Designer bags are a big investment – and more often than not, one that feels far out of our financial reach. But now a Gucci-esque look could be more accessible than you might think, thanks to high street hero Topshop.
The store has unveiled a new bag style that bears a striking similarity to the latest incarnation of Gucci’s coveted Dionysus bag – with a much more purse-friendly £32 price tag.
Available in four colours – black, pink, tan and red – Topshop’s Peony studded bag is the perfect affordable buy for spring summer, and will quickly become a staple piece in your everyday wardrobe.
With its stud trim, chain strap and circular buckle, it’s not an exact copy of the £2880 Gucci version, but if you’re hoping to emulate the style without breaking the bank, it’s a worthy purchase.
However, we can’t deny that Gucci’s bag (pictured above) has a somewhat higher level of wow factor – the small crystal shoulder bag, which retails for just shy of £3,000, boasts crystal framing and signature textured tiger heads on the closure. (Bonus fact: these reference the Greek god Dionysus, who in myth is said to have crossed the river Tigris on a tiger sent to him by Zeus – hence the name of the bag. Well, the more you know…)
The Dionysus has been a Gucci hero product for years, having gone through numerous incarnations and been spotted on the arms of celebrities including Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Dakota Johnson and Elle Fanning.
In April 2018, it had another moment when duchess-to-be Meghan Markle chose the smaller clutch version of the bag to wear to an event at a Women’s Empowerment reception in London.
So, if you do choose to pick up the Topshop version to get as close to the real deal as possible, you know you’ll be in fashionable (and on occasional, regal) company. Race you to the tills at Toppers, bargain hunters!