Follow Frillseeker on Twitter

The Kenzo Kalifornia Kopies Are Coming: Say Hi To French Connection's Zoe Tote

We called it, we did: The Kenzo Kalifornia's one of the IT bags of the year so it's hardly surprising it's inspiring homages
Kirstie McDermott's picture

By Kirstie McDermott @frillseeker

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 12:00


French Connection Zoe bag

One of the most-coveted bags this year, Kenzo's Kalifornia bag isn't even all that crazy a purchase prospect: at about €700, it's in reach of many. But Kenzo's resuscitated status of the kings of cool ensures its desirability at any price and it was only going to be a matter of time before we started seeing copies of its distinctive hardware and shape - as predicted before Christmas.

French Connection's one of the first out of the traps with the Zoe bag, at £245stg. Not a cheap spend by any manner of means, it's a clever take.

Kenzo Kaliforina bag

Kenzo Kalifornia, €695, Matches Fashion

Here's Kenzo's bag so you can see like-for-like. Shape and zips aside, French Connection has been careful to add its own take with embossed flap and they've switched around the little flap as well. 

What do you think? Worth it to get something that looks similar at a few hundred quid less, or is FU's offering still too expensive?

Kirstie McDermott's picture
Kirstie McDermott

Kirstie is Frillseeker's founder and editor-in-chief. This is her second foray into the web-world: she founded in 2006 before stepping down in 2012 and has held a large number of positions over the past number of years including acting beauty editor at Image magazine and beauty ed at the Sunday Tribune, Irish Examiner and Confetti. She's currently the deputy editor at STELLAR magazine.



Shygirl's picture

Shygirl said...

I love it, but its still a bit expensive.

At 8.05pm on March 13, 2014
0 users have voted.
Fiona's picture

Fiona said...

Dare I say I prefer the French Connection bag!

At 11.28am on March 14, 2014
0 users have voted.
Kirstie McDermott's picture

Kirstie McDermott said...

yeah I like it too but I wouldn't spend 300 quid on it!
At 12.01pm on March 14, 2014
0 users have voted.

Leave a comment!

More Fab Frills