Initially introduced in 2016, the Cult Gaia Ark Bag quickly became a huge success. However, due to the bag’s shape and design, it wasn’t until 2017 when Instagram was flooded with celebrities wearing the now ‘It bag’. Actually, scratch that! Almost everyone was wearing the arty bamboo picnic bag due to its affordable price tag – $130! Even now, the Cult Gaia Ark bag remains the most affordable among the luxury handbags. It gained so much popularity and demand that the brand had a waiting list of over 2,500 people!
Although you can get your hands on one of these bamboo beauties for less than $200, some would still prefer to save rather than splurge! Moreover, some acrylic versions of the Cult Gaia Ark can reach $300. Thus, I’ve managed to find the best Cult Gaia Bamboo bag dupes on the market!
Not only that!
I’ve also managed to find a lot of dupes of the colourful acrylic Cult Gaia bags alongside some Cult Gaia inspired look-alikes!
Cult Gaia Bamboo Bag Dupes
Cult Gaia Bamboo Bag Dupes + Scarf HERE
As you can see, I’ve managed to find a many Cult Gaia bamboo bag dupes. All of them are made of bamboo and you can clearly see the undeniable similarities. I’ve also been able to find both large and small dupes of the Cult Gaia Ark bag. With only a slight difference in the shades, you can get one of these dupes for less than $50! If that’s not a bargain, I don’t know what is!
As I mentioned in the beginning, the bag’s construction is perfectly suited to the hot summer days. You can put all of your essentials in the bag when you’re heading off to the beach while looking trendy and chic! Moreover, due to the material, you won’t risk damaging them. The only disadvantage of having this ‘It bag’ is the missing shoulder strap. Sadly, sometimes we have to sacrifice our comfort for the greater fashion trends!
Colourful Cult Gaia Bag Dupes
Brown Cult Gaia Acrylic Bag ($290) | Brown Cult Gaia Acrylic Bag Dupe
Cult Gaia Acrylic Bag Dupes HERE + even more colours!
Most of the colourful Cult Gaia dupes I found are acrylic versions, just like the original! However, there are some bamboo finds of the picnic-style bag. As far as colour variety goes, there is plenty of choices. You can opt for more subtle colours, such as white, grey or pink. Alternatively, you can get yourself a bright green, blue or orange Cult Gaia dupe to add a bit of pop to an everyday summer outfit! For an evening look, go ahead with the black or dark brown versions.
Sadly, there is isn’t much choice in terms of sizing. On the bright side, all of these Cult Gaia bag dupes are available through Amazon. You can read all of the customers’ reviews prior to your purchase!
Cult Gaia Bamboo Bag Look-Alikes
Large & Small Cult Gaia Bamboo Look-Alikes HERE
Black & White Cult Gaia Pearl Bag Look-Alikes HERE
Cult Gaia Pearl Bags Look-Alikes HERE
The above Cult Gaia look-alike finds are more or less inspired by the original, hence the term ‘look-alike’! They all have one or two design elements in common with the original, but can’t be classified as dupes. For instance, the first three Cult Gaia look-alikes are clearly inspired by the original Ark bag! They are all made of bamboo and are designed in a ‘box’ or ‘ark’ shape.
The last four Cult Gaia look-alikes are more or less inspired by the Cora tote. Featuring pearl details, these bags are ideal to elevate your evening outfit! Note they can also be worn during the day. The white pearl bags, for example, would perfectly match your colourful maxi summer dress!
The History Behind The Cult Gaia Ark Bag
The brand Cult Gaia was launched in 2012 by Jasmin Larian. In her own words, she explained the decision to name the brand: “Gaia is the goddess of Mother Earth and the daughter of chaos, and for me, chaos is the most creative force there is because it mimics nature.” Although we now associate Cult Gaia with the famous Ark bag, Larian started out with another accessory that became a phenomenon – the flower crown! Later, this style became a huge Coachella trend, and the flower crown ended up replicated quite often! This, in turn, ended with Larian taking a break from the brand for a couple of years.
Her return was marked by the launch of the Cult Gaia Ark bag in 2016. The design of the bag was inspired by the Japanese culture. In the late 1930s, Japanese men on fishing boats could be spotted carrying natural wooden bags. Constructed from natural bamboo stems, the bags were particularly durable and simultaneously lightweight. Primarily used for carrying lunch, they were a practical choice for many Japanese labourers.
Due to the bag’s simple design, huge brands like Steve Madden and Asos came up with cheaper alternatives. This ended with a legal threat from Jasmin Larian, accusing Steve Madden of copying the Ark bag. She also filed for a trademark. Sadly, she couldn’t trademark her design due to its clear connection to the original Japanese bamboo bags used in the 30’!
A few years after its inception, you can still see the Ark bag during the hot summer months. It has achieved an ‘It’ and ‘must-have’ status among fashionistas, but would you splurge on this bag?
Alternatively, would you opt for one of the above Cult Gaia bamboo bag dupes?
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