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.