When I first spotted the Burberry Knotted Hobo, it was love (cue song from Lady and the Tramp when they share spaghetti and meatballs now). While the Burberry Hobo is not ridiculously expensive, I still found a great option for the look for less.

Let me introduce the Marc by Marc Jacobs Bow Wow Wow Slingdoodle Leather Crossbody Bag. Ok, let’s please all ignore the name of the bag. It is funny, but rather ridiculous. As if the Bow Wow Wow was not enough Marc Jacobs added the Slingdoodle. Anyhow, back to the matter at hand.

I adore a good hobo, and find myself wearing hobos often. An additional touch which adds such a soft feminine dimension, like the twisted knot detail, lures me in. And why wouldn’t it? It is super stylish and feminine. The good thing about these two bags is they are similar yet different. The Burberry option appears more dressy with the soft lambskin and unified design. The Marc by Marc Jacobs version on the other hand combines both leather and perforated leather with tassel detail. Both bags offer similar looks, both bags feature the twisted knot detail, but both bags are different.

Buy the Burberry bag via Bloomingdale’s for $1,095 and buy the Marc by Marc Jacobs bag via Bloomingdale’s for $458.

Which do you prefer: The more dressy Burberry bag or the younger, perforated Marc by Marc Jacobs option?

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  • Leslie

    hum I usually love MbyMJ stuff but this time I am leaning towards the burberry..I have a thing where I like most things to be symmetrical and it appears more elegant.


  • Pookie F. – (Stacy)

    Definitely like the price of the slingdoodle *snicker* better. Love the tassle detail, the dark purple color and the length of the strap. Not keen on only half the bag being in the perforated leather, it feels “off” to me. I would have to see it in person.

    • Pookie F. – (Stacy)


  • Jacqueline

    WOW great bags! I love both of them (fb)

  • Shine

    i am a huge fan of Marc Jacobs so i would prefer to have the Bow WoW WoW Slingdoodle, hahaha i like the name, i like the humor so gay, and i am gay so redundant, its fine (“,). (fb)

  • Rosanna

    LOL, hate the name but I prefer the Marc by Marc Jacobs. I love a good crossbody bag! (fb)

  • Chloe

    The Marc Jacobs is half as nice that’s why its half the price! The Burberry is a billion times better!

  • Karen

    Burberry for sure on this one. It’s just so much meticulously done, the MJ version looks a bit accidental, like you dropped some gum on it and it stuck that way!!:)

  • starqueen_78

    I have a just bought another MBMJ bag from the bow wow wow line, but in black. The black looks waaaaay nicer than the purple, and it is buttery soft and i adore the perforated leather. Looks sort of sports luxe, and i have had loads of comments on it. Marc Jacobs all the way!! And you cannot beat the quality for the price! (fb)

  • Sheryl

    Marc by Marc Jacobs cross body bag for sure! Plus the color is nice :] (fb)

  • joana

    definitely Marc’s… burberry is o-ver-ra-ted! :)

    • joana


  • Manda

    As someone else stated, the symmetry and lambskin tipped me over to the Burberry version. I’m curious about the MbMJ strap though – if I can have shoulder AND crossbody options, then I’m split. (fb)

  • Ruth

    I’m not liking the perforated leather. Maybe I’d like it if I saw it IRL, but from the pics, the Burberry wins for me. (fb)

  • Lydia

    I prefer the look of the Burberry but the price of the Marc Jacobs. This in my mind is an easy sell because you get the look you want at just a slight compromise. (fb)

  • Debbie

    Like the price on the Marc Jacobs better (and the name sure is memorable), but like the knot on the Burberry one more. It just looks cleaner/crisper. (fb)

  • Danica

    I’d go for the Marc Jacobs, I love crossbody’s right now so much! Plus it does look younger which I like, and I love the purple color. (fb)

  • Xyndi

    I like the Burberry better. It looks classic and more sophisticated. (fb)

  • robyn

    The Burberry is a beaut for sure….(fb)

  • Valerie

    purple one is cute (fb)

  • Yolanda

    The Burberry is my preference. The black lambskin leather is classic. It will last for years, whereas the style of the Marc Jacobs is very trendy.


