Sunday, 17 May 2015

Review: Loris Cross Bat Bag Review (Moi-même-Moitié Replica)

Hello bats! Today I will be reviewing the Loris replica of Moi-même-Moitié’s iconic bat-shaped handbag. Originally, I wanted to do a comparison between the replica and the authentic bag. I purchased the real bag last Christmas, but it recently had a tragic accident involving a large dog. No survivors. And now the bag is sold out…so…yeah.

Moi-même-Moitié's original bat bag in leather

Moi-même-Moitié Black x Blue bat bag in leather

Loris's Black x Black replica bat bag

Firstly, the materials are obviously very different. The Moitié bags came in several versions: leather, pleather, suede, and nylon. The leather gives it a very smooth glossy look. The Loris bag is decent-quality polyurethane (aka, pleather) with a slight grainy texture to it. It isn’t soft or smooth at all, but it’s pretty durable – even though it was squished at the bottom of my shipping box for 2 weeks, it didn’t get scratched or dented.


Coffin-shaped zipper pulls on the Moitié bag and blue detailing on zipper fabric


Stamp and zipper compartment on the back of the Moitié bag

The coffin-shaped zipper pulls on the authentic Moitié bag are engraved with the chandelier insignia and the logo. The fabric around the zipper is also coloured depending on the colourway of the bag - blue on the Blue x Black colourway, and black on the Black x Black colourway. The zippers are sturdy and moved smoothly. The back of the bag is stamped with the chandelier insignia, and has a small zippered compartment.


Cross-shaped zipper pull on the Loris bag's main compartment

Back of the Loris bag - no insignia or zippered comparment
On the Loris bag, the zipper pull for the main compartment is a silver cross. All of the zippers feel a little cheap, but fairly sturdy. One odd thing is that the zipper for the main compartment is super long, going way past the end of the bag. And for some reason the back of the Loris bag is totally smooth, with no stamping or a zippered compartment.

Cross detailing - nice straight seams, no lumps!

Stitching along the bottom of the bag

Both the authentic bag and the Loris replica are well-constructed. All of the stitching on the outside is even, and the cross is straight. There are no uneven or lumpy areas in the bag itself. Both bags stand upright on their own, and feel stiff and sturdy. The wing tips on the Loris bag are a bit less pointed, but that happens to authentic bags over time as well.

Inside compartment of the Loris bag

The inside lining of the Moitié bag is satin in the trademark royal blue, with a logo tag sewn inside. There are 2 small zippered compartments. The Loris bag is lined with cheap bordeaux polyester, which isn’t pretty but at least it’s durable and easy to clean. It feels extremely flimsy, though. The tag is a simple paper hang tag attached to the zipper that can be removed.

The inside is quite small and the bag isn't very flexible. I can also fit a sunglasses case, wristlet, keys, mp3 player, and a small makeup case inside. I can also fit my phone (Galaxy S3, so it's not very big) into the inner pocket. I'm afraid to put anything too heavy in it because the straps don't feel super strong. If you're a pack rat like me, you're probably better off getting a roomier bag.

So...what are the other positives of the Loris bag?

Well, the Moitié all-black leather bag originally retailed for ~46 000 yen! The newer versions, such as the 2010 Blue x Black, were much more affordable at around 24 000 yen. It’s highly sought-after in both Japanese and Western markets, so authentic secondhand bags are expensive and uncommon, even if they are nylon or polyurethane instead of genuine leather/suede. I remember bidding on a really mangy-looking one that ended up selling for 40 000 yen. Gone are the days where you could find this bag cheap on auctions.

The Loris bag is a very affordable replica, retailing for about $25 CAD on Taobao. For the price, the construction is surprisingly good. Another plus is the fact that the Loris replica comes in a variety of unique colourways: Black x Red, Black x White, Black x Silver, and Black x Gold. While the materials obviously can’t compare, it’s hard to argue that this isn’t a good deal.

Overall, I was impressed with the replica. It looks like Loris has stepped up their quality control a bit! I wonder if this one would stand up to a dog attack, though…
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4 comments:

  1. I've wanted the MMM bag for a while but keep missing it second hand. Cheaper is always better so I wouldn't mind a replica but I don't like using Taobao. Is there any other way to order from Loris, do you know?

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    1. http://clobbaonline.com/ has the bag, but it costs more than the Taobao price. Still cheaper than using a shopping service, though.

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  2. Thanks for the review. I've always wanted one of these bags but it's impossible to get the real deal.

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    1. There was one for sale a week or two ago but I slept through it. I wish they would re-release!

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