We’ve got some sad news for those of you who remember the mid-2000s It Bag heyday fondly: the Marc Jacobs Stam Bag, which has been produced continually since it first debuted in 2005, is going the way of the dodo bird. Along with it, all of Marc Jacobs’ quilted handbags and accessories will be meeting their demise at the end of this season.
Marc Jacobs Handbags and Purses
Wednesday’s news that Marc Jacobs would make his Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 show his last as the creative leader of the brand was a lot of things, but it wasn’t exactly surprising. Rumors had been swirling for months that talks to extend Jacobs’ 16-year tenure at the brand weren’t going anywhere, and in the days before the show, news outlets like Women’s Wear Daily reported that the decision had been made that Jacobs would leave to focus on expanding his own brand, in which LVMH is a major investor.
Marc Jacobs is pretty good at subverting expectations, but he might have outdone himself with the Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 show. He lead everyone into a cavernous (and sweltering) beach scene, and then instead of showing the deconstructed swimwear the scene seemed to imply, we got tapestry, tassels and high-neck lace dresses. The only thing the runway was missing was a Victorian-style, full-coverage swimsuit.
Unless you became a Louis Vuitton collector literally decades ago, you probably can’t imagine the brand without Marc Jacobs, Vuitton’s creative director of 16 years, who revolutionized the brand’s handbag business, started an industry-wide trend of artist collaborations and positioned the company firmly at the nexus of fashion and pop culture. Yesterday morning, though, Fashionista reported that industry rumors and its own anonymous sources indicate that Jacobs’ long tenure as head of the brand may be coming to an end when his contract runs out in 2014.
Here’s the virtually ageless Winona Ryder, carrying a sleek, black Marc Jacobs Antonia Satchel around Manhattan. She and Marc are real-life pals; she did an ad campaign for his brand back in 2003, and they once shared a spread in Harper’s Bazaar. If that doesn’t indicate a close, personal friendship betwixt celeb buddies, then what does, exactly? I hope that Marc gave her a serious “friends and family” discount on this sporty leather satchel, as it’s currently priced at $2,295 at Net-a-Porter.
Marc Jacobs isn’t as widely revered for his handbags as he used to be (although it’s a different story with his work for Louis Vuitton), but the accessories that liberally dot his runway show every season are still just as influential within the industry as everything else the models are wearing. Marc Jacobs is the king of New York, and his reign doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon, even if his handbags aren’t at the top of as many shopping lists as they were in the heyday of the Stam bag.
Although we all remember the Stam bag fondly, it’s been a little since Marc Jacobs has had a huge handbag hit. (At his eponymous line, anyway – his accessories prowess is on impressive display every season for Louis Vuitton.) I’ve liked much of what Jacobs has produced over the past couple of years, but not all of it has translated into brisk bag sales, which generally means it’s time to look in a new aesthetic direction.
Yes, yes, I know. Pre-Fall 2013. That’s totally ridiculous, especially when you consider that according to the calendar, it’s technically still Fall 2012. Fashion slows for no woman, though, and we thought that the bags from Marc Jacobs Pre-Fall 2013 were definitely worth seeing, especially before the collection’s Moda Operandi pre-sale ends tonight, December 4, at 11 p.m.
Jacobs’ accessories have struggled a bit to find their voice since the smash-hit Stam Bag came out in the early 2000s, but lately things have felt a bit fresher.
Oh, Selma Blair – it’s hard to keep a low profile when you’re rocking a neon red Marc Jacobs Antonia Satchel. Selma looks especially snuggly in that chunky, oversized cardigan, but her outfit says “I’m desperately trying to blend in to the sidewalk”, while the bag practically screams “Hey, it’s me, Selma Blair! Remember me as an awkward, sexually adventurous teen in Cruel Intentions?” Oh, we do, Selma.
The hottest color for fall is burgundy, and it looks like every designer has made sure to include the color in their accessories for the season. We talk often about Marc Jacobs, but I feel like when it comes to Marc by Marc Jacobs I am always covering the same bags. Sure, they look good and are great staples, but enough of the Classic Q line.