  • mika

    price wise i prefer the marc jacobs.. but the details and precision of the burberry speaks louder. (fb)

  • Angie

    I would totally go for the Marc Jacobs. I am more about the look than the name. (fb)

  • Jessica G

    that purple has everything I need: crossbody, colour, and style (fb)

  • swags

    Love the color on the Marc bag but prefer the style of the burberry. I also prefer hobos to crossbodies (fb)

  • Marcie

    I like the look of the Burberry bag, it is also larger than the MbMJ bag. But I like the price of the MbMJ bag better.


  • patricia

    i’m not liking either one. (fb)

  • Karin bag4bag

    On first glance, I like both of them. But on zooming in on the Marc Jacobs, I don’t like only half the bag in perforated leather, but I like the tassle. Also think the Burberry knot is more visually pleasing. (fb)

  • megscole64

    I definitely like the Marc Jacobs better. I love the color especially. (fb)

  • mochababe73

    I am not a fan of Burberry. Huge fan of Marc Jacobs. I would love to have the color of the MJ bag on the Burberry bag. If it were not for the fact that it was a crossbody, I would choose MJ everyday of the week. (fb)

  • LuckylilLady

    I haven’t been much of a Burberry fan since probably 2003ish and would normally pick a Marc Jacobs over Burberry any day BUT after careful examination I think I really like the Burberry better. I looove the purple color of the other but the clean and crisp wins me over. (Seeing/comparing them in person would be the deciding factor for me though!)

    -Jessica (fb)

  • Kimberly Marney

    I just think the Burberry looks better…

  • courtney

    I just all around like the Marc one better….Color, leather, detailing…The Burberry is too stuffy and dressy looking to me. It reminds me of one of those dressy satin purses (or even the dresses themselves that were worn) that everyone carried with their prom dresses back in the 80’s and 90’s, but in a bigger, hobo style. (FB).

  • Lilly P.

    I prefer MJ. It is less expensive and I love the color. (fb)

  • Cate

    I think I prefer the Burberry, mostly because I don’t like the perforated leather on the MbMJ bag, but I would rather have the Knotted Hobo in white for spring! (fb)

  • Simone

    I am loving the Marc Jacobs bag, I love the color and detail. I also feel that the Marc Jacobs bag has a younger hipper vibe, I’m just not feeling the Burberry.

  • Raleine

    i definitely prefer the Marc Jacobs bag because 1. it’s cheaper and 2. it looks more casual (fb)

  • Connie

    I am not a big fan of this style but if I had to choose one I would go with the Burberry because is just looks like it is better constructed. The Marc Jacobs bag looks more like it is “gathered” as opposed to being a knot. (fb)

  • Jan

    I prefer the look of the Marc Jacobs bag and it’s chaper too! (fb)

  • CathyFitz

    I prefer the Burberry. The detailing of the knot is much better. (fb)

  • Yoonmee

    I prefer the Burberry. (fb)

  • Gabrielle

    I love the twisted knot on The Marc Jacobs bag. The color is nice also. (fb)

  • kemi

    I love the Marc Jacobs bag, very trendy, and I’m in a phase where I love crossbody bags. So this is perfect bc it combines style and practicality ( I think ). [FB]

  • mai

    Marc Jacobs. Hands down. It’s so cute…

  • Kris

    I prefer Marc Jacobs (fb)

  • Marsha

    Well….for me it’s marc (by) marc jacobs that’s the one!!!!!!!

