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Launched last month, the iPhone XS and XS Max are the latest smartphone models to come out of the Cupertino headquarters, boasting exciting new features such as the Memoji and dual sim. With prices starting at $999 and going up to $1,449 when it comes to the 512GB version, the new phones are Apple’s most costly to date, which has had us questioning its priority above other spenny pieces on our shopping list.

In spite of its hefty price tag, many flocked to their local Apple store to cop the new device. If you’re one of the resisters not willing to part with over  $1,000 for a new smartphone, however, we’ve rounded up some dope items that clock in at around the same value.

Below are eight Highsnobiety-endorsed ways to drop a stack for those who don’t need the latest iPhone and its accompanying accessories. Whether you’re looking to cop some major flex care of Gucci or Louis Vuitton, or some streetwear stock to keep you going for years to come (20 Chinatown Market bballs, anyone?), our selection has something for every Apple hater out there.

Scroll on to see all of our picks.

1 x Louis Vuitton Archlight Sneaker

Archlight Sneaker

Louis Vuitton


Unveiled at Louis Vuitton’s SS18 fashion show, this new futuristic silhouette will have you turning heads from the moment you step out the door. Sure, a pair of sneakers won’t let you take calls or snap photos, but they’ll be a fire update to your rotation.

20 x Chinatown Market Basketballs

Smiley Basketball

Chinatown Market


Chinatown Market’s Smiley basketball is the perfect random accessory — not only will it put a smile on your face, but you can also bring it with you to the basketball court for drill practice — so why not cop 20?

1/4 of a Maison Margiela Shirt

Skeleton Shell Shirt

Maison Margiela


If you’re looking for a random luxury purchase, you can always count on Margiela to bring it. A shiny new iPhone XS Max will surely grab people’s attention, but not in quite the same way a $1,095 barely existent white shirt.



Off-White x IKEA


Part of a limited edition teaser line between IKEA and Virgil Abloh’s OFF-WHITE, this rug sold out with the quickness. Originally sporting a $91 price tag, it’s now available at resell websites for the same price as a 512GB iPhone XS Max.

1 x TAG HUERE Watch

Formula 1 41mm Stainless Steel Watch



Yes, you can buy a brand new Swiss-made luxury watch for the same price of the iPhone XS. This Formula 1-inspired durable stainless steel timepiece also comes with a two-year warranty (which happens to be the same as an iPhone’s).

1 x Velvet Gucci Pillow

Snake Embroidered Velvet Pillow



Nothing says “baller” like a Gucci pillow. This luxe home dècor piece will bring your bachelor pad to the next level, all for the not-so-small price of $1,250.

400 x Carhartt Pens


Carhartt WIP


Don’t you hate it when you lose your pen? Well, there’s a way to fix this once and for all. Go ahead and buy 400 of the things (adding up to $1,200), and you’ll never be out of ink again.

1/2 an OFF-WHITE x Rimowa Suitcase

Clear Suitcase

Off-White x RIMOWA


If you’ve had your eyes on this clear suitcase from OFF-WHITE and RIMOWA, redirect that iPhone kitty and keep saving. Sure, its $2,398 price tag is well over the value of an iPhone XS, but you can always go halves and flex on your next baecation.

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