Luxury for less has always been the guiding principle of this blog. Lots of things have changed over the years, but I still get excited over a beautiful, quality bag at an attainable price point. So how about a calfskin leather bag made by the same manufacturer as Prada and Miu Miu for $170? If you can live without the designer labels but still want quality, Italic is the company to put on your radar.

Italic is like a direct to consumer brand, only minus the brand - the membership based site is about enabling products to be purchased from the manufacturer at cost. Eliminating the brand removes packaging hallmarks we often associate with luxury goods - the glossy box with a magnetic closure, pieces swaddled in tissue emblematised with logos - but do we really need them?


Not just limited to bags, Italic is home to coats from the same manufacturer as Alexander Wang and Armani, shoes sharing a manufacturer with Chanel and Prada, even housewares and bedding from the same manufactures as All-Clad and Frette.


Italic's membership costs $120 a year, but considering they sell everything with zero markups, they aren't profiting on product sales, and most members break even on the cost with a single purchase. With the holiday season approaching, I can't think of a better way to gift a cashmere sweater that could retail at $400 for only $65.

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The Rundown
Cream Denim Jacket Banana Republic
Cream Sweater Tank Banana Republic
Rust Wide Leg Pants H&M similar
Cream Booties Aerosoles
Green Mini Trunk Bag c/o Italic
Earrings S.V. Decker
Necklace S.V. Decker
Gold Snake Chain Vintage similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx

Italic provided me with the bag for this post. Thanks for supporting the brands who support Chic on the Cheap.


  1. This is such a lovely bag! I love the size of it and it looks so chic. Xx.

  2. Wow the bag is SO elegant! I love the size!

  3. Ooh that's super interesting!! Definitely great for those that want the quality without the price of designer, haha! The bag is such a great color too, so rich!

  4. I've been hearing wonderful things about Italic for a few years now. I definitely need to try out their brand for myself. Everything is so luxurious and beautiful.

  5. Always love a look for less, so will def be looking into. Love the color combo....perfect for fall! xoxo, Sarah

  6. I need to check that out - it sounds like they have some amazing pieces (and who doesn't love a deal?).

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  7. What a chic outfit! Absolutely love this entire ensemble and how you paired these color together!


  8. This outfit is so cute! The bag and boots are so perfect!

  9. That's really interesting! The bag looks excellent! Love your outfit!

  10. I love the way so many brands are now cutting out the middle man to make high end products more accessible to consumers with normal budgets. While I'd love to not shop fast fashion all the time, that's what my salary has always allowed, with the occasional designer splurge - but brands like Italic are game changers. So far I've mostly tested fine jewelry brands like Mejuri and Aurate which operate on a similar concept, but I'm excited to see what Italic has to offer, too - because if your bag is any indication, it's good :)

  11. This is my first time hearing of Italic but I am definitely going to check them out! Love your outfit!!


  12. That little green bag is so cute and I like the colour with the rust pants! It's nice it's an affordable bag too! :) I find myself shopping second hand for bags more and more - it works out a lot kinder to my wallet haha!

    Hope you are having a great weekend :) We went out and did more Christmas shopping yesterday which was fun :)

    Away From The Blue

  13. I wish I could wear pants like this! They look so cute on you and you styled them perfectly!

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  15. I love the shape and size of this crossbody, it's totally my style!