    • Marsha

      MARC (BY) MARC JACOBS……….. (F/B)

  • Amy

    I prefer the Burberry. (fb)

  • Tamee

    The flow of the knot on the Burberry makes it look much better than the MJ to me. But I’m really loving the color of that MJ! (fb)

  • Nikki

    I like the Marc Jacobs better because of the color and I like its knot more than the other one. (fb)

  • Shelly

    I agree, the marc jacobs is much nicer, the colour is awesome and so is the price:) (fb)

  • abitnerdy

    Marc Jacobs always does it for me! Even the name does it for me! I adore the mix of texture and details. That’s going on my my mile long wishlist for sure! (fb)

  • Pat

    While I like both styles, the one by Marc Jacobs is my fave. The lower price and the preforated detail, color, and tassel does it for me. (fb)

  • Mel

    I like the Burberry one, only because it’s black and it will go with everything, day and night. (fb)

  • Chris Luk

    love the burberry one, the knot is beautifully made. (fb)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    I like the Marc Jacobs bag better visually. It is alittle bit more asymetrical (sp?) which is more appealing to the eye and takes the “blandness” of the expected sameness that we’ve been boxed into. I like the assymetrical texture, the tassle, the color, . . .
    the Marc Jacobs is just a better bag all the way around. (fb)

  • Celeste

    I actually prefer the Burberry knot. But LOVE the purple color of the MJ. (fb)

  • Amber

    I like the burberry better. It just seems more feminine and elegant to me.

  • Davina

    I prefer the burberry. (fb)

  • Denise

    I like the Burberry better overall, but for the price i would go with the MBMJ (fb)

  • Tonda

    I actually like the Marc Jacobs better. More cute detail and cheaper price! FB

  • Amy

    I like the Burberry one much better. I would not spend $500 on the Marc by Marc Jacobs one, even though it’s within range for me. Just not worth it. A bag needs to be awesome or else I will not spend a dime on it – what’s the point, if you’re not going to like it enough? (fb)

  • ying marie

    Marc look better!! I love this colour

  • Jocephine

    I like both, only don’t like the sling on the MJ bag (fb)

  • Joyce

    I love the stylish Marc by Marc Jacobs, beautiful color. Also like the length of the sling strap.

  • Joyce

    I love the stylish Marc by Marc Jacobs, beautiful color. Also like the length of the sling strap. (fb)

  • Beth

    I prefer the Burberry only because it really looks like a knot whereas the MJ one looks more like the fabric is being sucked into some kind of vortex. (fb)

  • Roxanna

    Oh I like the Burberry bag better. (fb)

  • la

    I prefer the Marc jacobs bag better. (fb)

  • la

    and the Burberry one is ridiculously overpriced.(fb)

  • classicgirl

    MbMJ is adorable.(fb)

  • Li

    I like the style of the Burberry one better. But I love the color of the MMJ one.

  • Li

    I like the style of the Burberry one better. But I love the color of the MMJ one. (fb)

  • Inger

    I like the Marc by Marc Jacobs best, fantastic coulor and shape and is the right hobo for the spring ( fb )

  • Anika

    I like them both, but I prefer the Burberry one. (fb)

  • katrina

    i like the mbmj bag better because of the color and the ength of strap, the style of the burberry bag is classic but its so boring (fb)

  • Signe

    I like the Burberry one. I just think the knot just looks better and I’m not to keen on the tassel on the MJ one either. (fb)

  • topbag

    I prefer the Marc jacobs’s one mostly because of the strap,the colour and the cute details.

    • topbag


  • Alanna

    i like the knot on the burberry better, but overall prefer the mbmj… long straps ftw! (fb)

  • covertanjou

    The Burberry looks so luxurious! I love it. The Marc Jacob bag is pretty, but I prefer the Burberry. (fb)

  • gacats

    I prefer the Burberry. It has a more elegant look to it.
    That small little “oomph” factor swings the vote in Burberry’s favor. (fb)

  • Alex

    Burberry: + color, + look, + material, – price (but for lambskin…. nobody would say if it had a different brand name… like LV Mahina) (fb)

  • Carol

    Since I couldn’t afford either one, I have to say that I love the Burberry one the best, but it would be great in a color instead of black. (fb)

  • ad

    i think i would prefer the burberry rather than mbmj. well as u said, it looks dressier :) but love the color of mbmj. looks very beautiful (fb)

  • Kim

    I love, love, love the Burberry one–TDF! It’s a gorgeous bag and the black would go with absolutely everything =) Btw, I think the MBMJ bag is a great color, but the strap looses points in my book and I wish the knot detail was a bit better. (fb)

  • Tara

    I prefer the Burberry. It just looks more polished. And I don’t like the long strap on the MJ. (fb)

  • Joy

    love the marc by marc better :D
    and love the color better too!

