It’s funny how six months to get used to the idea of a handbag changes things. When I first saw the fringed bags in the Marc Jacobs Spring 2010 runway show, I was a little unsure. Given more time acquaint myself with the design, however, I sort of love the bags. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve merely become resigned to their existence or because I have actual affection for them, but I’m going to go with the latter.

The most prototypical example of this collection is the Marc Jacobs Boho Woven Hobo, and I think it’s also the strongest. I think I may have been correct when I predicted in my initial review of the bags that the fringe would be somewhat shortened for retail, and that allows the bag’s illusion of basketry to take center stage without the hanging leather creating too much of a distraction.

For me, this bag’s ability to create a luxurious leather version of a straw tote holds almost all of its draw. Straw bags from major designers can get obnoxiously expensive, and I’d rather pay a little more for a woven leather version any day of the week. The color variation in the two layers of leather is perfect – subtle enough to keep a somewhat natural color profile, but still different enough to make you want to figure out how the bag was constructed.

Then there’s the subject of the fringe. It’s the one aspect of the bag that many people complained about, but viewed in the context of impending warm weather, it looks appropriate and fun instead of somewhat silly, as it did during the September runway show (maybe, just a little bit). I’d prefer it if the bag’s strap was leather instead of nylon webbing, but it will undoubtedly feel pretty comfortable on the shoulder. So, who’s going to be the first to pick up one of these? Buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $1795.

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  • l

    I like it!!!! very springy.

  • carrie

    I love fringe of any kind.

  • AA

    I like it, except for the fringe, I wish he didnt have that on it. It wouldve looks gorgeous without it! But it still is MJ!

  • ShoeQueen1961

    It’s a bit busy isn’t it?

  • LeighKamira

    Ugh hobo is right that bag is F-U-G-L-Y!

  • JJ

    saw these in person – love the bags themselves. the color, leather and details are all amazing. But still can’t get past that fringe. Unfortunately, that ruins the bag for me. There’s so much to love about these bags, that all that fringe wasn’t necessary. A little on the ends would have been plenty, but to have that much fringe all the way around cheapens the bag, IMO

  • Kate Cai

    i love this bag

  • Angie

    I love it. I think I would like to cuddle with it. (fb)

  • Chi

    I am not too keen on this bag .. its sooooo __________________ ..
    plain ..


  • Assiya

    Love it! (fb)

  • Sherly

    What a pretty bag but the price tag is too much for me. (fb)

  • Issy

    I will never fall in love with fringe… i have issues with it :P (fb)

  • pursemonkey

    I think the bag itself is beautiful but I’m not a huge fan of fringe. That said, I think on the right person this could be boho chic at its best. (fb)

  • bonybynatur2003

    When just browsing I didnt like this bag, then once I clicked on it and actually looked at it I was forced to change my mind. Im not a fan of fringe, but I would carry this bag. I wouldnt pay the prcie its listed at though. On the other hand, my fringe loving mother will never be allowed to set eyes on this bag for fear of buying 10 of them! (fb)

  • Anita

    Fringe on a bag usually turns me off…but I really like this bag. (fb)

  • Kendra

    The design is nice, but the color..


  • Elyse

    i wish it didn’t have the fringe!! (fb)

  • Eric

    the fringes were all on the right places, since the design was woven it appears that this were excess leather fringes, it not like fringes that appears all over your bag just because its the trend.. love it – (fb)

  • Jocelyn

    I’m not a fan of the fringe.

    Tag for Linea Pelle (fb)

  • Adrienne zedella

    what a fun bag! fb

  • Joy

    doesnt look like its worth 1795$

  • Adrienne Zedella

    very showy! love it! (fb)

  • Nicole

    I kinda love this, too!


  • Rain

    I just bought this bag from Yoox and was astounded by the size of it upon receipt. This bag is RIDICULOUSLY LARGE with LONG fringe that swallows petite frames. At an athletic 5’3″ and 107 lbs, I feel eclipsed by the bag. The weaving is intricate and the leather is supple. It is quintessential Marc Jacobs in its ability to blend luxury with quirkiness, but this thing is a BOAT! I haven’t decided if I will return it, but wanted to worn my fellow petite girls.