Usually our coverage of bags priced under a thousand dollars is centered over at PurseBlog Savvy, but sometimes a bag from a “contemporary” designer so far exceeds expectations that it more than earns a spot among the much more expensive bags at regular PurseBlog. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Save the Birds Lenny Day Bag is one such high-achiever.
I’ve owned a not-insignificant number of Marc by Marc Jacobs bags over the past few years and observed a great many of the company’s other bags in person, and this design may top all of them. MbMJ tends to skew young and a bit retro, but this bag has a modern, sleek quality that not only sets it appart from the line’s other offerings, but also makes it potentially appealing to a very wide customer base.
The bag is available in two colors, but I prefer the light tan over the rich chocolate brown because lighter colors tend to better showcase design details and leather variations. MbMJ uses better leather in its bags than the company’s usual prices would often indicate, and the easy droop of the side folds that the luxe leather creates is the main attraction with this design. They provide a bit of texture without interrupting the bag’s functional purpose or making it difficult to carry, and accomplishing both of those things without shooting minimalism in the foot is a difficult task indeed. Not only does the design team at MbMJ pull it off, but they do so at a downright reasonable price. Buy through Saks for $528.