  • Melody

    both bags look rather boring to me… =X (fb)

  • Candace

    actually i looked at them both without seeing the brand name and still like the marc jacobs one better … but then again maybe that’s because i love purple !! ….(fb)

  • Julie Stam

    I am not usually a huge hobo fan, but I love the look of the Burberry bag. The Marc Jacobs one doesn’t appeal to me at all. (fb)

  • Sonya

    I like the Burberry bag more than the Marc Jacobs bag. The Burberry looks rich, the other looks cheap, very unlike Marc Jacobs.

  • Bonniesgirl

    Love the length of the sling on the Marc Jacobs, the proportions seem off on the Burberry, just sayin. (fb)

  • Marian T

    they book look similar, but i prefer MJ! (fb)

  • Meredith

    Burberry. I’m not sold on the perforated leather look. (fb)

  • Maryann

    I like to shape of the MBMJ hobo. Adore hobos and loved BowWow Wow in the 80’s. I was just talking about that group the other day because Malmolm McClaren managed them. I just might have to get one. : ) (fb)

  • Kellie Wilson

    Love both of these bags but I think I am loving the MJ one more! Love that nice plum color too!

  • Natalie

    I think the dark purple MBMJ is a gorgeous color but the Burberry just looks so much more timeless. Gotta go with the Burberry! (fb)

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  • farija

    prefer the burberry (fb)

  • Lianne

    While I like the MJ, The twist detail itself looks far better on the Burberry. Now, if you could get it in the MJ purple, that would be best. (fb)

  • sarahthetran

    <3 i love marc by marc in general for sure.
    but the burberry knotted hobo is cuter to me.
    'bow wow wow slingdoodle', huh?! hahahahha. man. i gotta start designing things so i can name them after diff bands + a funny word… introducing the sarah by sarah cheap trick cross-body hanganoodle…

  • Sammi

    I like the Burberry one better, it just seem more refined. Maybe it’s because the knot on it is “neater” whereas the Marc Jacob one looks like bunched up fabric in its center. (fb)

  • Tanyus

    I’ll go for Burberry, it just looks classier than the sloppy MJ version

  • Tanyus

    I’ll go for Burberry, it just looks classier than the sloppy MJ version (fb)

  • Audrey H.

    I prefer the Marc Jacobs hobo. I dont care for the fussy knot on the burberry (fb)

  • Lizzie

    I like the burberry one better, i just think the leather looks nicer :)

  • Lynn

    I like the Marc hobo best! (fb)

  • justa9url

    I’m not sure which one I would choose, the Burberry looks like a classic and the Marc by MJ is more modern. (fb)

  • Moudane

    I like both of them ! They’re lovely ! (fb)

  • amber_j

    I prefer the Burberry. It looks a bit more classic. (fb)

  • Valentina

    If I had to choose, I’d say Burberry, though in general the shape/type of bag is not my favorite… (fb)

  • Eva

    I like the price and color of the Marc Jacobs, but not the perforated leather so much. Isabella Fiore has a similar purple tote called the Belle Fleur Alexandria tote, that sells for around 250. I like that one a lot, and it’s kind of similar. It’s not exactly the same, but they remind me of each other. The Burberry bag is just too much for me to spend on a bag that I could get for cheaper.

  • JJ

    I’m not really a fan of either, but if I had to choose, I’d probably go with the Burberry. It just looked more “finished” than the MbyMJ. Something about the MbyMJ looks a little sloppy (fb)

  • Shine

    Considering the durability, both bags will last a very very long time, both designs are great! Looking at the bags, thinking about my current financial situation, I will settle for Marc Jacobs cheaper BUT still its from Marc Jacobs, it is quite expensive and the fact that you can use it as a sling bag or as hobo bag funtionality is an additional points for MJ bag. (fb)

  • Kayla

    I love the concept of both bags, but you can’t beat the quality of Burberry!

