One of the most popular designer crossbody bags is Chloé’s Drew. A subtle yet timeless purse, the Drew is a staple in many fashionista’s wardrobes as it pairs perfectly with both bold outfits and minimalist ones too.
However, for such a simple purse, I can’t bring myself to pay $1,650. I honestly wouldn’t want to pay even $100 for such a small bag.
- Soft genuine leather
- Quality hardware
- Immaculate stitching
After having recently gotten another purse from Lacattura, I was very impressed with its quality and decided to take another chance with the same brand. Of course, they didn’t fail to deliver! This is another beautiful quality designer dupe.
Hardware: Unlike most lower-priced purses, the hardware on this purse is weighted and substantial. I like the weight of the chain, since I’ve always had issues with chains slipping off my shoulder, but this one stays put. The front lock also turns very smoothly, which was a huge concern for me since I’ve also had some bad experiences with locks breaking on bags.
Brand Logo: Chloé’s Drew sports the brand logo on the bottom of the front lock, but this purse has no Chloé logos. The only branding on the purse is on the inside flap that says “Lacattura.”
Leather and Stitching: I wasn’t hesitant about the quality of the leather nor stitching since the first Lacattura purse I bought was superior in both categories. This one is also the same. I didn’t find any loose threads or stitches, and the leather is a nice and soft yet stiff leather that does not sag.
- Chain was not attached to the bag and needed to be tied on
- Extended shipping time
I never paid close attention to the way the chain was attached to the original Chloé, but after pulling up a few pictures on Google I did notice that the chain is simply tied in a knot around the metal loops of the bag. So I was a little confused when I first opened the purse and saw that the chain was separate. If the real Drew is also the same, then I don’t believe there is any con to this. I haven’t had any experience with the chains undoing themselves due to the metal bar that prevents the chain from slipping out of the knot.
The purse also ships from China, so like most items from Aliexpress, expect to wait a long time. I ordered this back in early December and think it may have been stuck in US customs because I didn’t receive it until the end of the first week of February.
A faster alternative
Although not genuine leather, I did spot a few Drew dupes on Amazon that come with free Prime shipping. While I can’t personally account for the quality of these bags, if you’re okay with synthetic materials and the available colors, this is a great option if you want to beat waiting for a few weeks to a month for the item.
Overall, it was very much worth the wait! Getting a beautiful quality, genuine leather purse for just around $40 was a perfect price. Most dupes of Chloé’s Drew are made of synthetic materials and hover around $50 at most fast-fashion retailers. Usually, genuine leather purses are around $60- $100 starting on the low-end, and that’s a price point I don’t mind paying for quality. But $40 really takes the cake on this one – it was probably my best bargain buy!
Lacattura’s bag is available in a large variety of colors for $39.90- $49.90 on AliExpress, depending on the size.
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