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.

  • Staci

    Amanda, this is one of the most chic MbMJ bags I’ve ever seen!

  • Candice

    I agree! its so sophisticated, I would have never guessed by looking at it that its MBMJ! no more bowling bag shapes!!

  • Linda

    I love the caramel color and the texture of the leather and most of all the smart price!

  • Jacqueline Suzanne

    The one MbMJ bag that I love is already SOLD OUT!!!!

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      Wow, that was quick! I’ll see if I can find them anywhere else online and update the link!

  • Kellyx

    I want one!!!

  • Kellyx

    It is sold out??!!???!!!

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      Appears as though it is – Saks just got it in yesterday, it went very quickly after we posted it this morning! I’ll try and find another online retailer that’s carrying it.

  • MarcFan

    Marc’s bags are tdf! Seriously, I just want to pile my bags and roll in the leather.

  • JJ

    I really like this. You can probably get it from a MbyMJ store. They do take phone orders and do charge-sends

  • Mochababe73

    Not a fan. It doesn’t appear that it would hold its shape after you put your things in it.

  • MizzJ

    Lovely! That tan/cognac color is so warm and inviting – I want!!

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  • Jelita78

    Save the Birds Lenny Day Bag ? seriously?
    nope..
    not my cup of tea..
    the chain, is it for shoulder carry? or just a decoration? it’s just too thin to be a chain-strap function, iykwim.. (ipad)