Almost every season, Marc by Marc Jacobs is a shining beacon in a sea of endlessly expensive handbags. I’ve owned several of the brand’s bags and small accessories, and I’ve had consistently good luck with both the quality of materials and construction of the bags. With almost the entire line under $500, that’s a pretty good endorsement.

For Spring 2012, I’d really, really like to have one of the Marc by Marc Jacobs Wedie Satchels – this is the kind of bag that feels both current and like it could be an everyday staple. Now I just have to decide – neutral or colorblocked?

To be sure, both versions of the bags have their charm, and on a basic school satchel shape with a clean finish and little in the way of twee embellishment, this bag feels more adult-appropriate than some of Marc by Marc’s work. As much as I like colorblocking in general and this combination of navy, cerulean and ivory in particular, though, the all-beige version does something for me that bags in its color family rarely do. The combination of the unstitched edges and the slightly grey undertone gives the finished product a sense of modernism that’s missing when more colors are added. By my measure, this shape and its messenger bag cousin are the best venture from Marc by Marc Jacobs in several seasons. Buy through Saks for in beige or blue for $498.

  • http://twitter.com/HookedOnMonMode Mon Mode

    Go with the color blocked, definitely!  Love it!  And it would go great with a MON MODE Original Black Jewel purse hanger, so you can keep it off the ground when you’re out and about!

    http://www.monmodegethooked.com/
    @HookedOnMonMode

  • Sana

    fugly! 

  • Nickdubuisson
  • mlle p

    I am over the satchel thing already – too many companies jumped on that bandwagon and now it just seems too tired and trendy. 

  • Marie Martell

    GREAT BAG! GREAT PRICE!

  • Withloveshmon

    beautiful!!!

  • Withloveshmon

    I want one !!! :(

    withloveshmon.wordpress.com

  • pinkfeet

    love it. I think even if they are “out” they are still in because they are useful. Not everyone uses them as a handbag and I’ve had this version of a bag for books, laptops, school since I was in grammar school. So I like all the different choices and brands. And def love the price point!

  • Alexandra Davidoff

    I love Marc by Marc Jacobs, but these are too similar to the PS1.

  • 19yearslater

    Gorgeous bags. MbMJ truly is fantastic for the price point.

  • Joy-Lea

    God I love the colorblocked… I hope it’s still available somewhere when I lift my shopping ban in 7 months D:

  • Karin bag4bag

    I still love a satchel. I would have trouble deciding which color to buy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Lister-Korwan-Doherty/1332309111 Jane Lister-Korwan Doherty

    I want blue

  • Snowvixens

    These ARE AWFUL……..