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. After a couple of seasons of colorblocked minimalism (which I, for one, always really liked), Jacobs has switched to a bit of an aesthetic throwback with the Marc Jacobs The 1984 Satchel.
Despite the name, the bag doesn’t reference either the year or the book of the same name in any obvious ways. Instead, it’s every inch the midcentury throwback, if a little larger and softer than what women generally wore during the days of Mad Men. The delicate hardware and top handle structure are not what you generally expect from Jacobs, but maybe that’s the point – change your aesthetic, change your sales. Do you like this bag, or would you prefer more of the stuff for which Jacobs is known? Buy through Neiman Marcus for $1,495.