  • Christina

    The love the fact that the MBMJ hobo is a crossbody bag. Also, the perforated leather gives it a bit of casualness that would be perfect in an everyday bag! (fb)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    I LOVE the Marc Jacobs! (fb)

  • kemi

    Man. I just love the MJ bag. <3

  • savannah

    The MJ for sure …especially with the longer strap and the gorgeous plum colour . (fb)

  • Camille

    I prefer the Burberry one but – I’d sport the Marc Jacobs too. :) (fb)

  • boobeary

    Definitely the Burberry – the detailing is so more versatile.

  • sketchy

    I’m liking the MBMJ more, somehow the hardware design makes it look so adorable. (fb)

  • samia

    I love MJ, but I would have to go with the Burberry one, it looks better. (fb)

  • NancyH

    i usally love burberry and marc jacobs but i dont like these two bags mmm

  • Sandy Flores

    I choose the Marc Jacobs bag. Young and chic. (fb)

  • Hellena

    MJ all the way (fb)

  • Thuy Nguyen

    <3 (fb)

  • Thuy Nguyen

    Burberry<3 (fb)

  • Lisa

    I love both, but leaning more towards the Burberry. Though I love the color of the MJ. (fb)

  • Maria

    Def prefer the Burberry (fb)

  • JennMSU

    I like the MbMJ price and the color, but I like the Burberry style more. I like the shorter strap drop and the slightly exaggerated top of the bag on each side, plus it has a better twist. (fb)

  • Gelynn

    MJ gets my vote!!! (fb)

  • Shirley Ma

    I actually like the Burberry one more. I think the MJ one is cute, but when you have your mind set on something, I don’t think you should settle for “alternatives”; just save up for the better one!

  • Loquita

    I have seen both IRL and while I do not necessarily go by price or brand name alone, in this case the Burberry bag is far better made and the leather is clearly of superior quality once you see them both up close. The fact that I dislike perforated leather is also a factor.

  • amai

    both are nice but also leaning towards the burberry! (fb)

  • Irene

    Burberry ftw. The purple just isn’t doing it for me (fb)

  • Denise

    I prefer the Burbuerry, I think it looks a better quality then the MJ one. (fb)

  • Sofia Nolan

    I honestly wouldn`t buy any. Just bought a LV Artsy, what more would I want?

  • Kadri

    i like burberry`s more, because its just more classy

  • Barb

    I think the Burbeery is more refined but with that said love the perf. leather on the Marc by Marc Jacob’s. Too bad the whole bag isn’t perforated!

  • Kim

    I prefer the Burberry. I cant get with the perforated leather of the MbyMJ (fb)

  • Barb

    Forgot (fb)

  • rebecca

    I love the Burberry! The Marc by Marc Jacobs doesn’t really appeal to me.

  • Linh

    I like the MJ bag, the color of the bag is perfect for spring (fb)

  • Shelly

    LOVE THE BURBERRY ONE!!!! MJs color is really nice too!

  • Su

    Marc Jacob’s! Chic and trendy and love the colour too.. (FB)

  • Angel

    usally love burberry and replica coach. But these two bags are fashinable and trendy and love the colour too.

  • Joy

    I like the marc jacobs one better.
    Seems more… for me :).

  • Tiff Chao

    I’m not too into it. Reminds me of a shirt I had. (fb)

  • bunnyb

    I like the marc jacobs better. Design looks nicer (FB)

  • Emily

    I love both but i’m thinkin’ that i like the Burberry one a little bit more!!! :) :D

  • Crystal

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  • faith24

    those knots are not appealing to me (fb)

  • Jocelyn

    They’re both cute! (fb)

  • Alma


  • Nicole

    MJ all the way. Totally young and fresh w the details. Burberry, not so much.


  • pinoytripper

    MJ fit for all age. (ipad)

  • beanyce126

    its ok, but im not into the shoulder bags, if its a shoulder has to be xtra large bag or a tote. (ipad)

  • Brianne

    I love this new knotted detailing! Both purses are adorable and I think the knot is definitely going to be a big trend for spring 2012. I do have to say I prefer the burberry due to the fact that the knot is more tightly woven. It definitely gives it a more sophisticated and expensive look.