Screen-Shot-2014-01-10-at-12.34.42-PM-300x223.png?width=240If you’re shopping on a budget you might consider purchasing a knockoff handbag instead of a designer bag or original handbag, but that may be a mistake. There is a difference between quality handbags and knockoffs. After all, they’re called knockoffs for a reason.

The most obvious difference between original or designer handbags and knockoffs is quality. Each designer handbag is tailor-made by specialized companies, equipment, and artists to produce a unique product that is made from the best material on the market. No corners have been cut, and the bag has been made to be fashionable and functional. Knockoffs, on the other hand, are made to be inexpensive replicas. They’re often manufactured with lower grade materials, and as such, won't last as long as original or designer bags. It’s worth the money to pay more for a higher quality bag.

After quality, designer handbags are also made to be unique, and help women express their own sense of style. Designers are artists, and they understand how important it is for women to show off their personality, and one-of-a-kind jewelry, handbags, and clothing help women do that. With that in mind, designers create their bags to fit in with everyday clothing and styles, but to also have a little extra flair, and really make things pop. Those are qualities that a knockoff bag only imitates.

Quality, care, and a unique and beautiful bag are the main differences between knockoff handbags and designer handbags. You can tell the difference between the two, especially when you look at designer clutches like Dareen Hakim’s Le Milanese Envelope bag. This bag, which is sold at Y-Clad's Hidden Gem in Manhattan, is a modern and uber chic red envelope design, and has a flair and style that can’t be found in knockoff bags. It's also an example of the quality that comes from investing in a great purse, as it's made of fine Italian cowhide.

These types of unique bags can be found at, and at Y-Clad’s Hidden Gem. At Y-Clad's Hidden Gem there are often artist exhibitions and designer showcases of quality handbags, jewelry, or accessories. Events and exhibitions such as these are great places to find not only quality handbags but extraordinary bags from a number of talented designers.

Purchasing a designer handbag or Y-Clad's Hidden Gem is a great way to ensure that you get the quality and unique beauty that aren't available in knockoff bags.

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