Marc Jacobs’s bag line is so big that it’s hard to ensure that you get a glimpse of all the different styles every season. His designs generally range from whimsical to tailored in a single collection, but as logic would dictate, the furry, sequined and tassel’d offerings sometimes overshadow those on the other end of the spectrum.

The Marc Jacobs Camille Satchel, in all of its chocolate-brown glory, is here to remind us that Jacobs hasn’t forgotten the women who actually buy his clothes – urbane, sophisticated and desirous of high-end, high-style objets for use in everyday life. And that’s exactly what this bag is: a beautiful piece for a woman whose bag needs to function in the real world.

First let’s talk about structure – the utilitarian nature of this bag only makes it more beautiful. From the front, the design looks to be that of a flap-top satchel which would require some maneuvering to use, but in reality, the bag has a zip closure all the way across. The design cleverly hides the closure in order to retain the ladylike form of a more traditional bag, but on inspection, it’s totally pragmatic.

The other major design element on this simple satchel is, of course, the weathered brown leather. I’m not a big fan of brown accessories or clothing in general, but for this bag, I’d gladly make an exception. The wonderful textures lends itself to a decidedly vintage vibe without allowing the bag to actually look old, putting it perfectly in tune with this season’s trends. I knew you had it in you, Marc. Buy through Nordstrom for $1850.

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  • tadpolenyc

    words cannot adequately express how much i love this bag! it’s absolutely stunning; the epitome of classy. the leather is thick and beautifully textured although it’s a little on large size and rather heavy. still, it’s on the top of my list as one the most beautiful bags this season.

  • mochababe73

    I am not a fan of the leather, but it is a beautiful bag.

  • Stefanie

    I love the shape of this bag but I wish it were a different color. A warm caramel would go with everything…

  • !!!

    this is one of the better looking MJ bags i have seen in a long time, however, is it just me or do the handles look too far apart? i think overall the composition would be better balanced if they were inset about an inch or so. just being picky! especially for almost $2k…

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      To my eyes, I think the handle distance is appropriate considering how tall the handles are. If they were shorter, I’d want to see them set a little closer. Everyone’s perception of proportion is a bit different, though!

  • Ava

    I really like this bag. This is the first time I have seen it. I think I am going to incorporate it onto http://www.celebflair.com. Thank you so much! I may even have to go out and buy it now :)

  • gpc

    lovely, but i wish the front flap was functional.

  • Mary

    It’s a very classy looking bag.

  • Nat

    beautiful, classy, a dream!

  • Bagolicious

    I like it except I hate the lock, making it look like a faux Chloe.

  • Lori

    Finally a MJ bag I like! it’s gorgeous.

  • Ina

    The shape of this bag reminds me of Fendi….

  • francesco

    This bag it’s too classic and look so old…no I don’t like it, because I think that he had to add something that makes the bag younger…

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  • Linda

    It’s a repetitious style and I don’t care for the leather. For the price I would prefer a much more luxurious leather!

  • berta

    Wow. I just saw this. I normally would walk right past an MJ bag without a first look. However, this, I am loving it.

  • Karen von Sydow

    Wow! I think she’s a classic myself! Very Chic! Very Merlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn, Cate Blanchette….and very me! The shape is timeless. I’d have prefered croco….but this will do VERY nicely! Why not save the extra $20K! The more bags the merrier!

  • Jenn

    I just bought this bag on Friday–lovelovelove!

    A woman had ordered this bag through Nordstrom.com and returned it in store. The woman was about 5′ 5′ with a small frame and petite features, and this bag is bigger than the picture would suggest (i.e., it’s a big taller than it looks, and the handles are longer). I’m 5′ 11″ so it works well with my frame.

    This bag IS heavier compared to what you’d expect from Marc Jacobs, but not uncomfortably so, even when filled. It sits comfortably on the arm, over the shoulder, on in one hand at your side.

    Definitely a classic: I’ll be carrying the Camille for years to come.

  • Nicole

    OMG, this bag is sooo beautiful.

    And it even has a zip all the way across??!!!!! GENIUS!

    (ipad)

  • Michelle

    This is a beautiful, beautiful, bag. I really love the satchel style. I’m not usually a huge fan of the MJ handbags but this one is different.(ipad)

  • Ellen

    Really beautiful! Definitely one of best bags MJ has designed in a long while. (ipad)

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