For our first High + Low, I drew inspiration from the Back to School craze. Even though my days of student life are long gone, I always fall victim to it! There are quite a few stunning backpacks out there these days, but the price tag usually scares me off. I’ve been coveting this Leather Transport Rucksack from Madewell since I first laid eyes on it: simple design in a great brown leather with brass details, perfect for fall. I knew there had to be others like it for less, and lucked out in finding three great options. I don’t know about you, but when given a stylish, less expensive, handmade alternative, I take it! – Julie
I’d also love to hear from CC readers. If there’s an item you’re seeking affordable alternatives to, comment below with the item and link. You might see it in an upcoming post!