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Alternatively dubbed “the Brooklyn Birkin” Telfar’s iconic handbag is easily the most coveted handbag of 2021, but it’s also one of the trickiest to get your hands on. The cult-favorite handbag is chronically sold-out, making it even more exclusive and in-demand and eventually promoting me to seek out the best Telfar bag dupes on the market.
While Amazon stocked the medium square-shaped shopper tote online for the holidays, inventory completely sold out within just hours — thanks in part, to Oprah’s endorsement of the tote, which she added to her annual “favorite things” list last year. Regardless, it’s pretty much impossible to get your hands on the handbag of 2021 — and yes, it’s even hard to find one on the resale market that isn’t ridiculously marked up or a straight-up knock-off.
As a self-professed dupe hunter who missed out on the tiny window of opportunity to get my hands on one when Amazon dropped them, I decided to search for the next best thing — a solid Telfar handbag look-alike that looks at the very least, somewhat close to the real deal. TBH, there isn’t really an exact replica of the Brooklyn-based and Black-owned designer tote (and I’m okay with that), but I did happen to find a few chic alternatives that capture its essence and emulate its look to a ~decent~ degree.
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Everlane Lunchbox Tote Bag
This luxe handbag is constructed with buttery Italian leather that matches the quality and appeal of the Telfar. It’s comparable to Telfar’s medium tote, for reference.
ASOS Design Square Shopper Bag
This affordable dupe looks much more expensive than it actually is and has the same shape as the Telfar bag.
Mango Shopper Bag
This square-shaped shopper bag is strikingly similar in size and design to the large Telfar bag.