See by Chloé vs. Céline vs. Zara: The Trickle Up/Down Effect

It definitely isn't just a coincidence, and is actually pretty interesting, that Céline, See by Chloé and Zara all have nude-colored, rectangular leather fold-over clutches out right now.
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It definitely isn't just a coincidence, and is actually pretty interesting, that Céline, See by Chloé and Zara all have nude-colored, rectangular leather fold-over clutches out right now.
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We know, we know, nothing's original. You could maybe even argue the true inspiration for these purses was a rolled up brown paper bag, which Jil Sander literally put a logo on and sold for $290 last year.

But it definitely isn't just a coincidence, and is actually pretty interesting, that Céline, See by Chloé and Zara all have nude-colored, rectangular leather fold-over clutches out right now.

For one, See by Chloé, a diffusion line from Chloé, came out with its Annette clutch for fall 2012--before Céline's clutch (seen above on the label's spring 2013 runway) hit shelves. And, of course, Céline's Phoebe Philo used to design for Chloé.

Zara's edition, which literally retails for about 10% of the See by Chloé version and about 1.6% of the $2,100 Céline version, is likely not real leather and bares the most striking resemblance to the See by Chloé version, though both have detachable straps. And both are offered in the same three colorways: Nude, black, and red.

Hm... we wonder what it means about fashion when you can buy virtually the same bag at Céline, See by Chloé, and Zara in the same season--for completely different price points.

Update: Thanks to one of our commenters for pointing out that indie designer Marie Turnor does a near-identical bag called "The Picnic," described on her site as "based on the ubiquitous brown paper lunch bag."