When I first saw Marc Jacobs named a bag after my ultimate favorite mall, Bal Harbour shops, I was instantly excited. But then I looked at the bag, and it fell short of my expectations. Where is the glitz and glam and tinge of gaudy that Miami is known for?

The Marc Jacobs Bal Harbor Julie is reluctant in its design which appears to be safe and subdued. Bal Harbour may hold exquisite shops in its highly gorgeous and jungle-like atmosphere, but the people in Miami love to infuse color and spunk into their outfits.


If I take away my expectations, I realize that this is still a lovely bag. Truth be told, with many outfits taking center stage in South Florida, a simple taupe tote may be just what the fashion Doctor is looking for. The design itself is entirely simple; a tote shape with a leather and chain shoulder strap. The only bling added to this bag is the colored tassel.

Honestly, if I didn’t frequent Bal Harbour shops so often when we lived in South Florida I could accept this bag for what it is more easily. But there is nothing Bal Harbour about this bag. I would have expected one of Marc’s more playful designs to be named after the fun and flirty mall in South Florida.

With all of my bias, it is hard to see this bag for what it is: a plain, simple, and functional bag. Buy via Saks for $1,250.

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  • Bir

    Love that mall just as much I’m happy he did this Marc is a very important voice in fashion it might inspire ball harbor to fix up a little few dated details other than that, the best collection of boutiques after Paris .

  • shueaddict

    MJ’s Ines tote in sand color was my first big bucks bag (well, bigger bucks than Furla anyway) and it holds a very special place in my heart – Marc Jacobs has yet to come up with something that tempting again, I have been patiently waiting through the past oh, 4 seasons and I haven’t lost hope yet.

  • 19yearslater

    The tassel makes the bag. Other than that it’s take it or leave it.

  • Stylista

    Very simple, but Marc never settles for simple. He just has to add the chain handle and the tassel. I love it; Michael Kors should have taken a little lesson from Marc (Kor’s bags for Spring are disastrous!).

    http://red-soledfashionista.blogspot.com/

  • suofande

    The Marc Jacobs Bal Harbor Julie is reluctant in its design which appears to be safe and subdued. Bal Harbour may hold exquisite shops in its highly gorgeous and jungle-like atmosphere,borsa da donna borse armani but the people in Miami love to infuse color and spunk into their outfits.

  • Merve

    Wake me up when ‘beige’ ends.

    • Rebeca

      ugh so true

  • Elly

    This bag reminds me of a Vintage Chanel I have – chain straps, substantial shoulder drop and a tassel. However, my bag is black with the interlocking C’s on the front. I LOVE that bag and wear it all the time; for some reason, this bag just does not do it for me. Marc is such an influential voice in fashion and one of the most iconic designers ever so it surprises me he would produce this…

  • Nicole

    Looking at the bag in the small picture, I couldn’t appreciate the little details like the chain straps or even how rad the tassel is… but full-size… wOW. MJ never disappoints.

    (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    That red/pink is not working with the rest of the bag (ipad)

  • Val

    I’m not really a fan of this ne. (iPad)

  • Tiffany

    Looks plain (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    marc jacobs designed this?
    what happened man?
    u lost your mojo somewhere?
    this is the most plain and sad looking bag that ever expected you to produce.. take a break will ya..
    get that inspirational juice flowing!! (ipad)

  • Jen

    This bag would suck without that little tassel (ipad)

  • helen

    I think the simpler the better. So yes, this is nice. (ipad)

  • Ellen

    I think that this bag is really beautiful, though I have never heard of the mall. (ipad)

  • nini

    not a fan of chains. (ipad)

  • Sherry

    I LIKE THE CHAINS (ipad)

  • Sherry

    AND THE COLOR (ipad)

  • Sherry

    :) (ipad)

  • Sherry

    I LIKE IT (ipad)

  • Sherry

    ;) :(ipad)

  • Sherry

    GO MARC JACOBS (ipad)

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