Is there a certain handbag that haunts you? The Alexander Wang Rocco has haunted me since I first laid eyes on it: leading me to buy it, only to end up being disappointed with it, returning it, and now feeling tormented like I could have liked it. You see, if you read my review of the bag I was entirely let down. I knew the studs would add weight, but the heavy studs paired with the shape of the bag made it appear frumpy. And I couldn’t seem to make it work for me. But I think of the bag often and feel like I want to give it another try. Little secret into my mind: I *hate* returning bags and almost always find something good in a bag so I can keep it and wear it.

But this bag might work better for those that love the Alexander Wang aesthetic but need more support for a heavier handbag. Welcome the Alexander Wang Darcy Slouchy Hobo to the family, I think many of you will welcome her with open arms and wallets.


First things first, let’s get the obvious out of the way. This bag will be heavy. The description states the bottom is lined with a full row of protective metal feet. All I know is that Alexander Wang studs, or ‘feet’ as listed here, are heavy. But the reason why it will work better on this bag is because of the shape. This is a shoulder bag, which will be easier to carry and easier to spread out the total weight on your body. One of the main problems of the Rocco is that it needs to be hand-held, which can be cumbersome to carry around. A shoulder bag will take away that problem and make it much more manageable.

The rest of the bag will receive nothing but praise from me. I love a classic hobo shape and the leather used looks thick and richly pebbled, which I adore. This hobo has attitude but is still everyday wearable. Will this be the bag that takes me back into Alexander Wang obsession? Pre-order through Saks for $850.

What do you think of the new addition, the Darcy?

  • carrie

    Love it…but I love hobo bags.

  • louch

    The shape is really weird – it looks SOO long – I reckon it would really hang down on you and you’d get sick of it pretty quickly. As I’ve said before, I don’t get the whole obsession with Alexander Wang and his bags – they just don’t look good.

  • Pamela

    I love it and I actually clicked on the link to preorder the black one…until I saw the strap drop is 6 1/2 inches. Thats a little too snug for me for a heavy shoulder bag..and I’m plus size…I guess as usual, I like looking at the studs but they’ll never be comfortable for me or be worth spending that much on a bag that I can’t keep or wear.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      I’m pretty anal about the shoulder drop and the bag sitting comfortably on me and not being too snug. I know exactly what you mean Pamela.

      I would love to see this bag in person and try it on and have some modeling shots to share with everyone. I think it would be helpful.

      • Pamela

        Definitely modeling shots would help…and I gotta say, that leather looks pretty delish. I’m kinda bummed…I’m like 99.9% positive the shoulder drop wouldn’t work for me which sucks. At least they’re heading in the right direction and finally making something like this so maybe next season, they’ll have better and more comfy shoulder bags.

  • mishie monroe

    I read on TPF that the new Roccos are lighter. Apparantly, the studs are lighter on the newer versions. I am obessesed with this bag and can’t wait until they are released.

  • mochababe73

    I agree with a previous poster that the bag looks long. It’s just going to be a black hole which is why I don’t really care for hobo bags. I can’t imagine trying to actually look for something in that bag.
    Well, I guess that it’s just another Alexander Wang bag that I will never get.

  • Mardy

    Is this heavier than a Balenciaga bags with the Giant hardware? I have the day and hobo and those get quite heavy, I can’t imagine being able to handle more than that w/o back/shoulder pain.

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    I agree with Megs that you need to see and try on this bag to get a better sense of the proportion and how it hangs. Would be esp. good to see it modeled while “fully loaded” with all the stuff we carry in these lovely bags.

  • Ani

    but will this bag be able to stand on its own or hv a nice decent shape if not on our shoulder? or will it just slump down if we dun pile things in.. in which case will add more weight to the bag?

  • Karin bag4bag

    Agree totally with comments about the shoulder strap. It looks too short in the photo for such a long bag. Shoulder straps affect my decision to buy or not to buy.

  • JenG

    I like the bag, but I must agree with all of you about the shoulder strap.

  • Kellyx

    Why don’t we just pay a little bit
    more for the ysl one ….they look exactly e same minus the studs..hmm..more for less for me..

  • Kim

    Love this bag. Can’t wait to see it in person. The bag’s 6 1/2 inch strap drop is the same as YSL’s roady. The shoulder strap shouldn’t be too bad.

  • Miss.Cherie

    Is it just me or is this just toooooo alike the YSL’s roady. i am not a fan of designer’s copying eachothers trends, since I thought designers were supposed to set the trends, instead of following. :)

    • ALEXANDER

      That’s all Wang does unfortunately, you can see so many other designers work in his, all he does is reinterpret-add a stud there a bit of denim there, you can buy most of what he produces from TOPSHOP or another fast retailer, and they didn’t copy him, hes on trend and generally his customer is a uninformed 21-year old who adores the City and thinks fashion started with Karl Lagerfeld.

  • bisbee

    I love this bag in brown…but I think I’ll wait to see it being modeled. I have the original Rocco (or Coco as it was then called) in black with brass studs. I love it – the leather is fabulous – and I did get used to the weight (it is SO heavy), but if I buy another AW bag, it will HAVE to be a shoulder bag. This would defeat the purpose if I can’t wear it on my shoulder!

  • mishie monroe

    I like the YSL roady but I prefer the way the leather looks on this bag. I think the AW is more edgy than the YSL.

  • gacats

    Nope, nope, nope……(fb)

  • BeBe

    I returned the YSL Roady because the strap was too short & the bag when it was sitting had this awful blob-like shape to it! How dissapointing that the strap on this AW hobo is too short as well :-(
    When will designers learn to make ample room in their strap lengths??

  • I Tso

    I don’t like hobbo bags, so this bag really does not intrest me at all.. The bag looks to long and the handles are just to short.

  • txgirlie

    I might consider this bag.I figure that the strap can’t be any shorter than the RM Nikki hobo (which I have a few of), so I could probably make it work. The studs will look cool and be more noticeable when carried on the Darcy than the Rocco.

  • !!!

    i love this bag. i loved the duffle too; i am seriously considering one of these as my first major bag purchase. but after reading the comments (which thank you, by the way, for your honesty) i will hold off until i can actually try it on in person.

  • KK

    The bag is now at the Barneys Co-Op at the Grove in LA…they got it in yesterday morning. They have it in the luggage color, black, and a blueish black. It is not heavy and it is a perfect size- much smaller than it looks in pictures!! It has a snap closure at the top. It is amazing…I bought it!!

  • ANG

    This bag is perfect!! Just bought at Barneys Co Op. The shoulder strap is not too short. It looks relaxed, yet has an edgy, cool look. The leather is very textured, which is much more appealing to me than the YSL roady.

  • Chatty

    I too fell in love with the Rocco, but found it was not at all practical (since I have a five month old and need to carry around diapers, wipes, etc). When this bag came out, I rushed out to buy it. The leather is supples and gorgeous plus you get the edginess and style from the studs. I was worried that this bag might dig under my armpit, but its slouches at the top so it’s not too restrictive.

  • Beth S.

    Have you seen the new grey? Exclusive to shopbop. I think it looks totally AWESOME!

  • Emma G

    Love it (ipad)

  • Margaux

    It plops into one big pile when you sit it down. it is so large everything gets lost and you have to dig dig dig. It’s all black inside and cheap black fabric at that yuck. Love the supple leather and the way it looks from afar.

  • turadosapuay

    is this take last long?