I’m always suspicious of anything that bills itself as “reversible,” especially when it comes to high-dollar bags. Most reversible items have one side that you and everyone else knows is the real side that you’re supposed to see, and then a lining that can be flipped out in a pinch, like if someone spills coffee on you. Normally, buying a reversible item, whether it’s a raincoat, T-shirt or bag, is something that sounds like a good idea at the time and then it’s a feature you promptly forget about. Much to my surprise and delight, that’s absolutely not the case with the Marc by Marc Jacobs Two-Pock Biggie Reversible Tote. (And, I mean, THAT NAME.)
Naturally, the most impressive thing about this bag is that it looks the same – expensive, slightly rustic, pleasantly neutral – no matter which side is facing out. The side that’s mostly dark leather is probably meant to be the default exterior, but the olive canvas option looks just as reasonable when flipped out. Both sides are finished with a large zipper pocket in the contrasting material, which means that there’s always plenty of storage. Somehow, the roomy welt pockets don’t have an inside-turned-out look to them – no matter which way you carry this bag, it looks like it was meant to be that way, which is no small feat for such a sizable bag with so much leather on it.
For $548 via Bloomingdale’s, this bag’s a pretty good deal. The black leather side is a little more businesslike, the olive canvas, a little more casual. At the very least, what we’ve got here is just about as close as it gets to a true “two bags in one” situation. Naturally, the boys get to have all the fun.