The absolute must-have accessory this spring and summer is definitely a straw tote bag. And a high street retailer has just launched a dead-ringer dupe of a nearly £400 designer bag – and shoppers are desperate to get their hands on it.
Loewe’s open raffia basket bag retails at a cool £395 at Selfridges , boasting adjustable dual carrying handles, a structured shape and stylish logo-embossed leather patch at front. It’s been popular ever since it’s released in 2017.
But high-street giant Marks and Spencer have just launched a very similar looking design for a tenth of the price and shoppers can’t wait to buy it.
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the straw tote bag from M&S was shared on the brand’s social media accounts yesterday (March 31), styled with a tan floral print maxi dress, which is also part of their spring collection.
The bag costs £39.50, coming in three faux leather colourways including mustard, white, and most similar to the Loewe version, a natural tan.
Ideal for beach holidays or styling with your favorite midi dress, the handmade bag offers faux leather straps and a decorative patch much like its designer alternative. But one thing it has got on the Loewe dupe is security, with a cotton drawstring canvas pouch and internal zip pocket to keep valuables safe, whereas the £395 bag is open top.
Shoppers have been dying to get their hands on it, and revealed their devastation to it being sold out.
One wrote: “Will the large basket bag come back in stock in the tan color way?” while another added: “Shame the basket bag is completely out of stock already.”
And though M&S responded to one customer to say they’ll have additional stock in May, it seems to still be available to purchase on the website in all three colors.
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Customers who already snapped up the straw tote said it’s great for the beach, with one writing: “Really stylish and ideal for Summer. Would be great for the beach or just as a daytime everyday bag in summer months. Size is perfect too.”
Another added: “Beautiful well made basket with secure tied cover, ideal for beach and handy interior pocket for smarter items and phone. Roll on the holidays and sunshine!”
And while it’s not the only dupe on the market, it’s one of the cheapest we’ve found, though this Personalized Monogram Leather Handle Straw Basket Bag from Sun and Day on Not On The High Street is a pretty cute copy, too.
It comes in at £72, but can be personalized with two embossed initials in silver or gold metallic, or left plain.
In 2020, Mango also released a bag which was seemingly inspired by the Loewe bag for £35.99 – but it’s been out of stock for a while, meaning fashionistas’ best bets at bagging a copy is at M&S.
The retailer is also stocking a smaller version of the must-have bag for £29.50, which you can find on the website.