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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AAAA
AAAA
6 years ago

To be honest, I like it when bags have longevity especially when bags are costing $2000+ dollars. They should be relevant for decades at the current prices.

Ivy
Ivy
6 years ago
Reply to  AAAA

I couldn’t have not said it any better! Agree 100%. I think that’s one of the benefits of buying a classic like Chanel, Chloe etc

Ruth Phillips
Ruth Phillips
6 years ago
Reply to  Ivy

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TheModMazza
TheModMazza
6 years ago

The Celine Luggage and Phantom Totes need to be retired ASAP.

Kelly
Kelly
6 years ago
Reply to  TheModMazza

Never! It’s a great work bag and I can fit the kitchen sink into it :o)

Katy ;P
Katy ;P
6 years ago

I disagree very much. In fact, I’m planning on buying one!

babydoctx
babydoctx
6 years ago

As a new mom, I just bought the Marcie cross body in gray. Love the pebbled and sturdy leather that won’t scratch, being hands free, and roomy enough to carry lots of stuff.

Kate
Kate
6 years ago

I agree that the Marcie doesn’t look anything like what Chloe is doing nowadays. I like the shape, but for the price I think it’s a bit played out. I recently bought a Milli Millu Mini Venice bag, which is sort of a poor man’s Chloe Marcie. It’s a fraction of the price (especially at the current exchange rate … thanks, Brexit), and the quality is great. I just don’t think the Marcie is worth the investment. I would love to see Celine’s luggage totes retired. So sick of the maniacal robot face.

The Serial Hobbyist Girl
Reply to  Kate

Ha! I bought my Marcie a few days ago in the UK (I’m American) and with the exchange rate, VAT refund, and the fact that I still would have had to add taxes to my US purchase, it was a great buy!

missarewa
6 years ago

Celine luggage and Prada Saffiano totes.

laura
laura
6 years ago
Reply to  missarewa

agree about Celine luggage but not about Prada saffiano totes, they’re classic.

Kelly
Kelly
6 years ago

Posts like these tend to overlook (what I consider to be) an important thought process in the fashion industry — geographical location. I live in Minnesota where consumption is far less conspicuous (and probably far less up to date) than our East and West Coast counterparts; as such, the luxury good market isn’t over saturated with Celine, Chanel, or even Louis Vuitton. I am consistently complimented on my Phantom Luggage and Mansur Bucket bags.

The retirement of a style might be more relevant when discussing street style and preferences in Los Angeles, New York, and Paris but as far as I’m concerned, the Marcie remains the bag of choice in my suburban neighborhood because it’s understated, sturdy, and an overall attractive bag….not to mention extremely practical in terms of use for the everyday woman/mother.

HelloHappylife
HelloHappylife
6 years ago
Reply to  Kelly

Couldn’t agree more! I live in Wisconsin so expensive handbags aren’t something a lot of people use or notice I feel. During my day to day life I see more people with MK/Kate Spade rather then like New York where you can see people with Chanel,LV,Hermes,givenchy etc

Sparkletastic
Sparkletastic
6 years ago
Reply to  Kelly

Omg! Yes. This. I don’t live in NY, Hong Kong or Paris. So while people may be “over” a bag in fashion hot spots, those of us in cities who have less interest in trends and more interest in other things are perfectly happy to let our 5 year old bag live in our close and on our arm.

Kay
Kay
6 years ago
Reply to  Sparkletastic

Speaking as someone who lives outside of a fashion hotspot, my friends and I care a great deal about trends. Maybe it’s the disposable income or having no kids but I like to stay abreast of bag trends and spend my money on great new things. I don’t judge those who don’t buy a bag (or 10) every year but us small town folks are not the same!

Kelly
Kelly
6 years ago
Reply to  Kay

I think my point might be escaping you, as I love getting a new bag and am in tune to what is currently generating wait lists (I’m owner to some of the first Mansur Gavriel bucket bags, Antigonas, as well as Luggage totes, both Phantom and otherwise). The point I was trying to make is that regardless of overwhelming saturation of the luxury market in some of the most populated cities in the world, the complete retirement of a style (for instance the Antigona, that reached market peak a few years ago) becomes far less relevant.

I live in suburb just outside of Minneapolis, so by no means is it a ‘small town’ but consumption of luxury goods is far less conspicuous than Los Angeles….in everything. I would never see my neighbors driving into the neighborhood in a Lamborghini or a Ferrari; not because of a lack of ability, but because of a lack of desire. My group of friends (although older, with children) still care about current trends and the like, but as far as I’m concerned, the Marcie and other bags don’t look dated enough to retire. I’m not advocating for the Paddington (although the ever-chic Nicky Hilton just carried hers), I’m merely saying the retirement of a style is relative.

Kay
Kay
6 years ago
Reply to  Kelly

I wouldn’t have commented if I didn’t understand your point. I am offering a counterpoint to yours in that your statement doesn’t apply for all small town folk because our pereception of something usually depends on our knowledge, or lack there of, about a particular subject or item, in this case premier designer handbags. I live in Maryland and while there are huge income disparities in our very wealthy state, the denizens of our small towns (and our bigger ones) are pretty ravenous when it comes to luxury goods. Therefore, for every new Neverfull devotee, you have a lady wearing diamonds and an Evelyne III at a crab shack shading you for your Epi Alma. It depends on what the people around you know and if they give a hoot! I’m certain your town in Minnesota doesn’t have droves of transplant Hill careerists trying to be the next Olivia Pope in their Prada Saffiano judging the people with nylon Lonchamp bags like mine either. It’s all relative.

And honestly, if I saw someone with a Paddington who put her outfit together fabulously, I’d applaud her or him…there’s something to be said for someone who makes it work!

laura
laura
6 years ago
Reply to  Kelly

I totally agree with you. NY and LA are so over many things that are still relevant in many (small or large) cities in the US. For example, where I live, a small city in Texas, you see a lot of LV monogrammed bags while many New Yorkers retired theirs years ago.

laura
laura
6 years ago

The Celine luggage should be retired. i don’t agree with the Marcie retirement; In fact, i think it should become a Chloe’s classic, just my opinion.

Guest
Guest
6 years ago
Reply to  laura

I couldn’t agree more about the Marcie becoming Chloe’s classic, stable, non trend following bag. IMHO. It should not be retired.

Lori
Lori
6 years ago
Reply to  laura

I agree about the Celine luggage tote!

RR
RR
6 years ago

DIsagree. Marcie is a classic. It is chic, timeless, and extremely practical, a combo that is hard to come by.

Doodles78
Doodles78
6 years ago

Anything Rockstud. It is nice but needs a break. Also Prada saffiano totes–and I have a few. This is not meant as insulting toward the designs or fashion houses of Valentino and Prada, nor toward the owners of these bags. I think it is good for a bag to disappear for a little while and return ¨refreshed¨.

Dell Q
Dell Q
6 years ago
Reply to  Doodles78

I’m extremely over Valentino Rockstud shoes, bags, too! I couldn’t agree more.

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