So I very recently bought a Burberry replica handbag or bag which I’m in love with. Burberry is one brand that I personally cannot justify buying a actual purse from. Especially after I saw this documentary on Youtube where it showed Burberry choosing to move their creation from the UK (where they originated from — they are a British manufacturer for those of you who don’t understand) to South Asia. As a company decision this makes a whole lot of feel as the proprietors of the company may make their bags for dirt cheap and enjoy maximum markups. However for the legacy of the brand and in terms of the luxury radar it was a major mistake. Why would anyone in their right mind pay full cost for a Burberry purse when you’re able to buy a knockoff made in precisely the same country, and most probably in the same factory for a far lower price? At least firms like Louis Vuitton, Chanel etc. build their handbags in Europe to give it that sense of lux (although many of the components come from China as well!) . I feel like once I look at the tag of a handbag and it states “made in China” once I cover over a thousand dollars for this, I have been ripped off in a way. I personally support true artisanal craft particularly when it comes to purses and leather, for which I am weak in the knees, but Burberry has certainly dropped the ball when it comes to the entire luxury variable surrounding their brand. I still can’t get over the part in the video where all of the British Burberry craftsmen were concerned about remaining unemployed for the rest of their lives following the factory was because of close.
Burberry Leather Wristlet, $1195 via Net-a-Porter
In my mind, calling a bag a “wristlet” is a precarious thing to do for a manufacturer or retailer. The word “wristlet” brings about a very specific type of simple, relatively inexpensive small accessory; personally, I use a wristlet to hold the small pharmacy that I carry around inside of my real bag. I wouldn’t ever pay a thousand dollars for something like that.
While the Burberry Leather Wristlet is, in fact, a wristlet like its name would suggest, it’s also one of the nicer wristlets I’ve ever seen in my life, and a full-fledged leather clutch with multiple structured compartments. Don’t let the w-word fool you, this bag is a lot more than just an accessory to your accessories.
Even the strap on this bag is pretty swanky. All the wristlets I own use a flat, thin piece of leather to secure the pouch to your wrist, but Burberry instead chose to go with a full-on rolled leather handle. That little touch goes a long way to explaining how unexpectedly luxurious the rest of the bag is, from the dual interior compartments with a cell phone slot to the tonal woven leather exterior.
The tan strap and blue body of the bag go nicely together, and the darker aqua trim is a great finishing detail. If you were ever going to consider spending four figures on a wristlet, this one’s a good place to start. It’s actually a full-fledged clutch in disguise, and you can always remove the handle if you’d like the general public to see it that way. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1195.