There are no ifs, ands or buts about it – I hate this bag. A lot. I’m not sure that it has any redeeming characteristics of which to speak, and if it does, I couldn’t tell you what they are. Not only that, but the fact that the Marc Jacobs Dancer Tassel Bag was made by one of my favorite handbag designers makes me a little angry.
Marc Jacobs is known for interspersing his relatively staid accessories line with a little dose of crazy every season, but usually I can at least find the good-natured humor in his aesthetic wanderings. I’m not laughing this time, though – it looks like this bag has fallen ill with a terrible case of the tassel pox, a sickness from which I’m afraid it won’t recover.
We all knew that this bag was coming because of its inclusion in Marc’s Spring/Summer 2010 show, but much like the rather lamentable parachute bags from the same collection, I was hoping that the manufacturer would somehow lose the order and they would never see the light of day. Sadly, they managed to make the leap from runway to retail.
The whole thing is just too fussy – tassels, grommets, quilts galore. What’s missing is a real sense of design and concept, which is something of which I don’t often accuse the brilliant Mr. Jacobs. I merely hope that these bags hit the sale bin soon so that I can stop looking at them on my favorite retailers’ websites. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $2500.