I complained several days ago about the unexciting design of the Juicy Couture Padlock Grace Tote and how all of the extra seaming and doo-dads made it look like the designers were trying too hard, but it’s always difficult to try and explain things like that in words. Lo and behold, I’ve found a great illustration of exactly what seaming as a design element should look like: the Marc by Marc Jacobs Large Salma Satchel.
Instead of just adding in a few rows of almost-parallel unnecessary stitches to give a boring design some visual interest, Marc uses seaming to overlap the leather in a way that gives the bag a subtle hint of the origami-inspired trend that has recently emerged in some parts of fashion. The leather is pieced together in an unexpected way to achieve a specific look, and as a result, the design is successful and sleek. The folks at Juicy Couture could learn a thing or two here. Buy through Saks for $398.