First and foremost, let me say that I have come here this morning without any malice for the beloved Chloé Marcie Bag. Its existence has made innumerable bag shoppers happy for years (it’s been around since 2009 at least, based on our own posts about it), and although I’ve never felt personally attracted to it, the Marcie is a workhorse design with a lot going for it. The Marcie is distinctive but not showy, and it’s roomy but not bulky. It comes in a zillion sizes and leathers. It’s a very solid bag, but I’m just kind of over it.
Seeing anything too frequently for too long will make people sick of it, which is why some of you guys complain when we write another post concerning classic bags like the Chanel Classic Flap Bag or Hermès Birkin. Familiarity breeds contempt. When it comes to handbags, “contempt” is probably too strong a word, but there comes a point in time where you’re ready for a brand to acknowledge it’s done all with a certain style that it can. The Marcie feels like it’s ready to cycle out to me, especially when you consider the slightly different aesthetic direction of the brand’s more recent offerings. Like a beloved football player for one of my favorite teams, I hope the Marcie will go out while it’s still on top.
Now, we’re turning it over to you: if you could prune back a bag or two from your favorite brand, where would you start?
(If you disagree with me about the Marcie–and I’m sure many of you will–you can still pick up the one pictured above for $1,990 via Neiman Marcus)
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