12 bags that look like Meghan Markle’s $1,995 'it' purse — for less

Meghan Markle

For an official visit to Sussex with Prince Harry on Oct. 3, 2018, in Chichester, U.K., the Duchess of Sussex wore a blouse from & Other Stories and a Hugo Boss skirt, and carried the Gabriela Hearst Demi emerald satin bag. (Photo: Getty images)

Gabriela Hearst

A close-up of Meghan Markle’s Gabriela Hearst Demi emerald satin handbag, ($1,995, net-a-porter.com) during an official visit to Sussex. (Photo: Getty)

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey arrives at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wearing a Stella McCartney dress and carrying the Gabriela Hearst Demi bag in beige. (Photo: Ian West/PA Wire)

Diane Lane

Diane Lane attends the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Brooklyn Museum wearing a Gabriela Hearst silk wool suit, nude heels, and the Demi bag in navy on June 4, 2018, in New York City. (Photo: Getty Images)

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union attends the premiere of “The Public” at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival carrying the Gabriela Hearst demi bag in amber at the Roy Thomson Hall on Sept. 9, 2018, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Getty Images)

Gabriela Hearst

Demi Satin Tote, $1,995, net-a-porter.com


Mango Geometric Mini Bag, $70, mango.com

Street Level

Street Level Faux Leather Bucket Bag, $48, nordstrom.com

Dooney & Bourke

Dooney & Bourke Alto Mini Tassel Crossbody, $295, dooney.com


Zara Round Mini Crossbody Bag, $40, zara.com

Charles & Keith

Structured Drawstring Bucket Bag, $69, charleskeith.com

Danse Lente

Mini Johnny Light Brown, $380, danselente.com


Esemblē Demi Moon Bag, $253, theesemble.com

Frances Valentine

Zelda Frame Bag Velvet Red, $245, francesvalentine.com

Forever 21

Faux Leather Circle Bag, $30, forever21.com


Carolina Case Cross Body Bag, $48, topshop.com


Grace Bag Fuchsia, $250, staud.clothing

The Kooples

The Kooples Nano Red Crocodile-Print Bag Irina, $450, thekooples.com


Brahmin Lane Topsail, $275, brahmin.com

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On Tuesday, Meghan Markle stepped out with her husband, Prince Harry, for the couple’s first official joint visit to Sussex wearing a sophisticated dark green ensemble, with one accessory standing out from the rest: a tiny emerald satin handbag.

Designed by Gabriela Hearst and priced at $1,995, the bag is not easy on the wallet, but its gorgeous emerald shade and petite structure has made it one of the most desirable bags among Hollywood’s elite, earning fans like Oprah Winfrey, Mandy Moore, Glenn Close, Diane Lane, Gabrielle Union, Lady Gaga, Brie Larson, and now Markle. But how exactly did Hearst’s bag end up on the arm of the Duchess of Sussex?

In fall 2015, Hearst first established her eponymous label. She is currently based in New York but was born in Uruguay, where she grew up on her family’s ranch, surrounded by cattle and sheep. This is where Hearst gained an appreciation for her family’s heritage and learned to respect slow processes and, in turn, slow design. It is also the place that inspired Hearst’s prominent use of organic merino wool, which her family’s ranch produces, in her collections.

Hearst has been described as a “woman’s designer” by the CFDA. She has a remarkable sense of what women want to wear and how they want to feel in clothing. Hearst’s designs are made with the highest craftsmanship using the finest material. Her tailored suits, graphic maxi dresses, midi skirts, and cozy knits make women feel confident, beautiful, and comfortable. It’s no surprise, then, that some of Hearst’s biggest fans include equally strong, confident women like Oprah Winfrey and Meghan Markle.

The designer’s first major breakout was when she launched her Nina bag in 2016, named after artist and activist Nina Simone. The bag was originally available only by email, rather than being sold online. “I did a limited edition of 20 bags. I didn’t do it for commerce; I just wanted to launch it,” she told Vogue. “And I gave them to friends of mine and to women I work with.” The strategy turned out be a big success. The bag quickly accumulated a waitlist of 100 people that grew to more than 1,500 people in 2017.

Compared with the smaller Demi bag that Meghan carried, the Nina bag is the full-sized original. Now, in 2018, Hearst has expanded her label to include 16 different bag styles, an entire ready-to-wear collection, and a full-fledged e-commerce website. Her rise to success was reaffirmed by the fashion industry when she won the 2016 International Woolmark Prize, and in 2018 she received a prestigious nomination from the CFDA for Womenswear Designer of the Year.

If you love Meghan Markle’s Gabriela Hearst Demi satin bag, you’re in luck. For two weeks only, you can purchase the bag on net-a-porter.com. However, if you, like many of us, can’t afford the extravagant $1,995 price, we rounded up 13 similar pint-sized ladylike bags to satisfy your fashion appetite. Click ahead to shop them now.

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