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Why JW Pei bags are a trending celeb favorite & surprisingly affordable

Why JW Pei bags are a trending celeb favorite & surprisingly affordable

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Last Updated on November 6, 2023 by Eve Dawes

Celebrity style for less doesn’t get much better than these cute JW Pei purses

JW Pei bags are the under the radar handbags you’ve seen all over Vogue and on celebrities but probably not even known it as there’s not a brand logo in sight. Don’t get me wrong! They’re still uber fashion forward and stylish but also super affordable. Finally a celebrity style we can copy without forking out a fortune and I’m not talking dupes. I’m talking the exact bags Gigi, Emily Ratajkowski, Megan Fox et all are wearing. So if you’re looking for a trendy, affordable, eco-conscious bag keep reading this complete JW Pei review. Here’s why we’re loving JW Pei purses and the very latest styles to get your hands on.

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Who is JW Pei

JW Pei was founded in 2018 by husband and wife team Yang Pei and Stephanie Li and is actually a US based brand. With the name and pricing I thought it was from further afield but they’re actually a Los Angeles based fashion label.

What I love about this brand besides their fabulous designs is their commitment to using vegan leather made from recycled plastics for all of their JW Pei purses. Not only great for vegan shoppers and animals but also for minimizing the impact on the planet to be as environmentally responsible as possible.

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JW Pei Gabbi ruched hobo bag

JW Pei quickly gained traction and the love of IG influencers, celebrities and fashion editors due to the fact that they’re statement making, super affordable, fashion forward, vegan and eco-conscious.

When you see a bag you love on a celeb or influencer most of the time they’re in the thousands. These beauties are pretty much all under $100 and they have lots of sale finds too!

What I love about JW Pei handbags and another reason they’re so popular amongst the fashion set is that they’re right on trend and anything but boring. It doesn’t matter what your color preference is, they pretty much have it all. I have the Abacus bag in red crystal and now want them all and at this price point why not?

Celebrity style

The beloved JW Pei purses haven’t just been featured in numerous Vogue articles and Oprah but when I say celebrities love JW Pei bags and are always seen wearing them I’m not exaggerating! Especially the Gabbi style which comes in 30 colors is on sale for $64 making it even more desirable. As seen on:

  • Gigi Hadid with the yellow Gabbi ruched bag.
  • Hailey Bieber carrying the white JW Pei Gabbi bag.
  • Emily Ratajkowski with both the orange, yellow and golden ‘beer’ vegan leather Gabbi bag.
  • Irina Shayk with the black JW Pei Gabbi bag.
  • Lucy Hale with the black Gabbi ruched hobo handbag.
  • Megan Fox also with the black leather JW Pei Gabbi bag.
  • Nina Bodrev with the JW Pei Fiona Bag
  • Anne Hathaway with the black Maze bag.

Are JW Pei bags good quality

Yes, in my experience they’re amazing quality and value. Especially at this price point but don’t just take my word for it. There are thousands of Amazon reviews that all vouch for JW Pei handbags and their quality.

2 of their most popular styles are the Gabbi ruched hobo and the more structured Abacus bag. However, the JW Pei Maze, Eva shoulder bag, mini flap crossbody and retro looking Joy shoulder bag (based on Amazon sales and reviews) are also majorly popular.

I have the Elise top handle bag which is such a classic, sophisticated style on my wishlist. I tend to prefer more structured styles that work for both the day and night. Along with the JW PEI Joy shoulder bag which has a detachable strap meaning that you can wear it in lots of ways. As a shoulder bag, crossbody bag or clutch.

I’m also eyeing the Orla Weave handbag which is such a beautiful and intricate day to night bag. As you can see I’m a convert and have well and truly gone down the JW Pei rabbit hole so check back for updates. Oh and did I mention they do shoes and jewelry too!

JW Pei Gabbi bag review

This photo’s actually a couple of years old as I featured the Gabbi handbag back in 2022 when I was blogging about the green color trend. So if you’re worried this bag will date quickly, it’s still here and a celeb ‘it-bag’ 2 years later.

The beauty of the Gabbi bag is that it’s strap’s long enough to use the bag either as as shoulder bag or as a top handle bag. It’s also big enough to fit your iPhone and comes in 30 different colors including neutrals, bright pink, blue, and sparkly crystal versions. Plus it’s under $100.

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JW Pei Abacus bag review

As soon as I saw the Abacus red crystal mini bag I had to have it as this and the other crystal iterations are perfect for the holiday season and the sparkly trend going on right now. However, this bag comes in 30 different colors and finishes including crystal, vegan leather and faux fur. So if the red crystal’s a bit much for you there are more simple options.

The quality is great for the price point, especially while it’s on sale. The only downside is it’s too small to fit the iPhone 15 pro but to be fair so are most mini bags. It does fit my ID, credit cards, lipstick, and keys, so all the important things.

Finally an affordable ‘it-bag’ that looks and feels way more expensive than they are. No wonder Emily Ratajkowski has the Gabbi bag in 3 colors. When it works, it works!

Plus so many of their handbag collections check off so many of this years trending bag styles and color trends like faux croc, red, crystals, and retro styles. So if you like a bag style but not the colors I’ve picked, click on the images as most of these styles come in up to 30 different colors and materials.


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