Above all, the Steven Alan tote is more expensive. We love SA’s design sensibility, but he’s cunningly priced his wares just out of our reach, making them exclusive and desirable. His signature tote is the perfect size for city life, comes in great colors and has brass hardware.
The Gap tote also has some brass hardware and is of similar size. Besides the army green pictured, it only comes in black and sand— dullsville. They’ve tried to kick it up with lining in striped material that looks like it was left over from baby bibs a couple seasons back. At $44, its half the price of the Steven Alan tote.
Although we usually go for a bargain, we’re opting for the pricey Steven Alan tote. We love the navy blue and the construction and materials are way better. We’ll just have to survive on Top Ramen noodles this week.