There are no ifs, ands or buts about it – I hate this bag. A lot. I’m not sure that it has any redeeming characteristics of which to speak, and if it does, I couldn’t tell you what they are. Not only that, but the fact that the Marc Jacobs Dancer Tassel Bag was made by one of my favorite handbag designers makes me a little angry.

Marc Jacobs is known for interspersing his relatively staid accessories line with a little dose of crazy every season, but usually I can at least find the good-natured humor in his aesthetic wanderings. I’m not laughing this time, though – it looks like this bag has fallen ill with a terrible case of the tassel pox, a sickness from which I’m afraid it won’t recover.

We all knew that this bag was coming because of its inclusion in Marc’s Spring/Summer 2010 show, but much like the rather lamentable parachute bags from the same collection, I was hoping that the manufacturer would somehow lose the order and they would never see the light of day. Sadly, they managed to make the leap from runway to retail.

The whole thing is just too fussy – tassels, grommets, quilts galore. What’s missing is a real sense of design and concept, which is something of which I don’t often accuse the brilliant Mr. Jacobs. I merely hope that these bags hit the sale bin soon so that I can stop looking at them on my favorite retailers’ websites. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $2500.

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  • Stacy

    that’s a bag with an identity crisis. haha. it’s fugly for sure.

  • Jess!

    Yeah I totally agree. I hate all the bags that have the tassels on them. It really makes me sad to see that people pay so much for these ugly handbags.

  • renee

    Even the color is ugly.

  • Leona

    This just solidifies my all around loathing of MJ… ick

    • Merve

      Ha ha i couldnt agree more.

  • MAX

    hhahaha renee is funny. I agree the color is funny. for $ 500 I have to think for $2500 I dont have to think anymore that’s big NO from me. I know it’s a LV inspiration from his collection at LV but come on he could do better i believe

  • Pam

    I hate this bag so much I want to buy one just to destroy it. What were they thinking?!

  • tadpolenyc

    i hate this bag too.

  • mga13

    Saks Fifth Avenue had it on sale two weeks ago. 20% off if I remember correctly

  • Deborah Curran

    all the little tassles look like legs and this creature from outer space is going to wlak aeay. No thanks

  • Sakyie

    It looks like its covered in insects. Its creeping me out

  • Mochababe73

    I am a huge Marc Jacobs fan, but I don’t like this one. I saw it in person, and I made a sucking-lemons face when I saw it. It needs a different color, tassels taken away, and grommets removed.

  • Joe

    Amanda you seem to hate everything, you must be the “Bad Cop’ of PB LOL.

    • You know, it’s funny, because I feel like I’ve given nearly everything at least a somewhat positive review lately. Whatever the case, I have a very specific point of view, one with which some might not agree, but reviewing something is kind of useless if the person doing it isn’t forming opinions.

      • Mama M

        You know, some people only focus on the negative — like only remembering the unfavorable reviews, or the chick who looks for typos. Sad.
        You have very strong opinions, which you have no problem voicing, and, IMO, that makes some people feel the need to find something within your posts to criticize. Double sad.
        I remember that you recently gave a positive review to a Versace bag. It was an okay bag, and you recognized that, even though you don’t like some of their other bags (who does?). In the current post, you admit that Marc Jacobs is one of your favorite designers, but you just don’t like this bag, and you clearly stated your reasons why. Being able to voice an opinion, in print, is admirable, but, being able to voice YOUR OWN opinion, and not just a reiteration of what others have said, is what journalism is all about. I’m proud of you!
        Hey – maybe that’s why Megs and Vlad hired you!

  • Jenn

    Agreed—the version without all the tassels (just one on each end) is pretty cool, though! Available at Nordstrom (among other places, I’m sure).

  • Sarah

    How great would it be if each of the tassels had a little bell in them! hahaha

  • Kira

    this is a real case of a man designing a bag for a woman! What do we need all that ridiculousness for? Were they having a sale on tassels at the trimmings supplier?

  • I Tso

    If you really want to get even with someone, send them one of these bags..I think that should do it. He should have taken his frustration out on a mans wallet..LOL..Everyone deserves a free pass, and Marc Jacobs just used his, for designing this hideous bag.

  • Sonya

    I am surprised this bag left the showroom. I would have never thought he would have agreed to make something like this. It looks like they made a mistake and said, what the heck, just finish it.

  • CahtyFitz

    Tassel pox – yep.

  • Tiffany

    It looks like an underwater sea creature! Hideous!

  • Jan

    It reminds me of a guys head who’s had hair transplants…they look like the the little plugs put into the head.

  • Zaneta

    It looks absolutely horrible. Soo many tassels. You can tell that they lost the creativity with so many of them. This one is a big no no for me.

  • Nata

    There is a word that pops up in my head when I look at the color and texture… The word is… Poopy :)

  • Nicole O.

    Yea, It’s hideous. YIKES!

  • Karin bag4bag

    I HATE this bag, but I loved reading everyones view on it. LOL

  • JJ

    I think these bags look better in person that they do in photographs (except for the linings, which I hate!). The leather’s very soft and the details are actually pretty good. But I don’t think they’re worth their ridiculously high price tags. Maybe at half the price but not $2k and up. That’s nuts.

  • gacats

    You know how things go badly when you try too hard?
    Exhibit A, above…… (fb)

  • Sofia Nolan

    I think it`s cute.

  • Sofia Nolan

    though it`d be cuter on a different color

  • Belle

    For some reason the style really appeals to me. I’m not quite sure why – maybe the slightly vintage Miss Marple vibe it has going on.

  • Adeleine

    THe fashion police has it all under control

  • keselin

    A pair ofugg boots from theuggs is necessary.

  • Nicole

    yeaaaaah, I’ma go w fugly on this one, too….

    Too bad, Marcy. Can’t win them all!


  • Sherriann

    I totally agree with the comment that the bag looks like it’s covered in bugs! So true (ipad)