My mother is a woman with very specific requirements for a bag. It has to be soft, it has to fit over her shoulder, it has to zip or otherwise fasten at the top, the inside has to be divided into at least two large compartments (the more the better), and there have to be outside pockets. Bags that do not have all of these characteristics, no matter how awesome or attractive or drool-worthy they may be, shall not be considered. As such, it takes my mother about eight years to pick out a new bag.
A brand that mom mother has had an oddly high amount of luck with, however, is Marc by Marc Jacobs. I say that this is odd for one reason – MbyMJ simply does not consider her part of their target demographic. If you were to ask anyone in their marketing department who their customer was, they would tell you that it’s a young, hip 20-something with a slightly odd (but not too odd) aesthetic and possibly a newly-gotten degree in a creative field. In short, they want ME to buy their bags, and they don’t give a whole lot of thought to my mom. Being the awesome lady that she is, however (I mean, she did beget yours truly, after all), my mom does not believe that she is not cool enough for these bags (because she obviously is), and she just bought her second Marc by Marc Jacobs bag – the Totally Turnlock Teri.
Hers is in the undeniably great smoky purple called Elderberry, which is now basically impossible to find online in this particular bag, but Saks has a beautiful bright red available for preorder that’s worth a look as well. The bag has two big outside pockets, three even bigger inside compartments (one which zips fully), handles long enough to easily fit over the shoulder, and the same soft, thick, squishy leather that is the trademark of the Turnlock line. When my mom ran in to this bag a few weeks back while shopping, she impulse-bought it immediately, and Momma Mull is not an impulse-buyer, folks. Buy through Saks for $438.