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It’s been over a year since I last shared a designer-inspired roundup on my blog, and last time I spoke about this topic I voiced that I would only be sharing any of these kinds of items if they were free and clear of supporting trafficking, child labor or unfair labor conditions in the production of their goods. Although many of my readers were crushed to hear this announcement, they were also requesting any brand recommendations that were ethical and offered great quality, affordable designer-inspired items. I’m really happy to confirm that one of my utmost favorite brands Fashion Drug manufactures their products in Italy – not China – and also supports ethical working conditions without the use of child labor. Owner Denise Melissa has confirmed this for me!
To celebrate, I wanted to indulge my fashionable readers in a Fashion Drug post featuring my favorite FD picks. It’s not too late to snag a bag for your gal pal, or better yet – preorder a little something for yourself! And don’t forget to use code “Aileen10” for 10% off all Fashion Drug goodies.
The Snake Bag
This is no-doubt one of Fashion Drug’s most popular handbags. I have 2 mini suede Snake bags as well as one large suede/leather large one, and I still wanted this exclusive version in taupe featuring actual snake print leather details on the front flap. A closely-inspired Gucci Dionysus, this handbag is available in tons of different colors, sizes, and a choice between suede or stamped snake-textured leather. I highly recommend this bag if you don’t know where to start – you can wear it either over-the-shoulder or as a crossbody, it can match with a ton of different outfits, it’s a statement piece, and it has several compartments to separate and organize your belongings. It is the epitome of fashion meets function!
The Saint Bag
A bag that’s similar to Yves Saint Laurent’s College bag, the only thing that’s missing on the Saint bag is the obvious YSL monogram on the front flap, but the tassel serves as a cute replacement. I’ve been eyeing this style bag for some time now and debated between either the regular or mini sizing, and finally settled on the mini, as it can serve as either a crossbody or even a handle bag. I’m obsessed with the plush feel of the Italian leather, too – it feels similar to soft sheepskin, in fact. It’s definitely a fashionable pick for someone who wants a stylish bag that’s also practical and versatile.
The Rosie Bag
I’ve seen Bottega Veneta’s “The Pouch” clutch everywhere on social media over the past few months, especially in cream and camel, so I love that Fashion Drug has a similar clutch, the Rosie. Although cream and camel are chic choices, I settled on black because I wanted the perfect black clutch to use for evening wear. I’m so happy I made the choice! One thing to note is that this clutch is made from vegan leather, not the typical Italian leather that most Fashion Drug bags are made of, but the material feels just as smooth and buttery soft as real leather! It is by no means fragile to the touch and feels quite durable.
The Studded Bag
Valentino’s Rockstud has been a favorite design of mine for a few years now – I own some shoes similar to the Rockstud pump in poudre, so this taupe studded bag is the perfect complement to those shoes! This one is made of a durable embossed Italian leather that is scratch-resistant and comes in at an affordable €59.95 (around $66 USD), which makes this bag one of my favorite budget picks. Available in taupe or black.
There are so many other amazing handbags by Fashion Drug that are worth checking out. I highly recommend scouring the website – they even carry cute clothing and accessories! Check out my favorite picks below and use code “Aileen10” for 10% off your purchase.
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