Marc by Marc Jacobs Pearl Doctor Bag, $500 via Net-a-Porter
Have you ever noticed that almost all of the most sought-after It Bags are those that are carried in the crook of the arm? The Chloe Paddington, the Marc Jacobs Stam, the Fendi Spy, the Proenza Schouler PS1, the Celine Luggage Tote. Even though some of them come with optional shoulder straps, there’s just something about carrying a bag in front of you. It enters the room first, a fraction of a second before anything else you’re wearing gets there, and the front-and-center placement makes the bag the star of the show.
Contemporary brands aren’t always as good as their expensive counterparts at making statement bags, though, which is why I was pleased to see the Marc by Marc Jacobs Pearl Doctor Bag. Not only does the hefty size and bicolor construction require attention, but it has that certain something that makes a contemporary bag look more expensive than it is.
The key to this design’s relatively high-end look is in the finish. Too often, contemporary designers rely on weathering, antiquing or some other artificial means to make their materials look interesting, and at this point, those techniques have become a hallmarks of less-expensive bags. While premiere designers might use them occasionally, the most sought-after brands usually forgo those treatments in favor of a solid dye.
When you combine that with the of-the-moment colorblocked construction and a shape that’s generally associated with in-demand designs, the outcome has that elusive feel of expensiveness to it, even though the final price isn’t anywhere near four figures. The bag isn’t exactly cheap, but it has something that not very many fashion pieces can boast: Value. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $500.