Runway shows are only half the story; you don’t get the full picture of what a designer has planned for a season until the lookbooks and price lists come out, and thanks to Moda Operandi, a lot more of that information is now made public in a timely manner than ever before. As our friends over at Racked noted earlier this week, Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2015 trunk show includes three very notable bags that all ring in at a cool 40 grand. (more…)

Marc Jacobs is not a man of opaque themes; he’s preternaturally talented when it comes to a lot of things, and among them is letting his spectators, fans and clients know what he’s thinking during his seasonal shows. For Spring 2015, Jacobs clearly had his mind on the military, and the show contained the dusty olives and khakis that go right along with that, down to the bags. (more…)

If it felt to you as though Marc by Marc Jacobs handbags had become a bit stale over the past few years, you weren’t alone; Marc Jacobs felt the same way. In advance of his company’s much-rumored future IPO, Jacobs brought in Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley to breathe new life into the once-powerful contemporary brand, and we now know more about the duo’s first line of bags for the brand. (more…)

While Marc Jacobs was practically printing money at Louis Vuitton, things at his own line, especially his handbag line, got a little bit…stale. After the brand enjoyed huge success with its hit Stam Bag in the mid-2000s, little in the way of a true hit materialized to take the brand into the post-It Bag era. Now that Jacobs has left Vuitton to bolster his own brand in advance of an IPO, its handbags are being overhauled, and that starts with Marc Jacobs Resort 2015. (more…)

When Marc Jacobs stepped down for his spot atop Louis Vuitton in October 2013, it confirmed rumors that had been swirling for months; not only was Jacobs’ 16-year reign at the top of the world’s biggest luxury leather goods brand over, but it was ending so that Jacobs could expand his eponymous brand, perhaps in advance of an IPO. The Marc Jacobs Leather Duffel is a strong indication that the men’s market is among Jacobs’ first expansion targets. (more…)

Christina Ricci recently greeted fans outside the Jimmy Kimmel Live studios while carrying a sleek, black Marc Jacobs The 1984 Satchel. Christina is a huge friend/fan of Marc, and seems to carry his bags almost exclusively. For your information: “The 1984″ is a tribute to the year Marc’s collection originally debuted. You can pick up Christina’s glazed leather bag for $1,495 at Neiman Marcus.

Christina is doing press for her upcoming Lifetime movie, “Lizzie Borden Took an Axe”, a grisly tale of the 19th century woman who was tried and acquitted for the gruesome axe murders of her father and step-mother. Christina also recently put her modest (by Hollywood standards) Hollywood Hills abode on the market. If you’d like a peep inside, pics can be found here.

Now that Marc Jacobs has said goodbye to his sixteen year career at Louis Vuitton in order to focus on his eponymous line, it’s exciting to see just what Marc Jacobs has up his creative sleeve for his own brand. With someone who has as much of an intuitive gift for fashion as Jacobs does, who knows what to anticipate. What I didn’t anticipate was the pattern-clashing extravaganza happening on this Marc Jacobs Polly Mini Glossed-Elaphe and Leather Shoulder Bag.

This shoulder bag just has way too much going on, even for me. Many of Marc Jacobs’ designs are playful and not always meant to be serious, but when they’re good, they still evoke a sophisticated, urbane cool. The main drawback with this handbag is that the print and color combinations are too overwhelming for the size and shape of the bag. When I’m intrigued or interested in a bag, there’s always a focal point that draws me in, and with a bag like this, there is too much to find one thing to focus on. If you look at the front of the bag alone, the two overlapping neutral patterns of the black and camel and black and white are workable. These prints are neutral enough that together, they maintain wearability. However, when you add the pink and white gingham print around the bag’s edges, that’s when things get a bit out of hand. I may not be an admirer of this particular bag, but I’m still eagerly awaiting what Marc Jacobs has in store for us now that his eponymous brand is his primary focus.

Buy your Marc Jacobs Shoulder Bag for $1,395 via Net-A-Porter

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. If you’ve been contemplating buying a throwback Stam or you want a quilted wallet or minibag in your life, now is the time to buy them up; you won’t be getting another shot.

We first got wind of this news in Friday’s PurseForum Roundup; some of our Forum members have been chatting about this development for the past few weeks after being told by their sales associates at their local MJ boutiques. This development lines up with Jacobs’ exit from Louis Vuitton, which was advertised as an opportunity for him to refocus his creative energies on his eponymous brands. It looks as though the shakeup starts immediately; this is the first sign that Jacobs’ sometimes-stale accessories line is on a quick path to major change in the near future.

Even though every bag gets discontinued eventually, the end of the Stam seems particularly notable. It’s the last of the three major It Bags of the era to be produced continuously since its birth – the Chloe Paddington and Fendi Spy Bag, although arguably more popular at the time, ended their initial runs far sooner. (Although the Paddington has been zombiefied by Chloe on a number of occasions, most recently earlier this year.) It often seemed weird that the bag, which is so heavily tied to a bygone fashion era, still made the rounds every season, but apparently it sold well enough to extend its life well beyond most of its contemporaries.

The black Stam was one of my first designer bags, bought all the way back when I was in college. So long, old friend!

If you want to pick up one more Stam or some of Jacobs’ quilted accessories before they’re gone, the Stam can be had for $1,395 via Neiman Marcus, which is not much more than what it retailed for in 2006 – $1,295, if I remember correctly. An impressive selection of of Jacobs’ other soon-to-disappear quilted bags and accessories can also be found through our friends at Neimans.

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. It’s a major move that has a lot of implications across the fashion industry, starting with the rumors about who will take over at Louis Vuitton and what it means for the brand’s bags. (more…)

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. Maybe next year. (more…)

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