue. This is just my guess though, but I agree, if they could they should do something about the issue.

      • liblady

        Just wanted to add (even though this is years late) – Hermes has copyrighted the design of both the birkin and the kelly. I’ve actually found it in the US patents online. So even if a design doesn’t have their logo – they can refute it in court for being too close to their design. Some dupes on Amazon got removed for this exact reason.

        • Jenny

          Good to know, thank you for this info!

  • Naomi

    Honey do you have nothing better in life than to insult ? I have stage III cancer and I pay 22,500 per month to stay alive. I’ve always wanted a Hermes Kelly bag, but given the choice of staying alive or having the purse, I chose life. Please don’t make me feel bad because I can’t afford the real thing. Don’t be so cruel or evil. It hurts and pain is not something I need more of. Trying kindness and love the world needs it

    • Jenny

      I’m sorry but how does my post make you feel bad? I simply stated the truth, that the Hermès was the original designer of the bags, not Teddy Blake. I never said anything bad about the Teddy Blake replicas, other than to point out these false rumors people have been spreading. Never did I belittle anyone who can’t or won’t buy an Hermès.

      If you’re going to feel bad about not being able to afford a bag, take ownership of your own feelings and don’t blame them on others, and don’t use something as serious as cancer to justify your childish behavior. I would think something so life threatening would make you realize there is more to life than material goods, and to learn to appreciate what you have, not go griping at people on the internet about what you don’t have. I truly feel sorry for you.

  • Closet angel

    Thanks for this article. I googled Buti handbags and saw this article. Really interesting.

  • Mimi

    Thank you for a very intelligently and thoughtful publication re: the Hermes brand and some of their most iconic handbags. It still remains a mystery to many why the price-tag is in the 4-5 figure range-my husband is an aerospace engineer with NASA and Lockheed Martin (and he is one of the senior engineers building Orion Rocket Program heading to Mars!) – yet the quality thing is something he cannot wrap his head around. Thank you again for such a beautiful presentation of the history, the craftsmanship, and ib BUILDING the VALUE as to why we are so intent on the real deal!

  • Baller on a Budget

    This was very helpful , thank you!! I purchased the Teddy Blake Caty bag.. I am hoping it will hold me over while I stank my coins for a Birkin… I have to crawl before I walk ..

  • Elfrieda Giancarlo

    I’m not an expert but how do you know who you can believe buying online? Please help!

    • Jenny

      Read the reviews of the seller, and use Purse Forum’s free authentication services. Also if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Julia

    Its just a bag. Get over it. Not everyone can afford it and if some can, some would rather invest their money on other things that matter.

    • Jenny

      Do you not know how to read? I don’t care which bag you buy or don’t buy, my problem is with people making claims about Teddy Blake bags that are blatantly false. Perhaps you should invest your money on a reading comprehension course.

  • Amy

    The history of the Birkin and Kelly that you explained was very well written and informative. Even though I’m not a fan of Birkins and Kelly’s, I think it’s stupid that many would still like to make blatant lies and accusations about Hermes and their bags. However, I feel that the title of this article was a bit misleading since comparing the two of them would take more research on the aspect of the Teddy Blake bags. It just doesn’t make sense to say in your article that you’re comparing the two of them when it’s really just thorough research on one side but minimal research and assumptions on the other.

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